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Are there any plans for localized Ask Ubuntu instances?

Is there a plan to spin off Ask Ubuntu into (community driven) localized versions? What I mean is something like: http://interrogerubuntu.fr or http://fr.askubuntu.com/ where people who are more ...
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Best way to search AskUbuntu

I've spotted 3 or 4 questions which amount to "How do I do backups" in the past few days. This got me thinking about how to prevent really obvious dupes. One way might be to make searching the site ...
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Which new-user restrictions do more harm than good?

Are some of the new-user restrictions counter productive? If so, which. My example: Until I had +50 rep, I could not post comments on answers. Instead, when I had something important to say, I had to ...
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Why do I need 20 reputation to chat even in the feedback channel?

I'm not sure how to answer to a previous answer so I joined the chat and I couldn't ask anyone as I'm lacking repuatation. Come on guys, this side is supposed to be "easy" and enable an instant ...
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Title editing for googleability

I've been editing the titles to make more sense, for example "How do I do foo on Ubuntu" to "How do I do foo?" since we already know you'll be on Ubuntu (unless you specify otherwise). I've also been ...
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Are we too harsh on this one ?

This question is along the lines of favourite emacs shortcut or best video editor or text editor or php/ror editor for ubuntu. Many of them are lingering along nicely as community wiki's without ...
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How can I increase my reputation on Ask Ubuntu?

I notice some users with very high reputation scores. What is their "trick", and how can I increase my reputation?
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How would Ubuntu Bug #1 be fixed if Ask Ubuntu uses a Windows Platform?

Unless this is a Mono port of stackoverflow and it is running on Ubuntu server. Please clarify (Ubuntu's bug #1 is that Microsoft is more popular than Ubuntu - see at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+...
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Lack of revision note and cc-wiki graphic in Ubuntu footer

I noticed today that the Ubuntu site doesn't appear to have the cc-wiki graphic and "revision" note that usually appears in the Stack Exchange footer. I don't want to tag this as a bug, but I was ...
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Are "Has anyone installed Ubuntu (version) on a (Notebook brand/model) successfully" questions allowed?

Well, the title says it all. I have a laptop on which I could't install 9.04 and was wondering if anyone tried 10.10 on one. Are this kind of questions on topic? I know there used to be a ...
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How should we tackle troubleshooting questions?

Some questions asked are difficult to answer because they require several steps to troubleshoot. What I mean by this is that in order to help the asker, we need to ask them several questions. It seems ...
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Reception of askubuntu.com

Now that this site has officially launched (no longer in beta), I think it'd be interesting to see what people elsewhere (outside the usual Stack Exchange circles) are saying. Have you noticed ...
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What is the difference between the 'sound' and 'audio' tags?

Is there a technical or functional difference between the sound and audio tags?
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Giving feedback on the design

Thanks to Mat and Jin the new design is live. Here's how to report bugs. If you find a problem with the design that is CSS related, for example something doesn't line up right or look wrong, then Jin ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you ...
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Software package installation Icon [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change the software icon In regards to The package installation problem. it's become clear we would like to add a custom launching icon that can be used to open the apt.ubuntu....
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Should the welcome message put more focus on casual users?

Hi, I was wondering whether we should change the site welcome message (the one that pops up in the bar at the top) to say "Welcome to the QA site for Ubuntu users", rather than "...users and ...
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How do we solve the package installation problem? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to post links that install software via apt? I had a friend try stackexchange and he was disappointed that a bunch of the easier commands (like recommending installing ...
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Design Ideas for the final site

Hi everyone, At the beginning of the beta I linked up Mat Tomaszewski from the Canonical Design Team to work with Jin Yang from SO on the design for the final site. I am posting the design here on ...
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Our community in one brief sentence

From the SO/SE blog: Instead of stressing out over the vagaries of the brutal, cut-throat .com domain market and debating the “least worst” domain name options ad nauseam, simply focus on telling the ...
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What tools should we recommend for participation?

This question on which screenshotting tool reminds me, should we add tool suggestions in the FAQ to encourage better quality questions/answers?
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Why was question 4389 closed?

This question. As I understand it, it's just a fun question, quite like the apt-get-from-2020 one. I really can't understand why we accept and upvote one, but not the other. Sure it should be a ...
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How can we ensure that first timers are not given the wrong impression

I have seen many times people being down voted for doing something wrong. For example posting an answer that really should have been a comment. Or posting an answer in the style of a forum thread ...
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Network or networking?

I went to tag a network-related question with one and ended up with: network x 37 networking x 26 There is also indicator-network and network-manager, which I think are useful to keep around. But ...
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How should sequential clicks/menu items be formatted?

What should the separator be? System > Preferences > Keyboard > Layouts > Apply System-Wide System → Preferences → Keyboard → Layouts → Apply System-Wide System --> Preferences --> Keyboard --> ...
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Should we be encouraging people to vote more?

