Just the question. Don't use "plz help!!!!" or even the less neurotic "please help". If you didn't need help, you wouldn't be posting here in the first place. Just end your question with an actual question that asks what you want to ask.
Foo is blah blah blah blah and I need it because blah blah blah.
Sadly, I cannot foo on my ...
The FAQ says:
It’s also perfectly fine to ask and answer your own question, as long as you pretend you’re on Jeopardy: phrase it in the form of a question.
Also I tend to ask and answer my own questions when I am trying to figure something out and I find the results on google to be horrible or out of date, so I self document here. Here's an example where ...
I agree absolutely here. There's nothing that irks me more than giving an answer to a difficult question than never hearing from the OP again. I've run across this multiple times:
Headphones are playing a local radio station - OP never showed his face again
Creating a VPN without a router for gaming - OP said he'd look into it, but never heard from him ...
If it's a good question (fits our scope, well worded, enough detail, etc) and it's something that might help somebody else, we want it.
The ethics side of it is handled by the points system. You won't get the +15 for having your own answer accepted and you won't get the +2 for accepting your own answer. If people vote for your posts, that's just fine too.
Please consider accepting a good answer, even if it does not (possibly) give you what you asked for
I have to say I completely disagree with this. Accepting an answer is saying that that answer solved the OP's issue. If no answer solves it, then none should be accepted. Sure, it would be nice to get that extra 15 rep that comes with an accept but, as the OP,...
Though, the same standards need to apply - just like any other question on the site. Poorly worded questions, questions that don't fit the standard question criteria, etc should be closed accordingly.
Development is on-topic here unless it really has nothing to do with Ubuntu.
I wouldn't object to Python questions here but you might get better service on Stack Overflow which is really all about programming. If your questions involve Ubuntu peculiarities or packaging a Python application, then we're probably the best bet. But again, this is on-topic on ...
I'm sorry to hear you've had such a negative experience with Ask Ubuntu. First of all allow me to address each one of your points, then if you still wish to remove your account instructions will be outlined at the bottom.
I've reviewed each of the answers in question and would like to shed some light on each.
This was the first answer I reviewed. Since it'...
Short answer: YES!
Emails in questions/answers pose at least 2 problems:
Spam: Spambots are very good at filtering plain text emails off websites. (This is why most people, when sharing emails, type them name AT host DOT com etc)
The site doesn't work this way. Questions should be asked here as well as answered here and the problem should be discussed ...
Yes but ...
... we should not solve his assignment for them. We should only point them towards the necessary documentation and give them high-level concept explanations.
After all homework assignments are supposed to make you learn something.
Your question doesn't make your intent clear, and that's apparent by the answers you're getting.
Title is off
Your title currently states
Make bootable Win8 USB on Ubuntu MacBook
That, when first reading, is very confusing as you mention three different operating systems at once. From your meta question here a more appropriate title might be
This is what you, and the rest of the community are for. We are all human robots who donate time to clean up the site. That's why anyone can edit, why editing is encouraged, and why low rep users will gain reputation for editing. It's an important part of the site and we expect users, as they become more invested in the site, to take up arms to edit, flag, ...
Well, as a general principle, if any question has a bad title that won't lead others to find its answers*, then please try to fix it.
When people search in search engines or within the site, we want them to find what they're looking for. Misleading or vague titles make good answers hard to find, and they make people find things that are not helpful to them.
The last time we discussed this we didn't really have a problem (people getting problems solved is the priority) but most other stackexchange websites don't allow cross-posting.
The official line from upon high is to pick the best site and post there and only there. Write the best question you possibly can and if it doesn't pay off, ask for it to be ...
Questions at askubuntu are answered from a voluntary community, so there is no ticket system that reminds people to answer questions.
It happens that questions are replaced by newer ones and people will miss them even if they are good, because most wont scroll down a lot or even visit the next page(s).
That happens e.g. if they are posted on Sunday morning ...
Create a new question
The first question was solved and the user who created the answer should be recognized by the effort made (reputation awarded).
The new errors should be solved separately, by creating a new question, linked to the original (for the sake of context).
Answer emerged from the conversation with @Jorge
When that happens I will unleash my 42 special questions that I have in store but only for very special occasions such as this one.
Each of this questions will trigger sleeper ubuntu agents in the community that will also have 42 more questions each, which will also trigger other deep sleep agents with 42 more questions and so on...
The entire Stack Exchange network is under constant attack by spammers. You just happened to visit at an unfortunate time -- these posts are often deleted within minutes if not seconds.
The Charcoal volunteer organization coordinates efforts to respond to spam which gets through the site admins' blocks (which allegedly already stop 90% of the deluge).
Just to defend the quality issue, we deal in a lot more grey areas and a lot of problem solving here is an iterative process where we have to tease the right information out of the askers.
The questions here are very organic. People have problems and they come here as a choice between IRC, UbuntuForums.org and several other online support forums. Of course ...
Unfortunately no, our FAQ page states:
"You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face."
Asking a specific question about a specific word processor on the other hand is more than welcome. Example:
"What compatibility issues will I encounter when opening MS Office documents in AbiWord?"
If its about using or repairing a Ubuntu system, or fixing the issues caused by a broken boot loader while trying to install Ubuntu, why not?
Does not matter if the software you are using is Windows based, as long as you use it for something you are doing or did with Ubuntu.
I would include as acceptable:
Fix multi boot systems;
Fix boot after installing ...
Firstly, a comment only saying "make it better" is worse than useless. The comment must spell out what needs to happen to make the post better.
That said, there are situations where iterative help is required. The system already suggests breaking out long comment threads into post-specific chat-rooms. They're linked to from the comments, so even after the ...
It is a program included in a supported version, and the default environment on tablets/phones.
Unless the question is about a bug, or dependant on some unmade feature we should be able to handle many of these questions. Like running various xapps on the desktop, tweaks or installing silos. This stuff should certainly be on Ask Ubuntu.
It's actually the preferred method of handling questions in chat. Typical workflow is: Ask question on Ask Ubuntu, paste link in chat to carry a discussion about the question, edit question to reflect new information discovered in chat, potentially have answer questioned - the answer of course being posted to the question on Ask Ubuntu.
As opposed to just ...
You cannot accept more than one answer at a time. That is, a question can have at most one accepted answer.
Assuming the accepted answer is by someone other than yourself, its author will get 15 reputation, and you get 2 reputation for acccepting an answer. (If you accept your own answer, you don't get any reputation from this.)
If you change your mind ...
We don't usually like subjective questions that ask what the "best" x is, this generally results in lots of people expressing their personal opinion of "I think y!", "well, I think z!", "no, it's q!". The post then rapidly devolves into old, unhelpful opinions that cannot be moderated into a nice, helpful, future proof wiki which is what our goal at Ask ...