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Disagree with audit

So I was reviewing, and this answer had to be reviewed. I added a comment explaining that this didn't solve the hot corner part of the question and was probably better as a comment on the OP, and it ...
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How can we be safe about code from this site that we install?

There are a lot of people who code solutions and post it in forums like this one. I think, maybe I'm wrong because I'm a beginner, that these people are able to introduce "evil code". Is some ...
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Should we rollback the edits by editors other than original poster which might make answers controversial?

Recently there was an answer by @kaushik on Error while trying installation using sudo apt-get install which mentioned some commands. An editor with full edit privileges edited the answer and made it ...
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Is answering twice and closing good or bad behaviour?

So yet another "What backup tool should I use?" question came up earlier today, so I: voted to close as a duplicate answered the question Deleted as per answer below in the meantime, answered the ...
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Should Ubuntu Software Center links be edited?

Sometimes I encounter answers that suggest installing packages from Ubuntu Software Center written before 2015, for example, this answer. Ubuntu Software Center was discontinued in 2015 and now all ...
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My comment got removed less than one day after I wrote it and the question. Who might have done it? [duplicate]

Do moderators do this once in a while when they are in the mood or are some comments removed automatically? The comment was not vital. I just need to know what to expect.
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Tag synonyms for [window-buttons]

I found two similar tags for referring to the "close, minimize, and maximize buttons". window-buttons with 106 posts (6 asked this year). Tag info: Window Buttons are the buttons at the top of the ...
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Flag declined because OP edited their answer in the meantime and I wasn't notified

I raised a custom in need of moderator intervention flag on this post because it was a link-only answer (when I did). The user has also posted another link-only with the same link. So, I found more ...
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Lost 235 rep due to user removal

Is there any tidy way to let me know which user was removed? That's a pretty big hit to take from one user's removal. Just curious.
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What is a “very high reputation score”?

When a user is deleted, reputation of users voted by the deleted user will change. From https://askubuntu.com/help/user-was-removed I see This removal occurs whenever a user is deleted, unless ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Ask Ubuntu's sixth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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“One more close vote needed”, “Please vtc this one” <- should we do that?

On a regular base, we see suggestions like above in chat. In far most cases, the call is just, and I am 100% positive it is done with nothing but good intentions to the site. Does that mean we ...
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Why are so many answers posted as comments? [duplicate]

Every morning I click on the unanswered link and every morning I see many of questions answered in the comments section. When this happens, person who asked the question cannot mark it as answered, it ...
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Opinion: Link-only answers are bad except for in one case: Software Recommendations

EDIT: I should rephrase, "Link only answers are bad should be deleted except for in one case: Software Recommendations" If someone asks for a software recommendation, and you give a link-only answer "...
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Why do some of my tag [suggestions or creations] get rejected?

Please, I will really like to know why some of my tag suggestions or tag creations keep getting rejected for (my personal opinion) nothing?! Meanwhile, it seems some could be needed and of important ...
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Are “respins” on-topic?

I came across Ubuntu 18.04 (respin) installer crashes on Dell XPS 15 9560. It deals with a respin of Ubuntu 18.04: Collection of scripts and tweaks to adapt Ubuntu and Linux Mint ISO images to let ...
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These two tags could get [compressed]

Currently we have both: compression × 185 (19 asked this year) the process in which a file or folder's size is reduced by using an algorithm to encode the same information using fewer bits. ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Do we need “support”?

As of now support has 137 questions tagged. There is no proper information about its usage on the site. The existing information looks vague. So, should we re-tag all questions and remove support from ...
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How do you ask OP to reconsider accepted answer and award yours?

I was a little late to the part posting an answer to this question: How to get a substring from bash command We are all proud parents of our posted answers so I'm probably biased but I think my ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Ask Ubuntu is scheduled for an election next week, May 6th 2019. In ...
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Why is “posted on multiple sites” as a closing reason absent on Ask Ubuntu?

Sometimes I come across questions that are on-topic but cross-posted on multiple sites. According to Meta Stack Exchange, cross-posting is highly discouraged. Unix and Linux has a closing option for ...
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What to do when a question isn't a question

So I came across this. I flagged the "question" as too opinioned based but what should one actually do?
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Ethics of changing question title without asking OP

On this Q&A: How do I see if and when someone logged in my account I was thinking of asking OP to change question title from: How do I see if and when someone logged in my account to: How do I ...
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We should put these tags under [lock] and [keys]

(The only reason these are the same question is for the pun. If they should be split, I can split them.) Neither of these have tag wiki entries. As of now, lock has 182 questions, keys has 82. ...
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Answer edit as long and detailed comment from OP - how to proceed?

