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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. And ...


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takes off moderator hat As a free software developer, if you come to me swearing like a pirate, insulting something I've put hours into and lots of thought, then I will help you, but I will remember you and your name. And that's not a good thing. puts on moderator hat As a community moderator here on Ask Ubuntu, if someone does that, I will edit/or ...


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surprise 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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Most helpers on this site are volunteers. They are not paid to do customer service. They do so because they're proud of the software and community they're contributing to. This means that if you insult the software, you are also insulting them. This makes it very much more likely that your question will be downvoted and closed rather than people stepping ...


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You can hang out in chat and help out. I usually post sets of questions or queries that could use editing, that sort of thing.


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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 ...


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Idea: Run a contest Timeline: 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 ...


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No, nothing automated here. Community edits are one submitted by anonymous people. The person who did the translation in this case was a moderator from another SE site who didn't want to register an account. It came through into the edit approval queue and I approved it. The result of all that is what you see.


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language, no. Threats to leave, well... you might think it conveys how important the feature is to you enjoying the software, but it sets up the opposite message (yes if ultimately if you can not resolve certain things you will leave) but if you say that people will say "ok, leave then, the community will be better without you" and that sets up a harmful ...


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Things we can do to make the next few weeks suck less (Add your own!) Important ones: We get swamped with new questions. Other than answering questions, one of the most important things you can do is review questions. This ensures that horrible questions get fixed and updated. You need at least 125 reputation to start reviewing and the Strunk and White ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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First of all, thank you for helping to promote Ask Ubuntu on the planet and the community at large. Your efforts are much appreciated. I still wrestle with this idea, I'm always one for jumping in feet first and giving things a try. However, as I mentioned in the previous post the majority of other blogs on the network cover far more than the happenings on ...


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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, ...


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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, ...


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Some people get frustrated and start swearing like a pirate. I know the feeling because I've been there several times before. I don't think this is particularly malicious but in terms of cleaning up things here, we usually edit them out. On the other hand (and what you're really alluding to) people who make ultimatums and threats can choke on them for all I ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Session notes Session is on Wednesday 17:05..18:00 PDT #ubuntu-uds-room-202 on Freenode Live audio stream of the session room Collaborative session notes etherpad (join the ~ubuntu-etherpad team to view/edit) Other random agendas: Jorge "anti-bug reports" vs. Chipaca "well not exactly" showdown.


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Things to Do! Ask and Answer questions This is what the site's all about, though editing and improving content over time is important, this is our bread and butter: New here and know Ubuntu? You can dive right into the unanswered questions. If you're already used the site before, then feel free to dive into the unanswered questions, these are tailored for ...


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You're right, you need 5 rep to play around in Meta. I migrated this over for you. You should have enough rep now to post in here but you know for future reference. Before I go any further, you can see more about how much rep you need to do things here: https://askubuntu.com/privileges it may seem silly or elitist but it's a good driving motivator to get ...


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I know of several people from the site who have become members, myself being one of them. Becoming a member is a personal choice so I wouldn't say every awesome contributor has to become one. However, just contributing in Ask Ubuntu typically isn't enough. Membership boards typically like to see involvement in other areas of the community, whether that be ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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