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Question about finding an application for a task on topic? [duplicate]

I'm starting to learn radio -- from the days of "Radio Rangers" and crystal sets, and vacuum tubes (valves, if you're British) -- and I'm looking for software to draw circuit diagrams. I specifically ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is there a policy on the use of emojis or emoticons?

Is there any policy on the use of emojis or emoticons? Examples: Can't login with my PIN password in Ubuntu 18.10 In https://askubuntu.com/posts/1105109/revisions it was part of the code until ...
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Can software recommendation still be used?

I need a free vpn that works on Ubuntu 16.04 and connects to UK. The old questions about that subject are obsolete. I'd like to ask the question on this site, since it has a big community, definitely ...
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Is logging in via ssh without a password really the same as running a script as root?

During the course of review I noticed How can I avoid having to enter a password for an scp command by hard-coding the password into my script? sudodus asked some good questions in the comments and ...
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How do I edit my post instead of adding comment

I have posted a question, having acted on a suggestion, how do I edit my post instead of adding comment? I have a terminal feed-out to post.
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How can I be a voter

How can I be a voter. I want to thank the persons who helped me, but I don't how? If you would have already read my message you surely would know!
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Why is Ask Ubuntu set up to discourage users from participating?

For a while now I have noticed Ask Ubuntu has a system of PFO in place. The system I have experienced does not allow me to post or answer questions unless I have 50 reputation points. The system ...
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How is it that an OP with a rep of 1 can edit and add text to my answer

I posted at somewhat lengthy answer to an OP's original question, and later found out that the OP had edited my answer and added a whole bunch of unnecessary text. I rejected the edit. How can the ...
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What is better: Answering questions from OPs edit by a contributor or motivating OP to write his own answer?

Just a moment ago I came across this question Ubuntu 18.04, complex network configuration with Netplan. OP solved his problem on his own and added that in the question body. However, Thomas Ward added ...
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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

I just noticed that I (as everyone else) can flag my own questions. There are fewer options (no "spam" nor "rude or abusive") to choose, but it's still possible to flag your own question as "should be ...
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What's my question doing in QueryXchanger? [duplicate]

About a month ago, I made this post. However, I found out just now that my post is showing up verbatim in other sites. https://mail.queryxchange.com/q/3_1085977/no-gui-after-kubuntu-18-10-upgrade-...
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Is it OK if I call on a high reputation user on part of my answer if it seems difficult from that point?

I have an answer on which the new user who posted the question requires further help though they have accepted the answer... But it turns out I am short of some knowledge in the case. Can I, for ...
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Are hardware support questions on topic?

Can I ask about Ubuntu native (just plug it in) hardware support here? I didn't see the word "hardware" on the tour. If this isn't the correct place, where should I ask? If it IS on topic, can that ...
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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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Should abbreviations and acronyms be discouraged?

Sometimes, a question is not clear simply because it contains an abbreviation or acronym that a reader doesn't understand. I wonder if the instructions should encourage the definition of these things ...
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What is required to become a moderator?

I can see some moderators editing posts here... These moderators have little reputation points such as 100 approx. and few silver and bronze badges. I wish to know what it takes to be a moderator on ...
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Make it possible to retract flags on comments

I have noticed that if I mistakenly flag a comment, I am not able to retract the flag afterwards. I think it would be a good feature to add the possibility to retract flags on comments.
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Is “any tool that runs on Ubuntu” on topic here? [duplicate]

That's the response I got to a flag I raised about a git question which had already been answered on StackOverflow a few years earlier. Git runs on Ubuntu as well as on Windows or Mac, so it could be ...
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Do we care about new duplicate (or wrong) answers to old questions?

I'm noticing that I'm getting a lot of new answers to very old questions. An example from today: Way back in 2013 I was troubleshooting what turned out to be a dodgy cable that was preventing my phone ...
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Should the copy.com tag be removed?

It currently has no watchers. At this time, there are 13 questions tagged with copy.com. copy.com has been discontinued. I saw it in this recent question: compare and move a file from one directory ...
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Useless tag of the day: local

The local tag has no usage guidance and it has been applied to questions without any consistent sense (from package management to networking, wherever people think some meaning of the word "local" can ...
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Are any of these tags [remote]ly useful?

A few days ago I asked this question, and this answer by Kaz Wolfe pointed out that remote-login is only one of several tags about remote stuff. remote-desktop, 761 questions Questions that refer ...
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Ubuntu Cosmic Cuttlefish 18.10 is now released, and posts about it are (generally) No Longer Offtopic

As of about 17:47 UTC on October 18, 2018, Ubuntu Cosmic Cuttlefish 18.10 has been officially released. The corresponding release announcement email that went out to the ubuntu-announce mailing list ...
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Did my answer get down-voted for being too flashy?

I just posted an answer which got down-voted and I'm wondering if the graphics upset the down-voter who as usual didn't leave a comment as to reason: Set CPU governor to performance in 18.04 Not ...
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Does the [remote-login] wiki need an update?

