Two kind of Mint's users end up here:
Those who know that Mint is based on Ubuntu. Mint is more close to Ubuntu than Ubuntu is close to Debian. (Eliah Kagan has already pointed this out in a comment under the other answer.) That is why they frequently state in their questions that "I'm using Mint XXX which is based on Ubuntu XXX". And that is TRUE.
Ask Ubuntu classrooms
We could probably have some classroom sessions. I know it is a long forgotten idea but I think it would be nice to learn some new things from the experts around us.
People interested in teaching or learning any specific topics should put forth their suggestions and recommendations.
Some ideas to keep it going:
Introduction to Command-...
You can always post on meta for feedback on what you're working on. I've been running into your edits recently and also just did a scan of some of your work. Overall, I think you're doing a great job helping people clear up their questions.
Three things I would work on:
There's no need to add bold to most questions. Usually concentrating on making the ...
Well I am surprised that you wish to discuss this matter so openly - I'm very happy to do so.
for the record...
Just for the record, you have continually flagged for the following comment to be removed:
did you consider encrypting your entire drive?
Given your question about encryption/decryption etc, I considered this an entirely reasonable ...
I'm not sure what you mean. You posted a question and another user was nice enough to correct the grammar so that it's more understandable. That's great! It makes your question easier to understand so more likely to be answered. That isn't an attack on you in any way.
English is obviously not your native language so, naturally, you made some mistakes when ...
Why we ask "Why?"
Asking why is often done because something in the question suggests that the person asking is going about solving their problem the wrong way. In those cases, oftentimes, the best way to answer the question is offer a different approach to the problem. Sometimes, though, there's a specific reason why a person has to approach the problem ...
I would like to learn about writing a new gnome-shell extension from scratch as jokerdino suggested.
Shell extensions are used quite often and are very useful. Even the official wiki is not completed yet, and there aren't many good resources available for this. I think Learning by building a extension will be fun and insightful.
You should not question the purposes, the if's and how's of why a particular person want to do a particular thing. The Questions should be asked as they are. The Question itself is not to be questioned.
My dear friend, the above quote is a perfect example of sarcasm in action. Every open online community will want to know the intention of the questioner to ...
Let's get to know each other more closely
What is the story behind your username (if you aren't using your real name)?
What brought you to Ask Ubuntu?
What makes you stay here?
What do you takeaway from here at the end of the day?
I am really curious to know about the current life of the earliest contributors whose questions and answers has most upvotes, which surely helped more people to solve their problems. Let's try to contact them if possible and,
know about how their Ubuntu/ Linux life has progressed over 10 years.
If they are still using Ubuntu,
or may be they are now in a ...
Idea: Run a contest
Ok so we launched on 10.10.10 to coincide with the release of 11.10. The 12.10 release is on 18 October, so if we run a contest from 10 October (our 2 year anniversary) to 24 October it gives us almost exactly one week before and one week after the release of 12.10, which means the timing is pretty excellent to prep for the ...
You can cancel a downvote or upvote only a few seconds after your vote by clicking the downvote or upvote sign again. If more then a few seconds have been past, you can't cancel your vote, only if that question/answer was edited.
So, if you can't cancel your vote anymore, this is the only possibility: find a way to edit somehow that question/answer. If your ...
We already have a Google+ Page, Chat, Meta, and IRC Channel, and several others. I don't see how adding a Google+ Community will really. In addition due to trademark policies we'll never be able to have an "Official Ask Ubuntu Community" on G+ since it's a Stack Exchange property (hence the Ask Ubuntu Google+ Fan page). IMO it's best to just join the Ubuntu ...
I think these platforms should promote cooperation and crowdsourcing, giving the opportunity also for a person that is a newbie to say "gosh, that answer saved me from tons of headaches, everybody should see how much is important!"
Sure, but part of the design of the system is also earning rewards for participating, seeing future perks and wanting to ...
In short, derivatives of Ubuntu (Mint, EOS etc...) are off-topic here because the developers of these distros can make drastic changes to things, as well as swapping versions of packages and so many other things.
We simply cannot account for this in every single derivative out there, it is a futile task and we would loose focus on our core subject Ubuntu. ...
Themed Questions Challenge
Identify (a) topic area(s) we need better resources about (please suggest some in comments here - or could be done in a later meta post)
Create a challenge for asking and answering questions about the topic(s)
Make a leaderboard to share the stats for the challenge
You don't seem to actually be bringing up any issue. You say we degrade new users, but you haven't even given a simple example, much less link, to support this claim. Without any examples, we just have to assume you have no case, and may be generalizing your experience to apply to everyone.
You may also be confusing the rather objective attitude of Stack ...
I don't know what exactly is meant by more involved. If you are answering questions and editing posts, I think you are involved already.
Here are some suggestions from me:
Try to upvote great posts, both questions and answers.
Try to find duplicate questions and flag the questions for moderator attention, so that they can be closed.
Downvote wrong, ...
We have a Trello board, feel free to use it!:
Ask Ubuntu - Trello
Though I don't think we need to put general "maintenance-y" type things on there like correcting mispellings and whatnot, at some point it becomes burdensome to do meta-work when we could be doing real work.
So I say just put the things that we need to be reminded of doing, like Wikipedia, ...
I believe it comes straight from http://www.linuxmint.com/
On http://www.linuxmint.com/oldreleases.php It lists Ubuntu names directly corresponding to Mint releases.
Page 6 of their "User Guide" http://www.linuxmint.com/documentation/user-guide/english_15.0.pdf
Linux Mint uses Ubuntu repositories (more on what this means later) and is fully
I don't understand what the problem is. You can get reputation when people upvote your posts. These posts can be
Questions: each upvote will gain you 5 rep.
Answers: each upvote will gain you 10 rep.
So, the better way to gain reputation is to answer existing questions. There are new ones coming in every day, why don't you simply go and answer them? If ...
I know after this question someone will give me points and it won't be an issue, but how do i engage in askubuntu, if I don't have any question , and i don't have any answers either?
By editing you can earn 1000 rep with 2 rep per edit.
A site association bonus can net you 100 rep on Ask Ubuntu.
But your questions seems a bit odd: "and I don't have any ...
You can find many places for discussing Linux and other subjects. This part of Stack Exchange is very specific in nature. It's our intention to be friendly and advise new users to use the site as it's designed. You described "correcting grammar" as some of what our users do.
It's for questions and answers where people can benefit, not just the OP, but ...
Some sites previously had competitions where unique prizes were handed out to the winners.
Perhaps we could adapt the cheese idea to be relevant to this site "Show us your best Ubuntu memes and win a prize" or something to that effect could be fun.
I guess we would need to ask really nicely for some kind of unique swag like in the link.
@staff I ...