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Merging scripting related tags

It looks like there is no difference between shell-scripting, script and scripts tag. Should we merge those and add tag synonym from script to scripts or vice versa?
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Should we have a banner for potential 11.04 question askers?

With 11.04 Alpha 3 coming out tomorrow should we have a site-wide banner to help stem the tide of these questions? If so what should the text say, potentials links to include, etc?
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What topics would be good for Video Tutorials?

Jorge Castro has done a great job starting these video tutorials and I would like to help in producing a few myself. However, I'm not sure which topics would be good to cover.
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Video Tutorials for using the site

During our beta I created a video to kind of explain how the site works. I'd like to continue expanding on that and create other videos for the site if people want to watch to see how they work. ...
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Linking to a question worsening Google result

Yesterday I moved this information from the Ubuntu wiki to AU: What are Unity's keyboard and mouse shortcuts? Within 10 minutes of posting it it was the #3 hit on Google for "unity keyboard ...
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Relevancy of openoffice.org tags

Now that LibreOffice is going to replace OOo while being the same, I find it irrelevant to have any OOo tags. They should be merged with LibreOffice's tags at least by the time on Natty's release.
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Can I ask software specific questions here?

I am a new Linux (Ubuntu) user and I would like to ask about how to do certain things with popular applications like LMMS. Can I ask these types of questions here? I don't know how popular the site ...
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New questions for different versions or pile them together?

This person had their question answered by plugging it in and it works: How do I get a CSL Usb Modem U1-TF to work? However a new user just posted because it didn't work on an older version of ...
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Does it make sense to have both chrome and chromium tags?

We have google-chrome (41) and chromium (32). Seeing as they are basically the same product, the main difference being the branding, does it make sense to have them under two tags on our site?
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Should we add OSS ads (targeted at users)?

There is this question "Should we add the SE network OSS ads?" about whether to re-use the SE ads which aim at gathering new developers. One of the comments is that those ads aren't a good match for ...
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How to improve my accept rate?

On several SE sites, my accept rate is below 90%. The reason isn't that I just neglect to accept the answer that solved the problem, but rather that no answer was really helpful. My concern is that ...
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Should we add the SE network OSS ads?

Stack Overflow offers free, vote based ads for open source projects. They seem to refresh them regularly, here's the latest thread for this iteration. I tried 2 experiments when they opened this time ...
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How much editing is fine? Removing hi, thanks etc

When editing posts, is it good or bad idea to remove introductions ("Hi, and I am new to here") and endings like ("Thanks in advance"), in addition to more important changes like multiple spelling ...
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Is 20K reputation required for wiki tag approvals for new sites

I am one of the zeitgeist developers and I spend a lot of time helping people with problems and misconceptions. I had an idea of creating a wiki on askubuntu for the zeitgeist tag. When I opened the ...
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Should we create a wish-list tag?

I know that its not the scope of this forum, but I see some answers being provided by developers of the said applications, and it would be a good place for the average user to post them, and another ...
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Blacklist the linux tag?

I don't see any use for the linux tag. It would seem to me that the only valid uses are when it is used instead of the kernel tag.
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Is it a good idea to downvote bumped questions with no response or effort by the asker?

The community user just bumped this: https://askubuntu.com/questions/17593/why-cant-get-past-the-user-info-screen-when-installing-10-10 However the person was last seen when they posted it on Dec ...
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Why this question is locked?

Why is this question closed?
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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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Why don't I get my reputation back if nobody answers my bounty question?

I think the title says it all. Whats up with that?
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Is there a way to view or work with the revision history of answers?

I know that the revision history of questions is editable and viewable. Is this also possible for answers?
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2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat Digest

The following is a "digest" version of the 2011 Moderator Election Town Hall Chat . The format, as described on Meta Stack Overflow, is one answer to this question for every question asked in the Town ...
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What is the process of removing a moderator from office if he/she goes rogue?

Not that this will ever be an issue, but what is the process of removing a moderator from office if he/she ever goes rogue or fails to meet the expectations of the community at large?
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Keeping the Ubuntu One tag running smoothly

Hi everyone, I'd like to flesh out how we run ubuntu-one a little bit better so we don't collide. First, some background. The Ubuntu One team at Canonical uses Ask Ubuntu as a place where they send ...
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Is there a discrepancy in the amount of registered users?

