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Should an answer be literally what OP asks for?

N.B. Be sure this post is not about points. Seriously, the 2 points from downvote is the last thing I'd worry about. It is about what an answer should be (or not). The situation: user asks for a ...
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What's wrong, Ask Ubuntu?: The “Tech Support” Impression

Over the last year in particular, Ask Ubuntu has made a great deal of advancements regarding its standing in the wider Ubuntu community. The prominent integration in the new Canonical topbar, as well ...
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What do we do with (very) long answers, filled with off-topic story-telling?

Every single person has his or her own style of writing, however, every now and then you run into an (mostly) answer with issues beyond styling. The poster seems to have a completely wrong concept in ...
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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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Editor wars aside, can we use sudo nano when talking to non-experts?

TL;DR: when posting a solution could you please standardize any editors to something that firstly comes with vanilla Ubuntu, and secondly, is simple to use, regardless of your personal preferences. I ...
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When should I use the command-line tag?

There have been a few edit wars recently concerning the command-line tag. This question is an attempt to reach a community consensus on the usage of this particular tag. So, what exactly is this tag ...
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Giving away bounties this December 2019

I hope the plain title can still catch your attention--initially worded as "presents" instead of "bounties" but I decided for latter that has a clear intention. Back then, this meta post (2016) had ...
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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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Why Does Askubuntu Have It's Own Domain Name?

Why do some stackexchange sites such as Askubuntu have their own domain when the rest are subdomains of stackexchange.com? Why isn't it ubuntu.stackexchange.com, which currently acts as a redirect?
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Only 30 days and -1 to remove a question?

This was just brought to my attention by this question. From meta.se a question can be removed If the question is more than 30 days old, and ... has −1 or lower score has no answers is ...
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Are we being too generous to (incorrect) answers?

For quite sometime now, I am seeing a very alarming trend here. Wrong/incorrect answers are being upvoted, quite a lot. I have seen some answers lately, that deserve downvotes without any doubt, but ...
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Time of the year

A famous Dutch writer once stated that the majority is wrong by definition. Although the point of view might be a bit too drastic, there is some truth in it. On a website like AU, one could expect a ...
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How to search in the favorite questions in AskUbuntu account?

I m starting to have lot of favorite questions in my AskUbuntu account. So it takes me some time to search and find a Question in my favorites. knowing that these questions have tags (like ATI, Wine, ...
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Useless tag of the day: local

The local tag has no usage guidance and it has been applied to questions without any consistent sense (from package management to networking, wherever people think some meaning of the word "local" can ...
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Are there best practices when it comes to promoting the Ask Ubuntu community?

On May 7, 2017 I will take part in the fifth Italian Debian Ubuntu Community Conference. The general "mood" of the conference is about discussing the Debian, Ubuntu and open source communities at ...
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Is it the time to redefine “end of life”?

Based on my comments here and my messages in Raiders of the Lost Downboat, I think the term "end of life" is sometimes confusing and may be misleading for new users. As of now, one of the closing ...
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Do we need the Adobe, Microsoft and Apple tags?

On Ask Ubuntu we have several companies represented as tags. There are adobe, microsoft and apple. I don't think these tags are useful, and perhaps they should be removed. We don't have experts on any ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Like we've done in the past, in connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions ...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&...
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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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Is it appropriate to ask not to downvote?

Today I've edited out a part of a question which stated: I have already searched related questions but was not able to find my solution so please don't down vote my question. [screenshot ...
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Who owns Ask Ubuntu?

Just out of curiosity, who owns Ask Ubuntu? Canonical or Stack Exchange ? Previously it was said that Canonical helped to make this site and also assisted in designs but there were no Ubuntu links at ...
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What do you do about unexplained downvotes?

Too often do I see a question that is downvoted, without any explanation for why it was downvoted, and I cannot find anything downvote-worthy about the question. Often times I consider (and sometimes ...
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Do custom kernels constitute off-topicness?

Originally, this question was closed due to a mis-wording, and is now in the process of being reopened. Another user pointed out to me that they believe that a custom kernel makes a post off-topic (...
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Is Ask Ubuntu the place for tutorials?

Let's say I managed to realize something interesting, tricky and not foundable with a simple web search. Should I post it on Ask Ubuntu, with me asking a question and answering it myself right after?
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How do Mint users end up here?

