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Questions tagged [scope]

questions about the scope of this site.

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What's the relationship between Ubuntu, Ask Ubuntu and Stack Exchange?

Is ask Ubuntu a site to ask questions about Ubuntu, a certain piece of software? Or is it just like for asking any type of questions? Or is it a sub-category of Stack Exchange which is the main site? ...
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Is “any tool that runs on Ubuntu” on topic here? [duplicate]

That's the response I got to a flag I raised about a git question which had already been answered on StackOverflow a few years earlier. Git runs on Ubuntu as well as on Windows or Mac, so it could be ...
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Ubuntu Cosmic Cuttlefish 18.10 is now released, and posts about it are (generally) No Longer Offtopic

As of about 17:47 UTC on October 18, 2018, Ubuntu Cosmic Cuttlefish 18.10 has been officially released. The corresponding release announcement email that went out to the ubuntu-announce mailing list ...
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Is Ubuntu WSL with Linux Mint repos/packages OK for Ask Ubuntu?

I recently installed Ubuntu on WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). After installation, I added the Linux Mint repositories, and installed several packages from them (like mintinstall and cinnamon). Can ...
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Is this question appropriate here?

I asked the following question: Cannot assign address inside a Docker container do you think it would be more appropriate for Stack Overflow, or SuperUser? Or is this the right site?
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Ubuntu Bionic Beaver 18.04 LTS is now released, and posts about it are (generally) No Longer Offtopic

As of about 23:00 UTC on April 26, 2018, Ubuntu Bionic Beaver 18.04 LTS has been officially released. The corresponding release announcement email that went out to the ubuntu-announce mailing list is ...
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“Can I run Ubuntu on my hardware?” questions: a discussion

Ask Ubuntu receives large numbers of questions like this example posted today asking "I have this [specific device], can I install Ubuntu on it?" These questions tend to attract low quality answers (...
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Can I ask a question on Ask Ubuntu about all the old distros?

I thought about creating a "question" in order to remind (or "honour") all the old Ubuntu releases (4.10 Warthy - 16.10 Yakkety). But this question is mostly like a discussion one, not an answerable ...
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How to deal with “feature request” questions?

Prompted by this question, which I flagged as "bug", it somehow doesn't feel right because the flag seems to be specific to "bug reports" and specific issues with an yet to be released version.
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Shouldn't we stop closing questions instantly as Off-Topic if we see the words “mint”, “debian”, etc.?

I'm not suggesting that Mint is on-topic, but recently I've noticed questions getting closed as Off Topic, just because a question contains the word "Mint" or "Debian". If you need to close them, I ...
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Needlessly closed a question?

This question was closed as off topic. LightDM login screen configuration Now LightDM is used with ubuntu and Ubuntu Mate. The DM, greeter, and setting package are available in ubuntu. The OP ...
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Why is this question about the solar eclipse so heavily downvoted?

I am talking about Will the Great American Eclipse Crash Ubuntu here. Just in case, here is its content: Wondering if my computer will crash because of the Eclipse? Anything I need to do to ...
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Why are questions about packages included in Ubuntu by default but not maintained by Canonical not considered off-topic?

Here is an example question: Libreoffice 5.1.6.2 “The dictionary is already full.” It is about LibreOffice, which is a package that is included in the Ubuntu ISO by default, but not made or ...
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Is UBPorts within the scope of AskUbuntu?

I have this question here: Does SECURE BOOT need to be disabled on the Nexus 5 before I can install UBPort's Ubuntu Phone Image? I subsequently created new tags for UBPorts, and one of its core ...
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EOL Notice: Yakkety Yak (16.10) reached End of Life on July 20, 2017

This will be enforced as of July 21, 2017. This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that has reached End of Life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of life as ...
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Can I ask about a problem with a non-Ubuntu kernel here?

I realise that it's perfectly on topic to ask how to install a non-Ubuntu kernel, but what about problems that are specific to non-Ubuntu kernels? Are they and should they be on topic? If not, why ...
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EOL Notice: Precise Pangolin (12.04) reached End of Life on April 28, 2017

This will be enforced starting on April 28, 2017. This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that have reached End of Life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of ...
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Are all freeze-related questions automatically off-topic?

I'm about to ask a question on the main site, but after seeing similar questions and how they were treated, I decide to come to Meta first. The proposed question is about my Ubuntu installation ...
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Can we burninate [hardware-recommendation]?

The help center says: Questions that you should avoid: Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Backtrack, Gnome-Remix (prior to 13.04), budgie-remix (16.04 and 16.10) and other Linux distributions (try ...
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Do we support snapd on other distros?

Although the current help says we support Ubuntu Core, it doesn't say if we support installing and using snapd on other operating systems. My default assumption is that we do not--after all, using ...
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What are the differences between Ubuntu and e.g. Mint?

First of all: I'm a Linux Mint user for about 3 years now. I was a Ubuntu user for about 7 years before and a Debian user for about 5 years. I know the Debian way of working, experienced its evolution ...
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When do we say a problem can't be reproduced?

Today I saw a question, noticed it was a problem that I and other people have been having in Ubuntu for years, and wrote an answer. I also checked on my machine that the answer was correct. I would ...
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Ubuntu Eee / EasyPeasy - Offtopic?

