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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I have withdrawn my present question in the face of the flag that has appeared at the top of my screen which warns me that my previous questions "have not been well received."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 ...
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How can you ask questions if you don't have 50 reputation? [duplicate]

I suppose that this post is a bit of a constructive criticism. I've been using Ubuntu for about a year now and every time I have a question, I find a post, I go to ask for more detail and I'm blocked ...
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Ask Ubuntu new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for Ask Ubuntu. It is now live. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post entitled ...
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Can't format question properly because of character limit

I have a problem with editing this question: Upgrade to 18.04, now sudo apt-get upgrade produces loads of insserv errors OP didn't format the terminal output (which as you can see, is really long), ...
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Possible Duplicate Post, How to reserve an answer?

If I spend the time researching and testing and writing an answer, I would like to know that I can publish it. I have noticed that many times the Duplicate Post Police, (DPP), judge a question to be ...
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What is the correct tag for questions regarding Ubuntu release policy?

I would like to ask a question about Ubuntu development policy, e.g. "Does Ubuntu fix bugs in LTS versions?". What is the correct tag for such questions? Is this a question for Meta?
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Why was this encryption question closed as off-topic as a bug even though it isn't a bug?

I hit a problem about encryption on 18.04, and this question was perfect. However, it was closed as off-topic saying that it should be reported as a bug. However, this isn't a bug — it's a deliberate ...
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Question got closed as an off topic question that can't be reproduced due to silly typo errors

Note that the question tar Errror during scala installation has a typo error in the title "Errror" instead of "error" and a few typo errors in the commands. Clearly the asker can't spell as the title ...
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ubuntu-minimal vs Minimal Ubuntu

There has been a recent announcement of an official Minimal Ubuntu stream with a raw image as well as support on various clouds. There is also an ubuntu-minimal package which has existed since trusty....
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I'm probably going to get skewered for this — You can be rude and still provide a perfectly suitable answer to a question

As the thread title suggests, I think we need to stop considering people's attitude when answering questions and helping people. If the intent is good at the end of the day, it honestly does not ...
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Should the [software-recommendation] tag be deprecated?

Related: How to run the Software Recommendation tag? Given the existence of Software Recommendations Stack Exchange, is there any need/justification for the software-recommendation tag here any more?
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Why is there a badge for down voting?

I found some humor in that I can get a badge for down voting someone. I try to look at the positive things in life. It's a waste of energy looking for the negative. I'm sure someone will down vote ...
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Is ukuu considered on topic?

I have seen questions popping up on this site where people have been installing the ukuu (Ubuntu Kernel Update Utility) that will allow for them to install the latest (Mainline) kernels into their ...
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Preformatted text horizontal scrolling - bug or feature?

AskUbuntu help recommend to style pre-formatted text and console output with #four spaces But sometimes it results in scrolling text. See this question as an example. The problematic line (as ...
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Be nice: How to optimise interaction between Trolls and Unicorns

TL;DR version: For the sake of argument below, a user showing negative behaviour on this site is called a "Troll" and a user exhibiting positive behaviour a "Unicorn". I've been pondering about ...
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Make [desktop-recording] a synonym of [screencast]

screencast and desktop-recording almost mean the same thing. I say almost, because there may be some subtle differences. But I don't believe they are enough to keep the tags separated. For example, a ...
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Ask Ubuntu new site theme coming soon [duplicate]

You might have seen the featured post Rollout of new network site themes on Meta Stack Exchange already, but here are the relevant parts for Ask Ubuntu again: As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com ...
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Should we take [pictures] and [images] out of the picture?

There's images tag, which has as description: Questions about opening / editing / saving images using image-editing applications. And then there's pictures with no description. IMHO: As far as ...
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EOL Notice: Artful Aardvark (17.10) reached End of Life on July 19, 2018

This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that will be reaching End of Life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially past end of life as of July 19, 2018: Artful ...
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Duplicate, remove the original or the duplicate

There is an original question that has an answer that is deprecated. And now there is a duplicate question that has an answer. Which question should persist? Duplicate question: Network unclaimed ...
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How can this be a duplicate?

I might not be a native English speaker but I think I've made myself clear when I asked this question. I want to know the amount of keys typed and the amount of mouse clicks. I do not want a key ...
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Finding relevant aswers

How does one go about finding questions and answers that are up to date, not 5 or more years old. I ask this so I can avoid the "THIS Question has been asked." that I see in every question. This is ...
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Is it OK to delete answers without a comment?

My answer How to change the abbreviations of layouts shown in keyboard layout indicator of GNOME panel? was deleted by a moderator. Of course it has the standard comment Why was your post deleted? See ...
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how to remove duplicate from my question?

I have asked a question and it had been linked to something entirely different, from what I needed or wanted. my original post Next step for my First Program? NOT MENU ANYTHING
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How to comment that a previous solution isn't working?

I'm having a problem (with Qt themes, but that doesn't matter here), found a couple of threads with some advice, tried it, and I find that it doesn't work with very recent Qt (>= 5.11). I wanted to ...
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Should the keys be written in uppercase?

Could you please explain about the usage of keys in Ask Ubuntu? Should the keys be written in uppercase (CTRL) or only the first letter should be in uppercase(Ctrl)? Is there any difference or both of ...
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Can a mod email a user to get to the bottom of something?

In a nutshell this Q&A https://askubuntu.com/a/1048488/307523 the commenter says: @WinEunuuchs2Unix - you are not honest, when you disabled a bounty for right answer of me over two weeks ago.....
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Problem of vote restriction

Just wanted, you know that, usually amateur users read answers, not Experts. Amateurs don't post answers so their credit never increase. So those who read and test answers cannot vote for successful ...
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What to do with “half-hearted” edit suggestions?

I noticed there are many edit suggestions which fix a handful of issues with the post, e.g. some typos & capitalisations, spelling & grammar issues, line breaks etc., but leaves out many more. ...
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What do we do about the links to apps.ubuntu.com?

For years now, we have added links to apps.ubuntu.com with pretty little icons and banners. Recent consensus is that we should stop adding those links (I agree). However, the existing links had at ...
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Not even close to being a duplicate question

This turned to be a non-question because the two questions are legitimate duplicates so I deleted my answer.
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What do we do with this question that is really an answer?

There is this question that is really an answer: Ubuntu Solution for the NVIDIA display issue on Brightness control and Video PlayBack There are two answers posted below it that are probably ...
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The criteria for choosing the top question

I can't understand, how the top questions of week/month are chosen. There is a question with more up-votes and it's in a lower rank than a question with fewer up-votes. On the other hand, a higher, ...
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Basic questions closed as unclear?

Could we at least attempt to understand questions prior to voting them as unclear? Here's just one example: "cp "command is not working properly I'll grant you that the question is very ...
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Tag synonyms: [gnome-shell-extension] and [gnome-extensions]

I just found out there's a gnome-extensions tag. I think it's just a synonym of the older and well-documented gnome-shell-extension tag. So gnome-extensions should be merged with gnome-shell-...