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Should we close bug related questions -in all cases-?

The story starts on a (this) Saturday afternoon, finding myself trying to print something. Out of the printer comes a pretty blue piece of paper. I am pretty sure the blue is not coming from one of my ...
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Where are suspension policies published for independent reference?

I'm a big fan of demonstrating good behaviour and avoiding getting a suspension. I have never received a suspension on any SE site*. However, this puts myself and those similar to me at a ...
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Why was muru's account suspended?

muru is one of the best users here, like Braiam and many other good folks. Out of curiosity, may I know why his account is suspended? He is a good guy. I just found out about his suspension by seeing ...
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question body does not meet our quality standards [duplicate]

I tried to post on ask ubuntu, but got this message. This question body does not meet our quality standards. Please make sure that it completely describes your problem - including what you have ...
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What is wrong with this question? And why is it closed by mods? Why answers don't make sense?

https://askubuntu.com/questions/291221/error-with-tar-commad-cannot-open-no-such-file-or-directory Can Someone explain what is wrong with this question, and why any discussion is shut like that by ...
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Crouton install vs Crouton-based Ubuntu problem

AFAI understood, crouton is just a loader for Ubuntu like grub, so once Ubuntu is installed on a Chromebook, it's just another Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Xubuntu/... So unless questions are specifically about ...
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Re-working another user's answer?

Suppose I found an answer from a few years ago, a Python script or shell script, maybe C code. It works and answers the question, but it's buggy, the approach used isn't optimal, or messes up user ...
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Do we have an answer for “Is there a problem with the Ubuntu repositories”

Over the past two days, I've noted that https://packages.ubuntu.com/ has been having a couple of issues. Currently this question is looking for a package which should exists in xenial (libasm-java) ...
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Guidelines when voting for friends

Yesterday the moderators and SE staff wiped out 1850 reputation points between three accounts. Our current understanding is that these accounts are held by three real people who know each other in ...
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5 seconds between comment edit is broken

4 minutes after posting a comment I quickly fixed a sentence. Too quickly, as I made a typo. Trying to fix the typo as fast as possible, I got "You may only edit a comment every 5 seconds". So I ...
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Is reverse voting or merging a solution in this case?

I just read a question, Is there a command to factory reset Ubuntu? (asked in Dec '16) which was closed as a duplicate of Resetting Ubuntu to factory settings (asked in Feb '15) back in Aug '18. But ...
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What should we do with answers only saying what not to do and advising readers to follow another answer instead

In this answer the user is sharing his experience of what not to do and says to follow the existing accepted answer. IMHO this is a partial answer at best and not an answer at worst, but the OP has a ...
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Reopen a question closed as a duplicate of 3 different ones?

So this question has been closed as a duplicate of 3 different questions and their answers, but IMHO none of them really answer the original question: they're just related... Is it appropriate to ...
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What is considered a community consensus on Meta?

The info of the discussion tag here on Meta reads: The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus. ...
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Do we -always- close posts if they are not exclusively about Ubuntu?

I know this is a sensitive subject, and people seem to have a quite absolute opinion about it: posts not strictly and exclusively about Ubuntu. Would I encourage people using other distros to post ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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PROPOSAL: Checklist for addressing questions mentioning non-Ubuntu distributions

For those not aware of the context: One side of the community is pro editing out mentions of other OS where question asks about non-specific to OS things, such as scripting; another side, is pro-...
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Migration Paths?

Migration paths allow for questions to be moved from Ask Ubuntu to other sites in the Stack Exchange network. The idea is that rather than simply closing questions as being "off-topic", then the ...
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What are the remaining options for popular/active questions that are closed?

This question Which type of VirtualBox networking should I use? is highly voted and quite popular. It seems to be the first source of information when searching for the specific topic on search engine....
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Is it possible for beginners to suggest tags?

Seriously is it possible to let beginners suggest tags? I tried to create the tag XFCE-desktop which is the large package I had to reinstall, but was told I did not have 300 points. It is more to the ...
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How do I quickly gain reputation?

What is the simplest way to up your reputation points so that one can use all features offered by this site?
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How to get reputation points so I can comment, vote, answer? [duplicate]

So I love this site. Usually I find an answer right away. But sometimes I do find another solution or simply want to comment on instructions and what I had to do perhaps differently because of my ...
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Why are there so many helpful people?

Sounds odd, I know. I think information should be free, but I am also wondering about the self-sustainability of those who offer up their time for free, for SE sites and open source developing. Is the ...
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Preformatted text horizontal scrolling - bug or feature?

AskUbuntu help recommend to style pre-formatted text and console output with #four spaces But sometimes it results in scrolling text. See this question as an example. The problematic line (as ...
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Why are some questions not considered to be useful?

There are two situations that I've noticed. First: There are many upvotes on the answer and no upvotes on the question, or more upvotes on answer compared to question. If the answer is useful then ...
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Shortcut for adding quotes causes program to quit

While editing a long answer with a large block of text to quote, I held my mouse over the button for quoting, and noted that the shortcut to add quotes is Ctrl+Q. The use of 'Q' makes sense, but it ...
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Should questions be marked as duplicates when versions have changed drastically over many years?

