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Is it possible for beginners to suggest tags?

Seriously is it possible to let beginners suggest tags? I tried to create the tag XFCE-desktop which is the large package I had to reinstall, but was told I did not have 300 points. It is more to the ...
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Are software comparisons allowed and if so how broad are you allowed to be?

Are software comparisons considered on-topic here? I mean Ubuntu software of course, and probably software which is specific to it or at least Linux but runs on Ubuntu. And how broad is considered '...
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When a version specific tag alone is good in a single question?

Ok, I'm here so people can point me out where my logic is wrong. I'm talking about the version specific tags. Every time I create, see, modify, processes a question or answer using the queues, ...
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Require obligatory user registration! [duplicate]

Ok, I'm mad... why? because users that need to use Live sessions use the cookie registration, etc... then when that live session is deleted because they restart, reinstall, re... whatever, we get 2, 3,...
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Can we burninate [prompt]?

I don't see much point of the prompt tag, and it only has ~100 questions tagged with it. Shall we burninate it? P.S. Let's also nuke lag
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Can I redirect questions to Ubuntu forums when needed? [closed]

I understand that AU is for questions about how to use ubuntu software and that is conflicting me regarding questions that are about support or fixing something that the users can't solve and needing ...
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Time zone of user in profile as optional field

Some users put their timezone with location. For example India (GMT+5:30). It helps other to understand availability of an user. Can it be an optional field in user profile?
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Discussion of new tag dual-drive-dual-boot

An increasing number of questions are appearing where the problem is a dual drive installation of Windows on one drive and Ubuntu on a different drive. The solutions to dual-drive, dual-boot ...
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The “dependency” tag mess

I'm really tired of hunting down all the APT "dependency" problems... There are already 7 tags that are used for something that ultimately translates to apt/dpkg in the "dependency problem" context: ...
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Could unanswered questions regarding EOL releases be removed via script?

In my quest to clean up the 4000+ unanswered questions with the blacklisted installation tag, I'm constantly running across unanswered questions regarding EOL releases like these: https://askubuntu....
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What is this ridiculous “reputation” system? [duplicate]

I cannot upvote or comment, makes this entire site worthless... What can I do to fix this?
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Collective “On Topic-ity”

It seems that recently on AskUbuntu, questions have been slipping through the Close-Wall (The wall that keeps a question from being seen by more than a few people). Until now this wall had redirected ...
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Why there are so few answers on askubuntu site? [duplicate]

Why are so few answers on askubuntu? I don't get it, it's quite big when compared with another SE sites, but still very few answers. Very many unanswered questions in my opinion, when compared with ...
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“Weighted” reputation gains

I have noticed that you can gain a lot of reputation if you are the first person to answer a quite simple question which concerns a large audience of mostly beginners. However on the other side a ...
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What is the point of voting in meta

The voting in Askubuntu works as following: you ask a good question, it gets upvoted and you get reputation you give a good answer and it gets upvoted, you receive reputation you ask a bad ...
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Why was this very relevant link moderated?

GNOME Screenshot area selection causing freezes I have this problem and needed the answer contained in the post and responses. I don't really care where it was posted, it was a good post, and if it ...
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Does user with more reputation get any profit?

What does reputation do except providing a different level of privilege? What is it about? I find people competing for reputation in this askubuntu page. Isn't this page about solving each others ...
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Why is there no central resource for fixing installations [closed]

I have been trying to fix my Kubuntu 14.04 installation for the past two days now. I have found that there is generally very little self-contained help/guides/tutorials available. While there is an ...
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I know how everyone can be happy!

Unicorns for everybody! .... not really. I'm talking about our long trail of "list of X" that predate the site since immemorial times. As you can see in previous discussions people doesn't ...
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Force answers as accepted

Some users do not mark an answer as "solved my question", even though they leave a comment stating it solved the issue. For example this one. What can be made about it? Can a flag be issued in order ...
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Reviewing tool should be less flexible by enforcing the Skip option rigourously

When you are reviewing posts, you are faced with three options: Skip, I'm done (after some change), Nothing to review. Ideally, when you make a change like edit, flag, comment, or vote, the "I'm done"...
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Ask* sites have a serious misconception in their basis. What happens with expert newcomers?

this is no thought exercise, this has happened to be more than once. Q: What happens to expert users in a field , that just join an Ask* site? A: They have very little chance of progressing in the ...
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Can a mod email a user to get to the bottom of something?

In a nutshell this Q&A https://askubuntu.com/a/1048488/307523 the commenter says: @WinEunuuchs2Unix - you are not honest, when you disabled a bounty for right answer of me over two weeks ago... ...
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Tag change: [cut-command] -> [cut]

The tag cut-command should be called cut. Many other commands, including cp, mv are not with the suffix -command. Please could we have cut-command changed to cut. Firstly, all the questions should ...
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Why posting meta requires only 5 reputation?

Why posting meta requires only 5 reputation? Why not something like 25 or more with the requirement of having some particular badges? A new user automatically gets 1 reputation. So, to get privilege ...
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What are the basic principles for using the vote functions?

