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Is a downvote troll targeting me?

I have noticed a pattern where exactly one day after I post an answer in the Ubuntu section, my answer receives exactly one downvote. It seems plausible that if it is always the same person downvoting ...
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Can I answer with Python code?

If I have seen a question in AskUbuntu, would I be able to answer with a way to complete the question in Python. They haven't specified how they wanted it done, and I can't include a link because I ...
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Wubi discussion (AGAIN) - Supported Here on Ask Ubuntu? (13.04 and later)

According to what the Release team told me, wubi.exe appears on the images. Whether or not this means it's "supported" is open to debate among the ops, however, for all other intents and purposes, ...
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Ask Ubuntu is scheduled for an election next week, 2022-03-14. In ...
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Should we get review audits?

Today (2013-12-11), in 3-4 occasions, regulars in chat rooms expressed their concerns that users do not know how to use the site. Is not surprising considering that our eternal September hasn't ended ...
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What should we do with an invalid accepted answer?

Specifically with regards to these JAVA questions: https://askubuntu.com/questions/5567/how-to-install-the-sun-java-jdk https://askubuntu.com/questions/52154/how-do-i-install-the-latest-version-of-...
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Pro-forma comments now support remote sources, should we set this up?

Pro-forma comments (the tool that let's us quickly paste precanned comments for common user questions now supports hosting the comments on a remote server: https://stackapps.com/questions/2116/...
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Dialling down the boilerplate

This has been bothering me for a while now, and I'm interested in hearing other people's points of view. Problem Contributors are very quick to comment with correctional boilerplate messages where a ...
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Should I share a how-to tutorial?

Would I share an in depth tutorial on Ask Ubuntu or submit to Ubuntu.com? I ask because I recently created a lengthy tutorial on how to setup your Node.js / MongoDB local environment(from source), ...
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Off Topic Questions: Comment Etiquette

Lately I see a lot of comments from less experienced users (and some more experienced ones too) pointing out that questions about other OS etc are off topic and rightly so, they are. However, we ...
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How can we motivate the community to vote more?

Lately I've noticed - we have a steadily growing population of users, but voting trends appear down. How can help educate users of their right - and inherent duty - to vote? How can we help promote ...
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Formerly known as bodhi.zazen

Just a heads up here on meta ... Time for a name change , just letting you all know, and yes it has been a long strange trip .... Web site is still bodhizazen.com / blog.bodhizazen.com
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[warning]: questionable tag detected

We have 57 posts tagged warning. Should they be retagged to remove it? warning is not as bad as the banned error tag. error roughly meant "Something happened!" There are just a few common meanings ...
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We should start reviewing more regularly

In the past we ran a Clean Up week to find abandoned questions or questions that needed votes, and so on. Oli set up an awesome site here where it would find older questions and give you a queue that ...
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Please blacklist the 'bug' tag

In regards to this, http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/3343/summer-cleanup-feedback-wanted-etc?cb=1 the jrg has eliminated questions tagged with bug. I would like to request blacklisting of this tag,...
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Shouldn't we stop closing questions instantly as Off-Topic if we see the words "mint", "debian", etc.?

I'm not suggesting that Mint is on-topic, but recently I've noticed questions getting closed as Off Topic, just because a question contains the word "Mint" or "Debian". If you need to close them, I ...
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Flag declined dude!

Seriously? "Declined dude, use standard flags" Trying to be helpful here. The post wasn't quite rude, just a rant, like I mentioned. Is this the style to get people behave like you have in mind?
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Calling all 3k+ users!

So the Close Vote queue, while down somewhat since the last mod elections, is pretty full. I haven't reviewed in a while, and I see 342 to review, which means the number is probably that, if not ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election

The 2012 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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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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We should put these tags under [lock] and [keys]

(The only reason these are the same question is for the pun. If they should be split, I can split them.) Neither of these have tag wiki entries. As of now, lock has 182 questions, keys has 82. ...
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What should I do with answers about other Linux distros?

See this chat conversation for intense discussion. When I see an answer "here's how to do this in Windows", I flag it and leave a comment explaining that this is off-topic. All such flags have been ...
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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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I need some [help] getting rid of this tag from Ask Ubuntu Meta!

This tag is fully useless IMO. We don't need it. So... we have a help tag on Meta Ask Ubuntu (NOT the main site). IMO, it is useless. Let's go through the criteria to get rid of it: Does it describe ...
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2019: 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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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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Lets do something with "Set up dual monitor" post!