EasyPeasy is 'Formerly known as Ubuntu Eee, a project optimized for netbooks.' Is this really not the right place to ask questions about this Ubuntu distro? The UI says Ubuntu in the upper right ...
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Ubuntu Budgie is now an official flavour (starts properly with 17.04)!

Ubuntu Budgie Remix is now an official flavour! Though 17.04/ZestyZapus (to be released in April, 2017) will be the first officially supported flavour, so questions on that should not be closed as off-...
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Should we or should we not support questions on Unity 8?

You are all aware Unity 8 is not ready yet, so, should questions about it be off topic? I vote off topic, it is in no way ready yet, perhaps Unix & Linux would take it? Example question: Snap ...
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Clarification on GRUB's on-topic-ness

By definition questions that are on topic are these: Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors including: Edubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Studio, ...
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Are questions about EFI boot menu configuration on topic?

TL;DR – skip to the emphasised parts. I came across this question asking for instruction and explanation on how to configure the EFI BIOS boot menu to contain an entry for each operating system on a ...
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Please reconsider closing bug-related questions if a workaround can be produced

I would like to investigate if there is a changed point of view concerning allowing bug- related questions in specific cases. The last time this was discussed is four years ago, and practice seems to ...
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Is this question off-topic?

I came across this question, asking how to install Landscape on CentOS/RHEL. I think it's off-topic, as, even though Landscape is a product from Canonical, it's asking how to install it on a ...
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EOL Notice: Wily Werewolf (15.10) is now End of Life (as of July 28, 2016) (Enforcement starts July 29)

This will be enforced starting on July 29, 2016. This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that have reached End of Life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of ...
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Completely off-topic, promoting!

In the past hour, I have seen two off-topic question promoting a service. Both were marked as spam. I am not even on that much, so if there is two this hour, and there is on average one a hour, 24 a ...
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Are questions more central to the user's DE on-topic here?

For instance, would a question on GNOME Extension development or management which is not specific to Ubuntu, but rather GNOME, be on-topic here? So something that's more central and specific to the DE ...
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Unix vs Ubuntu?

If you're using Ubuntu but have a question which is applicable (or you think it is) across distros is it considered best practice to post in Unix SE? Or is it more a case of the question being valid ...
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Is asking about how to cite Ubuntu in a investigation on topic?

I'm umming and aahing about this question. Does it belong on Ask Ubuntu? I would like to bring it to moderators attention without flagging it because I don't want to flag something not wrong.
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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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Do we consider “Ubuntu on Windows 10” the same as an official Ubuntu flavour? Do we support it? To what extent?

As many will have heard of, Microsoft will distribute a stock Ubuntu installation to be run on Windows 10. Source. Someone has made the point that being this the result of a partnership with ...
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What's this sites stand on UbuntuBSD?

I think I know that UbuntuBSD is not supported by this site, however it may need to be made clear: The website for UbuntuBSD pretty clearly states that if downloaders have questions, they should come ...
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How strict should off-topic questions be flagged as such? [duplicate]

I flagged this question as off-topic. The question absolutely does not belong on Ask Ubuntu but on Stack Overflow or similar. But the flag got declined and that's bad for my reputation (?). It makes ...
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What should I do with an off-topic question that has an accepted answer?

This question appeared in my review queue. It begins by stating that it relates to Oracle Linux, which isn't Ubuntu and therefore off-topic. But it has an accepted answer. Do I flag it as off-...
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Should a question asking for a workaround for a problem in an in-development version be closed as off-topic?

I recently came across this question How to workaround "update-rc.d: error: no runlevel symlinks to modify, aborting!"? and at a first glance I assumed it was off-topic because it would ...
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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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Why are higher ranked users not flaged for off-topic?

As a newer user on Ask Ubuntu I have seen activity from older (higher ranked) users that they themselves would count as off-topic. For example questions on EOL versions or versions that are soon to ...
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When are questions about in-development releases on-topic?

I remember speaking to a moderator in chat once where they told me that a question about a future release which is currently in-development is actually on-topic here as long as what is posted is not a ...
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EOL Notice: Vivid Vervet (15.04) is now EOL as of February 4, 2016

This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that have reached End of Life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of life as of February 4, 2016: Vivid Vervet (15.04)...
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Do we, or do we not support wubi.exe?

I have been wondering this for a while and would like to get a definitive answer. We still get questions on wubi on the site, however, it is no longer developed and won't work on a modern Windows OS (...
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Are social announcements not related to Ubuntu or the site on-topic on Meta?

It is defined here what is on-topic on the AU Meta site. That currently being: Meta Ask Ubuntu is the part of the site where users discuss the workings and policies of Ask Ubuntu rather than ...
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Why was my question on using Ubuntu to trace IPs closed as off-topic? [closed]

I recently asked this question How to trace the IP of a Tox user?, and although it received upvotes as and was answered, it was still closed as off-topic. But I don't really see why because although ...
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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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Should one close questions as duplicates of closed questions?

I have seen many questions in the past which are off-topic, and the community recognizes them as such, and it closes them as duplicates of the question when it was first asked and closed as off-topic. ...
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Are questions off-topic that are thought not to be but turn out to be?

I recently noticed this question Wierd youtube logo today, which clearly has nothing to do with Ubuntu, however if it had turned out to be a virus or something that was specific to Ubuntu or something ...