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Should people with more than 2000 rep write an edit summary?

I recently reached the 2000 rep milestone (yay!), and started using my powers for good (e.g. on the installation tag). However, I noticed that it doesn't make me put in an edit summary - why is this? ...
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Should I consider the timeline while accepting an answer?

Assume that, I get an answer to my question that is OK, and i accept it. After a while I get another answer that is seemed to be more OK. Now what should I do? Should I accept the new answer? If I ...
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Why are questions about (specifically) Ubuntu based distros off-limits?

I can understand (in general) questions about non-Ubuntu distros being off-limits. But is there a reason that questions about distros like Linux Mint which derive directly from Ubuntu are also off-...
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What to do with answer that should be comment from user with 1 rep [duplicate]

A user with 1 rep posts an answer that should actually be just a comment. It might be a useful comment, but it is clearly not an answer. The user cannot post this as a comment, because he doesn't have ...
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Should comments be flagged for "light" rudeness?

I will give the example of this answer. It was a bad answer, not much information in it, not really a good work around. A bad answer is a bad answer, we all understand that. Now, I look at the user ...
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Why do some questions appear with a red background?

As I was looking through some of the unanswered questions I noticed that some were appearing with a red background like the one in the photo below. Does anyone know what it means? Thanks!
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Activate migration paths to Unix and Linux, should we?

First of all, lets remember the golden rule of the migrations: DO NOT MIGRATE CRAP That said, why don't we open the migration paths from AU and UL? There has been 10 migrations to UL in the last ...
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Be Nice - Our experience?

I like The NEW new "Be Nice" Policy ("Code of Conduct") — Updated with your feedback. This new policy might be a good time to reflect on how we are doing with regards this policy ...
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How to deal with an answer I can't verify anymore?

I've asked a xfce specific question - months ago. Today I got an answer. But I don't use xfce anymore. What should I do now? Well are there any information I should add to this question?
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Should the site get a facelift?

Recently, well, maybe not too recently, we saw the Ubuntu homepage get a new look. Linked here. I'm also throwing an image below comparing the two if you don't want to go through the trouble of ...
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Isn't posting the same questions & answers without referral on a different website, illegal? [duplicate]

I've been searching around and came across this website: ubuntuask.com Disregarding the obvious similarity in the domain name, from what I can see, all their data is copied from Ask Ubuntu. For ...
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Am I allowed to say thanks?

Sometimes a person's answer is really helpful, but I'm not sure if thanking the person as a comment is appropriate (as it's not a discussion forum).
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Blacklist the [installation] tag

We've created two tags to separate questions that are about installing Ubuntu and installing something in Ubuntu: system-installation and software-installation. This is with the purpose of getting rid ...
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Are you aware of askubuntu.biz?

Not sure this is the right place for such a question, but are the owners of askubuntu.com aware of a clone going by the name askubuntu.biz? It came up for me in a Google search result for "libsodium ...
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Do we need a new "ubuntu-for-phones" tag?

I see Jorge Castro has been replacing ubuntu-for-phones with mobile here and here. (Hi Jorge!) Shouldn't those two tags be kept distinct? ubuntu-for-phones is the newly announced project with the ...
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What to do about good suggested edits with very bad summaries?

In review, I've seen a number of edits that were good ...except for the edit summaries. Bad summaries are most often something like, "Improved question." This is a bad summary because any editor ...
Eliah Kagan's user avatar
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Happy First Anniversary Ask Ubuntu!!!

For those of you who have been around this site for one year or more (in other words, you have the yearling badge), you will most definitely remember what transpired exactly one year ago (10/10/10): ...
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Improving question closed banners for most users - short wording needed for site specific reasons

So, not very long ago a change was made to the format of the banner that appears at the top of closed questions. It no longer shows who closed the post (I disapprove of this change, but this post here ...
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ubun2.com is blatantly ripping off Ask Ubuntu content

ubunt2.com is copying our content without proper attribution. Example: https://askubuntu.com/questions/29733/no-bios-no-video-after-ubuntu-updates http://www.ubun2.com/question/893/...
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Flag answers that should be comments?

As new users can't comment, they sometimes posts answers that would have been comments if they could. Should we flag them so they can be cleaned up properly, or leave them alone because that's how the ...
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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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Answering a question by using information from the Web

I had answered a question by using information from the web, and citing the source. But then I modified the answer, and put it in my own words, and direct it specifically to Ubuntu, and the user who ...
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Request: Please take time while reviewing close votes

First I must say, the new review system is great. It is easier to review items, especially the linked duplicate question tab is very useful. But I think, the easiness of reviewing posts has posed ...
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Let's consolidate "black screen on boot" questions

We have 858 questions about this, it's probably time to consolidate this into one good CW and start duping things instead of having it all over the site, so we made this: My computer boots to a ...
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Suggestions for questions that need a bounty

When I started here, I would have never believed I could reach 10k but I did and am more than happy with that level of reputation. So, I decided I would offer any excess rep I made, as a bounty on ...
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Cleanup Project using SEDE Query

What’s this post about? We are a group of people who are doing some cleanup work. Currently, we are using an SEDE Query that finds unanswered1 questions with answers by the OP. From a cleanup ...
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Should we create task items for better managing the site?