I wanted to blog/tweet our list of unanswered questions, which appear to be sorted by vote. However I noticed that given the amount of users on this site that the amount of voting on the questions isn'...
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Where should I post complicated questions that are about Ubuntu?

From reading the SO Blog post, it seems the general consensus is that Ask Ubuntu is special since most users want simple, easy answers that don't require hacking something to get it to work. However ...
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Finishing the Beta off strong and prepping for 10.10.

(Heavy updates) With 10.10 on the horizon I thought I'd start looking at we need to finish off. This is an extension of Oli's original question about steering this ship. Thanks to everyone who have ...
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Should we include support for BackTrack?

This question just rolled in a few hours ago. I'm unfamiliar with BackTrack but it appears to be a highly modified Ubuntu installation which from the site's appearance - dropped most ties to Ubuntu. I ...
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Ideas for creative-commons dumps of this site.

Assuming we make it out of beta alive, it looks like SE sites get a Creative Commons licensed data dump. I'd like to start a discussion on how we can make these dumps useful for users. The data ...
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How should unnecessary questions be closed, if at all?

A question was asked about a problem that was later discovered to be nonexistent. The problem was due to a typo and the poster only realized this after asking the question. Should I vote to close a ...
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Per tag sidebar links?

I've noticed that on this page on stackapp there's a handy sidebar with links under "Get Started" I was wondering if it was possible to get on Ubuntu SE with individual tags, so that for example when ...
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Is it possible to "over edit"?

Hi! Since it's beta I want to make sure we have high quality questions and answers. As a result I've been doing some editing, but a bunch of it things like capitalization, spelling, formatting, etc. ...
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Am I allowed to ask for a rep boost?

I asked a question with a bounty and didn't realize I would loose the ability to comment. Can I get a few up votes to get enough reputation back please? I've seen this done on other meta sites so I ...
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Why should I use this site instead of Ubuntu Ask/Shapado?

Ubuntu Ask (hosted on Shapado) looks just like an open-source clone of Ubuntu StackExchange. Why should I use one over the other?
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How to describe keyboard shorcuts?

What's the best way to describe a keyboard shortcut in a question? For instance, if I'm talking about a shorcut that consists of the Ctrl and the + keys pressed together. Should I describe it as Ctrl++...
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Why are there so many new users with 101 reputation?

Nearly half of the 35 newest users in Ubuntu StackExchange have exactly 101 reputation and no history of participation on the site. What's the explanation?
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Fun-thread-friday!

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Part of the long-term success of StackOverflow has been the ability/allowance for occasional on-topic silliness. Letting new users relax and get involved ...
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$ (prompt) in command line instructions

I noticed a minor 'edit war' in an answer (NB: broken link, I'm guessing the answer was deleted) regarding whether or not we should promote $ at the front of command line instructions. Is one of ...
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Should we target Social Media?

Update This project as been added to GitHub the current planning board is on PivotalTracker With the recent addition of this question: Gwibber and OAuthcalypse I began realizing an opportunity to ...
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What happens if I don't get a satisfying answer?

I asked a few questions, and some of them didn't get me an answer that helped (or an answer at all, for that matter. Occasionally people answer a question with more info, but not an answer). * And ...
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How to handle Comments as Answers

Lately I've noticed users leaving comments (additional questions for the OP) as answers to their questions - which isn't desired. I understand for Ubuntu Community members joining the site who are ...
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Who's running this ship and where's it going?

When investing my time into something, I like to know where it's going. Helping one person is good but if I can help 10, that's better. Is my time here worth more than that on IRC/forums/etc? To know ...
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Where is the link back?

Where is the link back to ubuntu.stackexchange.com from meta.ubuntu.stackexchange.com?
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How does Ask Ubuntu work?

We're in an odd situtation as Stack Exchange has long-established communities and so has Ubuntu. We need to ensure that we communicate best practices to the existing Ubuntu teams. How do Ask Ubuntu ...
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How do I demote my own answer and encourage people to see the more detailed one?

In this question Bertrand's answer is better because he linked to a blog post from an upstream developer with much better information. I think my answer got top voted because I happened to post first ...
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How to tag the Ubuntu editions and derivatives

[ The previous revision of this question didn't get much response and was incomplete because it did not include the derivatives, at least one of which also has editions. I have revised it to hopefully ...
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Encouraging existing Ubuntu teams to use SE

This isn't really a question but I guess I should bring it up now rather than later. In an effort to help spread the word I have asked some existing Ubuntu teams to start participating. I started ...
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Are Launchpad questions on-topic?

Since Launchpad is an integral part of Ubuntu, would questions relating to the use of Launchpad be on-topic? Obviously questions about a specific project on Launchpad would be off-topic. (Unless ...
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Recommending sudoedit instead of sudo $editor?

I notice that in some people's answers say "to edit the file, do sudo gedit $file" some people say "sudo nano $file" and of course "sudo vim $file" By default doing "sudoedit $file" will open the ...
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