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I'm going on a general moderation strike due to the new AI-content policy forced upon us by SE

Note: This post is not on behalf of the moderators of Ask Ubuntu, although they are welcome to strike as well. I'm also not a diamond moderator. Tl;dr I'm going on strike. Read the letter and ...
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Suggestion for "high-level-assembly" tag

High level assembly (HLA) is an assembly language aimed at allowing you to learn assembly without having to write pure assembly. However, since it's a bit obscure, setting it up can be kind of a pain, ...
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Question about asking general questions

I have recently posted a question on ask ubuntu. However, that question was not about a problem that I am currently facing but about something I have faced before and that could happen again. This ...
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how come answers and questions are banned without feedback

how come answers and questions are banned without feedback and essential system issues cannot be resolved and re propose again and again (?) Is this question unproperly phrased (?)
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Should this tag be put into [storage]? Or not?

This is a discussion, it is NOT an invitation to start burninating this tag. We must follow the documented procedure here. We have a tag, storage. I don't think it is a good tag, though. At the same ...
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Can we reopen this question about how to install Ubuntu on a 32 bit mac with 64 bit processor?

I found this question about installing Ubuntu on a 32-bit Mac. It seems that this Mac has a 64 bit processor, and Ubuntu should support it. Since this question broadly falls in the range of "How ...
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How should we handle the Imgur TOS change?

Per this page on the Imgur website (under "What are we doing?") Our new Terms of Service will go into effect on May 15, 2023. We will be focused on removing old, unused, and inactive ...
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Middle Sidebar Advertising

As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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Why does Stack Exchange ask about cookies on every screen? [closed]

Every time I open a page on Stack Exchange it wants me to accept all cookies: By clicking “Accept all cookies”, you agree Stack Exchange can store cookies on your device and disclose information in ...
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Ban ChatGPT and AI-generated answers on Ask Ubuntu?

ChatGPT generated answers have been found across the Stack Exchange network and some examples have also been recently seen and removed from Ask Ubuntu. Our colleagues on Stack Overflow have put a ...
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Should I update/change my answer or submit a new answer to a question?

I would like to submit a different answer to this question: How can I force Ubuntu 22.04 SERVER to use ONLY the DNS servers listed in /etc/systemd/resolved.conf (NOT my router's DNS) AND use DNS-over-...
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List of "languages" to be used in "preformatted" code blocks for "Syntax Highlighting"

When I enter a "preformatted" code block in a body of Q or A, I have the option to specify the language of this code like this: ```bash #!/bin/bash echo "something" sleep 10 exit ``...
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Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) is now released and is no longer off-topic

Ubuntu 23.04 (a.k.a. Lunar Lobster) is now released. As of today (April 20th, 2023), posts about it are no longer off-topic on Ask Ubuntu. As usual, posts still must meet the normal requirements for ...
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Is translating posts using Google Translate acceptable?

I've seen several questions in non-English, where a user (typically high-rep) puts it into Google Translate. Here's an example (Wayback Machine if it gets deleted). I do realize that post had other ...
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My recent unanswered question needs a rewrite - should I leave old one, edit old one, or something else?

Re. Surprisingly massive slowdown with CLI PHP(8.0/8.1/8.2) over NFS on 22.04.2 This has no answers. Over the last week, our team has actually eliminated several false positives - mainly that this has ...
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Should this ostensible duplicate about dropping privileges be reopened?

I came across What is the command to switch to normal user? and was a bit mystified that the question is closed as a duplicate of a largely unrelated question. The closed question asks how to switch ...
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Are AI Correction apps (like Grammarly) allowed to be used on the platform?

I was just reading this post and this question popped in my head. I have used Grammarly for a few months now and I use it to fix grammatical errors in a post or just assist me in writing better ...
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Why were my Tag Wiki edit suggestions rejected (and is it acceptable to copy-paste the Tag Wikis from SO?

I had gone and tried to improve some Tag Wikis here on AU. Here are my suggested edits (all of these tags did not have an existing Wiki). All of these I wrote myself - they weren't copy-pasted from ...
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How to ask and answer Software Recommendation Questions

We get quite a few software-recommendation questions. I'd like to bang out an expected format for these questions to prevent them from melting into too localized or subjective trite. What are tips ...
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create account with my stackoverflow credentials

I accidentally created my account with a google credential and now do not have any reputation - not even to put this onto meta :-( Can some moderate please correct and link it to my stackoverflow ...
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A bit confused about the responses to answers to this question

This is a bit of a weird one (or I'm missing something obvious). This quite-old (and reasonably upvoted) question asks: Is there a web based terminal/ssh client? Today, a new answer appeared from a ...
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Let's spin the [wheel] for ideas on how to handle this tag!

On AU, there is a wheel tag, with no usage guidance. From looking at the 14 questions tagged with it, the tag seems to refer to The wheel group - a group used on some *nix systems to give a user ...
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Searchbox during flagging inept results

I often have the problem when I flag something as duplicate and try to search in this searchbox I get no hits. But when I use the same keywords in my google search I find what I'm after. With search ...
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Why are new users not allowed to post images below 10 reputation?

