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Tag Warnings on Ask Ubuntu

Some time ago, we introduced "just in time" tag warnings on Stack Overflow. These warnings are meant to provide users with just-in-time information to help them avoid common mistakes in the tag they'...
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Should we get worried about in what direction Ask Ubuntu wanders?

Not to make a general case from the treatment of just one question but it seems that mere support questions are not only having the majority here but the community is getting so used to this that a ...
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Migration Paths?

Migration paths allow for questions to be moved from Ask Ubuntu to other sites in the Stack Exchange network. The idea is that rather than simply closing questions as being "off-topic", then the ...
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How healthy is our stack exchange compared to others?

For October 2015 Are there statistics available telling us whether we have more or less number of unanswered questions compared to other stack exchanges, and is there a metric available that ...
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Can ♦ moderators see our real name or e-mail?

Just as the question stated. I know it is marked under the private section of our profile, but I was just wondering if you could see stuff like that. And if you don't, do you see anything else that a ...
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What should I do when I find an answer that damages my system but I don't have enough reputation to comment on it?

I found an answer that not only didn't work for me, but it also removed a whole bunch of unrelated stuff that now I now need to find a way to reinstall. I just want to add a comment under the ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #8 on Ask Ubuntu has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering and ...
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Can I use this site to post a how-to?

Can (and should) I use Ask Ubuntu to ask a question that I already know the answer to in order to make a "how-to"?
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A note on flagging end of life questions

Recently in review, there seems to be a lot of questions flagged for end of life, the issue with these flags is that when the questions were written they were ON TOPIC, this is important, old ...
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Thank you for celebrating 10 years of Ask Ubuntu!

Just posting to say a big thank you to everyone for participating in the 10th anniversary celebrations and making it fun and awesome. Acknowledgements: For teaching classroom sessions, huge thanks and ...
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Closing abandoned questions is harder than it should be.

I've been doing a bunch of digging around to help solve our accept rate problem. It's probably a multifaceted problem so I thought I'd tackle this one for now. According to meta, our policy is to vote ...
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Sorting out SOLVED for good

I came across this question whilst rapidly browsing earlier - the OP added "SOLVED: " to the title, but did add vaguely how they got the answer but did not accept it. Searching for other people doing ...
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ROS is not an OS but a framework, please reopen my question

ROS on BeagleBone Black? just got closed for being off topic with this message: This is not about Ubuntu. Questions about other Linux distributions can be asked on Unix & Linux, those about ...
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Ask Ubuntu Moderator Cards

We recently printed some business cards for our Stack Exchange employees and they turned out great. It got us thinking: our sites' moderators have been working hard to keep our sites high quality for ...
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If you're having a repeat problem with a user…

... Bring it to the mods' attention. Don't take on the user multiple times. We've had a few separate instances over the last couple of months where higher-reputation users have actively (or passively) ...
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End of Life for [lts]?

There is the lts tag: The LTS (Long Term Support) releases that have come out so far include: 6.06 Dapper Drake (no longer supported) 8.04 Hardy Heron (no longer supported on desktops; ...
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Please undo tag synonymizing: gnome-shell -> gnome

GNOME Shell is, ultimately, just one component in the GNOME DE. I can use it without many of the other trappings of GNOME, like GDM or Nautilus. It seems very weird that gnome-panel - a thing of ...
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If you want to edit an unsalvageable NAA post, please don't use the edit button in the LQP review queue to do so

This is somewhat related to this useful question: Should we edit the answer we flag as NAA? The answer said, in part: If you're a 2k user, knock yourself out - after all, it's just your own time ...
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What's your Ubuntu story?

Ask Ubuntu is 10 years young now! And the community is always growing. It's time to celebrate, isn't it? We came to Ask Ubuntu to ask questions about Ubuntu because many of us were noobs at using it, ...
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2020 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check

It's time for us to consider holding an election for moderators for Ask Ubuntu. The last election we held was back in 2019, where we elected a single moderator, and since then, several of our ...
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Why is this site better than the Ubuntu Forums?

I am surprised nobody has asked this, but I'll go ahead and start the flame war. Why do you like this site more than the Ubuntu Forums? To me, it seems like unnecessary fragmentation of the Ubuntu ...
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What is your consideration when downvoting, what are your criteria?

At the risk of being burned down, have to get this off my chest. Be sure it is not meant as an average "ouch, they downvoted me" rant; it bothers me when it happens to others as much as it ...
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Why is Ask Ubuntu being linked to from Apport?

When I was using Apport I got the following messages: If you select I don't know what to do or Please point me to a good place to get support you get another pop-up window directing you to Ask Ubuntu:...
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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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We should be able to vote to change the close reason

I have seen many times when a question for instance is closed as off-topic, though in fact it should be closed as unclear, and is not off-topic though some may think so, but the change reason stays ...
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Can this tag be [repair]ed or should we throw it away...?

