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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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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 ...


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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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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, ...


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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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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


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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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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 ...


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I don't see why they wouldn't be on topic. Questions about how to install Ubuntu, regardless of BIOS, UEFI, etc., are still within the scope of the FAQ


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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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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 ...


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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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No, You cannot. And also the reputation is for only the user who gave the accepted answer.


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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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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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No, you cannot ask questions about Debian on Ask Ubuntu. You can ask them on Unix & Linux however.


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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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Flag the question to be closed as "Too Localized" and we'll have the question closed.


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