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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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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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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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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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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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Copy the link of the comment and add it to the question replacing the title of the comment by the user’s name. Something like this: This comment from rinzwind helped me get there: How to give credit to someone else when writing an answer based on a comment? I did that by clicking on the time next to my name in the comment and copying the link into the ...


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


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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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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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I think the comment is a little bit brusque, and a little bit rude in the wording, but not enough to really warrant any CoC violation action beyond the comment deletion. As such, comment deleted, but also consider that your response to the comment about the comment being 'arrogant' is just as unhelpful and problematic as it tends to do nothing but incite a ...


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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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You can give credit to a comment (like "Dan's comment helped me"), but if someone has posted an answer in the comments, I will usually encourage them to post an answer, but after some time, I will post it as an answer myself and put a note like: This answer came from a comment by Dan. Because we really need to break the habit of posting answers in ...


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I think various wildlife control policies are an apt analogy. Out-of-support Ubuntu systems (or Windows XP or any other distribution) are vermin in that they are responsible for spreading disease. All their applications fall behind in support and they get hacked with ridiculous ease. They're then used to hack other machines, send spam, host horrible crap. ...


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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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Debian package has the major downside that it looks like it means “package from the Debian distribution” and not “package in the Debian format”. So I recommend to avoid it on this site (unless you do mean a package from Debian as opposed to Ubuntu, but then you should make that explicit). Debian package also doesn't distinguish between a binary package (....


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On the one hand I agree with you. I find the Ubuntu culture of always upgrading very annoying. I also don't see the point of making questions about older versions off topic. What if I can't upgrade due to hardware/time constraints? What if my boss won't let me? What if I don't have physical access to the machine in question? I've never understood why these ...


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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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I differentiate between "Type these commands to do the task" (which should be copy/paste-able), and "Here is what my answer produces on MY system (YMMV)", where the $ and # are used to show context. A recent example is my answer to this question


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I don't see any benefit from any URL shorteners here. Post an extra comment if needed.


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I recommend not deleting this question because it is a very useful question according to these metrics. It has 95 upvotes and has been viewed 122,813 times. 20 questions are linked to it, and of those 20 questions 13 were closed as duplicates of it. Beyond that in my opinion it would be more appropriate to reopen this question than it would be to delete ...


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The editor is only trying to make your question better. "I am a lazy bum" this states that you are not willing to try reasonable solutions, and people will avoid trying to answer your question because of it. Were these "Rules" part of a bounty you offered, and now are irrelevant to the question. Making suggestions that you perfer a Gui or terminal solution ...


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