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Is it on-topic to ask about plugins in a browser?

I was just wondering, is it on-topic here to ask about plugins in a browser, when the browser is running on Ubuntu, but the plugin is browser and not OS specific?
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Is there a rule which states that all questions and answers have to be in English on this site? [duplicate]

I know that people often tell others that it is a rule here, but I am have never actually seen it written anywhere, so is it a rule that all questions and answers on this site have to be written in ...
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EOL Notice: Utopic (14.10) has now reached End of Life

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 July 23, 2015: Utopic 14.10 New ...
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Proposal to edit the Close-Reason "Not about Ubuntu" to also include questions about other *mobile* OS

The reason why I am proposing this is that I saw this question which is about an android app that the user falsely expected to find in the Ubuntu-touch repository. My reaction would have been to ...
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It is off-topic now, but it wasn't then, so do I vote to close? [duplicate]

I have recently (after reaching 3k and unlocking the ability to cast close and reopen votes) noticed that a lot of questions that were not off-topic when they were originally asked are being flagged ...
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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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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 it appropriate to ask if the Asus X555MA has any known issues running Ubuntu?

I know there have been questions about hardware before, and meta discussions about whether or not they are appropriate, but I can't remember if there was a definite answer. I'm thinking of the Asus ...
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When will I be able to ask about systemd questions with ubuntu?

This one was deleted: Increase Trackpoint Sensititvity with SystemD (Ubuntu 15.04 or later) because SystemD is a feature in the next version of Ubuntu. Having reinstalled, I searched for the ...
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Are bash/shell scripting questions on topic?

I have seen a number of users voting to close scripting questions as off topic. Is this the community consensus? Are bash questions not welcome here? How about other shell programming questions?
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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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Are questions on unauthorized software on-topic?

Someone asked a question about installing a software program that was clearly illegally procured. Yet I hesitate to flag the question as off-topic: there is, as far as I can see, no explicit rule ...
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systemd on or off topic

Is systemd on or off topic here ? From the wiki page - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/systemd#Warning.21_Experimental_code Warning! Experimental code systemd is under active development in Ubuntu ...
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Is it fine to ask questions about boot errors from log files?

I'm looking into the log files and search for boot error messages. When I find an error I search it on the Internet. If I don't find any solution, is it fine to ask a question about how to fix it? I ...
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Are Qt questions on topic?

Are Qt questions on topic? I ask because I get hassled for asking them, despite clearly being linked to Ubuntu, especially since unity is becoming pure Qt. I am very rarely hassled for QML questions,...
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Are questions about ubuntu 15.04 are off-topic? [duplicate]

Are questions about in-development Ubuntu distributions off-topic or not?
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Where can I ask theoretical questions?

I was wondering where the proper place for theoretical questions would be. E.g. (a little noobish, but whatever) I wondered how it's possible for something to be closed source - why can't you either ...
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Let's refine and clarify our off-topic close reasons

Recently I have noticed, both as a user and a moderator, a good number of questions either being closed as end-of-life or as a development release when they probably don’t need to be. Just a few ...
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Are questions about the finer points of the linux kernel on topic?

My question is in regards to this question: https://askubuntu.com/questions/540665/packet-traversal-through-ubuntu-kernel This is a question about the nitty-gritty underpinnings of the linux kernel. ...
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How do we differentiate between 12.04 and 12.04.5?

As far as I know, there is only one 12.04-related tag: 12.04. Also, 12.04 (by itself) EOLed on August 8, 2014. 12.04.5 EOLs in April 2017. As one is off-topic and the other is on-topic, how do we ...
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There are questions being closed as EOL when they are still supported

This question is because of some close votes due to EOL are wrong - I expect it is quite a lot. This is a review of a question (admittedly too broad / unclear)- it was flagged as being EOL for being ...
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Questions on how to use a program that technically are available on ubuntu?

Okay excuse my ignorance, but this should be an easy question for you to answer. I didnt get a clear answer in the help, so I am just double checking: https://askubuntu.com/review/first-posts/305383 ...
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Is Ask Ubuntu a social network?

Hey all metausers out there! I heared an interesting talk about social networks, and what social networks are. And now this question is engaging me: Is ask ubuntu a social network? I think it is ...
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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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Can I mention SteamOS in Ask Ubuntu?

I use SteamOS and am having a problem with it, but I don't know whether or not to mention it in Ask Ubuntu. It uses the .deb files, so it is quite similar. Should I bring it up, or not?
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How do we feel about requests for learning materials?

How do we feel about requests for learning materials? Questions like "Where can I find a good tutorial on foo?" or "Is there a book for learning bar?" or "Can you suggest an online course on baz?" etc....
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Are questions about the software centre app submit process acceptable?