It's clear to see how Ubuntu users arrive at the site. It's hard to Google for specific problem with "Ubuntu" in the query and not end up here. We're part of the documentation and we're featured (Ask!)...
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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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Should questions seeking workarounds for bugs be allowed?

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 and had my alt + tab break. Fortunately, I found a question on Ask Ubuntu that had the solution. However, since this question was closed, the solution was posted ...
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Why am I threatened with being blocked?

I have withdrawn my present question in the face of the flag that has appeared at the top of my screen which warns me that my previous questions "have not been well received." That has hurt me beyond ...
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Don't edit spam answers, just flag them

We've been hit by way more spam than normal, just thought I'd point out these discussions on meta that might be useful to folks: What can we do about the increasing amount of spam on Ask Ubuntu? ...
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How should we handle new and future questions about Ubuntu Touch?

Recently I've been wondering whether we need to change our practice in view of the fact that Canonical is no longer developing Ubuntu Touch. As far as I know Ubuntu Touch is still out there running on ...
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Please only advise if you actually have something to say on the subject

Every now and then we run into either comments or answers like below: Question: "Just installed Ubuntu 16.10, and now I am in the login loop. I can use ctrl alt f3 to open the console, but dunno ...
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Is there an official point of view towards leading people away from the site into “private” spaces?

I really, really (really) don't want to be personal, be sure this question is in general. About the question Occasionally, you run into answers where the poster suggests to discuss further via email, ...
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Is the importance of voting understated on Ask Ubuntu?

Well, see title. It seems that upvotes are really few and far in between on Ask Ubuntu. I see some really amazingly good answers that have been there for hours and sometimes have zero or one upvotes. ...
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What should we do to celebrate 100k questions?

The day is coming close! ~16 days from now at our current rate. http://stackexchange.com/sites#questions Please post ideas on how we should party.
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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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Why was my suggested edit rejected?

For some reason, the questioner elected to take screenshots of the terminal, instead of copying and pasting. This means that (a) the question is slower to load, (b) the question is inaccessible to ...
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Please don't approve edit-suggestions where code-format is used for emphasis

Today I saw a new user suggesting edits where he mainly used code for emphasis e.g. pcname + mac filtered WIFI - not able to connect I edited one suggestion and rejected another but then saw that he ...
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What's your Ubuntu question? Be specific

I don't exactly know why this is the case anyway, but I have quite often seen new questions with the above title ('What's your Ubuntu question? Be specific') as the person asking the question cannot ...
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Don't start to vote for closing as duplicate for questions whose answers can't be merged

I've seen this more than once. A question with a very weird dependency issue, got an answer to it's specific problem, and later on (sometimes months), someone votes to close it against the super ...
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StackExchange Data Dump Viewer - A Desktop Tool for Viewing the StackExchange Data Dumps

About: StackExchange Data Dump Viewer is a small Qt-based application that allows you to view the contents of the data dumps. This includes the Ask Ubuntu data dump. Code: The application is ...
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Ubuntu Developer Summit Sponsorship Proposal

UDS-P will be held in Orlando, FL from October 31st – November 4th. While there is a Summit every six months I feel UDS-P is a vital event for Ask Ubuntu to have representation in since it will be for ...
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Changes to how we close abandoned questions

This is a heads up for people who regularly flag things as abandoned: The mods are stepping back We're not actually going anywhere and we'll still be dealing with most of the flags that come in but we ...
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Review audits heads up: upvote doesn't count for real

I just got a good question in a review audit, upvoted it, got congratulated - all well so far. But my upvote didn't count - so I had to perform that extra step and upvote the question for real. This ...
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Happy Oli♦ Day 2016! [duplicate]

In case you are wondering what this is all about, I'll direct you to this related question: A happy Oli♦ day! Basically, we are celebrating our beloved moderator Oli. It's not his birthday, as since ...
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Mod Meeting 2014-01-04: “On Meetings”

In the past few minutes we finished our first ever official moderator meeting. At the end of last year we decided to start holding meetings to discuss site business. Some topics have been getting away ...
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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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How do I quickly gain reputation?

What is the simplest way to up your reputation points so that one can use all features offered by this site?
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Do we still really need to ask people to accept answers?

Every once in a while, I stumble upon posts where comments ask users to accept an answer. In my opinion, it generates a lot of noise for something that is no longer needed. An example of such noise: ...
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When do comments become answers?

I find myself solving someone's problem step by step through the comments. When I finally find the solution, should I move the final solution to an answer and delete the comment or leave the comment ...

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