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Can we have more than 3 custom close reasons, pretty please?

Ask Ubuntu mod here. We've exhausted our custom close reason slots and we need a few more. We are a very broad site. We cater to development, application support, installation support, hardware ...
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Are animated GIFs of screencasts welcome at Ask Ubuntu?

Should we include a animated GIF of a screencast in our answers? Or should we post a series of screenshots instead? Or is a link to a video hosted externally preferable? Here's an example of a ...
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Are bug reports suitable for this site?

Recently there was a bug report posted as a question here. I was hoping the community could discuss whether this should be done or not.
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What was discussed, and what was the outcome of the Ask Ubuntu UDS-N session?

There was an Ask Ubuntu session at UDS-N on Friday 29th October 2010. What topics were discussed? What decisions were made?
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How long do we support Ubuntu flavors?

Recently, there have been proposed and applied changes regarding “End of Standard Support” and “End of Life”. It is not clear, however, if this policy also applies to the official flavors. For example:...
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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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Do we need a event to clear out the Close Queue?

If you follow SO/MSO you will notice an event in the Community Bulletin: If you read up, SE has made some changes to the close queue in hopes to motivate close voters to... review. In the efforts ...
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Please do not delete closed questions with many views and many upvotes

Recently closed questions appear in the delete queue even though they had many upvotes and many views too. Some examples: What media (music and video) players are there? 52 upvotes 21k views 21 fav ...
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What does each flag reason mean, and when should I use them?

I'm ready to dive in and help the moderators weed out content which requires their attention. What does each flag mean and when is the best time to use it?
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Should questions asked long ago when the release was still supported be closed as off-topic EOL? [duplicate]

I see a lot of questions in the review queue that meet the following criteria. They have one or more close votes/flags with reason off-topic EOL. They have been asked long ago, and at the time of ...
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Can I cross-post the same question in both Super User and Ask Ubuntu?

Is it bad Stack Exchange etiquette to ask a duplicate of an Ask Ubuntu question on Super User and vice versa? (Assuming of course that said question is relevant on both sites.)
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If a question is written in a non-English language with an English translation provided should the non-English part be removed?

In these questions: Al reiniciar tengo que volver a instalar dhcp3-client para conectarme / on every boot i've had to reinstall dhcp3-client to get internet and ¿Como puedo instalar Age of Mythology ...
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How is reputation shared between Meta and Ask Ubuntu?

I have been floating around on Meta occasionally, but most of the time is spent on Ask Ubuntu. When I receive upvotes or accepts on Meta, it says that I gain reputation, but it does not seem to affect ...
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How can I bump my unsolved question?

Is there a "bump" feature to move an old unsolved/unanswered question to the top of the list?
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Are questions about making "unofficial" derivatives of Ubuntu welcome?

I wondered whether How to add custom services to Ubuntu that aren't Canonical's but my own (Cloud service etc) is off-topic because of "I'm making my own distribution of Ubuntu" in the body of the ...
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What criteria should be used when considering merge candidates?

This question was prompted by the results of a normal dupe search on this question. I discovered 2 possible duplicates as listed below and my first thought was that they should be merged. Duplicate ...
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Is a user not allowed to give the bounty to himself?

I put a bounty on a question of mine and later found a solution to that problem. I was given 0 points for the answer (obviously) but i was also not given the bounty points back when i clicked for it. ...
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Cannot specify other SE groups for transfer

I have noticed that when you mark a question as 'off-topic' the only choice is to send it to the meta site......why not include the UNIX, SuperUser, StackOverflow SE sites as well? Therefore, my "...
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What is the script that runs AskUbuntu questions, answers, rating, tagging, and search?

This is a question about this website. What is the script that runs AskUbuntu questions, answers, rating, tagging, and search? Is it custom programmed or derived from an open source? It must be on of ...
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Clicking on green reputation button does not make it go away

Clicking on green reputation button does not make it go away for example mine reads +15 in green at the top of the page and it will not reset. Is there a bug at the moment? is there a way to make it ...
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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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What does the site look like to a moderator?

The site has special features for moderators. Can I see how the site looks like to the average moderator(tools and stuff)
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Upcoming site design changes

A few weeks ago Canonical reached out to me about making some design changes on Ask Ubuntu to reflect the official Ubuntu site's new design guidelines. The goal is to keep all Ubuntu related sites(...
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How to tag the Ubuntu editions and derivatives

[ The previous revision of this question didn't get much response and was incomplete because it did not include the derivatives, at least one of which also has editions. I have revised it to hopefully ...
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What should be edited out of the questions/anwers/posts in general?