Is this question OK, I'm not sure wether it is on or off topic? https://askubuntu.com/questions/493118/ubuntu-software-center-app-pending-review
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Should questions that are asking for an install guide be flagged?

I have seen many questions that are asking "How to install / upgrade". There are many tutorials out there, so they obviously haven't bothered to do much research - they've just asked over here ...
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Can we please ban unrelated programming questions?

This issue has been discussed in the past: http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/5695/why-was-a-purely-programming-related-question-not-moved-closed But I disagree with Andrea Corbellini because I ...
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How to handle the storm of 10.04-related questions

I've been seeing a lot of questions regarding 10.04 and how it recently broke after an update. Does anyone know the technical background why these users are experiencing similar problems? What's the ...
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Packaging problems with PPA's from the user perspective are on topic?

One of the issues I find from time to time are packages dependencies problems related with PPA's due careless package maintainers. These problems are normally fixed changing one line (or several one ...
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Who are the experts for [localhost]?

Lets get rid of the localhost tag I'm really surprised it met with strong opposition at the time, and I still not convinced, so let me ask if there are really experts in "localhost" question and a ...
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what is the difference between askubuntu and unix.stackexchange.com

why is there this special site for Ubuntu? I think that most of the questions are general Linux questions and would belong there
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networkengineering. or askubuntu

if you have a question that is related to networking for example dhcp or ftp servives and your application is on the ubuntu . In which stack you should or better to ask networkengineering or askubuntu?...
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Can we connect Askubuntu with a ubuntu based custom distro?

We have made some custom distro. We want to connect that custom distro with askubuntu.com . Our distro is the same Ubuntu, with some preinstalled apps and customized so that people can use Linux more ...
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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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Is asking about reverting phone to Android on-topic?

A device once had a mobile derivative of Ubuntu, but OP wants to revert to Android OS...is this on-topic or belong somewhere like generic linux or android enthusiasts? Case study How to return to ...
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Do you think these Questions need to be close/deleted because they are too broad?

These two Questions What Application Indicators are available?, and What kinds of desktop environments and shells are available? Do they need to be closed? Even though they are popular and What ...
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Heartbleed on 13.04 is bad for the Internet, we should keep one open

Since this is a pretty serious issue I think we should keep one canonical question for heartbleed on 13.04, maybe this one? https://askubuntu.com/questions/445710/how-to-patch-ubuntu-13-04-raring-for-...
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Can we please decide if Chrubuntu installation and usage is on topic? [duplicate]

We've got couple of questions about ChrUbuntu, installing Ubuntu on a Chrome Book, problems that happens only when you use these modified scripts. So, they are welcomed with all that it carries or ...
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Why is this question on using Ubuntu with Nvidia drivers off-topic?

I am utterly surprised that this question is considered off-topic: https://askubuntu.com/questions/400044/nvidia-x-server-flickers-hangs-and-segfaults-on-start-up . It represents a genuine ...
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Software Recommendation is live tomorrow! What makes us different in our quality standards?

In an ideal world, there should be one SE site for each kind of question. Now, in the practice we are overlapping with at least 2 other sites (3 if we count SF) and that soon that number will grow one ...
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Why was the question about a problem pinging a Windows system from Ubuntu off-topic?

What was causing the problem, presented in the question https://askubuntu.com/q/418957/44293, only came into light when the question was answered. Before that it was unknown and most probably would ...
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Just lets drop the software recommendation mess

Lets face it... software recommendation were never good questions for Ask Ubuntu, and don't tell me "but they are popular"... the popular questions got their popularity because they are too broad or ...
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Why did you close this question instead of migrating it?

This guy asked about elementary OS. I voted to notify the moderators, I commented letting him know it's off topic. But why didn't you migrate it to superuser or unix.se? I'm not trying to defend him. ...
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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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What are "services provided by Ubuntu"?

The Help Center for Ask Ubuntu says: We welcome questions about: Services provided by Ubuntu What does "services provided by Ubuntu" mean? Is that meant to be "services provided by ...
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Non-EOL Notice: Quantal (12.10) remains supported through April 2014

Since 12.10 is non-LTS and 13.04 is non-LTS and 13.04 will be end-of-life in a week, it might seem like 12.10 must have been end-of-life a long time ago. But that is not the case. 12.10 is supported ...
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Is asking for raw numbers/statistics on Ask Ubuntu welcomed?

Ok, lets face it. Those kind of data are not reliable when we talk about FOSS software, and asking what is the most popular/downloaded/used/insert-counter-here (IMO the first and third are very ...
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Let's identify if this question is on-topic

The question I am talking about: Are there any official counters which keep a track on the number of downloads of a particular Ubuntu version across different derivatives? Help Center says: Ask ...
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