Just last week we were celebrating hitting 10k users and the past few days we went back down below 10k and we're just now approaching it again. Is there some regular culling of accounts or something?
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2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat: 4pm UTC on the 8th

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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Information on the moderator candidates

This has been posted by ChrisF on the meta of all the other sites undergoing elections, so just in case you've missed it I'm adding it here. Yi Jiang has put together a nice site that use the Stack ...
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Is there a way to hyperlink within an answer?

I've used superscripts as footnote references a few times (e.g., ...close-vim-from-the-command-line ) . Is it possible to link these so that they jump down to the appropriate place (such as the ...
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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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2011 Community Moderator Election

The 2011 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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I don't think people are getting the edit thing.

Here's an example of where I start to read a question, then get to the end and the person adds a bunch of edits that just end up confusing me instead of fixing the original question: Handle Doc/Docx ...
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Should the development and programming tags be merged?

The development and programming tags seem very similar. Sometimes it's obvious that a development question isn't strictly about programming, but otherwise, they overlap. As a user, I'm not sure when ...
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Should I ask for additional information in comments, or start an answer and ask questions there?

I noticed on another QA post here that someone mentioned that as a rule of thumb they keep comments short, and anything longer than short goes in an answer. A few times, I've asked for more ...
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How to deal with masked shortened-urls?

Easter eggs in Ubuntu vs. Easter eggs in Ubuntu – Spot the difference! The second one has a shortened url; I find this downright rude. What are your views on the usage of masked shortened-urls? Is ...
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When are questions about "ubuntu+1" appropriate?

"ubuntu+1" is the developmental release of Ubuntu, so it changes every day so it can cause people to have lots of problems and ask for help. So for example people asking 11.04 (aka natty) questions ...
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Why was this made CW?

Looking at Q: Pros and cons of hibernating, I wonder why it was made Community Wiki? To me, it doesn't look subjective, nor is it like a poll.
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How can I associate my askubuntu profile to StackOverflow careers?

careers.stackoverflow.com only shows "Server Fault", "Super User", "Stack Overflow" and Stack Apps accounts. How do I associate askubuntu account there?
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What is a good attribution while reusing StackExchange content within StackExchange ?

Context : As I just hit the evil reputation, 666 (don't worry it's already over), I eventually did something bad here : copy-paste content, forgot to mention the source and got caught by the author, ...
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Talk of migrating some questions to unix.SE

Looking around here, I haven't come across one asking about migrating questions to unix.SE. However, there is currently a discussion on that site's meta, regarding the issue. In fact, the site will be ...
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Is askubuntu.com hosted on Ubuntu Server Edition?

I was just wondering whether or not askubuntu.com was hosted on Ubuntu Server? I tried searching for it but didnt find anything so I thought I would ask at meta.
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Editing tips and tricks

In the beginning there weren't that many high rep users who could edit questions. As that number grows I thought I would add some tips/tricks that I use for those of you striving to earn a badge ...
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What should we do about outdated answers?

As a young site we haven't had this problem much yet but in a fast moving world, things change quickly and what were once very good answers can become out of date. Due to our prominence in the search ...
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What can users do about clear spam attempts?

This user is clearly spaming the site. He has his company link twice in his profile (hint 1). Then he asked this when it's offtopic and he identifies himself as a vpn company. Another link to ...
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Terminal vs. Command-Line

What is the difference between terminal and command-line? Is it a big enough difference to make a distinction at all?
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The future of the applications/software tag(s) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Applications, application and software tags must die! To my mind applications, application and software is useless - there is no clear meaning to them. Some questions should ...
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How to link to manpages?

What would be the best way to link to (and highlight) manpages when answering questions? I frequently want to refer back to manpages, and I'd like to get it right. (For example, in an answer, I'll say ...
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List of Ask Ubuntu uses within the Ubuntu community?

Can anyone provide a list of places that Ask Ubuntu is being used to enhance the Ubuntu community? This is intended as a community wiki question for us to collect and celebrate the use other parts of ...
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Deprecate the ubuntu-desktop tag?

This first came up when SE introduced displaying the most common tag at the start page s for SEO reasons. Commenting on the following two questions and their new titles ubuntu desktop - What native ...
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Improving boot/grub questions and answers

If you look at the grub, grub2, and boot tags you'll likely find pretty vague and incomplete questions and answers. I personally consider these 3 tags as the ones that we could improve the most on ...
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How to delete my answer in the post??

Sometimes i might not answer the questions in a clear form.And so if someother person gives the brief and clear answer.I would like to delete my own answer,so that the post might contain the most ...
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