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Minor site design updates

As you can see, Ask Ubuntu community site got a slight design update today. I have moved site's CSS to a newly refactor LESS system, so it's more maintainable for us to fix SE network CSS bugs ...
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Unanswered questions - what to do?

Ask Ubuntu currently has the lowest Percent Answered of any Stack Exchange site. What do you think about this, and what should be done about it? Part of the problem is the attitude of questions asked, ...
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Why are questions no longer titled as questions?

This is rare to see in Meta, but in Ask Ubuntu itself -- I'm sure I am definitely not the only one who's fed up with seeing short summaries in the question box. If you're asking a question, at least ...
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A happy Oli♦ day! [closed]

Today is November 11, so that means... Oli♦ day! We'd just like to congratulate our well-known moderator, author of thepcspy, and second-highest user by reputation here on a happy birthday. Many of us ...
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How much markup is tolerated?

Recently we see edit suggestions that mainly format text with a lot of markup that to my opinion do not always increase but sometimes reduce the clarity of a post. People do have a different view on ...
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Please don't just vote posts up because you feel sorry for them getting voted down

Please don't just vote bad posts up because you feel sorry for people who got voted down, it completely undermines the point of voting and wastes other peoples votes. Today I voted this post down, it ...
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Can we link to OpenSTV in the Ubuntu repos on the election page?

The election results tell you that you can use OpenSTV to audit the results and provide links to windows and mac installers. This is Ask Ubuntu. We don't need to download random installers from the ...
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CyanogenMod tag removal

I'd like to suggest removal of the CyanogenMod tag. I don't see how that tag has any relation to Ubuntu. EDIT: So the question now becomes... how do we go about removing it?
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Gratitude for everything you all do here

This is to say 'thank you' for this powerful network built with all the supports. There has not been an issue I have not found the answer in the forums archive. It is just unbelievable the freedom I ...
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End of Life for [lts]?

There is the lts tag: The LTS (Long Term Support) releases that have come out so far include: 6.06 Dapper Drake (no longer supported) 8.04 Hardy Heron (no longer supported on desktops; ...
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EOL Notice: Yakkety Yak (16.10) reached End of Life on July 20, 2017

This will be enforced as of July 21, 2017. This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that has reached End of Life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of life as ...
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Modify close reason banner and create an "Off-Topic Compass" site on Meta?

I have answered Add Elementary OS Stack Exchange to the off topic banner with a proposal which got a positive feedback, so I'm now writing it as separate feature request here: Make a more flexible and ...
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What's your Ubuntu story?

Ask Ubuntu is 10 years young now! And the community is always growing. It's time to celebrate, isn't it? We came to Ask Ubuntu to ask questions about Ubuntu because many of us were noobs at using it, ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Tag Warnings on Ask Ubuntu

Some time ago, we introduced "just in time" tag warnings on Stack Overflow. These warnings are meant to provide users with just-in-time information to help them avoid common mistakes in the tag they'...
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Should we get worried about in what direction Ask Ubuntu wanders?

Not to make a general case from the treatment of just one question but it seems that mere support questions are not only having the majority here but the community is getting so used to this that a ...
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What is "Accept Rate" and why is it important?

What does this notification mean above my questions in my Stack Exchange profile? Have you considered accepting an answer or starting a bounty for this question? What do I need to do?
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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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How healthy is our stack exchange compared to others?

For October 2015 Are there statistics available telling us whether we have more or less number of unanswered questions compared to other stack exchanges, and is there a metric available that ...
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Can ♦ moderators see our real name or e-mail?

Just as the question stated. I know it is marked under the private section of our profile, but I was just wondering if you could see stuff like that. And if you don't, do you see anything else that a ...
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What should I do when I find an answer that damages my system but I don't have enough reputation to comment on it?

I found an answer that not only didn't work for me, but it also removed a whole bunch of unrelated stuff that now I now need to find a way to reinstall. I just want to add a comment under the ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #8 on Ask Ubuntu has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering and ...
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Can I use this site to post a how-to?

Can (and should) I use Ask Ubuntu to ask a question that I already know the answer to in order to make a "how-to"?
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A note on flagging end of life questions

Recently in review, there seems to be a lot of questions flagged for end of life, the issue with these flags is that when the questions were written they were ON TOPIC, this is important, old ...
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Thank you for celebrating 10 years of Ask Ubuntu!

Just posting to say a big thank you to everyone for participating in the 10th anniversary celebrations and making it fun and awesome. Acknowledgements: For teaching classroom sessions, huge thanks and ...
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Closing abandoned questions is harder than it should be.

