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questions about the scope of this site.

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Are questions about hardware specifications (not compatibility) on topic?

I recently commented on this question, considering it off topic. User EliahKagan very politely indicated that he disagrees. The OP is asking for an explanation of what each of the fields in /proc/...
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Is it ok to mention a Brainstorm proposal in Ask Ubuntu?

This may be off-topic even for Meta, but I'd like some clarification before I do something stupid. I've just created a Brainstorm proposal. Is it ok to mention it as part of a useful answer within ...
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More destinations for off-topic questions

Often, I see a question that is off-topic, but I only see options on the flagging interface to flag for a close or to flag to send it to meta, which is quite limited. Is this by design since other ...
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Is it considered on-topic, If a user needs help to get back only Windows after he deleted Ubuntu partition?

If a user, who have dual booted system (with Windows) accidentally deletes Ubuntu partition and He now only interested to get Windows back, should we help him considering that, He fell into the ...
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Questions that refer to using or installing ripped/pirated software

I note in the comments to this Question, that the user is using ripped software. umm, I just copied the folder of the game to my home folder.. thats it.. should I download the installation and ...
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Was this site conceived implicitly for the Gnome/Unity desktop environment?

And adjacently: is there an intention to organize this site in different subcategories for the different members/desktop environments of the Ubuntu family?
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I think closing questions on Ubuntu derivatives as off-topic is unhelpful

I realize that the topic of derivatives has been touched on before but I am shocked that this community is so closed to questions that, were they answered, could assist pure Ubuntu users. I recently ...
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Was 142386 closed because it's about FreeBSD, or because it might not also be about Ubuntu?

This question was closed as off topic, and there is a comment (though not by one of the close-voters) saying that it's off-topic but would be on topic at Unix.SE. The question is undeniably about ...
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How do we handle questions about unmaintained software?

Either on-site or in chat. I understand that they are technically classifiable as 'software that can be installed', but it gives rise to un-answerable/complaint types of queries. Simple ...
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Should questions related to cinnamon desktop environment be answered?

Officially Ubuntu supports Unity, KDE, XFCE and LXDE desktop environment. So naturally we can answer relating to them in Ask Ubuntu. But I saw many peoples asking help on cinnamon desktop environment. ...
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Are questions about official Ubuntu software in other OSes generally on-topic?

My understanding is that we consider questions about running Ubuntu One in Windows to be on-topic for this site (thanks to Jorge Castro for clarifying this in chat). But we close at least some ...
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Is Ask Ubuntu really about solving problems?

For a new user, the freedom that Ubuntu affords is really liberating. However, the user soon finds himself or herself running into different kinds of problems – which is but natural for any new user. ...
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How do I (and should I) move a question to SuperUser?

First I asked this question at superuser which required me to upgrade away from Ubuntu's ancient ffmpeg. Then I asked this question at Ask Ubuntu whose answer requires Ubuntu's ancient version of ...
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Are questions regarding System76 hardware allowed?

Since System76 is the largest vendor for consumer PCs with Ubuntu pre-installed, are questions about their products allowed if they don't concern the OS in particular? That would include What usb3 or ...
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What happens Once Windows 8 implements Secure Boot on ARM and pc's

Will we be asked to provide instructions for booting Ubuntu on these systems, even when most of the work is done on the other operating system. For instance, currently we answer questions about OSX ...
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Is this the right place to ask a question about installing another OS on an Ubuntu computer?

A few days ago I asked a question on Ask Ubuntu because I needed a way to install Windows on my currently Ubuntu-only computer. It however received some negative feedback from people in the community, ...
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At what point does an Ask Ubuntu question become a Mac question?

Consider the following opening words to a question: "I'm using HFS..." (red flag) "I'm running Ubuntu in a VM on Mac..." (red flag) "My Mac won't boot Ubuntu..." (red flag) "Bootcamp..." (red flag) ...
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Why aren't "I compiled X from source or installed from PPA questions" considered off-topic?

It seems to me that a LARGE number of not useful for most users of askubuntu questions come from this area. Other than driver bugs, it seems to be the second most chain-gunned question that clogs up ...
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Questions seeking how to bypass security, off-topic?

Recently, this question appeared asking how to bypass a firewall using Ubuntu. What should we do about questions which seek out how to use Ubuntu to bypass security implementations?
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Should questions about using end-of-life Ubuntu releases be closed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we allow questions that are about releases which are considered End of Life? Should questions requesting advice using end-of-life (i.e., officially unsupported) Ubuntu ...
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Should questions asking for files via download or email be flagged?

A couple times recently I've been seeing questions asking for specific files to be shared via download links posted in the answers or via email. The latest example of this I've seen is this question ...
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What do we do about topics spanning multiple versions of Ubuntu?

For instance, What are PPAs and how do I use them PPA? this has multiple correct answers depending on what version of Ubuntu you are using. Should we continue this method or look to create separate ...
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Are Launchpad questions on-topic?

Since Launchpad is an integral part of Ubuntu, would questions relating to the use of Launchpad be on-topic? Obviously questions about a specific project on Launchpad would be off-topic. (Unless ...
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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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RE: Acceptability of Off-Topic Questions

Name suggestions for Ubuntu 12.04? About the above linked question/post. I've seen several other name suggestions threads in the history of the AskUbuntu system, however considering that this is a (...
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Should we include support for BackTrack?

This question just rolled in a few hours ago. I'm unfamiliar with BackTrack but it appears to be a highly modified Ubuntu installation which from the site's appearance - dropped most ties to Ubuntu. I ...
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What's your opinion of X on Y? Questions

Where X == Distribution && Y == System/Hardware/Device More and more frequently questions are appearing requesting feedback from users using such and such flavor of Ubuntu on such and such ...
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Are "Has anyone installed Ubuntu (version) on a (Notebook brand/model) successfully" questions allowed?

Well, the title says it all. I have a laptop on which I could't install 9.04 and was wondering if anyone tried 10.10 on one. Are this kind of questions on topic? I know there used to be a ...
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What ubuntu versions are covered?

There is a question on the site about this, but it belongs here so I rephrase. Is the site just about Ubuntu or also Xubuntu Kubuntu and so on. imho all official derivates should be covered ...
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Are general issues/backgrounders acceptable?

My question "what are the most important ubuntu sysadmin tasks/tools" was down voted as "too general". Is it? Should the site include some more general backgrounders?
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Should the site be "Ubuntu Specific"? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do we tell if a question belongs here, or rather at stackoverflow/superuser? I got a down vote on this issue for a question that is not "specific to Ubuntu". I believe ...
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Can I ask Kubuntu related questions here as well? [duplicate]

Or Xubuntu as well? Is this *buntu independent?
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How should we deal with support requests?

More and more questions are not proper questions, but support requests. I think support requests should be "moved" to launchpad, which is the better place for them. Questions here should be more ...
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Are questions about other Linux distros acceptable?

Is it acceptable to ask elementary questions about Linux that will be of interest to Ubuntu users (e.g., how do I lock the screen in Xfce?) though one may be using another distro? Such questions will ...
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Who is the public for which this service is intended, exactly?

Some of the questions appearing seem pretty advanced, wile others (like the ones I'm asking) are elementary. Who is the user we imagine using this service? The answer to this question should ...

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