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Voting is really important on Stack Exchange sites and its purpose is often misunderstood. The purpose of voting is not to reward users with unicorn dollars1 to punish users by taking their unicorn dollars away to encourage users to discourage users Votes have the above effects and we should not ignore those effects. But the primary purpose of voting is to ...


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I suspect the question was put on hold by the community due to the scarcity of information that the initial post had. You have correctly now added much more info to it - so thanks! Keep on editing as and when clarifications to comments are made. Hopefully the community can help with the extra info added. As such I have hit the reopen button for you.


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If you provide contact details, you should expect people to contact you. The site deliberately omits a lot of social features, making chasing an individual down annoyingly hard. I have been on both sides of the scenario you have been in. There are lots of times I would have liked to quickly ask somebody to reconsider a decision they've made. A DM/PM would ...


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Typically, I prefer using comments as well. Voting up/down sort of sends the wrong message to new users, even though as Zanna explained it is not intended to be a form of punishment/reward, but people see it that way. Well, OK, maybe it actually is intended. StackExchange is sort of built on the game principle to retain users; to quote Jeff Atwood - one of ...


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Answers to unclear questions rely on guesswork. This can lead to answerers barking up the wrong tree, bad answers, good answers to the wrong question, and a host of confusion. It's best that unclear questions are closed immediately, until they can be clarified. Once they're clarified, they should be reopened, also as fast as possible. Closing unclear ...


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Closing questions is well, even when it is too fast. But it would be preferable to leave a comment explaining what they can do to improve it. Let's take an example here: Environment still acting up I tried running some code to reset my proxy, and it messed with my desktop environment. I had to put the permissions back, but even after that, my ...


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As always, it depends Looking at a question like: PLZ HELP ME ASAP error: some-error another error -> some totally unclear error .... 50-lines-of-crap .... some-unclear-result I'd say Shoot on sight!. In such a post is no effort whatsoever to even write down a decent question. It shouts DO MY JOB! On the other hand, we've got plenty of unclear ...


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There is no such thing as closing bad questions too fast. If a question is not a good fit for the site, it should be closed to both indicate that it is off-topic or a duplicate and to prevent it from being answered. Suppose in some country there is a user who posted a question and slept. Meanwhile his question was put on hold after, say, 6 hours of ...


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This question shouldn't be in Meta (but I don't know how to move it) Unfortunately, Ubuntu Software Center was discontinued in 2015. It was replaced with GNOME Software (rebranded as Ubuntu Software) - so unfortunately the old links to apps.ubuntu.com do not work anymore . The new standard for software from an app-store like interface under Ubuntu is "snaps"...


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I don't believe there are strict/written rules on the subject, and below is nothing more than just my experience and opinion. The principle Is that we should not contact users and moderators directly, unless there is a good reason to make an exception to the rule. Having said that I have both been contacted by users (and once a moderator, not for ...


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On a lighter note, would it be rude to post something like the following comment? Please provide more information. As it stands your question provides insufficient data.


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