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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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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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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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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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Why is my question opinion based

... it is not opinion based. It is just a question. It's possible that you may be confused slightly on the close reason, but that's entirely understandable. The banner at the top clearly (and yet ...
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Does the word "best" automatically make a question "Opinion based"?

It's probably obvious from my edits and comments to your question, but I think you have a valid point here. I think there should probably be a "litmus test" on questions that ask for the &...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
Eliah Kagan's user avatar
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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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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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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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Are closed questions answerable?

If you are wondering how the question came to have an answer, you can see from the question's timeline that the answer was posted before the question was closed. Preventing answers being posted is ...
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Are closed questions answerable?

Basically correct yes. A moderator and/or a group of users with 4 re-open votes could re-open it, someone then could answer it and they could close it again. But that it not something we would do ...
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Why was my question put on-hold by me?

Looking at the post's timeline, it seems like you voted to close it around 11h ago (08:17 UTC) using the custom Off-topic → Other reason, which also let you add a comment: It seems it's more about ...
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Why was my question put on-hold by me?

When you earn 250+ reputation points, you also earn "view and cast close and reopen votes on your own questions" privilege. Some time in the past you might have cast a close vote on your own question (...
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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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Does the word "best" automatically make a question "Opinion based"?

Speaking as a bit of a language nerd: yes, almost always. And in situations where "best" isn't asking for subjective opinion, such as: Which team has the best odds of winning the Super Bowl?...
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Why was my question closed as a duplicate?

I would guess that the reason your question was closed as a duplicate was that either it was the same as the duplicated question or else the people judging it did not read either your question, the ...
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PROPOSAL: Checklist for addressing questions mentioning non-Ubuntu distributions

tl;dr: No, this site is about official Ubuntu flavours exclusively and it should stay this way. This is Ask Ubuntu, part of the StackExchange network. In this whole network, the scope of a site is ...
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About "not constructive" questions

The site is , as much as possible, community maintained. As a user gains more reputation they have more and more access to moderator tools including closing questions. This is important because you ...
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