I've been doing a bunch of digging around to help solve our accept rate problem. It's probably a multifaceted problem so I thought I'd tackle this one for now. According to meta, our policy is to vote ...
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Sorting out SOLVED for good

I came across this question whilst rapidly browsing earlier - the OP added "SOLVED: " to the title, but did add vaguely how they got the answer but did not accept it. Searching for other people doing ...
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ROS is not an OS but a framework, please reopen my question

ROS on BeagleBone Black? just got closed for being off topic with this message: This is not about Ubuntu. Questions about other Linux distributions can be asked on Unix & Linux, those about ...
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Ask Ubuntu Moderator Cards

We recently printed some business cards for our Stack Exchange employees and they turned out great. It got us thinking: our sites' moderators have been working hard to keep our sites high quality for ...
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How can one retract or undo a flag on a post?

OK, to give an example - How does one customize Kubuntu Search and Launch (with the Plasma-Netbook interface)? When the user posted the answer it clearly wasnt an answer - in this case it was just ...
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If you're having a repeat problem with a user…

... Bring it to the mods' attention. Don't take on the user multiple times. We've had a few separate instances over the last couple of months where higher-reputation users have actively (or passively) ...
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Please undo tag synonymizing: gnome-shell -> gnome

GNOME Shell is, ultimately, just one component in the GNOME DE. I can use it without many of the other trappings of GNOME, like GDM or Nautilus. It seems very weird that gnome-panel - a thing of ...
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If you want to edit an unsalvageable NAA post, please don't use the edit button in the LQP review queue to do so

This is somewhat related to this useful question: Should we edit the answer we flag as NAA? The answer said, in part: If you're a 2k user, knock yourself out - after all, it's just your own time ...
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2020 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check

It's time for us to consider holding an election for moderators for Ask Ubuntu. The last election we held was back in 2019, where we elected a single moderator, and since then, several of our ...
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Why is this site better than the Ubuntu Forums?

I am surprised nobody has asked this, but I'll go ahead and start the flame war. Why do you like this site more than the Ubuntu Forums? To me, it seems like unnecessary fragmentation of the Ubuntu ...
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What is your consideration when downvoting, what are your criteria?

At the risk of being burned down, have to get this off my chest. Be sure it is not meant as an average "ouch, they downvoted me" rant; it bothers me when it happens to others as much as it ...
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Are software recommendations on topic or not?

There are presently over 2 300 questions tagged with software-recommendation at Ask Ubuntu. However, now and then questions are closed on the basis of this tag being off topic. As an example, Thomas W....
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Why is Ask Ubuntu being linked to from Apport?

When I was using Apport I got the following messages: If you select I don't know what to do or Please point me to a good place to get support you get another pop-up window directing you to Ask Ubuntu:...
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Are there any plans for localized Ask Ubuntu instances?

Is there a plan to spin off Ask Ubuntu into (community driven) localized versions? What I mean is something like: http://interrogerubuntu.fr or http://fr.askubuntu.com/ where people who are more ...
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We should be able to vote to change the close reason

I have seen many times when a question for instance is closed as off-topic, though in fact it should be closed as unclear, and is not off-topic though some may think so, but the change reason stays ...
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Automatically asking for specific information based on tags chosen

I'm suggesting this feature now because I've just seen this WiFi connection problem thread posted, giving no hardware information... But there are dozens of similar threads where hardware information ...
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Can this tag be [repair]ed or should we throw it away...?

I came across the tag repair today: 112 questions tagged Excerpt: Questions about repairing Ubuntu can be tagged here (after a fatal error, looping kernel panics, etc.) Wiki: none Followers: 0 ...
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Give [recovery] the [installation] treatment

Let's talk for a minute about the recovery tag, again. There are many different kinds of recovery, including (but not limited to): data-recovery, for recovering lost data, password-recovery, for ...
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2013 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Should questions/answers dealing with "adult" software be flagged as inappropriate?

This question is being posted largely in response to this answer describing the "Adult Lens and Porn Scope" and how to install it. As Roland Taylor and I commented on the answer, we have concerns ...
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Get Ask Ubuntu Wallpaper for Your Desktop Here!

What's up? We all love Ask Ubuntu and I began thinking that it would be a great idea if we could have some wallpapers that we can use. So please post your Ask Ubuntu-themed wallpapers below as an ...
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I'm giving a talk on askubuntu.com; show me your favorite things!

I am fortunate to be giving a talk at the Ubucon as part of the Ohio LinuxFest tomorrow about Ask Ubuntu. I'm preparing my slides and I have a set of images that I use to convey what AU is about. ...

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