I wrote an answer to someones question with the best intention to help. A few days later, I received an edit request for review: Ignoring the fact, that this edit would completely destroy my answer, ...
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output tag needs some community input

The output has 149 questions tagged across wide range of topics - command line output, audio output, monitors - and no wiki nor usage guidance as to what this tag is all about. We already have ...
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How long should I wait for an answer on here?

How long should I wait for an answer to my question 18.04.2 authentication error on here, and in the meantime is there anything I can do to make it more answerable? I've already included a fair ...
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Should https://askubuntu.com/questions/tagged/spam be modified?

Currently it reads like this: Questions tagged [spam] This is for flagged spam. Delete all other flags and insert this flag when you see a post that is clearly and unquestionably spam so ...
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Should an answer be literally what OP asks for?

N.B. Be sure this post is not about points. Seriously, the 2 points from downvote is the last thing I'd worry about. It is about what an answer should be (or not). The situation: user asks for a ...
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Are [dual-monitor] and [dualhead] the same?

There are two tags: dual-monitor (currently 128 questions): For questions about using multiple monitors on a computer system. dualhead (currently 47 questions): Dualhead describes multi ...
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Is it a good idea to downvote answers by new users?

Earlier I asked What's the point of voting on questions (especially downvoting)?. From this question, I understand that down-voting (questions at least) seems to be for general house keeping among ...
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Question is on hold

Gentlemen! Those who put my question on hold. Did you try to understand what was going on there? I have been struggling with the problem for about 3 weeks. Plenty comments left. I am at the same ...
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Is it appropriate to contact users offsite to question their site actions on Ask Ubuntu?

I recently had a user contact me outside of SE/AU questioning one of my moderation decisions in the queue. To be clear, it wasn't hostile, but it seemed a bit odd/off-putting(?). Over the years, I'...
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Are we too fast in closing questions as unclear?

I've seen many a times questions are put on hold as unclear within some hours of posting. For example, this question was closed within 3 hours of posting. Suppose in some country there is a user who ...
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Do we still really need to ask people to accept answers?

Every once in a while, I stumble upon posts where comments ask users to accept an answer. In my opinion, it generates a lot of noise for something that is no longer needed. An example of such noise: ...
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In [comparison] to [diff]

So we have the comparison tag, with 38 questions which does have a few highly voted posts, but overall is spread out over a broad range of topics, ranging from comparing DVDs to text files, to Ubuntu ...
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Phishing site under the name ubuntu.org [closed]

I just looking for Ubuntu iso's, so I typed cdimage ubuntu on the search bar. Found this site called cdimage.ubuntu.org, I didn't see the .org, so I just clicked it. My uBlock origin warned me to not ...
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Is there a way to seek reevaluation of an answer to a question?

I have posted an answer to a question that is advocated by the full manual entry itself for the particular situation. While my approach is perhaps not the most straightforward way of achieving the ...
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How do you research for answers?

I'm curious how folks in the community handle research for complex questions. Typically, I end up with 25 tabs and 3-4 open windows when a question asks something that requires digging across multiple ...
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A real question about USB File transfer with Linux stalling mid-way

I don't get this behavioural bit with stack exchange and askunbtu. You look for an answer to a specific problem, and there are multiple responses that say "This question has been asked before", but no ...
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Is it on topic to ask for resources? [duplicate]

If I want to find out more about a certain topic but don't have a specific question because I'm so out of my depth I don't even know where to start e.g. "I have some software that I want to package as ...
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Why was my post deleted?

https://meta.askubuntu.com/a/18459/167850 I see no reason at all. Can anyone explain it?
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Why does the little help box call them “backticks” when they're graves?

I've noticed that when the little help box appears to the side, it says to show code using "backticks" when they are called graves. For clarification, I am talking about these: `. I don't think that ...
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Ask and then answer one's own question on AskUbuntu? [duplicate]

I ask this question with the idea that this may be a way to pass along experience with configuring an ubuntu system. I have recently gone through a process and think that if I can properly ask and ...
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Should we close bug related questions -in all cases-?

The story starts on a (this) Saturday afternoon, finding myself trying to print something. Out of the printer comes a pretty blue piece of paper. I am pretty sure the blue is not coming from one of my ...
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Where are suspension policies published for independent reference?

I'm a big fan of demonstrating good behaviour and avoiding getting a suspension. I have never received a suspension on any SE site*. However, this puts myself and those similar to me at a ...
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What is wrong with this question? And why is it closed by mods? Why answers don't make sense?

https://askubuntu.com/questions/291221/error-with-tar-commad-cannot-open-no-such-file-or-directory Can Someone explain what is wrong with this question, and why any discussion is shut like that by ...
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Re-working another user's answer?

Suppose I found an answer from a few years ago, a Python script or shell script, maybe C code. It works and answers the question, but it's buggy, the approach used isn't optimal, or messes up user ...