I came across the tag repair today: 112 questions tagged Excerpt: Questions about repairing Ubuntu can be tagged here (after a fatal error, looping kernel panics, etc.) Wiki: none Followers: 0 ...
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Give [recovery] the [installation] treatment

Let's talk for a minute about the recovery tag, again. There are many different kinds of recovery, including (but not limited to): data-recovery, for recovering lost data, password-recovery, for ...
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2013 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat

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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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Should questions/answers dealing with "adult" software be flagged as inappropriate?

This question is being posted largely in response to this answer describing the "Adult Lens and Porn Scope" and how to install it. As Roland Taylor and I commented on the answer, we have concerns ...
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Get Ask Ubuntu Wallpaper for Your Desktop Here!

What's up? We all love Ask Ubuntu and I began thinking that it would be a great idea if we could have some wallpapers that we can use. So please post your Ask Ubuntu-themed wallpapers below as an ...
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I'm giving a talk on askubuntu.com; show me your favorite things!

I am fortunate to be giving a talk at the Ubucon as part of the Ohio LinuxFest tomorrow about Ask Ubuntu. I'm preparing my slides and I have a set of images that I use to convey what AU is about. ...
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Are we better off with a general "Unix & Linux" stackexchange site?

Recently launched: Unix & Linux - Stack Exchange (Proposal ) Is Ubuntu perhaps a too narrow topic?
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Why was muru's account suspended?

muru is one of the best users here, like Braiam and many other good folks. Out of curiosity, may I know why his account is suspended? He is a good guy. I just found out about his suspension by seeing ...
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Are bug reports suitable for this site?

Recently there was a bug report posted as a question here. I was hoping the community could discuss whether this should be done or not.
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Are software recommendations on topic or not?

There are presently over 2 300 questions tagged with software-recommendation at Ask Ubuntu. However, now and then questions are closed on the basis of this tag being off topic. As an example, Thomas W....
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What is the difference between Ubuntuforums and Askubuntu?

https://askubuntu.com/ http://ubuntuforums.org/ I wonder what the real difference between these two services, made for Ubuntu.
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Should I disable my AdBlocker on Ask Ubuntu?

I noticed that one of my next privileges on the main site is seeing decreased ads. As an AdBlock Plus user, I don't see any ads regardless so I didn't realise that there were any. I know that some ...
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How do I deal with the plurality of "reinstall OS" answers?

I do not wish to sound ungrateful as I am aware that without this AU I would be pretty much lost. However, sometimes the only answer has been "give up and reinstall" which might solve the problem but ...
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What is the consensus about hijacking the accepted answer?

I came across this question yesterday. There is two different answer to this question, one has been accepted. Let's call accepted answer answer 1 and the other answer 2. Recently answer 1 has been ...
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What am I doing wrong?

Most of my recent questions on AU have gone unanswered. I usually get a few comments but then crickets. Is there an imbalance between askers and answerers, or am I asking wrong? I don't seem to be ...
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How to deal with very very old answers?

There is a question How to hide users from the GDM login screen? which is 5 years old, subsequently most voted and accepted answers don't work any more. I needed to hide a user from appearing on login ...
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Lost 235 rep due to user removal

Is there any tidy way to let me know which user was removed? That's a pretty big hit to take from one user's removal. Just curious.
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Can newbies get a feedback from senior community members?

I am somewhat new for askubuntu.com. Personally, as computing is one of my desired subject (but was not lucky to learn), I am doing edit questions and try to answer from my little knowledge to ...
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Is it okay to ask a user to accept an answer for his/her question?

Recently I have seen questions where few good answers were given but no answer was accepted and no comment was left on any answer i.e no activity from the user who asked the question. Is it okay to ...
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Discouraging "Ubuntu" tags

Figured I might as well be the first to bring this up... Some relation to but not the same issue as: What ubuntu versions are covered? At time of writing, there are currently nine instances of the "...
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What is a “very high reputation score”?

When a user is deleted, reputation of users voted by the deleted user will change. From https://askubuntu.com/help/user-was-removed I see This removal occurs whenever a user is deleted, unless ...
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What is the Ask Ubuntu Classroom and how can I participate?

What? The Ask Ubuntu classroom is a series of free sessions where an Expert teaches attendees some of their skills in a variety of fields. Where? The sessions are going to be held in the Classroom ...
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Anyone interested in a regularly scheduled, multiplayer game of 0 A.D.?

Note: check out this post for details of an upcoming event. I am interested in setting up a regularly scheduled game of 0 A.D. that would be open to all Ask Ubuntu users. Since 0 A.D. is a free and ...
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