So, as each day goes by, we are growing bigger and bigger, both in terms of the size as well as the participating members. Now, that is not essentially a bad thing to happen. But it does present some ...
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Ask Ubuntu Chat Twitter Bot

For those of you who don't already know, we have a realtime chat room over at http://chat.askubuntu.com — lots of us (including a couple of moderators) hang out there. We help new users with ...
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We need to ensure that Ask Ubuntu's archive remains publically available

I was disappointed to find out that this is a problem: June 2023 Data Dump is missing We need to make sure we preserve our community contributions for the next generation, does anyone have the ...
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Ubuntu Groovy Gorilla (20.10) is now released, and posts about it are (generally) No Longer Offtopic

(I'm a day late, I got busy with work stuff and at-home stuff) As of about 17:39:04 UTC on October 22, 2020, Ubuntu Groovy Gorilla 20.10 has been officially released. The corresponding release ...
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Election: minimum reputation/moderation requirements

Two years ago there were one or two nominations from users with low reputation and hardly any moderation track record. At the time this brought up a discussion on raising the minimum requirements for ...
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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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I was on the SE podcast talking about Ask Ubuntu, check it out!

last week the StackExchange guys asked me to get on the podcast to talk about Ubuntu! http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2013/06/podcast-48-sponsored-by-powdermilk-biscuits/?cb=1 Skip to 30:53 if you ...
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Who ever reads my custom message when rejecting an edit?

Sometimes we reject an edit for reasons not covered by the list given. Then I always give my reasons in the custom field. However ever since we need two approvals for an edit it happens that other ...
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Ask Ubuntu session at the Ubuntu Developer Summit

On Friday will be a session where Mr Robert from SE will talk about Ask Ubuntu called How to integrate with Ask Ubuntu , you can connect and chat directly and your questions will be answered, and ...
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Is Ask Ubuntu "official" Ubuntu?

Meaning, is Canonical directly involved? I see a few Canonical employees here (hi Jorge!), was just curious whether Canonical itself actually runs or supports Ask Ubuntu, or if it's purely "community"...
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Scheduling lessons for 10th anniversary celebration classroom

Oops time passed. I have created a public chat room for the 10th anniversary lessons: Join the Classroom All lessons will be held there. This post is for scheduling the lessons. If you would like to ...
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Does the original poster know when I downvote their posts?

Some of my answers got down voted just because I down voted an answer of some other user or an user suspects me to be probable down voter as I left a comment on his/her down voted post. Usually my ...
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How should I reward an answerer?

I'm ashamed to say I asked a question yesterday, and got an answer the same day. If this were a MS question, I would have been waiting until H--- froze over before anyone answered. Anyway, I got an ...
Preston Bahr's user avatar
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Should questions about using end-of-life Ubuntu releases be closed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we allow questions that are about releases which are considered End of Life? Should questions requesting advice using end-of-life (i.e., officially unsupported) Ubuntu ...
Eliah Kagan's user avatar
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What should I do to avoid an edit war when someone rolls my edits back?

I typically edit before close voting / flagging / down voting because then I get to read thoroughly and see just how much effort they put in. In this case I did the same, then (mistakenly) close voted ...
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Biased votes at answers

That's something I have noticed at many questions in this site. A user with a reputation of 20 has posted a great answer but has not received any up votes. On the other hand, a user with 5k ...
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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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Unix vs Ubuntu?

If you're using Ubuntu but have a question which is applicable (or you think it is) across distros is it considered best practice to post in Unix SE? Or is it more a case of the question being valid ...
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Is suggesting the use of another Linux distribution valid?

Much of what I know has come from using Ubuntu but also several other distributions. I recently suggesting a user use Puppy Linux because they needed something that could fit on a CD (<700mb). I ...
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Why don't people who down-voted on a question revisit that question if it has been edited to make it better for up-votes?

Let's say that you have a question that got down-voted. And then it gets edited to try get upvotes. And those that down-voted don't up-vote because they don't see the question has been edited. Why ...
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Educate askers to look after their questions

How can we nudge askers to actually maintain their questions, to provide requested information? (Maybe something like a "Remember to work on your question" when they are pressing Post your question ?) ...
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Down voting consequences

I really understand that down voting should not be as easy as voting up over a good question/answer but the loss of rep associated with it makes it really something to avoid by a lot of users. I am ...
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When do we say a problem can't be reproduced?

Today I saw a question, noticed it was a problem that I and other people have been having in Ubuntu for years, and wrote an answer. I also checked on my machine that the answer was correct. I would ...
Eliah Kagan's user avatar
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Edit that removes only "Thanks " from post - should it be approved or rejected?

Today "suggested edits" queue suddenly increased to more than 20. I observed the following in the edits: All the edits removing only "Thanks" (there are no other improvements). All are proposed by ...
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