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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 volunteer as a moderator, especially Zanna who made a very close second place. I hope you all continue to contribute to Ask Ubuntu in your own ways and will ...


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Nope, sorry. This wasn't done by us (the AU mods), but by an SE employee, and they aren't telling. And correctly so. There are obvious privacy concerns involved. This is all we got: One or more users deleted their profiles, and there's really not anything further we can discuss about the topic for privacy reasons. I get that you're curious (I am too) but ...


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Congratulations @ByteCommander and welcome aboard! I can only hope you won't regret it! >:) And Goodbye Luis, and thanks for all the fish! You will be missed.


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Update: The help text got revised. Its last paragraph now correctly states: We have a system in place that examines the impact of removing a user's votes. If the user has cast a large number of votes, deletion will be held up so staff may consider preserving the votes prior to the deletion. The decision is at the staff's discretion and cannot be reversed ...


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Voting to close and adding your new answer to the more general master question is definitely good, but pasting the exact same answer below the duplicate question is unnecessary at the very least. It could even be considered abusive if someone repeatedly posts the same answer in multiple locations, because that might be a cheap way to harvest reputation with ...


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Moderators only get "Helpful" or "Declined" for flag states. In this case, I marked it as "declined" because at the time of the flag being reviewed, it was not valid, and I didn't find the flag to be "helpful" There is no such thing as "clearing" a flag so it doesn't exist unless you retract it yourself (though the flag becomes "Retracted" in your flag ...


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The edit seemed absolutely fine to me. The only similarity to Zurdo's answer was the (valid) warning about this approach being dangerous and a last resort. The edit simply added that warning, explained what the commands did (which the original did not) and linked to other, better solutions. There was nothing at all controversial and the edit seems like a ...


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Your comment with the other comments all deleted was no longer needed. It was flagged as such which is why I deleted it in agreement with the flag in context. We do regularly remove comments which no longer have value and are not needed anymore. This happens frequently especially moreso when there are flags against such comments. The privilege to flag ...


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As I now got elected as a moderator since I suggested this, and the community feedback was overall positive, I just carried the proposed changes out myself. decompress no longer exists, I renamed it to decompression. decompression is now a synonym for compression. All searches for this tag will now redirect to the master tag, and you will also see the ...


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I think it's right to be concerned about the possibility of mindless close voting, but I think this is not only a danger in chat - in fact it may be less of a danger there than in the queue. I also don't see any reason why moderation activity should be confined to the queues, or practised without collaboration, or left to itself. To elaborate on the first ...


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Stack Overflow is far ahead of Ask Ubuntu at reviewing code because it's a programming website. In addition to Stack Overflow's normal way of reviewing code by users who volunteer to be reviewers and by Stack Overflow's moderators, there are also chatrooms that were created specifically for reviewing code and several reviewing bots. Some of these same bots ...


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ANY code that is going to be doing something you do not want will and must have a big fat warning. Most famous one: Why did the command ":(){ :|: & };:" make my system lag so badly I had to reboot? More because guntbert doubts me :-) Terminal command to remove unknown file What does rm -rf do? `rm -rf ` and `rm -r` have the same results I ...


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status-completed Done as you suggested. window-buttons is the master tag, window-control and titlebar-buttons are synonyms.


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Treat these answers as if version-specific1. For example, we don't want to edit answers for 13.04 release to add information for 18.04 release ( unless it's absolutely necessary and relevant ). Same approach applies here: if the answer relied on Software Center specifically, editing the links out of the answer affects the original intent of the poster. As ...


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I'd say it depends on the question. If it is still current it should be fixed. I would rather see someone do this directly on the database instead of editing every question manually. Try not to flood the frontpage while editting. If there is one thing that makes me leave AU for a day it is seeing 20 topics on the FP I don't want to click on.


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If the comment turns out to be a valuable answer I will ask the contributor to post it as an answer and let them know that, upon them doing so, I will up-vote and mark correct. It seems to work when people actually follow-up on their own comments.


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