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imgur.com is deleting images

I've seen a few questions and answers with images like: The image you are requesting does not exist or is no longer available. Obviously, that's not good for the use of this website. What's wrong ...
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Is it okay to ask a user to accept an answer for his/her question?

Recently I have seen questions where few good answers were given but no answer was accepted and no comment was left on any answer i.e no activity from the user who asked the question. Is it okay to ...
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When should we use the versions tags?

For example, when someone asks a question and he is saying I am using Ubuntu 11.04. Should the question also be tagged 11.04 or not ?
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What's the final word on "What X are available" and "List of X" type questions?

What is our final decision on questions like these? https://askubuntu.com/questions/40606/what-arcade-platform-or-role-playing-games-are-available What IDEs are available for Ubuntu? Our FAQ is ...
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What to do with non-English questions or answers?

What should we do with questions (or answers) that are written in a non-English language? I'm now talking about: Problem using any docks (Cairo, AWN, Docky) These can be downvoted, but what if the ...
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Don't allow editing posts that are currently being edited

Title says it all. Please consider adding a mechanism that blocks other users from starting an edit on a post if someone's already editing it.
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AskUbuntu and Brainstorm

AskUbuntu has done a good job that the people ask them solves the makeshift. Ubuntu BrainStorm, had made ​​a great role temple ahy not many comments yet, apart from this outdated the web. Building a ...
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Purpose of the firefox-4 tag

Jorge Castro brought this up in chat a few days ago so I'm opening a discussion: Do we need the firefox-4 AND firefox tags? I don't think firefox-4 offers any additional data that couldn't be derived ...
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Some SE network ads are offtopic/inappropriate.

I think it's nice that there are cross network ads to have people find other SEs, but it feels to me like most of the skeptics ads are so offtopic that it detracts from the site itself: (Jeff asked ...
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Understanding apt.ubuntu.com and its use in askubuntu

I have noticed in a number of answers to questions where the use of the apt.ubuntu.com (I think this is what I recall) is employed to assist with the installation of some Ubuntu package that may not ...
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Software recommendation tags

I'm surprised no one brought this up before, but there are both software-recommendation and software-recommendations tags around representing the same thing. Fix? EDIT Okay, found out too late that ...
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What are kviews?

When reviewing questions, there is indication of the number of views for a particular question. In some cases it is listed as kviews instead of views. What are kviews?
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Better Understanding Badges

There are a couple of Badges that i do not understand the explanation they have on how to obtain them. For example: Epic Badge (Silver) - Earned at least 200 reputation on 50 days Does that mean ...
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Software tag too meta, delete? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The future of the applications tag(s) I ran into software today and it's pretty meta/worthless. I've gone through and retagged the ones that should be software recommendations ...
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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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What kind of role do the badges play on AskUbuntu?

If this site is supposed to be a question/answer forum let me forward this one. Tumbleweed badge awarded to me for a question that I posted and everybody else has ignored? What does that mean? Was my ...
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What should we do when a question would make a perfect wiki, but...

What should we do when a question would make a perfect wiki, but the author has a criteria too strict for one? Please forgive me if this question sounds stupid, I'm not quite sure how the community ...
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what is the difference between closing and locking a post ?

Some posts are closed whereas some posts are locked , there must be some difference between them otherwise they would be the same. what is the difference between closing and locking a post ?
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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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StackExchange software open source?

I like many things about the stack-exchange websites. Especially the editor I'm writing this post in and the tagging system. Is the software by any change available under an open license? I'd use it ...
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How should users share long log files?

For underdeveloped troubleshooting questions like this one I want to look at whole log files such as /var/log/syslog.1 or /var/log/kern.log.1, which can be several thousands of lines long. How should ...
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Ask Ubuntu goodies anyone?

Here at UDS a lot of people of course wear Ubuntu T-Shirts, for very obvious reasons. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could have some nice Ask Ubuntu T-Shirts to give away as there are a large number of ...
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Austrian LoCo team Ask Ubuntu integration idea

I'd like to have our LoCo team (Austrian LoCo) fully integrated into Ask Ubuntu. Now the question or idea I had is, what would be the policy on questions written in German and translated into English ...
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What to call the Alt+F2 mode in Unity?

I am looking for a consensus on what to call the Alt+F2 mode. It seems that quite a few questions simply refer to it as Alt+F2 which is a bit clunky. Looking around I have also seen the following ...
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How do I re-ask a question for a new release?

The accepted answer to this question stopped working when I upgraded to 11.04. What is the preferred way to ask for updated answer?
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What is the difference between Ubuntuforums and Askubuntu?

https://askubuntu.com/ http://ubuntuforums.org/ I wonder what the real difference between these two services, made for Ubuntu.
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Does AskUbuntu encourage deleting old comments?

Generally, I don't delete my comments. I've seen several posts on AU where people's comments don't make sense, presumably because previous posters deleted their comments. It's worse when these ...
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How can we improve the site's answered rate?

