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Oh God! Troubleshooting tag!

Yeah, there's a troubleshooting tag... OMG... I don't have anything else to say :(
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Review mac tag and rename to Macintosh

As said by Takkat in his previous question the mac tag is prone to be misused to ask about mac addresses so I propose: Review that all the use of mac are about... Macintosh. Rename the mac to ...
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Nuke away "Do not use this!" tags!

I found troubleshooting has a very interesting tag excerpt: Do not use! This is a very general tag - please use a more specific tag to describe your problem. If the tag is "too general" then ...
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Correct term for 'LiveCD'?

Which way of referring to Ubuntu bootable media (i.e. written from the .iso to a device) is best? Live CD The traditional (generally used), but users have asked whether a 'CD' is required. Live ...
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Can we remove the synonym link between tags ‘appmenu’ and ‘applications-menu’?

The appmenu tag is for the global application menu AKA appmenu-indicator, that allows screen real estate to be conserved in desktop environments (DE's, AKA ‘graphical shells’) that support it. The ...
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What are the guidelines for asking VPN or other connection-related problems?

Would my asking an Ask Ubuntu question about guidelines for asking VPN or other connection-related questions a reasonable question to ask? Here is why I am inquiring. I got a VPN connection problem ...
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Would it make sense to prolong bounty time limit for large bounties?

There are some annoyances that would require more than just a casual google or from the top of the head answer. Some questions and problems require effort in answering, and the bounty system helps ...
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Are questions about hardware specifications (not compatibility) on topic?

I recently commented on this question, considering it off topic. User EliahKagan very politely indicated that he disagrees. The OP is asking for an explanation of what each of the fields in /proc/...
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About the Comment system in New Review BETA feature

Review system looks good in controlling spam and low quality contents . I am aware it is still in BETA. While reviewing i came across an answer whose author had less Reps to comment originally , ...
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How do I handle the reviewing and editing of LQ Answers for closed Questions?

I have been spending a bit of time in the past few days in the new "Review" tool after reading the stack feedback document. Im also getting some positive comments from users who receive automated ...
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Clean up (re-allotted question)

I have been given (re-allotted) questions that I have previously commented on. Trying to prod the OP to respond. (not flagged) While waiting these questions are making a second or third round. I also ...
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Is [date] a tag that needs some fixing?

I've noticed something about the date tag. It has questions regarding the date/time indicator, getting date/revision info from a file/folder metadata, and has been included on questions regarding "...
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Version tags on questions involving upgrades

On questions where the person posting had upgraded their Ubuntu version (for example, from 11.04 to 11.10) prior to / while experiencing an issue, how should the version tags be properly handled? ...
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How to get same OpenID URL at Launchpad and StackExchange?

My usual nicks of don-quixote, quixote and donquixote were already in use at Launchpad when I registered there, so I registered as mdcrawford, my real name. At all the StackExchange sites - which ...
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How to know if my question is a dupe if the OP used a different title?

This question is dupe to this question. (I was the first user to flag my question as dupe.) Mods decided to mark it a dupe to another question, that's none of my business. Basically reading this ...
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Why was the question about a problem pinging a Windows system from Ubuntu off-topic?

What was causing the problem, presented in the question https://askubuntu.com/q/418957/44293, only came into light when the question was answered. Before that it was unknown and most probably would ...
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Should unclear questions with accepted (or plausible) answers be marked for closing?

When a question is unclear or missing key elements that might lead to an answer — such as versions, logs, and whatnot — it should be flagged for closure. To the best of my knowledge this is for two ...
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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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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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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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