I just reviewed this helpful edit suggestion and realised that Ubuntu 14.04 is the only currently supported Ubuntu the advice in the wiki is relevant to. What happened to remote-login-service, I ...
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Can we reopen the question about changing ownership of the /usr/bin, /usr/lib, and /usr/share directories?

The question I set /usr/bin, /usr/lib, and /usr/share to be owned by my regular user and now I am getting interesting errors is current closed as a duplicate of What if I accidentally run command “...
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Question and Answer Plus Rant in question box. Best Practices?

During review I was presented with How to connect to Bigcommerce webdav via 18.04<-- solution At first glance this appears to be just a Question and answer combined and in fact @triplee caught that ...
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Should we have a “Culture Tour”?

The Welcome Tour takes new users through the mechanics of the SE sites. Should we have an additional tour that explains key behaviours that are expected of the AskUbuntu community? Things like: (...
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Was this improvement necessary or required?

I came across this edit by abu_bua. I just want to know what is the use of this edit or was it even needed or is it just for increasing the numbers? PS: No personal differences with abu_bua. Just ...
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Which flag should be raised for answers about Kali Linux?

I came across this answer for this question. We tried Kali Linux on Crouton with Enlightment desktop, and got the same error. It turns out they changed dbus to use different options syntax, or ...
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Posting answers on different ubuntu versions [duplicate]

Assume there was some problem for an older version of Ubuntu and some one have asked about that.Then I got the same or very similar problem on a newer Ubuntu version and I cold solve it by different ...
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Reject buttons looks too much like an ok button

I got the following notification inside my inbox: Edit suggested I clicked on the notification and got to the following page: https://askubuntu.com/review/suggested-edits/880858 Because it ...
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Helpful answer get deleted?

Why my answer in this post WiFi stopped working after Ubuntu 16.04 updates get deleted ? OP has commented that my answer was helpful! I am using the internal wifi but the code suggested has fixed ...
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Why am I threatened with being blocked?

I have withdrawn my present question in the face of the flag that has appeared at the top of my screen which warns me that my previous questions "have not been well received." That has hurt me beyond ...
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What form of SSO is the launchpad login after July, 2018?

I'm curious. Since OpenID was removed in July 2018, a Launchpad Login button appeared*. Previously, this button had appeared and disappeared over the year, which was why I got into the habit of ...
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Help me find the flaws in my question resulting in down votes

I posted this question which has garnered two down votes over two days (and counting): sort | uniq remove the counts that occur most often Unfortunately it's too late to delete it as it has a good ...
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How to earn points as an Ubuntu noob? [duplicate]

I've been a member of Ask Ubuntu for over 2.5 years, but because I'm always fighting with Ubuntu, I only ever have questions and never any answers. However, all questions I have are already asked. ...
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Should I edit or re-ask my question?

If I edit my question after attempting to fix a problem and the problem still exists does my question still get answered or do I have to re-ask the question?
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Reopen opinion-based question to close as a duplicate

I'd like to reopen this question to close it again afterwards as a duplicate of this question and would like to get some input from the community before I start the reopen process as I might be biased ...
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Why is it allowed for an older question to be marked as a duplicate of a newer question?

This is my question, asked way back in 2010 with a lot of upvotes and many useful answers. In late July of this year it was marked as a duplicate of this question, filed in 2013. Why was this done? ...
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Reminder to everyone: You can use the “skip” button if you don't know what the question/answer is about! [duplicate]

Call out to reviewers - you CAN "skip" Yeah, I know: I'll be voting to close my own question as a duplicate now...
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How to send edit review feedback to a user?

I'm reviewing edits from a new user who is pretty active and doing a lot of constructive edits. However, he/she puts Ubuntu, brand names and versions into italics which looks weird and is not ...
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How to search prior questions?

There has to be search function for this forum. I am sure this has been asked many times. How do I change the screen size? Ralph
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Should we reopen a post closed as off-topic after the version release?

I have a question regarding a question which was closed as off-topic in February 2018, because it revolved around a development version of Ubuntu (18.04). Ubuntu 18.04 has been released since, and ...
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What's the point of voting on questions (especially downvoting)?

I am curious as to the mentality behind upvoting/downvoting questions... I can understand the logic behind upvoting/downvoting answers "ok if an answer is bad then downvote it" sure this kind of ...
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When reviewing answers, how can I view other answers for the post?

I was clearing the late posts, and there was an answer that was a correct answer to the question, so I hit "no action needed". Turns out it was one of the "test" reviews. This question was already ...
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Posting extra answer to support existing answer

Here's the situation: A question has answer A which explains something fairly well I already have an answer there with alternative solution B However, I see that A can be explained in more detail ...
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Who to award the bounty to?

This question, WinEunuuchs2Unix has written the best answers and put the most effort, but nothing seems to work Bernard Wei, a very smart answer, I really wished it would work, I thought it would ...
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Simple question has surprisingly high votes and views

I don't know what is special about this question: Use sleep with minutes and seconds This question is about the use of a basic shell function, can anyone explain to me what is difficult about a ...