According to this our answered rate (percentage of questions with an upvoted answer) is now 76%. We took a big hit with the number of new questions for 12.04/12.10 and the difficulty of being able to ...
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I figured out the answer to my question, should I remove it or post it. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it appropriate to Ask question and provide an Answer to topic which is not mentioned? I just posted a question and a little while after posting I found out the answer. ...
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What prewritten Pro-forma (aka AutoReviewComments) userscript comments can we use and share?

I'd like to gather a list of boilerplate comments (AKA canned responses) for Ask Ubuntu which can be used in combination with the awesome Pro-forma comments userscript. Post suggestions too, you are ...
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Question about flagging topics that are a valid Q but also have a seperate main topic...

If you ask how to add a quicklist to a launcher and get it answered (Case in question) and it then gets included into a main topic with several examples of how to add quicklists to a myriad of other ...
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Can I re-ask someone else's question from the forums here?

I found a tumbleweed on the Ubuntu forums that I would like to know the answer to. Can I just copy-and-paste it into Ask Ubuntu and cite the original author with a link back to the forums?
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What to do with questions that describe bugs?

I always made the link to the bug report an answer, but I've also seen people adding that information as comment to the question. We probably should agree on one way to deal with such questions.
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Ask Ubuntu for mobile

I was away from my home computer and I wanted to check Ask Ubuntu for any notifications, so I decided to check from my mobile phone. The interface isn't too bad for browsing on a mobile phone but it ...
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How to defend against negative incorrect votes

I have received a negative vote today for no apparent reason (Sorry for my English written skill, am from Venezuela) and i was wondering is there some kind of anti vote system that checks or at least ...
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Why does AskUbuntu keep telling me about the video tutorials?

It seems like every page has a header saying: Is this your first time here? Take a look at our Video Tutorials for using the site. Does that text ever change? I have more than 200 rep, so I'm not ...
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Clarification on twinview vs dualview tag

I was tagging a multimonitor question and initially chose dualview, although it does not exist currently I have used/seen this often. I did a little searching and came across this thread so decided ...
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Flag answers that should be comments?

As new users can't comment, they sometimes posts answers that would have been comments if they could. Should we flag them so they can be cleaned up properly, or leave them alone because that's how the ...
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Unanswered questions, what do we do?

Hi. I'm still very new to Askubuntu, and have a question about unanswered questions. When one goes unanswered for a certain amount of time, what are our options to get the question noticed again?
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Why are the moderators closing posts?

It seems anything argumentative of Unity is being closed. Great work on community support!!! You all know Unity is trash. It was a bad Idea. Now you should let the community fix the problem and the ...
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Is it possible to ask a Question you already know and answer it

After reading this question: Ought one to answer one's own question? what happens in the case that you know several questions that will further help the community but you want to make the question ...
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Is it okay to set these out on our table at LinuxFest Northwest?

I'll be helping out at the Ubuntu Washington LoCo Team table at LinuxFest Northwest this weekend, and I thought it might be a good opportunity to spread the word about Ask Ubuntu. Is it okay to get ...
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How can we make citing AskUbuntu easier?

With Ubuntu redirecting Ubuntu wiki pages to AskUbuntu, we have an issue regarding copyright and attribution. Supposedly AskUbuntu, the Ubuntu wikis, the Ubuntu Manual, and the Ubuntu Desktop Guide ...
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Should we put together a basic, "Intro to Ubuntu" faq?

This question popped up today. Now, it's a terrible question (very unclear), but I think what she's asking is just a basic "I'm new to Ubuntu... how does I use this thing?" Many Ubuntu users are ...
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Is it acceptable to replace linux with GNU/Linux ?

is it acceptable to edit and replace Linux with GNU/Linux (when used in the context of the whole os and not the kernel) .
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Is there a way in increase Bounty?

I would like to increase the award amount of the bounty that I set a few days ago. Is that possible?
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Should we modify questions to remove incorrect terminology?

There are lots of questions, especially about Unity that use incorrect terminology. For example, calling the launcher a dock. Should we edit these questions to use the proper terminology? If we edit ...
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Possible Conference Speaking Sponsorships -- 2011

We're evaluating the feasibility of sponsoring a member of the Ask Ubuntu community to speak at a conference in 2011. Speaking is a relatively big "ask", so this needs to be planned many months in ...
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[screen] vs [monitor]

What should we do with the screen and monitor tags? Currently, there are 15 questions tagged screen and 39 questions tagged monitor. If these tags need to be distinct, I would add the next wiki ...
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Is it OK to ask very specific question about Toshiba's ac100 (ARM smartbook)?

I have one of the beautiful Toshiba ac100s. Is it within the scope of askubuntu.com to ask specific questions here? It will be very technical, for example how to get one specific kernel-version for ...
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