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Best way to end a question post

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 ...
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Best way to end a question post

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 ...
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If an answer cannot possibly give you what you asked for, please consider accepting nevertheless

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 ...
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Do we stop *supporting* external software?

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 ...
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Is it okay to rename questions when the title doesn't reflect what OP really wants to know?

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 ...
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How long should I wait for an answer on here?

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 ...
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What will happen when all questions are asked?

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 ...
Luis Alvarado's user avatar
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Has anyone noticed some questions on Ask Ubuntu that are totally unrelated to Ubuntu?

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 ...
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Is it okay to rename questions when the title doesn't reflect what OP really wants to know?

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 ...
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Should we or should we not support questions on Unity 8?

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 ...
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A chat room to help users improve posts?

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 ...
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What will happen when all questions are asked?

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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How do you handle questions that include Ubuntu pastebin links?

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 ...
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I am not able to ask questions on Ask Ubuntu

There's nothing we can do - the limit is automatically imposed by the system and can't be lifted by mods. By the way, you can ask 1 question per week, apparently. See this post which describes the ...
Zanna's user avatar
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Automatically wrapping lines in Ask Ubuntu

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 ...
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I cannot seem to find a question I asked earlier

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): ...
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I cannot seem to find a question I asked earlier

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 ...
Zanna's user avatar
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How can I read answers to the related questions that appear when I'm drafting a question?

While you type in a question, the site suggests other questions that may be similar in a "Similar questions" box. This box shows an excerpt of each question, so you can get an idea whether ...
Henning Kockerbeck's user avatar
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Can we ask questions about Debian and Ubuntu-based operating systems on Ask Ubuntu?

No, you cannot ask questions about Debian on Ask Ubuntu. You can ask them on Unix & Linux however.
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Is it relevant to ask questions for other distros based on Ubuntu (e.g. GalliumOS)?

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 ...
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Do we stop *supporting* external software?

In my honest opinion we should still support questions specific to currently supported release but asking for a software that ain't supported anymore. For example, Java 9 and 10 have reached their end ...
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Can users raise questions on the day of the announced release date irrespective of time?

The questions specific to future releases of Ubuntu are considered as off-topic until it is officially released. The release is notified by the mailing lists. It's fair to consider the questions as ...
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How do you handle questions that include Ubuntu pastebin links?

I agree with BeastOfCaerbannog, wholly. The system can handle large-ish pastes and will tell you when it can't. Just remember that you don't have to indent you can use ~~~ fences before and after code ...
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How long should I wait for an answer on here?

We get a lot of questions on Askubuntu, so aside from giving as much information as you can which is nicely covered by the help page How do I ask a good question? it’s also very important to present ...
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Does the title of this question capture OP's question well enough?

I think the best version of this post is revision 4, because its title is the most specific Why does the error message for two colons as a command (::) in bash have three colons, but a single colon ...
Zanna's user avatar
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You have reached your question limit

Five hours ago from this post (so about when you posted here on Meta), you were stuck behind a question-asking ban. The exact reason for this ban is never clear (not even to us moderators), because ...
Thomas Ward's user avatar
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What will happen when all questions are asked?

To quote an XKCD comic "Mission <censored> accomplished" You end up with a searchable library of ubuntu questions that people can use.
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How can I ask a question that, by its nature, will be "too broad"?

No, questions on Stack Exchange need to be "practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face." That question would fall out "actual problems that you face" part. The only way to ...
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Should I notify about edits in the question comments?

Edits do not notify users when done. The system will only notify you about edits when someone else revises your post(s). If you want to let the user know that you did your edits, you need to tell ...
Thomas Ward's user avatar
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Before I ask a question the similar posts suggestions do not scroll properly

Same problem here. The bug has already been reported on Meta Stack Exchange, with many confirmations. Hopefully this will get fixed some time soon. Workarounds include: clicking any of the links ...
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