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Are duplicate questions hidden now?

The recent change to post notices does not change which posts are visible. It changes what information about their closure is visible. When you're logged in, you've probably seen text in post notices ...
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Spam edit in already closed question

I see three possibilities as to how that question ended up edited into spam: The account was compromised sometime between when the question was posted, 2018-11-23, and when it was edited into spam on ...
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When do we say a problem can't be reproduced?

I think it's somewhat subjective... but I would like to share my perspective for discussion, even though I am pretty new to the site. Along with some other folks, I do some cleanup, meaning I spend ...
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When do we say a problem can't be reproduced?

I think if you just changed the title of the question to "Why does launching an application via gksu not work?" or similar and then keep the body as an example would make the question immediately more ...
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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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Spam edit in already closed question

If you suspect that something harmless-looking might be spam related, check whether it was plagiarized. That question was copied from another question, and the user's profile text was copied from ...
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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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Memory leak (Very relevant to 18.04/GNOME 2.6+) Question put on hold for being opinion based, but it is not

This is my analysis, which is based on my knowing how the site runs/operates. Note that since I helped close your question, this is my justifications. The community is free to cast reopen votes if ...
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Why was this question marked off-topic?

Because it is clearly off topic: it isn't a question about Ubuntu at all. The OP is looking for a person who can help them learn. That's absolutely great, and I wish the OP the very best, but that isn'...
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We should be able to vote to change the close reason

Until/unless this feature request is ever implemented, these are the current options in situations like this. Comment on the question, warning people in your comment This alerts others to the ...
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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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Closed, Duplicate or On-Hold questions are tagged with much ease on Askubuntu.com!

And I believe people should search first before asking a basic question. The amount of topics on AU that I copy the title from and insert into google that give me a perfect result is flabbergasting. ...
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Closed questions which may be considered for reopening after the release of Artful

I disagree with the tone of Byte's answer, on a couple of counts: There's a ton of on-topic space around pre-release Ubuntu. The benchmark is "Can it be answered and will it likely still apply come ...
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PROPOSAL: Checklist for addressing questions mentioning non-Ubuntu distributions

Please note that although I am a mod, this doesn't mean my word is law. I am posting this not as a site moderator but as a long time user of Ask Ubuntu. This is a discussion, not a declaration. The ...
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Needlessly closed a question?

I think we should not reopen that question but could migrate it to Unix & Linux. This question is about Debian, not Ubuntu. When a user posts a question about Debian and it also applies to Ubuntu--...
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How is my question "primarily opinion-based"?

Keep in mind the key points here. The first key issue is that you are referring to a PPA. The second key issue is you are referring to Drivers. With regards to drivers and hardware, the stability ...
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Should a question be reopened if another close reason now suits it better?

I'll never vote to re-open a question just to close it again with a different reason. That wastes the time of potentially 10 or more reviewers, to what benefit? Unless I can band together four others ...
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Should a question be reopened if another close reason now suits it better?

There are two options. To leave the question closed, since it is still not clear. To reopen the question and add the OP's answer as a community wiki answer. I vote for the second option, because ...
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From when it is possible to answer to a closed question?

There are a few things going on here: The server will allow submissions up to 4 hours after closure. The client-side javascript polls the server for question status roughly once every 45 seconds. If ...
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About "not constructive" questions

I may partly agree with you, in that the not constructive close reason was confusing and we don't use it anymore. I'm sorry it ever did exist--or, really, mainly just that it was called that. It's not ...
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Should questions closed here and then posted in another SE site be flagged for deletion?

I believe that off-topic* questions should in general be deleted. In particular, questions which have been closed with no good answers are dead ends in searches, so removing them is likely to make the ...
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Migration Rejected

This is done now. status-completed
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How is this question off-topic?

Crouton is just another boot-loader¹, so once Crouton got Ubuntu up-and-running, it's just plain old Ubuntu (without grub) and questions about Ubuntu are on-topic! However, questions about the Crouton ...
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Should closed/locked questions with no answers be hidden?

These "orphans" serve a purpose and that is to direct people who think they have some kind of problem, to another kind of problem that has a solution... E.g.: My screen acts funny → How to install ...
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Socratic badge amount gone down unfairly with off-topic I cast on my own post

Off-topic is considered a negative close reason, whoever started it. In the future, if you post something that you're not sure about, just delete it. You should be able to undelete it later on if you ...
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Why was my question closed as a duplicate?

I believe the reason your question was closed is that you asked about a specific ppa, but this was already answered in a generic way. The reasoning here is that from the generic information about ...
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Question marked as duplicate - what to do?

the question they refered to that I "copied" from as a duplicate is not even close to a duplicate When we close questions as duplicates, we don't actually mean the text of the question is the same or ...
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From when it is possible to answer to a closed question?

People that started to write answers before the questions are closed have a leeway of 4 hours so they can submit their answers. This is by design.
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Are questions about problems later revealed to be common hardware issues "too localized"?

I know this is an old question about a question that's since been deleted, but it's still a good question and deserves a good answer. Personally I think that the arguments you make for leaving ...
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How to request to remove "marked as duplicate" and to reopen?

You need more than 1 person to vote it to re-open to re-open a question OR a moderator to step in and re-open it. How is it not a duplicate? (the question is was closed against seems the same to me ...
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