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Creating a banner for 10th birthday celebrations

This follows up on How should we celebrate 10 years of Ask Ubuntu?. The proposal to create a banner was well-received and it was suggested that this would be a good way to link to celebration events. ...
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Shouldn’t we lower the close/reopen vote threshold?

More than half a year ago, Stack Overflow lowered the close/reopen vote threshold from 5 to 3. Ask Ubuntu has an order of magnitude smaller community than Stack Overflow1 but we still require 5 close/...
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Accepted answer that you don't agree with during review audit

As I was going through and reviewing posts, I saw this one. I downvoted it and then got this message: STOP! Look and Listen. This was an audit, designed to see if you were paying attention. ...
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Should a question be separated in different questions according to Ubuntu versions involved?

I have initially posted this question on the installation of the LBP-1120 canon printer only in relation to Ubuntu 11.10. but: I was not able to find a satisfactory answer for 11.10 Meanwhile I ...
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Are we too harsh on this one ?

This question is along the lines of favourite emacs shortcut or best video editor or text editor or php/ror editor for ubuntu. Many of them are lingering along nicely as community wiki's without ...
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Automatic duplicate redirection SOP

According to this question and the link in the answer from Jacob Edwards closed duplicates that have no answers will redirect the user automatically to the main post after the dupe is closed. This ...
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Replace ati with amd-graphics tag

At present not many people remember that AMD graphics used to be ATI sometime. Now amd-graphics is a synonym of ati that seems to be wrong. It should be vice versa, so amd-graphics should be ...
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What to do with answers that are just a link to a page that requires registration/login to view?

This answer is an example of an answer that is just a link, and to a page that requires a user account just to view. Creating an account on that external site is free. You can even log in with a ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Flagrant copy/pasting in progress?

I have flagged a couple of questions and answers which are outright copy/paste jobs. I wonder what action will be taken. Will it be open action so that others don't go down the same road?
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What happens to inactive users' questions?

What should be do with the users' questions that are inactive from a long time ago? This question is from this user how posted one question in February and after that never came back. What I'm ...
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Is it acceptable to make small edits?

If a user edits an answer to make a small edit that increases the aesthetic value of it. Should it be acceptable? NOTE: this is not a duplicate of: How to make small but important edits? That ...
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Is it ok to mark EOL questions as duplicate?

I understand discussions about EOL releases here on meta are getting abundant, sorry about that. But this question was inspired by this one: Cant boot from windows 8 after installing Ubuntu 13.04 ...
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How many moderators should we have?

While looking at the election page, I noticed that it states: moderator positions available 3 We currently have four moderators. So we will lose one moderator spot. How many is right for this ...
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Moving to Ubuntu Single Sign On

We're planning to replace the Launchpad provider button with the Ubuntu SSO in the near-ish future. This will require a bit of shuffling, including a brief period where neither button is shown on /...
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"Review Low Quality Posts" does not let you say that posts can be improved

Review Low Quality Posts has just three buttons: Looks Good, Edit, Recommend Deletion. I often see one-liner answers, sometimes link-only answers. Most of the times, such answers can be improved by ...
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Often used off-topic close reasons, more default reasons for off-topic?

Now that we have new close reasons I noticed that sites have custom off-topic reasons. The site allready has reasons for bugs and "not Ubuntu". But, the major one I see missing is End of Life ...
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Is using `code` styling for non-code samples okay?

The code is for code samples, of course. Its actual description is "a piece of program instructions." If package-names or date-and-time (technical details) are program instructions, then so are ...
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Are there certain circumstances where one should close an old question as the duplicate of a new one?

Are there certain circumstances where one should close an old question as the duplicate of a new one (for instance if the new one is better and actually has answers)? And if not, then why does the ...
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Tagging Xubuntu when Ubuntu is meant

I'm basically doing limited patrol for Xubuntu Team to keep an eye on questions and have done a couple tag edits relative to the xubuntu tag. While I am aware of the prior discussion of tagging ...
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New battle plan for the questions that require god-like powers to figure out user problem: Close everything on sight!

TL;DR: Please, decide a policy, adhere to it and enforce it. The main problem here is the lack of cohesion about how to deal with the questions. For that I rant about the following: Yeah, guys, we ...
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Wouldn't it be better to help users without sending them to the terminal?

Now this is my first time on Ask Ubuntu meta, but I thought to start a discussion on this. I had a discussion with some windows users about Linux and Ubuntu. And one of the main reason they didn't ...
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Do we really need or want the "post" tag?

I stumbled across a review of the "post" tag edit which appears to be driven by this post and voted to reject it as lacking usage instructions, but while the definition appeared to be one accurate ...
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How should our site be styled?

According to this question we should discuss our site's style, including the color scheme and logo. These are a few of the questions we should answer: What's the theme of the site? (sophisticated, ...
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Is there a way to prevent an unanswered question to sink into oblivion?

