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How do I move a Ask Ubuntu "list question" to the Ubuntu wiki?

I have some questions on Ask Ubuntu that is being closed for being lists (the FAQ doesn't allow it) and I want to move them to the Ubuntu wiki since I think they are good lists and still useful. ...
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Answer aglomerate, group of possible solutions for a frequent question

Is there a better way to answer the "upgraded and my 'random graphics maker string here' driver stopped working" (or any other derivatives of hardware category as long as its frequent)? I have seen ...
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We have a launchpad team?

I was looking through the google tubes and found this - it appears that there is a AskUbuntu launchpad.net team. I just wanted to bring this up - is there anything we want to do with this? Note that ...
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Initial votes to close a question (especially concerning bugs) - some need explanation

Recently in the Review queue for closures I found several seemingly perfectly on topic questions. Only when I opened them outside the queue I saw comments on answers that made clear that the question ...
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How to decide which question to close as duplicate?

I have two questions here: How do I run executable scripts in Nautilus rather than open them in Gedit text editor? How do I run executable scripts in Nautilus? the later of which has been already ...
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As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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Why does Ask Ubuntu subject users to tracking?

Ask Ubuntu quotes Alphabet's misleading ad blurb about ajax.googleapis.com, as if Ask Ubuntu doesn't know that ajax.googleapis.com is an open door to tracking. ajax.googleapis.com passes user data ...
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Is an Ubuntu installation with another Init system than `systemd` still an "official" Ubuntu flavor?

So I was trying to help a first time poster find out why docker wasn't started on his Ubuntu 18.04 - this is the thread. In trying to help him, I was asking about the output of systemctl status docker,...
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I accidentally created two accounts; how do I merge them?

By using a further PC with a newly installed 16.04 Ubuntu, I accidentally created a new account - user:1029634 and I need to merge it into my previous account user:165175. I have tried the contact ...
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Should I repost comment as answer or edit an existing answer?

I don't currently have enough on-site reputation to post a new answer to permission error when installing ttf-mscorefonts-installer, but due to the up-votes on my comment under https://askubuntu.com/a/...
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Editing of closed posts

I recently reviewed an edit to a closed post. At first glance this seemed superfluous as it seemed pointless to edit a post that had already been closed as off-topic so I rejected the post and upon ...
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Get notified about AU Twitter bot tweeting my questions - feature request

I was recently reading this and I understand that the AU (I assume that there are either other Twitter bots on other SE sites or that this is not an AU Twitter bot, but rather just a general SE one?) ...
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Possible duplicate question

I would like to point out that this question: “Normal” variables in Upstart could be a duplicate of this other question: Expand variables in upstart script. I tested on lubuntu 12.04 and bug is still ...
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Blacklist the "connection" tag

What kind of connection? Internet connection? USB connection? Asdfghjkl connection? It should be blacklisted, I think.
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Forgotten questions due to spam waves

A while ago, we were having some spam waves, do to the distraction, we didn't answer the question, that were getting spam A's. I checked my flags, and saw some of them are completely forgotten, I ...
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Would a tag cleaning campaign be a good idea for AU too?

I just stumbled over a post in meta-superuser: https://meta.superuser.com/questions/5718/tag-cleanup-for-january-2014?cb=1 It looks like they have tag cleaning campaigns on a regular basis. Might ...
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What are the reasons to downvote answers?

I'm not asking why a specific answer get downvoted but specifically why would you normally downvote an answer. This should help newbies understanding why their answers were downvoted even though ...
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Hunt down all those questions that have only a single tag!

I created... Lies, you just used another query and improved it! SHUT UP! *boom* *bang* *thud* As I said, I modified a query in the Data Explorer to find lonely tags. You know, those ...
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Could we get rid of all unuseful tags? (Tags that alone can't be)

Lets check this: http://data.stackexchange.com/ubuntu/query/146225/what-tag-is-most-common-for-first-posts Well, someone see the problem? I do. The version specific tags and a bunch of overly general ...
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Don't be shy and vote ;)

I know is pretty difficult finding good/interesting questions/answers, but the amount of votes per week/month/quarter leave so much to hope for. I feel alone in the first place on the quarter rankings ...
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Do we need a new close reason of "Abandoned"?

This is basically a resurrection of How should we define "Abandoned" as a close reason?, but given Reminder: Unanswered + Time != Too Localised, I think we need to actually revisit this. ...
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Tag synonym request: [persistent] to [persistence]

Remap persistent to persistence Both deal with persistence issues on Live USB. While persistent has more posts I propose to make persistence (or persistance??) the main tag anyhow. Suggestion for a ...
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How to handle content copied from the DebianWiki (debian.wiki.org)?

