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There's nothing we can do about people's voting patterns. Nothing about the site requires anyone to explain their voting patterns. I try to leave a comment when I see someone has put in at least some effort or is having a hard time using the site, or is maybe not a native English speaker and needs some editing to make the question better. However there ...


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Yes (sort of) The OP is only one of the people you should think about. And generally, the OP is one of only a handful of technically-minded users who will read your answer. Yes, you can break your system with CCSM, and in such a way that a novice user won't be able to recover without a great deal of frustration. That certainly isn't what we want. But ...


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Pros: It's animated, and therefore easy to understand. Some things are best explained in a video, where text accompanied by screenshots would be too lengthy. It's inline, as opposed to an externally hosted video. External videos should be avoided for the same reason as link-only answers. Cons: Bad usability: there is no way to pause, rewind or fast ...


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Answers Suggestions for when answering a software-recommendation question. Be specific! If your answer is less than a paragraph you likely haven't created a high quality answer to a software-recommendation. A picture is worth over 9,000 words The title says it all! Include screenshots of the software in action, a photo will typically help hook a user ...


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I just click Improve edit, edit it to be what I want it to be and then leave the following canned comment: @WhoeverMadeTheEdit Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! **;-)** Could you please review my [edits]() and also review the [editing help](/editing-help) to improve the readability of your questions/answers/edits in the future... **;-)** then I copy-paste the link ...


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I was the 'contra' voice in the thread that WarriorIng64 referred to. A little bit about my credentials: I was a kernel developer for many years; more recently I was the lead developer on the Vodafone webbook project for Canonical, which shipped Ubuntu and Unity-2D, and I've patched hundreds of packages all up and down the stack, from grub to upstart to ...


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Vote for this answer if you think it should be: Debian package


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Cross-posting the same question across StackExchange sites, within a few minutes, definitely seems spammish, to me. If, however, your question hasn't got attention and you can't add more details or raise a bounty for it in Ask Ubuntu, I don't see a problem with it if you can get attention on a more appropriate site. Personally, I would delete my question ...


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The question indicates that the OP may have not yet achieved in depth knowledge of Bash programming. The recommendation to read some Bash manual is therefore obvious. But I understand that the wording of read a basic bash programming manual especially when bolded is borderline rude. Much better would be to help by adding a link to a Bash guide that we ...


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I try to assess how much thought/work the suggestor has put into the edit. if there is real improvement but some things have been left out I either approve or improve/approve if I encounter a suggestion that only corrects the low hanging fruit (like s/ubuntu/Ubuntu/,...) and overlooks several other things I often reject/improve with an appropriate ...


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Questions Tips and points related to asking for software recommendations. Scope, Scope, Scope. If a question is too broad it'll attract a large quantity of answers which will likely lower the overall quality of the question due to the impossibility of sifting through each. However, if the scope is too narrow the answers will only pertain to a very small ...


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I agree with Flimm that OP doesn't need to be the FAQ. But I do think it should be in the glossary. And it is in the glossary! It's somewhat confusingly under "Ask Ubuntu/Stack network specific terms" (even though it's not really specific to SE or AU). The entry for it says: OP OP = Original Poster Also, people should feel free to ask us what that ...


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I suggest using http://paste.ubuntu.com.


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Yes, paste.ubuntu.com is cleaned up from time to time and doesn't have any notion of long lived service, it's a pastebin not an archive. If something is supposed to be critical to answering a question it should be in the question itself.


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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 ...


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OP means Original Poster, in other words, the user that asked the question. OP is a term commonly used all over the English speaking Internet, in forums, bug reports and social news sharing sites. I do not think it should be included in the FAQ, as it is a fairly common term. People who are unfamiliar with it can look up this question or search for it on ...


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It is a bit condescending... but that's not against the rules. It comes as both part of an answer to the question, and in answer to a question from somebody starting out with Bash scripting. Variable scope isn't entirely fundamental (you can womble along for a long time before it kicks you in the face) but it's something you need to eventually learn, along ...


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In addition to htorque's suggestion of paste.ubuntu.com, I found there is a command line app that can be used to make it easier: pastebinit It's quite relevant considering ændrük's comment about problems pasting very large log into the browser. An example: df -h | pastebinit -b http://paste.ubuntu.com The only question I have about paste.ubuntu.com is ...


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I also vote for things I see being down-voted when I don't agree on the votes. Similarly, I'm fairly sure that isn't what you're supposed to do but when people drive-by down-vote and there's nothing wrong, what other option are you really left with? Ideally everybody would leave a comment when they down-voted... But that's clearly not what happens. There is ...


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Vote for this answer if you think it should be: .deb package


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Debian seems to call them Debian package or ".deb" file as evidenced in their FAQ question: 4.5 Can I use Debian packages (".deb" files) on my Red Hat/Slackware/... Linux system? Can I use Red Hat packages (".rpm" files) on my Debian GNU/Linux system? [OT FYI: "The Linux Filesystem Standard" says you can put "foreign" packages in /usr/local/ and manage ...


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If you're saying the edit actually improves the post, I don't believe it's fair to reject it. Someone may not know how formatting works in the editor, but is very good at English and only improves a post's English, or vice-versa. Also, I don't believe there's a rule that states we should only use Imgur URLs for images. Some images may be copyrighted, while ...


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If the question is different, asking a new question makes sense. For example, if you asked a question, then the question turned into one special case of what you asked, and that got answered, and now you need help with a different special case or need a much more general answer, then you might want to post a new question. Just make clear how the new question ...


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Well who knew? There is! http://askubuntu.com/questions/ask?tags=tag,tags2 You can also suggest the initial title with title=something (join the two with an &) Example from developer.ubuntu.com (See the ask a question link): http://developer.ubuntu.com/community/


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It is generally a bad idea to post enormous log files. Who is going to read an enormous wall of text? It's a disincentive to answering. Generally, try to post the most relevant section of the log file, then link to the full file elsewhere. Give it a shot, at least.. since the full file is linked, it's the best of both worlds.


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I would be against it. We are an official support site so it would be logical to not support end of life releases. It should be the official stance to upgrade to a supported site if not just for security related problems that can arise. Besides that: if the release is important most of us will not be able to check our answer (since none of us will have ...


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I don't think incomplete edits should be rejected, since they're still useful and the next editor has less work to do... So it's good teamwork regardless. I do think, however, that the first editor could get a notification when someone further edits that post, so they can acknowledge the fact that their edits were lacking in certain areas.


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If both questions have good content, they should be Merged rather than closed. Otherwise, you should vote to close the one that's worse. Which can be defined in a few different ways. I'll try to put them in ascending order of importance (this is my opinion, nothing more): Has poor quality answers (one clinches the deal, as far as I'm concerned) Is less ...


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I agree with Jeff, just pick one and move on. I prefer normal capitalisation too, but the discussion is not worth your time. What do all CAPITAL letters typically refer to in writing? Parkinson's Law of Triviality


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I think animated GIFs can be very helpful and you should not be afraid to include them. If you happen to abuse or use them inappropriately it can be handled just like any other content of lesser quality (editing, voting, deletion, etc.) Remember that some people may have animated GIFs disabled, access the site with a text-only interface or for some other ...


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