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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. Something like: Foo is blah blah blah blah and I need it because blah blah blah. Sadly, I cannot foo ...


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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 ...


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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,...


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Before you feel offended, note that you in this post doesn't refer to you specifically. I don't want to see things that don't convey any concrete information towards solving the problem at hand. A non-exhaustive list of things I don't want to see: Hi, please, thanks, thanks in advance, kthxbai, etc. Especially "thanks in advance". Also: your name as a ...


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We have a rule that we don't support Ubuntu versions that are no longer supported by Canonical. However, there is no rule about software from other sources. And I really think there shouldn't be such a rule. First of all, many tools simply don't have newer versions. So you have no choice but to try and use an older one. And yes, while some of those might ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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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...


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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). ...


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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 ...


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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.


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Yes it is, and you should definitely do that. I do things like that all the time, it's common that OP doesn't know exactly what he's asking for when he phrases his question, even more when he writes the title line.1 Often the title doesn't reflect the actual problem in the first place plus it turns out it's an XY problem and the actual question is different ...


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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 ...


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As long as Ubuntu keep evolving that won't happen. Because there will always be new features to ask questions about.


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I just gave a once over to all your questions. 3 of them seem to be basically bug reports where the software isn't just working how it's supposed to, there's not much we can generally do with those as we can't really get the diagnostic information from your system, so for those you should probably file a bug: How do I report a bug? One question was 3 ...


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In my opinion you have three options: If the pastebins aren't huge just embed them in the post. Ask the OP to reupload the pastebins without expiration. Reupload the pastebins yourself without expiration. In the case you mention, the pastebins aren't extremely big, so they could be embedded. Also, if you look closely, they aren't three pastebins, but ...


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For that exist Unix & Linux, that is the correct place to ask about Linux not Ubuntu. Here we have a very scoped scope, Ubuntu. If you have a question about anything else that is not Ubuntu or official derivatives there's Unix & Linux for Linux specific problems and Super User for everything else D:


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To be honest, the question looks good to me. You provided the information you could find and replied quite quickly on requests for additional information. The suggested suspicion about 11.04 proved incorrect. Since there was no additional request for information, there is not much you can be blamed of I think. Many times, downvotes are correct, sometimes ...


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As with last time, people didn't understand what you need. There are super-simple solutions available but you're adamant they're not good enough, but don't explain why. You did give an example this time (which is a distinct improvement) but then you started saying things like... I don't want to run a script that executes two commands... Why not? It's that ...


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Click the gray circle with a question mark inside it in the upper right corner of the Ask Ubuntu markdown editor to show the link for advanced help (in red letters) which tells all the rules for formatting text in the markdown editor. When text that is formatted as a code sample by clicking on {} in the markdown editor is too long to fit inside the window, ...


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You will most certainly know a few of the keywords from your question. To find all questions I ever asked, containing the word python, I type in the search bar (showing "Search on Ask Ubuntu): python user:me is:q The result shows as a list: To find all answers: python user:me is:a (q -> a)


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Jacob's answer explains how to search among your posts, which is especially useful if you have many posts and a great tip for us all. However, I think in your particular case, you just don't know your way around the place yet and don't know where to find any of your posts in general. If you only have a few posts, or you want to look at the most recent post, ...


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No "How do I " questions are encouraged for search optimization since it's what people that are trying to find an answer will use. A user will search for "how do i get youtube working" Tech terms are tags. A technical person will browse the firefox and flash tags. Opinion from experience, but someone may disagree.


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Why am I getting this message? As stated in the about links on every page, Stack Exchange is a network of question and answer sites, not help forums. This implies that all posts are expected to have some value for later visitors too. To enforce that, and to prevent help vampires making the answerers turn away from the communities, low-quality questions and ...


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I wouldn't say we never do it. There are certainly examples amongst our more canonical questions that have been sanitised to make them either broader or just more generic so other people aren't scared off by irrelevant information. The important thing to remember is to not scrub out too much of the original post too quickly. Time plays a factor here so you ...


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If you need to include a really big log file the recommended method is to upload it to http://paste.ubuntu.com and provide the link in your question.


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This suggestion is ultimately in conflict with the actual purpose of the site and the guidelines and regulations/rules within the Help Center. Here's the big considerations: Bugs are still offtopic here regardless (this is detailed in the Help Center). Even if we have a workaround, the sheer number of bugs that can happen makes it unfeasible to maintain a ...


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That notification is designed to encourage people to improve their questions. In this case it was activated by the word "best". "Best" is a vague word. Its meaning is entirely open to individual interpretation. To one person, "Best" might mean "most simple"; to another person it might mean "fastest performance", and to another "lowest memory usage". ...


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No, it is not okay, as such questions are offtopic. Non-official Ubuntu Derivatives, including Mint, ElementaryOS, and GalliumOS, are offtopic on Ask Ubuntu. This has always been the case, and remains the case. This is also explicitly stated in the Help center: Questions that you should avoid: Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Backtrack, Gnome-Remix (prior to 13....


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