Ok, everybody knows that the principle of the SE sites: All contributions are licensed under Creative Commons, and this site is collaboratively edited, like Wikipedia. If you see something that ...
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Can we improve the path from ubuntu.com to here?

In the time I've spent here, I've noticed a clear difference between AU and the other SE sites I frequent. There seem to be far more bad questions (that show no research effort, don't explain anything ...
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Should answers have terminal or GUI instructions?

Should we aim to provide answers that use the terminal, through shell commands, or answers that use the GUI, through pointing and clicking? May be related to this question about our intended public
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If you're not going to review and fix questions, don't use the review queue!

I was sort of happy when I saw that the day after release we had 0 incoming new questions in the review queue! Aww man, nothing for me to do, everyone's taken care of all the incoming questions! Then ...
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Should we consider unanswered questions a problem yet?

In the fashion of the discussion on meta.SO about unanswered questions on Stack Overflow Currently, out of 120,000 odd questions, only about 70% of them are considered answered. But it wasn't this ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Are bugs necessarily off-topic?

Jorge Castro recently commented on one of my questions that it should be filed as a bug instead. And I've seen here that the general view is that questions about bugs should be considered off-topic ...
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Similar background for Blockquote and Preformatted(code)

On AskUbuntu there is similar background-formatting for Blockquote text and Preformatted code text. Example-1 (with preformatted/coded text): sudo apt-get update Example-2 (with block-quoted text): ...
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What should our .com domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: Wrong ...
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100+ reputation when hitting 200

I just passed 200 reputation on AskUbuntu, and then I received another 100 reputation for Association Bonus. The 100+ bonus because I reached 200 on AskUbuntu didn't push me past 200 on any other ...
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The audit review system - dubious posts

This is the second time I got that unloved "Stop! Look and Listen" for a question I voted to close after reading it several times and trying to understand it. The question really is not clear to me: ...
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Please make the "Ask Question" button on AskUbuntu more prominent

I'm a user familiar with StackOverflow websites but it took me a while to locate the Ask Question button on Ask Ubuntu. Reason: Insufficient contrast (as can be seen below). A single grey / ...
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Are there any memes on Ask Ubuntu?

Just curious. After reading about the infamous "Boat Programming" question, I wondered if anything like that has existed on Ask Ubuntu.
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What's wrong, Ask Ubuntu?: The "Tech Support" Impression

Over the last year in particular, Ask Ubuntu has made a great deal of advancements regarding its standing in the wider Ubuntu community. The prominent integration in the new Canonical topbar, as well ...
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Software centre image link is broken

The software centre image is often used when explaining how to install software, like this (I fixed this one on the original page): In Ubuntu 11.10 it is now possible to change the edge reveal time ...
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Formatting, backticks and editing

This was a concern raised in UL some time ago, but recently I've seen several cases where I've changed the use of backticks, I will ripoff strugee post from UL: I've noticed that a lot of new users ...
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Clearing out Old Questions

Recently in the review queue I have seen a number of questions which had they been asked today would be off topic because they specifically refer to an end of life version of Ubuntu but were on topic ...
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How do I invite a low rep user into chat?

It comes up in chat sometimes, so I figured I'ld post a question and answer on the thing.
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What does "-10 User was removed" mean?

I noticed this in my "activity drop down:" I don't particular care about losing 10 points, but it piqued my interest. What does this mean? If someone's account is deleted for some reason, their up ...
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How can I increase my reputation on Ask Ubuntu?

I notice some users with very high reputation scores. What is their "trick", and how can I increase my reputation?
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Spammers are being nastier withing the second!

To the reviewers that check First Time posts, please, be very alert about this new kind of attack: Spammers are now posting seemly valid answers/questions ripping of other posts/answers inside/...
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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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It's time for Clean Up Week!

Following on from Bruno's post I've just added a new event to the clean up system: Clean Up Week 1 When?! The event lasts 7 days, starting at 00:00 on the 30th of March running through the end of the ...
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How do I quickly find the duplicate questions I'm searching for when flagging/closing?

I don't like the search box when I'm flagging for a duplicate, because I don't know the exact names of the big questions. Even if I use very relevant keywords, the question that I want to pick is ...
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Share Link via identi.ca

I can share links for questions via mail, Twitter and Facebook. But what about identi.ca?
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Old question with old answer. How can I request an update on the topic?

Sometimes I find an old question on Ask Ubuntu with an old answer. Updates in software tend to change the way things are done, and I can't help but wonder if there is a newer solution to the same ...
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