Sometimes when answering or reviewing questions on Ask Ubuntu I can find a duplicate question to some degree, but the proposed duplicate question is very old and its main accepted answer is for a ...
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help/searching doesn’t mention the `deleted` operator

There’s a boolean operator for the search that’s not mentioned on the searching help page: deleted: yes/true/1 returns only posts that have been deleted; the default no/false/0 excludes deleted posts ...
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Could anyone explain me why my question was deleted?

I asked a question on askubuntu.com. (https://askubuntu.com/questions/1111486/upgrade-from-16-04-to-18-04-broke-apt) First it was put on hold, because it was too broad. So I edited my question to make ...
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Could somebody remove the “duplicate” mark that was wrongly applied to my question?

My question is clearly not a duplicate of this other one, because the solutions are completely different. Could somebody remove the [duplicate] mark?
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Why is this not a good question?

I have a question about my Ask Ubuntu post: I don't know how I ended up here but what is ubuntu? Why is this not a good question? Update: here is the deleted post for those who can't see it:
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Can I reuse my own answers outside of Ask Ubuntu?

Suppose one day I woke up and decided "I'm gonna start a blog about Ubuntu" or "I'm gonna write a book about Ubuntu". Over time I've accumulated large amounts of answers, some of which could be ...
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Should questions closed here and then posted in another SE site be flagged for deletion?

For example, Errors where encountered while processing and mint is weird - Linux mint [on hold] has been put on hold as off-topic. The poster then posted here. Should such questions be flagged for ...
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Is there a policy regarding usernames with only non-English alphabets?

After reading Is there a policy on the use of emojis or emoticons? Here comes another question. Sometimes I face users who don't have even a single character of English in their usernames. For ...
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What is the red circle on my review icon?

Today a red circle appeared on my review icon, but I don't know what it is. Nothing else has changed. Can anyone explain?
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“Very low quality” vs “should be closed ---> unclear what you're asking” flags

I can't really understand when I should use one flag or the other, for example on this question. Both of those flags seem to imply that a question is poorly written and should be removed, so why are ...
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Off-topic flagging links should be HTTPS now

When flagging a question, most links in the dialog that comes up are now HTTPS instead of HTTP, but it seems like the off-topic links (in Flagging > Closing > Off-Topic and in Flagging > Closing > Off-...
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Can software recommendation still be used?

I need a free vpn that works on Ubuntu 16.04 and connects to UK. The old questions about that subject are obsolete. I'd like to ask the question on this site, since it has a big community, definitely ...
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Why is it still possible to log in to Ask Ubuntu with my old email address after I added a new one?

In my profile I went to Edit Profile & Settings > Edit Email Settings I entered a new email address I want to use to log in. Why is it still possible to log in with the old email address?
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Question about finding an application for a task on topic? [duplicate]

I'm starting to learn radio -- from the days of "Radio Rangers" and crystal sets, and vacuum tubes (valves, if you're British) -- and I'm looking for software to draw circuit diagrams. I specifically ...
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when addressing to user in comments - @user as it is or without spaces?? example @Abcd E F or @AbcdEF?

I am confused while addressing the user in comments.. if the user name for example "Abcd E F" How do I address it, @Abcd E F or @AbcdEF ??
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is there a policy on the use of emojis or emoticons?

Is there any policy on the use of emojis or emoticons? Examples: Can't login with my PIN password in Ubuntu 18.10 In https://askubuntu.com/posts/1105109/revisions it was part of the code until ...
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pasting into stack exchange editor

I want to add the contents of an rc file to my question.when I paste it it looks fine in the editor but appears in my post with the formatting all wrong. on my end Ive used gedit and gvim and the ...
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Editing race condition?

OP and I both edited this question at the exact same second. My revision is shown, but the revision history says OP's is the most recent. I think this is a bug, since the most recent revision should ...
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Is logging in via ssh without a password really the same as running a script as root?

During the course of review I noticed How can I avoid having to enter a password for an scp command by hard-coding the password into my script? sudodus asked some good questions in the comments and ...
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Has code formatting been “enhanced” after a recent update to this site's appearance?

I'm seeing code text with a variety of colors. Two recent examples: installing kubuntu-desktop failed during 18.04 upgrade Bash file automation In this image taken from the first one, there's text ...
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What does it take to get suspended?

I've seen quite a few experienced veterans getting suspended recently on Ask Ubuntu... As I'm an old, grouchy, grumpy, cranky geek, I'm starting to get worried... Is this a new script running that ...
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How do I edit my post instead of adding comment

I have posted a question, having acted on a suggestion, how do I edit my post instead of adding comment? I have a terminal feed-out to post.
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What is the preferred way to add a numbered list using markdown?

I noticed my answer to a question was revised and approved for no apparent reason other than markdown preference. Question What is the preferred formatting of an ordered list using markdown? I ...

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