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Why was my grammar edit rolled back?

I fixed an obvious grammar mistake in a post. The author rolled it back to the incorrect version. I thought grammar edits were encouraged since they improve the post even if in a small way. Why would ...
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Is [tag:bash-history] a synonym for [tag:history]?

bash-history Refers to the history of commands that have been run previously in Bash. history The history command can be used to retrieve commands you have previously typed in a shell. I think ...
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Would it be helpful it I posted a Q/A to server management

I have noticed a general tendency here for new server admins to want to install a desktop on his or her server and then forward part or more often the entire desktop over ssh or VNC server. I am of ...
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Why are the top voted answers on top of the accepted answer when it was answered by the asker?

Why is it that the top voted answer always appears on top if the accepted answer is created by the asker himself? Usually if the answer is accepted by the asker, it worked for him, so why wouldn't ...
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Should bounties expire? How can I promote my bountied question even more?

Why are bounties time bound? Clearly the site doesn't get enough traffic to ensure that in 7 days the appropriate users (who specialize in the domain of the question) would have stopped by Ask Ubuntu ...
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Where should I put CoyoteBot?

Recently I made a fork of WolfBot called CoyoteBot. While I know Kaz asked a similar question here, I want to know what to do about CoyoteBot. terdon did not like it in the General Room or Ubuntu ...
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Ctrl+click combination doesn't work with the Ask Ubuntu search results in QupZilla

Why the Ctrl+click combination doesn't work over the search results of posts or Q&A links in AskUbuntu? It works for the highlighted links on the right side panel but not for the search results, ...
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Please don't mark as dupe without reading the full question!

I saw this in review: https://askubuntu.com/review/close/622277 That is not a dupe of the suggested question, because the OP's specific question is not answered: Can Ubuntu install successfully to ...
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I would need your disk and ROM dumps for a good answer to your question

Can someone give me a heads up how to better respond to seemingly far to broad questions which might be solvable by observing an issue first hand and with the consent and trust of a user to not do ...
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Being able to see deleted answers

I've seen in the past questions on the meta dealing with case specific problems that have been very intriguing, yet to find out that the linked question had been deleted resulting in the "Page not ...
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Unable to edit other posts

I have been reviewing other posts for some time. But after a certain number of edits I am no longer able to edit any further post. Why is it so?
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Posting useful online content from non Stack Exchange site to askubuntu

If I see some very useful post regarding Ubuntu on some non Stack Exchange site, is it alright to modify it to make it more relevant and then post it here?
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Are questions about the development status of third-party programs on-topic?

The title probably isn't the best summary of my question, so don't let it hold too much weight. Recently, this question about whether or not Krusader was still being developed was asked: https://...
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Bug in the audit system?

I believe I've discovered a bug in the audit system. I was reviewing this answer, which obviously needed some serious work: So I clicked on the edit link, and it showed me this: Which immediately ...
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How to handle a question concerning a problem which “mutated” along the way?

What happened was I started solving a synchronization problem. Along the way I learned a better way to handle the whole thing and wrote my solution to the "mutated" question/problem, which was now ...
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What to do with old question

I posted this question: USB recognized but not available? a long time ago. Because of circumstances, I was unable to keep testing the suggestions, so I abandoned it. I think the question itself ...
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Site says I can use chat, but I still get the banner saying I need rep >= 20

I can go to my account info and see that I earned the priviledge to use chat. But one of my threads was moved to chat and I can't use it. There's still a banner at the bottom saying I need a rep of ...
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What's wrong with this question? How should I re-phrase it so it will receive views and answers?

Here's a question I have put on 5 months ago: How do I display X keyboard layout? I wanted to know if there's an indicator that I can put that will show me current X keyboard layout. In 5 months, ...
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Should there be a policy on hammering zero value answers to closed questions?

I was thinking about people trying to build low rep simian/bot armies by answering close-able questions others wouldn't touch and thought: Why shouldn't Community downvote zero value answers to ...
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Why are there a limited amount of close votes for high rep users?

I am a reasonable high rep user and have been around for some time now, and even though both of those are the case I still have a limited amount of close votes I can cast (40), why is this? Surely the ...
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Someone is editing my question's tags and I disagree with their edit

As is suggested by Eliah Kagan; In general, if you believe your question is de-tagged wrongly, here are some options at your disposal: Read the tag's tag wiki and see what other questions ...
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To work with older account

I have a account already on Ubuntu 12.04.Now I shifted to Ubuntu 15.10.That's why I had to create this account.Can't I work with my older account.I know I should ask it on meta but with this new ...
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Tag synonym request: duplicate -> [duplicate-files]

duplicate's wiki says: Two or more files that exactly same. ... which is pretty much what duplicate-files says right in the name. Either way would do, but one of them must go. Aside: Ah. We can't ...
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Why can't you vote on a question once you have retracted your vote?

Once you have voted on a question, and then retracted your vote, you are unable to cast another vote, why is this? Because for instance I could VTC something as unclear, but then when they update it I ...
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Is this answer an answer or comment?