In this answer to a question about aptitude, a block of text from the Debian Wiki was copied (source). While the source has been referenced by now, I think the license of the original content is not ...
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Consider reopening question 113235

Question 113235 is closed, being considered an exact duplicate of question 43174. Now, I got the answer I needed before the question was closed, so I won't suffer much from it being closed, but I ...
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Some merge candidates for Windows 7 and Ubuntu dual-booting questions

This looked a bit unwieldy for flagging, so I'm posting this here instead. I've looked through several of the dual-boot questions, trying to find ones that looked like duplicates. I have found ...
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Packaging problems with PPA's from the user perspective are on topic?

One of the issues I find from time to time are packages dependencies problems related with PPA's due careless package maintainers. These problems are normally fixed changing one line (or several one ...
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About a post in AskUbuntu that received a downvote

Yesterday I posted in Ask Ubuntu a question about dnsmasq, and it was a large post with all important details, what I have tried already, the error messages, and it became really long - more than I ...
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Question marked as "already answered", but the answer linked to does not answer my question

XUbuntu 20.04 Network Device disconnecting every few minutes The linked-to solution does not solve the problem. How can it be said that it has already been answered? Perhaps someone else with a ...
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Should invalid answers be deleted?

I found this answer, which is about a discontinued Chrome extension. Should such answers be deleted, since they don't help anyone anymore?
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Should [edits] and [editing] be tag synonyms on meta?

I think the edits and editing should be the same (on Meta). I guess there is a small difference (one being the action and one being the edit itself). But the tags are used interchangeably, so I think ...
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What is the purpose of unknown-device tag?

I am unable to understand the use of unknown-device tag. Please explain about the purpose of the tag and also explain if it is needed right now or useless.
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Should this tag be transformed in a [flicker] of light?

We have the flicker tag. Its usage guidance says: When something flickers it flashes repeatedly. Flickering in the Ask Ubuntu forums is generally referring to screen issues, or to describe an LED, ...
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How should we handle questions from users asking how to brute force passwords or break encryption?

In my opinion questions that ask how to hack or bypass encryption should be closed as off-topic. Here are some examples of some recent questions: I don't have the LUKs password for my HP notebook I ...
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installing software leads to "unmet dependencies" so question is closed...why?

I'd like some elaboration as to why this question on unmet dependencies was closed. It's not an obscure package, although it's also not in the default repos. Broadly, just asking how to install, and, ...
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Reopen question after release of 20.04

my question has been closed as addressing a not released version, but now it's released. Please reopen. How to install Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa remotely with virt-instlall?
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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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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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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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Is this question appropriate here?

I asked the following question: Cannot assign address inside a Docker container do you think it would be more appropriate for Stack Overflow, or SuperUser? Or is this the right site?
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How to install a downloaded .deb file along with its dependencies in a system with an internet connection (offline?)

Despite the teaser in this Meta question's title, the title of the question that was closed is How to install a downloaded .deb file along with its dependencies in a system with an internet connection,...
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Changing "yesterday", "today", etc in Title to actual date

I was recently inconvenienced by Titles or Question bodies that say "a couple of days ago", "Yesterday" or "Today" because I was forced to scroll down to see question asked date and do some mental ...
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Reviewing - how much you do

This is not a complaint, but a suggestion... As I now have access to statistics of the review queues, I find that users are commonly only reviewing e.g. 5 posts when there are 90 posts to review. So ...
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Is this question off-topic?

I came across this question, asking how to install Landscape on CentOS/RHEL. I think it's off-topic, as, even though Landscape is a product from Canonical, it's asking how to install it on a ...
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I'm really not very pleased with the audit system

So I was reviewing this answer: Install this: sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal I failed the audit because that answer turned out to be plagiarism. Well O.K.... fine, it deserves to be ...
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Close Perpetually Unanswered Questions?

I've noticed that a lot of simpler questions on AskUbuntu are answered in the comments rather than an actual answer, which leads to the question never being marked as answered. Should these be closed ...
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Where is the "Log in with Stack Exchange" option?

How to login for AskUbuntu, there is a new login-screen. But the Log in with Stack Exchange disappeared, that's the way I always did it. I don't have a seperate AskUbunut account. I don't see it. ...
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Why is this question off-topic?

This question is from a user who is struggling using the android debugger tools on Ubuntu. Why is this off-topic? This isn't an android problem, this is a "how to do x on Ubuntu" problem where "x" ...
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'Impact' field on new user profile

Since the user profile page has been redesigned, and very nice it is too, there is now an item of data named 'Impact'. On my own profile, this has a value of "~2k people reached". What does "Impact" ...
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Can I ask a for a "technical quality control" on answers of mine? Where do I ask for that?

I've received 2 downvotes on this answer of mine. None of the two users who casted the downvote bothered to explain why they downvoted it. You can judge this better than me, but the answer is in my ...
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Why do we have [updates]?

Updates can happen in almost any piece of software. Update this database (engine) or this database (entry). Update the (package) list or update the (file) list. It has very well-defined meaning but ...
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