Have noticed in chat and meta all users are being encouraged to vote more. Does this mean peoples attitude to voting might need adjusted? Am trying to list some related questions and observations ...
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Highest voted answer auto-accepted after length of time

I have a suggestion: After a certain set amount of time automatically mark the question with the most upvotes as the accepted answer. Many of us have experienced this: You answer a question posted by ...
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Is there any sort of automated scripts for the answers?

Lot's of answers on Ask Ubuntu suggest to fix something manually e.g. via console etc. Is there any configuration management system available that can simply allow to write those scripts/recipes and ...
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Users shouldn't have to make new accounts because they can't ask new questions anymore because of downvotes [closed]

The lost ability to ask questions is very discouraging for new users and makes them think badly of this website.Often they get downvoted by misunderstanding.They also improve their questions and/or ...
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Socratic badge amount gone down unfairly with off-topic I cast on my own post

I feel that something rather unfair has just happened, so I would like to complain about it, my next gold badge that I will get is the Socratic, and just a few minutes ago it said: Now however it has ...
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Why aren't all the [dependencies] tagged question tagged with dpkg/apt?

Supposedly, all dependencies question are about dependencies problems with apt or dpkg, yet, less than the 50% (460 out 735 doesn't have it) has either of the tags. Why if every question about ...
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Is python 3.5 an Ubuntu Third Party App?

Ref: how can I create a program with python 3.5 This is a question in Ask Ubuntu about creating a program with python3.5. The Question was closed as being off-topic. "Help Center > Asking, What ...
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Why do we used byte instead of octet as data size unit?

I would like to understand why we seem to prefer to use the byte unit instead of octet unit (because I used more commonly the octet unit at work, at home, ...). What are the reasons for describing ...
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Proper use of Bold and Italic text in posts?

I would like to make this post to specify "proper" methods of bolding/italicizing text in questions and answers to keep the site clean and easy-to-read. Partially based off of my other question on ...
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Splitting tag libreoffice into libreoffice-writer and others?

1,284 questions have been tagged with libreoffice which covers a range of different software. Is it potentially beneficial to introduce the following tags to better filter answers for the respective ...
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Could we modify the pop-up of the downvote icon of questions?

Reading the answers and comments that I got on this question "Could we add a delay before being able to downvote a question?" I changed my mind: An answer needs to be upvoted or downvoted, it is ...
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Can we delete/migrate 425730 question that is about Mint?

Ok, is a good information, but it is off topic. The problem is that with the amount of votes that both Question and Answer have, we would need 4-5 10kers to delete it, but sadly we don't have that ...
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How do you ask OP to reconsider accepted answer and award yours?

I was a little late to the part posting an answer to this question: How to get a substring from bash command We are all proud parents of our posted answers so I'm probably biased but I think my ...
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How often do questions get answered?

To all those newbies of Ubuntu, does your query get solved in most easy steps? Most of the time, I have seen questions are either left unanswered or are linked to duplicate questions in comments. ...
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Why are the moderators closing posts?

It seems anything argumentative of Unity is being closed. Great work on community support!!! You all know Unity is trash. It was a bad Idea. Now you should let the community fix the problem and the ...
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A user only asks questions

I seem to remember reading this somewhere, but I can't find it on this meta at least... A saw a user who has 530+ rep but has only asked questions - 53:9 q:a. So he has quite a lot of privileges, ...
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Editor Privilege?

Speaking from experience, waiting for a suggested edit to be approved (before 2000 rep.) can be tiring and annoying. So what I want to know is if you guys think the following is a good idea. For those ...
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Was I wrong to down vote this answer?

I down voted and answer on this question, you can read the comments as too why. This user proceeded to trawl through my history and try to find ways to get me to change my vote based on another ...
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Is there something wrong with Ask Ubuntu?

I don't understand, why Ask Ubuntu is like this. out of every 10 to 20 questions only 1 is answered. And the Ubuntu website is advertising it as it's main Q&A web site! Don't you think something ...
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Should Users with only 1 reputation (Or with only 1 question/answer) be deleted after 30 days without a login?

Should Users with only 1 reputation be deleted after 30 days without a login? Because It would keep the site cleaner and There must be hundreds - thousands Of dead users that did use their account ...
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Standard of expanding the abbreviations for questions [closed]

In a recent question of mine posted on the AskUbuntu site I was ordered that M$ has to be expanded to stand for Microsoft (probably to allow for indirect advertising of the company). Is indirect ...
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ordered list format feature request — subtopic numbering

Introduction: While writing a response to a question, I came to a situation where making a sublist improved readability of the post. This works: topic subtopic subsubtopic subtopic topic ...
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Why is Ask Ubuntu set up to discourage users from participating?

For a while now I have noticed Ask Ubuntu has a system of PFO in place. The system I have experienced does not allow me to post or answer questions unless I have 50 reputation points. The system ...
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fitbit tag axe request

I would like to suggest removing the fitbit tag... Reasons: -It doesn't have any relation to Ubuntu, -Fitbit is a company and should be kept off-topic here Please remove it. feel free to leave ...
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How to clean up the site if 80% of the users don't follow the rules

In my country, the gov tried to make it illegal to drive without using the safety belt, they tried to fine everyone who doesn't follow the law. There's another law that forbids smoking in closed ...