I was just presented with this as a Late Answers review. Screenshot in case it is removed: It this a valid answer, or is it someone commenting? They're offering a solution (format first) but seem to ...
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Minimum system requirements

Firstly, should these two be merged/duped/linked/somethinged: How do I find out which version and derivative of Ubuntu is right for my hardware in terms of minimal system requirements? (I think this ...
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How many questions are we answering?

recently I have been feeling that we are not answering a lot of question, firstly because there are lots of "close"-worthy questions and secondly because many questions can be solved by only a few ...
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Reviewer Consequences

Do reviewers suffer consequences if they exercise poor judgement in their task of reviewing posts? I refer particularly to 'robot' style reviews where the reviewer appears to give little care to the ...
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Can we reopen this closed/deleted question?

How to set up gcalcli? This one is quite easy, it's just an out of date package that can be updated: https://github.com/insanum/gcalcli/issues/132 I'd like to document this in this question.
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Is AU more a hotline or a knowledge base?

Trying to help a little and reading some meta (hot) posts, I went across this question. It's a general way to convey some doubts like this one: replying to someone is often a dialectic process, not ...
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What should I do if I find a closed question but I do not think the motivation is right?

This is an example: FTP gives me an error when uploading and deleting files where probably the problem is related to permissions and the server is an Ubuntu server. What is the best-practice in this ...
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Review possible improvement

For reviewing I always try to leave a comment if there needs to be improvement, expansion, etc. I have been reviewing a lot of vague (new) posts recently. I do not want to downvote a potentially "good"...
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Unsynonimyze cups and printing

I can print without CUPS and I can ask a CUPS question without asking about printing. They are closely related tags but separated enough to be on their own. There are several CUPS related tags in the ...
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What to do if a problem returns back?

The first few weeks after installing Ubuntu 14.04 I struggled with abnormally high battery discharge rates. I set up a question on the issue, and although good answers poped up, this abnormal ...
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Reverse the synonym of indicator-power tag to indicator and rename it to power-indicator

Today I killed the battery-indicator tag. Why, well, because I know there's a tag that already covers that topic, [indicator-power] but checking out several questions I knew why the user that created ...
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“Put On Hold As Unclear What You're Asking” How Can I Help Get This Question Unheld?

So yesterday I stumbled upon a question on Askubuntu; MATE menu is missing. It's a troubleshooting question about Mate Desktop and while not ideally worded I found it easy enough to understand what ...
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Review “test question” is loaded

Recently during processing the review queue for "first posts" I was presented an answer for this question for review The answer was obviously poorly formed, at least in the explanation sense, however ...
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Rename unity [component] tags to [unity-component] to prevent confusion with gnome components

Well, now GNOME and Unity has some shared names with certain parts of the UI, namely the "launcher" and the "dash". There is already a tag for the unity dash and the unity launcher that are being ...
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Why do chat posts appear twice at times?

Sometimes when I type in chat and post, it appears twice! Why does this happen? (Another user told me it is due to my slow internet connection. But can somebody elaborate and confirm it?) Also if the ...
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Tags for “Ubuntu installed over my Windows partition, how do I recover it?” type questions

There are many questions of the form "Ubuntu installed over my (Windows) partition, how do I recover it?". Most are already tagged as some combination of "data-recovery" and/or "system-installation" ...
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Anyone finds [clock] useful?

First of all, the clock tag has 0 followers so I'm sure nobody will miss it. Now, the usage of the tag is totally alien to me, it seems to be used for anything related to any kind of clock or time: ...
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Place to ask questions about hosting an Ubuntu 14.04 release party?

My company is interested in hosting an Ubuntu 14.04 release party. Googling really has not revealed any solid info on how to go about doing that (save for the list of LoCos hosting them here). Is ...
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Do we need canonical question for “trying to overwrite file which is also in package”?

I found a lot of duplicates by this query. There are many possible solutions shown but they are mostly incomplete and do not show the right way which will work in all situations. I think we need one ...
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Should the wiki of the EOL tag be edited to notify users that their questions will be closed?

Should we add a notice to the tags wiki of those who have reached eol in bold, saying that if you're asking about this distro your question is likely to be closed because we don't answer such ...
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Start closing “I can't see partitions while installing” questions

I have seen a lot (really tons of them) questions regarding "I can't see [Windows] partitions while installing Ubuntu". A common property between all of them is that almost none of them has close ...
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How should shopping recommendations be flagged?

See title, essentially. Currently there isn't an explicit option on the flag menu to flag as "Off-topic -> Shopping recommendation", despite it being listed as an off-topic category in the Help Centre....
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Tag merge request: accounts and users

We have two tags: users - For questions related to users, user accounts, user permissions or guest accounts. accounts - Questions that relate to an area (or home directory), in which a user can store ...
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Tag merge request: log and logging

The following tags need merging together: log logging These tags are both being used for questions about logging.
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Discussion about deleting old unanswered questions of end life releases

Is it better to delete the questions that are old and with no answers which belong to end life releases?
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How to tag questions asking for drivers?

History. As part of making the tags useful and somewhat rational, I've found myself in a problem with the questions that asks how to install certain drivers. The problem is that they have tried ...

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