I am somewhat of an active user of Ask Ubuntu. As I've been editing other peoples' posts (to improve them or something else) I've noticed a pattern... Users with below a 100 reputation used links to ...
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Suggestions for revising the "on-topic" policy for programming questions

@BeastOfCaerbannog and I were having a chat discussion today debating the role of "general" programming questions here on Ask Ubuntu. The current on-topic help text includes: Questions you ...
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Why I can't initiate a bounty

I want to initiate a bounty for one of my question Link here and as per FAQ the question should be atleast 2 days old. Now the question is more than 2 days old and I still cannot initiate a bounty. ...
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How to undo an edit to a question?

I recently asked a question at Ask Ubuntu. Two days later, after checking up on it I find that somebody has edited my question. I disagree with the edits made and want to have those edits undone. How ...
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Excessive down votes for closed question

I recently posted a question that received excessive down votes in addition to being closed. Are practices of such kind discouraged? Is it necessary that so many different users should express the ...
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How to write the grave accent to add code in the comment section?

I have a magic keyboard from Apple set on US language and I try to find the keyboard shortcut for the grave accent (`) to add code in the comment section on askubuntu.com. I don't want to copy-paste ...
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How to detect AI-generated answers?

AI generated answers are banned from Ask Ubuntu. But how can I recognise them?
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How should we clean up the [kvm] tag?

This is a discussion about a tag, not an invitation to mass-edit questions containing said tag (at least for now)** We have a kvm tag. It is meant to be about Kernel-based Virtual Machines (based on ...
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How do I log out of "Ask Ubuntu"? [duplicate]

There is no good Tag for this -- maybe I'm in the wrong place. I can't figure out how to log out of Ask Ubuntu. Where is the log out icon or selection located. I think I've looked in all the normal ...
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A user doesn't ask or answer, but only adds tags

I have noticed one particular user's activity is only adding tags to questions, nothing else. I see them almost daily in review queue. The user adds mostly irrelevant tags. I reject the edits. Others ...
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Is it allowed to ask for software advice?

I've recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu and I don't miss anything except for one program named PhraseExpress. With it, you can create shortcuts for words, or fix spelling mistakes you make often,...
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Why did the askubuntu team remove this?

I was just seeing the snapshots of the old askubuntu site from Wayback machine, and when I clicked the "Ask Question" button, I saw this: Why did they remove this? I'm just curious. it ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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A user deletes their answer and posts the same question as a new post and self answers

I am not sure whether I should write this on MSE or MAU, but here I go anyway Context: Couple of months ago, I came across a dearly interesting question related to corrupted desktop environments (...
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What's the proper process for "fixing" a Mod-or-community-deleted answer?

I've been pretty active in community-moderation/curation here for a bit, but I'm honestly still confused about one part of the process. Let's say that someone, for example, posts a link-only answer. ...
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Why was my question about Ubuntu desktop shortcuts deleted?

I want to know why my question about Ubuntu desktop shortcuts was deleted. I don't see how it can not be an appropriate topic for Ask Ubuntu. And if Ask Ubuntu is not the right place to ask questions ...
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Why was my question closed?

E: Type 'echo' is not known on line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list The post that was sited as the reason for closing my question, does nothing to help me if I can't ...
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What is happening with the daycounter?

I went to my account and clicked responses yesterday and it states that I made some responses and got an answer to my Responses. See screenshot: My day counter however states that I have not visited ...
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Consecutive days counter not working as expected

Although I made a comment yesterday, it didn't register my visit. I had 69 days and today it shows 1. Clicking on Consecutive days shows I missed yesterday. I was really on my way to 100. Very ...
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Would it be advised to answer already answered questions - with alternative answers?

Hello, Clarified question: Say we have a question, (solved by a answer) which, might be any (but not limited to) of the following: [x] outdated. (Maybe the Question is about a Python 2 problem/issue -...
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I asked a question and got a great answer -- but I can't seem to mark it as answered

I asked a question, Grub forcing me to boot from flash drive and rapidly got a great answer that solved the problem. I upvoted the answer, but there's no check mark for me to mark that I accepted the ...
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Please remove the restriction "You must have 50 reputation to comment" [duplicate]

Dear administrators of StackExchange/AskUbuntu, restriction "You must have 50 reputation to comment" blocks many useful comments and tips !!! I'm not a geek who spends his leisure time here ...
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Ask Ubuntu is getting a logo update

As many of you are aware Canonical recently updated the logo for Ubuntu. With this update came a request from Canonical to update the banner logo as well as the trademark copy in the footer of the ...
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Is ChatGPT considered Ubuntu Third Party Software?

Is ChatGPT considered Ubuntu Third Party Software? Are questions about using it on Ubuntu on-topic?
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I've been banned from reviewing for some strange reason

I reviewed "First Answers" and selected "Looks OK" for two answers that look really OK to me. https://askubuntu.com/review/first-answers/1272716 https://askubuntu.com/review/first-...
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What is the policy for dealing with plagiarism?

Over the last couple of weeks there has been a growing number of answers that are unabashed copy/pastes of entire posts from sources around the web. These have generally been pointed out in the ...
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What is the logic behind cocomac's answer?

This post contains a euphemism. Unfortunately, the gentlemen that made the rules made it so you need reputation to comment and ask not to edit an answer to reply to the author, so I have to ask a ...

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