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Why are there so many helpful people?

Journalist George Monbiot reminds us that there are actually four sectors of the economy. Only two of these, business ("private sector") and state ("public sector") receive attention. Actually there ...
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Wouldn't it be better to help users without sending them to the terminal?

Terminal commands change much less often. There are many problems for which the solutions haven't changed in decades, while we've seen practically several complete UI revolutions for Linux in that ...
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This is Jorge, Be like Jorge

Never told this anyone, but Jorge is one of the main reasons that I finally stuck around here. He put a bounty on my third question ever, in what is the pre- history in my AU experience, actually of ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Thank you all for your support and votes. I'll try not to let you down!
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Thank you to everyone who voted! I thank you all for your support and your votes as well, and will try not to let you down!
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Does Canonical pay Stack Exchange to run Ask Ubuntu

No. There isn't a commercial relationship with SE and Canonical. Ask Ubuntu was first proposed as a community effort and reached enough critical mass to get the support of Canonical. (Things like the ...
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How to help a paranoid, delusional user?

I'm not sure it's possible here. The original question is full of jargon but a few parts of it (particularly on sockets) show the OP has no understanding of what these things actually are. You put a ...
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Ubuntu misspellings

ubunut, Nutty Nautilus
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Do we consider "Ubuntu on Windows 10" the same as an official Ubuntu flavour? Do we support it? To what extent?

Canonical does, so I'd suppose it's fair game. This isn't full Ubuntu, though. It's just the command line, and that I think should retain the same behaviour except where it uses Linux-specific APIs (...
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Ubuntu misspellings

unbootu, when you cancel an upgrade halfway through
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Thank you to whoever removes spam from Ask Ubuntu

Not to put down Mithrandir's answer or Charcoal which indeed does a terrific job, but it's not only the awesome Charcoal folks and SmokeDetector who keep Ask Ubuntu clear of spam, it's also site ...
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Best way to end a question post

Just the question. Don't use "plz help!!!!" or even the less neurotic "please help". If you didn't need help, you wouldn't be posting here in the first place. Just end your ...
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What should I do to avoid an edit war when someone rolls my edits back?

Step 0. Don't get in an edit war. The very first time somebody deliberately rolls back your edit (I'm not talking about accidental overwriting), leave them a comment asking what's going on and explain ...
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Are there any memes on Ask Ubuntu?

Meme: "pulling a terdon" Originator: terdon ♦ Examples: "let's not pull a terdon" "Let's not pull a Terdon here." "I promise to never pull a Terdon :p" ...
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Policy Change Proposal: "End of Standard Support" for ESM releases is effectively the "Not Supported" date for a release on Ask Ubuntu

This is an official voting tally answer. DO NOT modify it, except to vote on it, and please do not downvote it if you disagree with the statement - upvote the other vote option instead. Yes, I ...
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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Officially: thanks for all the time you've invested here and all the best in your new job. Unofficially: noooooooo... You will definitely be missed.
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Should I edit posts to improve clarity?

Go for it! That's what edits are for. When you reach 2,000 reputation, you get the ability to edit things without needing to get it reviewed. Editing is a good and important part of the site! Keep ...
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Please don't say "I have tried everything"

Yes indeed. Instead of saying you have tried everything, please give complete details of what you have tried. For example: I tried following [this guide](link to guide). I ran all the commands ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Thanks a lot to everyone who voted in the election and decided to put their trust in me. I'll do my best to live up to your expectations. I'd also like to thank the other candidates who offered to ...
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Dealing with a user who just won't follow the rules

Just keep doing standard review tasks on him - downvotes, delete votes, flags (where necessary), etc. When he posts enough bad quality items, there is an automated system that will eventually make it ...
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Obscure links to promote service

Good catch! You should flag this as spam since it is clearly spam. The OP is trying to hide their spam in a valid-sounding question. Actually, for such hidden things, a custom mod flag might be a ...
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Why do people post screenshots of their terminals?

So, is this a policy on AU? Has the community decided that it prefers images over text? Of course not. Everything you've said is true in most cases. I'm certain there are some cases where a ...
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Thank you to whoever removes spam from Ask Ubuntu

You're welcome! ;) We're an organization known as Charcoal, or Charcoal-SE. Check out our website https://charcoal-se.org for some amazing spam detection! But seriously.... yeah, we're Charcoal, ...
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Have I got this right -- no explicit 'thank you' wanted?

You can thank people in comments (many people appreciate it), just not in answers. You will probably find a few people around the site who take an ultra-cold approach to this and hate all forms for ...
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Is suggesting the use of another Linux distribution valid?

While we only directly support questions about the official spins, the following occurs to me: It's perfectly plausible that a person turns up with what they think is an Ubuntu problem but the best ...
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Best practices when an OP edits the answered question creating an entirely new one?

Yep, roll it back and ask them to post a new one is the way to go. Otherwise, people have just wasted their time answering, the answers no longer make sense and the whole thing becomes a mess. If ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

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Are bash/shell scripting questions on topic?

The help center states that (emphasis mine): Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors including: Edubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Xubuntu, ...
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First Amendment in Posts?

Welcome and thank you for you continued contributions. What you're describing is considered a "Signature" on a post and they are highly discouraged in Stack Exchange platform. You're more ...
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How healthy is our stack exchange compared to others?

Stack Overflow -------------- Questions Accepted >= 1 answers Closed (Ex Deleted) 10386638 5819260 9148900 443261 Here, 56% of questions have an accepted answer and 88% have 1 or ...
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