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When are Debian questions off topic?

I just voted to close this Debian question. There are a bunch of Debian questions that are open though; when is it appropriate to close a Debian question?
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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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Are Linux Mint (and other unofficial derivatives of Ubuntu) questions on topic?

(Inspired by this question about Mint. ) You only have to look at Wikipedia to find a long long list of Ubuntu derivatives - should we allow, or even actively encourage, questions regarding these on ...
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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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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 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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How is this question off-topic?

I posted a question about the crouton tool for creating an ubuntu environment in chrome os, but it was put on hold as off-topic. The question is this: I attempted several times to use the crouton ...
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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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Closing the off-topic and duplicate questions with bounty

There are some questions which has bounty, but are clearly off-topic or are duplicates of another question. e.g. https://askubuntu.com/questions/411887/unicode-fonts-are-not-displayed-correctly-in-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The close reason "Off topic" -> "Bug reports..." is still confusing

There is one single point in the review UI that does not fail to irritate me when I see it. It's about how to understand the close reason Off topic->Bug reports. I know that it has been discussed ...
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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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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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Would a off-topic tag warning be a good-idea? [duplicate]

Here on Ask Ubuntu we have quite a lot of tags for various Linux distributions/Operating Systems/things that could be off-topic if specific about them: debian, mint, fedora, crunchbang, windows, ...
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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? [duplicate]

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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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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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 ...
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Are non-Ubuntu-spefic questions allowed? [duplicate]

I was just wonder, let's say that there is a question which asks how to disable the cache in Firefox, and the person who asks says that they are running a supported flavour and version of Ubuntu, is ...
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Should one make a question on-topic by editing it and generalizing it?

I recently came across this question in the Reopen votes review queue, and it was edited and generalized by another user: But as ElementaryOS is not Ubuntu should this really be reopened now that it ...
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Are questions about getting involved on-topic here?

I was just wondering if questions on how to get involved with Ubuntu and Ubuntu-related development were on-topic here?
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Are questions on removing Ubuntu and getting Windows back on on-topic or not? [duplicate]

I have noticed many questions from new users asking about how to remove Ubuntu and get Window back on, half of these are getting closed as a duplicate of this, and the rest as off-topic, but this ...
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Ubuntu Bitnami stack. Another 'is this supported?' question

Relating to this question can Bitnami be considered on-topic? I flagged to close as off-topic, but think I might have been a bit too hasty. The answers about ssl certificates and virtual hosts is ...
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Should we really divert all software recommendations? [duplicate]

In the review queue I just stumbled upon a question about a translator app for Ubuntu , which is on the way to be closed as "off topic". Is closing and pointing to https://softwarerecs.stackexchange....
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Are Windows questions allowed that use Ubuntu minimally?

I have just come across a question where the person wants to fix their Windows 10 installation via some boot repair tools and an Ubuntu LiveUSB, is this really on-topic? I mean I guess it is sort of ...
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Why do one post sometimes off-topic post like "How To Boost Marathon Stamina?"

Recently I saw a post saying: "How To Boost Marathon Stamina?" Why people do post these type of off-topic post on Ask Ubuntu? These are automated robots for posting ads or something else?
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Can I ask questions about upcoming releases? [duplicate]

I know that you can't ask questions about upcoming releases that are still in development, however, can you ask questions about them when you are not asking for help with them? For instance after ...
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Why was my Steam WINE question closed as off-topic?

I recently asked this question Why does Steam require a new installation in Wine for every game?, but I have just noticed that it has been closed as 'off-topic', but I asked a few mods and other ...
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Asking questions about third-party applications running on Ubuntu

In the past when I have asked how to achieve a particular thing using a third-party application on Ubuntu, I have often come across users like here for instance that say that it has nothing to do with ...
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Can I ask questions about how software is supposed to be used?

I just asked a question about what the intended workflow is for doing something in Ubuntu, but it was rather poorly received thus far: What is the intended way of creating desktop launchers? Is this ...
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Is this the right place to ask about finding and installing an AV?

I know that there is some sort of Norton Open Source Antivirus for Linux, and I really want it, however I see mention and talk of it, but I can't actually find it, is this the right place to ask about ...