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Expressions: -.- - could be sarcastic, can mean fail or express disbelief o/, \o - Waving either hello or goodbye \o/ - excitement, exclaiming "yay!" (both hands in the air) /me - it's like "insert my name here" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ - Shrug, I don't know ;P - Almost anything with a ; on the front indicates winking :P - Almost anything with a P on the end ...


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The facts: Jorge is the result of an elaborate Chinese botnet running on millions of Windows XP computers around the world. He became self-aware in 2003. He controls more bandwidth than Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Akamai combined. Using early-day MakerBots, he built himself an android avatar that he uses to attend various conferences. He is disgusted with ...


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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 time. This is a problem Windows users face all too often (canonical (hah!) examples: start menu disappearance with Windows 8, ribbons in Office 2010(?), etc) Many ...


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New method: After you install pro-forma comments, attempt to comment on a question and press the "auto" button. Down the very bottom of the screen there are a couple of options. You can click "remote" and then paste this in: https://raw.github.com/askubuntu/ProFormaComments/master/comments.jsonp Opera & Chrome users will need to use a mirror (why?) @...


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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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Thank you all for your support and votes. I'll try not to let you down!


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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 my Ubuntu experience in general. I was impressed by the gesture, and felt honoured. I still am. Does that mean that I should be like Jorge? No. Jorge has the ...


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If we told you, we'd have to kill you. No, it's not drastically different. There are just a few mod links in different places that pop up dialogues to allow us do things like merging, locking (etc) that aren't in the standard close/delete menus. I'd show you these but they're really very dull. Edit: I'm adding some screenshots of some of the screens. Most ...


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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 theme matching, etc.) Marco Ceppi is a moderator for Ask Ubuntu but he's been a moderator long before he was employed by Canonical. There's really no ...


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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 are two other neglected sectors; the household (which is taken for granted for reasons addressed by feminist movements) and the commons. The concept of the ...


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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 paranoid person in any unfamiliar environment (physical or digital) and they're going to see bad things everywhere. Sockets are a very benign and essential ...


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All joking aside, Jorge Castro isn't actually a robot, he's a member of the Ubuntu Community Team, which in short, means his job is Ubuntu. It's not surprising to see such a high volume of participation on this site, or other sites in the Ubuntu network. That being said he has been a tremendous help in keeping this community moving forward, as is reflected ...


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Short version: Ask good questions and give good answers. How does Ask Ubuntu work?


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Yes, they must be allowed We don't even have a choice in the matter, because we're unable to form any policy that would be fair and respectful to the vast majority of users if we start deleting any content on moral grounds. We don't make the moral rules. And if anybody is offended by any kind of content, that's not nice. But the alternative, imposing our ...


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ubunut, Nutty Nautilus


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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 question with an actual question that asks what you want to ask. Something like: Foo is blah blah blah blah and I need it because blah blah blah. Sadly, I cannot foo on my ...


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When, if ever, is it acceptable to link to LMGTFY on Ask Ubuntu? Never, as far as I am concerned. If it is a problem we can blacklist it.


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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 moderators and normal users like you and me. Until recently, every spam post had to be flagged by six site users (with at least 15 reputation) or one moderator to be ...


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