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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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Please take your own question(s) seriously

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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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What do you mean by "The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed?"

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!". ...
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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 ...
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Improve my question further in askubuntu

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 ...
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Why did this question get so many downvotes?

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 ...
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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 ...
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What do you mean by "The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed?"

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 ...
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Making a 'master thread' for bugs and workarounds for Ubuntu 15.04 issues and bugs?

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 ...
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What is the best practice to show logfiles within a question?

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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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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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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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 much research effort is expected of Ask Ubuntu users?

There's no lower threshold for research needed for questions. And why would there be? Just look around. Many of our best, most viewed and best answered questions come from simple, clear and completely ...
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