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Well I'm reversing those decisions because yes, development is very much on-topic here. To be clear these two examples are borderline generic (there's little to do with Ubuntu here) and I'd welcome people suggesting that the OP might have more luck on Stack Overflow... But closing it as off-topic is incorrect, because it's not. To address the comments: ...


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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 some of my time on neglected, unanswered, sometimes old and maybe abandoned questions. Mostly, we find that they have good, or good-enough-to-edit-into-shape, ...


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There's certainly no question about propriety. If your question should be closed, it probably should be closed. But there are a few options: Delete. If you completely messed up and your question was a problem caused by you, and it's never going to be useful to anybody else, you could nuke it. Answer it yourself. I've actually had pebcak issues that I've ...


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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!". The post then rapidly devolves into old, unhelpful opinions that cannot be moderated into a nice, helpful, future proof wiki which is what our goal at Ask ...


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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 generic and reuseable.


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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 they disagree with the action, as we defer to the community consensus. Note that in response to your question "Am I being punished", the answer is "No, this isn'...


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In my opinion: It is OK to edit closed questions, though sometimes you should be more reluctant to edit them than you would be to edit open questions. Preventing them from being bumped up to the front page is not a major reason to avoid editing them--since there won't likely be additional activity, they won't stay there for long. If an edit is worthwhile, ...


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Closing a question as off-topic or not a real question gives it an automatic downvote (the downvote is recorded as by the Community user). There is nothing wrong with a bad question being downvoted. You should never upvote a question just to compensate: upvote only if you think the question deserves an upvote. If the question is reopened, the automatic ...


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Occasionally on Launchpad, developers ask people to move some discussion of workarounds elsewhere. I don't think this happens a lot, but sometimes such discussion can get in the way of actually investigating and fixing a bug. I have seen this happen several times. Each time was at a time when I was more involved in bug hunting and less involved in Ask ...


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Chrubuntu is stock Ubuntu with a different install vector. Everything but installing it is on topic. That's the current policy boiled to the bone... But on closer inspection (and with help from the related question) you can see that it's not a stock kernel that's being used. For Arm Chromebooks, it has been necessary to use custom kernels to support the ...


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I'm for this. In my mind there's nothing touchy or controversial about deleting bad content. Our reasons for closing Ubuntu+1 are fairly solid: it's a moving target and it makes for bad questions. By release-time the closed questions are rot that only serve to pull in people from search engines, showing them a "This question is closed" banner. How can that ...


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Follow the rabbit hole, find the canonical question, comment on each question that is improperly commented, flag each wrong comment for removal, vote to close if you can.


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Since, it was a question posted about 1.5 years ago with no valuable answers and last edit to the question too was about 10 months back - it seemed to be abandoned. Closing such old questions are part of the clean-up efforts which community members take up on a regular basis. "Too Localized" close reason is used for closing most of the abandoned questions ...


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Why didn't you just migrate this one instead of closing it? If It's low quality Super User or Unix.SE then I'm sure they can close it too. You have actually hit the crux of the issue I have with this question. The golden rule for migrations - don't migrate stuff you yourself don't regard as high-quality. There is very little here that could be construed ...


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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 way I see it, we don't need to change anything. It is standard practice to tweak a question to make it on topic. If someone asks "what is the best way to foo the ...


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Closing duplicates also helps the following things: Maintenance We don't abandon or "archive" wrong information, we strive to always have that page be the relevant awesome answer for that particular question. In October Ubuntu had to change how we shipped Java. It took us about 2 hours to update all the Java questions here, because it's centralized into ...


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That number is how many you have for a period of 24 hours. The purpose of this is the same as the rep cap, which is to keep users in check and to make sure you don't burn out.


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I think this would create an impossibly subjective problem on the difference between what is defined as a bug report/complaint and what is defined as seeking a workaround. I would be more inclined to ask for a workaround in chat. If you find one, post the question and immediately self-answer. This way, you don't clog up the site with thousands of ...


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I can't speak for the other two close-voters, but I can tell you I cast a close vote specifically because of the 'this question will likely solicit debate...or extended discussion.' points. I think it could also have been closed as 'Not a real question' as it is quite a broad subject as well. I'd like to learn about the security & performance benefits ...


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As jokerdino♦ says, this is because your browser shows links to pages you've visited (via the exact URL the link uses, that is) in one color, and links to pages you haven't visited (in this way) in another color. (This is not related to cookies though.) Specifically, the darker-colored usernames are links to profiles you've visited, and the lighter-color ...


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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. And most times that result even leads to a topic in AU. In the past people have taken time to provide decent, well documented answers that hold against at ...


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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 interpretation. To one person, "Best" might mean "most simple"; to another person it might mean "fastest performance", and to another "lowest memory usage". ...


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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 potential problem, and is the most immediately visible way of getting your warning to people, because you don't have to wait for a moderator and you don't have to ...


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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 release?" Reopening a good question is not comparable to closing something that's no longer on-topic. One action makes the site better, the other is a waste of ...


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Please do not ask multiple questions in one post. It kind of defeats the purpose of the Q&A format. If possible, I imagine it would be more correct to close your question as a duplicate to several questions. Unfortunately, StackExchange's close reason system isn't as expressive as some of us would like. Your first two questions were really duplicates ...


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Delete them, delete them all! (most of them at least)! Here is also something nice: [12.04] Closed Alpha Beta questions [11.10] Closed Alpha Beta questions [11.04] Closed Alpha Beta questions Why are these even here? You cant even put your system back to the state of those question much even answer most of them! Should those not vanish? Not going on a ...


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My opinion only: Duplicates get closed instead of deleted for several reasons. seo adding search terms without modifying the meaning of the original question having duplicates closed allows a central way to put all the answers in one place (read as merge) Here's a specific example where something got closed and merged to put an answer that merited ...


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In my capacity of supporting the other three members of the community, I was content that this was not a borderline case and that it was a potential better fit with Unix & Linux. If the OP flagged for the migration I would have approached the mods there to migrate. In this case, a junior member of the community dropped an "off-topic" comment. Two ...


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I think that this is a good idea on a case by case basis--users with delete votes should use their best judgement in voting to delete when they see a closed question that is such (ie. off topic, localized, poor quality) that it would never be of interest to anyone. However, I think that a specific campaign to find and delete such closed questions would be a ...


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