Questions tagged [scope]

questions about the scope of this site.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 questions about how to upgrade to an Alpha release off-topic? [duplicate]

Are questions that ask for instructions on how to upgrade to an Alpha release off-topic if they don't ask for any information about how to use the Alpha release etc, but only ask how in the current ...
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Are suspend/power management problems on or off-topic?

This has been said several times already, but apparently we need to make a Meta Q explaining all the reasons why a question will be considered a Bug and hence closed as off-topic. So this is one of ...
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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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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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Are legal and licensing issues welcome here?

Are legal and licensing questions allowed on AskUbuntu? Such as questions asking about legality of using the logo elsewhere, etc? Or questions asking about licensing? Which are questions about Ubuntu, ...
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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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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 okay to ask a question that occured on a machine with an Ubuntu version which has reached EOL and is off topic but isn't due to the version?

For example: Let's say gcc gave me and odd error on an Ubuntu version which is off topic like 14.04, 16.04 and all but gcc runs in on topic versions too. The problem is a general Ubuntu problem even ...
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Are questions about any distros based on Ubuntu on topic? (Made using tools like Distroshare Ubuntu Imager) [duplicate]

There are some tools on internet like Distroshare Ubuntu Imager to make distributions based on Ubuntu. Are questions on those distributions on topic here? Or are they off topic? Assume that someone ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Do we need big lists?

So, the Don't ask section specifically says: Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much. furthermore: every ...
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Can we allow questions for beta releases, while continuing to prohibit Alpha? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When are questions about “ubuntu+1” appropriate? Generally, Beta releases, while not used by the masses, are ready enough to warrant support by the solid user base ...
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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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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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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 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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Questions candidates that should be closed for historical reasons?

I got this comment regarding this question expressing that "if that was a-ok, why mine is not". Hence to prevent further problems with these kind of questions lets close and archive it for its ...
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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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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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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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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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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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