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Accepts are a way to indicate what worked best for the OP or which answer they personally liked. Sometimes the OP's choice isn't the best one - after all, many people ask questions because they don't know much about the topic, so they can't necessarily be expected to be a good judge. Also, sometimes better answers are posted later after the OP has stopped ...


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Obsolete Answer Flag In many cases the answer with the most upvotes is simply the one that has been here longest. Often these high vote answers are totally obsolete and no longer work. It was much easier to get votes in the old days, when Ask Ubuntu was new and unique. Answers did not need to be very good to get lots of upvotes. There should be an obsolete ...


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Accepts can have a different function on meta, highlighting a definitive statement from SE staff or indicating what line of action was actually taken at the conclusion of a discussion. I talked about the difference between the meaning of accepts on main vs. meta here in chat. In the case of support questions the accept often has a similar meaning to on the ...


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I do agree that that is a comprehensive edit, but it isn't actually adding anything new, only explanations and details. The main answer, "use kiosk mode" is unchanged. This couldn't have been posted as a separate answer since it wouldn't have been adding a new approach but would only have been a more detailed version of an existing answer. So I ...


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I am not from this community, but I’m active enough on stack exchange in general that I believe I can answer this correctly. Addressing the question and why it was closed. The question: Hi I'm new to ubuntu world. I have few questions about the software installation in ubuntu: What's the difference between installing a software in ubuntu software center ...


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From my limited experience looking for solutions (especially programming related on Stack Overflow), I have noticed that the accepted answers are not generally useful for my case. This could be due to different versions of software used by the original questioner and newer features have been built over the time, which makes the accepted answer less useful ...


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Hmmm. To me, this looks like two well-meaning people unintentionally pushing each other's buttons. We see each other only through text. Text is a poor conveyance of emotional detail (humans rely on visual and audio cues much more). We don't know if somebody was preoccupied by a bad day at work, or has a 3-day toothache, or is worrying about a sick loved one, ...


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Neither system is perfect. The problem with vote totals deciding the "best answer" (by sort order, at least) is that they are momentum that is hard to overcome in the event that things change. And with the age of some questions (on most of the Stack sites), a new answer can come along that makes much more sense today than the top voted answer of ...


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A move-to-chat button on demand There are certain questions which will require some back and forth to arrive at a working solution. The current system only prompts you to move to chat after some 20 comments have been posted to the question. It will be better if we can speed up this process and allow us to move to chat at the earliest. Link to similar feature ...


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Obsolete Answer Flag In many cases the answer with the most upvotes is simply the one that has been here longest. Often these high vote answers are totally obsolete and no longer work. It was much easier to get votes in the old days, when Ask Ubuntu was new and unique. Answers did not need to be very good to get lots of upvotes. There should be an obsolete ...


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Workaround for the info on fenced code blocks being hidden behind the jump: Go to https://askubuntu.com/editing-help#code (linking directly to section in question). All section links in that page expand the relevant section if possible.


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As one of the reviewers that rejected your edit, I want to clarify the following: As muru commented, the OP was kindly asked to improve their question so it wouldn't be closed as it eventually did. This clearly shows that people tried to help OP improve their question. In my opinion, the question indeed needed more focus. However, in this particular case, ...


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This should definitely be a new answer. An editor should improve an post grammatically, visually, and based on their comprehension of the problem (and many times the comments of the OP), but should also strive to preserve the original intention of the OP. In this case, the edit clearly deviates from the original answer, adding much more content and even ...


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I think we should allow the freeze tag to exist and change the usage guidance. Freezes are a common problem with some specific known causes and that can often be resolved with specific courses of action. Since we allow people to ask about freezing problems and do not generally consider them off topic, despite the claims about that in the usage guidance, we ...


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I remember reading somewhere in the SE help wikis (I'll try to dig it up when I get a chance. If anyone else knows where it is already, please post it.) about "support answers". I can't remember the actual term, but the concept has stuck with me. I am referring to an answer that (in my own wording) isn't quite enough if it were to stand alone, but ...


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Nmath, your suggestion is nice. But I am not sure if the moderators can edit the content in https://askubuntu.com/editing-help and https://askubuntu.com/help/formatting. I have another suggestion. We can post an FAQ post about formatting in Ask Ubuntu Meta. Something similar to this: How do I format my code blocks?


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Sometimes, closing a question from a new user can be a bit heavy-handed, discouraging the user from joining our community, learning, and eventually contributing to help others. I agree that vague or generic answers are not helpful. But there is also the potential to receive very specific and useful answers to such questions... I am certain that there will be ...


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I am late as usual. But, Nicolas Chabanovsky, a community manager, said "before the end of September 19th". It is still 18th September according to UTC 😜. I am not gonna discuss about the merits or demerits of unpinning the accepted answer. Other answers do a good job about them. I am proposing to have a trial before coming to any conclusions. ...


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