I would like to know if there is a way to bump an unanswered question in Askubuntu, or something, before it sinks into oblivion? Thank you
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Answers based on Ubuntu wiki

Quite often there are questions to which there is an answer on http://help.ubuntu.com. What is the preferred approach to answer such a question? Should one answer the question based on the content of ...
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What is the private beta ?

There is a silver badge Beta, it says Actively participated in the private beta. What is the private beta?
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A call to uphold accessibility by not shortening links to "here"

As far as I see there has been some discussion about the shortening of links. While keeping the complete URL visible in the post can clearly be distracting (especially when used inline), I want to ...
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Blacklist the ubuntu-desktop tag?

Is it possible to blacklist that tag? I don't see it go away without a little extra help.
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Are questions related to ubuntu as it relates to development on topic?

I'm working on writing a C-daemon for Ubuntu and I wish to make it configurable but I'm new to linux\ubuntu and I don't know the standard way daemon configuration is preformed. Is AskUbuntu an ...
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Use of download links in answers

Hi this may be a question that has been asked before but after a bit of searching I could not find anything this specific so I have taken the liberty to ask just in case. I have just answered a ...
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Should posts be edited to have readable links?

When reading, i find it infuriating to see links posted http://www.example.com/ rather than Example. Should questions and answers be edited to make links more readable, or is this not really seen as ...
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Copyright and morality in questions

I stumbled across a question today that was right up my street: How do I grab video from webofstories.com?. If I were to paraphrase it it would be: I want to download videos from a video streaming ...
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Delete your own question

I recently posted a question on Askubuntu, I realized later that its answer is obvious and only needs to read the man page of a command. Now I am not sure whether to delete it or let it or just close ...
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What is AU's stance on profanity?

Personally I don't like to be censored and every now and then I like to curse. It is clear that insults and belittling of others it NOT tolerable. But how about using terms like the system is "fucked ...
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Regarding "Low Quality" flag

I had a flag declined as: "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention". The flag that was used was "Low Quality". If these are going to be ...
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What to do with questions that use rude words or expressions?

Not sure about how often it happens but this question started out with a bit rude tone and words. You can also see the same with some answers given on the website. If I am talking among people that I ...
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How can we improve the 'greatest hits' of our site?

I was reading the Stack Overflow blog earlier today regarding the greatest hits of the Stack Exchange sites. I realize that these posts are what make our site popular across the Internetz and hence, ...
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Community Event - multi-player 0 A.D. game [2016-01-17]

A couple years ago, some of the community members here on Ask Ubuntu scheduled and organized a game of 0 A.D. Since that time, the game has improved considerably and we are thinking of trying another ...
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Burninate the meta tags {help} and {features}?

I found two tags here on meta that might be considered meta tags and, thus, should be burninated. What is your opinion of the following? help features
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AU policy on questions about root login?

From http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=716201: Policy Tutorials explaining how to enable the root account for a graphical login or autologin will not be supported on the forums and will be ...
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Improving our presence on Twitter

Hi everyone: I ran into @Ubuntu_Ask and thought, wow, what a great idea. I got in contact with the author with the hope of making a more "official" twitter feed so people can just follow the account ...
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Should users be able to flag comments as obsolete that they have previously upvoted?

I understand why I cannot flag a comment I've upvoted. When I upvote a comment, it means I think it is of especially high quality. But an especially high quality comment can become obsolete (for ...
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How do I leave comments on Ask Ubuntu?

How do I leave a comment to an answer on the Ask Ubuntu site? I posted a question and someone posted an answer. But the answer fails to take into account information posted on the site. How do I ...
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Another bit on abandoned questions, but specifically good ones with good answers

Question on a rarer type of abandoned question: Is there a way for 'Community' to take ownership of these questions so an answer can be accepted and the data can be maintained? Is it simpler to ...
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My last rant on review audits [closed]

Please bear with me - this is definitely the last rant from me about the review queue. Because it told me again: That's what I will do - I'll stop using the review queue, instead I will look at ...
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Tag Separation and Handling: The Asus tag and separating it out into subcategories instead (asus-pc, asus-laptop, etc.)

Related: http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/15996/tag-synonym-request-asus-related-stuff (in dispute) http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/7733/do-we-need-brand-manufacturer-tags This ...
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Synonym request: [software-uninstall] to [uninstall]

We have two tags: uninstall - lots of questions software-uninstall - handful of questions Both of these tags are for questions relating to uninstalling software. Can we merge the contents of ...
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Ask Ubuntu's stance on Homework-type questions

Although similar Meta questions have been asked before and have been well-received, I still find that there are many homework-like questions which are posted from time to time on Ask Ubuntu, most of ...
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Hey 10kers... you also have the delete votes

Well, the users with 10,000 reputation or more has access to the moderation tools (commonly referred as 10k-tools) which give more insight over the site itself. There's also the infamous flag queue ...
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