After read this post I though "I'll find the dupe and done" but after search for a dupe about "How to set up dual monitor?" I didn't find any question with acceptable answers. There are a lot of ...
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Help create a great Wikipedia entry for Ask Ubuntu

Please help by making http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AskUbuntu , the Wikipedia entry about AskUbuntu better. You may want to use http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StackOverflow as a reference on how our page ...
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What is the difference between Ask Ubuntu and Ubuntu Questions on Launchpad? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should we use Launchpad Answers and when Ask Ubuntu It seems that Ask Ubuntu and Questions for Ubuntu on Launchpad at https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu cater to the ...
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Are questions about problems later revealed to be common hardware issues "too localized"?

Sometimes a user posts a question that they think has to do with Ubuntu, but it turns out to be a hardware problem. (And not one that can be worked around or troubleshooted by Ubuntu. There are, of ...
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Detecting the language a question is written in

It would be great if the system could detect the language of a question, and pop up a little notice: Please note that this site is in English only Your question will be flagged for moderator ...
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2021: 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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How often is [frequency] useful?

We have 51 questions tagged frequency. This seems like an extremely general, cross-cutting concept that isn't useful as a tag. However, most questions tagged frequency are questions about CPU ...
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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, in ...
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EOL Notice: Artful Aardvark (17.10) reached End of Life on July 19, 2018

This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that will be reaching End of Life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially past end of life as of July 19, 2018: Artful ...
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Discussion about tag: uninstall

The uninstall says: Questions about uninstalling software in Ubuntu, or uninstalling Ubuntu from a computer. And software-uninstall says: for questions about uninstalling software on Ubuntu. ...
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Quality blocks enabled for questions

Questions are the lifeblood of any Stack Exchange site. But asking good questions can be difficult, for some people entirely too difficult to bother with. When the Trilogy sites reached traffic levels ...
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Ask Ubuntu version of "Oh The Horror" Hat Club anybody? [closed]

So, I was reading around the Stack Exchange network and came across this (easily googleable) question: “Oh The Horror” Hat Club Anyone want to give this a go? From the page: 41 people join in. ...
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Downvoting and/or closing a question about faking bittorrent

This question asks how to fake bittorrent traffic. It received some up- and downvotes, 7:7 by time of me writing this. :) Wow! Obviously, some massive commenting had been started, and Marco Ceppi ...
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Who is the public for which this service is intended, exactly?

Some of the questions appearing seem pretty advanced, wile others (like the ones I'm asking) are elementary. Who is the user we imagine using this service? The answer to this question should ...
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How I can help new users?

I would like to post something about my 'journey' to transition from Windows to Ubuntu that might be useful to others. I am a UK doctor and had some quite specific - basic but essential - requirements,...
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Can I answer bash-tagged questions with Python one-liners?

Many questions tagged with bash have accepted answers using sed, awk or common *NIX utilities. Is it OK to use Python to answer questions in the same way? In particular, I'm looking at this question ...
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When should we use the versions tags?

For example, when someone asks a question and he is saying I am using Ubuntu 11.04. Should the question also be tagged 11.04 or not ?
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Get rid of Windows answers?

Isn't it time to get rid of this answer and enforce the policy of closing Windows questions, here, here, ... as off-topic? I'd rather leave a comment "We're sorry, but this site is all about Ubuntu ...
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How to handle users that ask a question, and never come back?

Is there any set way to handle users, that answer a question. See the answer, and not do anything about it? Never come back? Example 1: User joins. Asks a question at 8pm. The answer is given at 8....
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How to deal with masked shortened-urls?

Easter eggs in Ubuntu vs. Easter eggs in Ubuntu – Spot the difference! The second one has a shortened url; I find this downright rude. What are your views on the usage of masked shortened-urls? Is ...
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Why does a user start off with 1 rep, and not 0?

Why does a user start off with 1 rep, and not 0? Is there a real reason for this? Or was it just decided because it wouldn't make much difference if it was 0 instead?
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Is there any place to discuss already answered question on askubuntu or other stackexchange sites

I want to discuss already answered question. Is there any place to discuss it?
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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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What is the meaning of OP?

I regularly see the abbreviation OP used in comments and in questions on the meta site. What does it mean? Should a glossary be included in the FAQ? Or should OP be included in an existing glossary I ...
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