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AWS will be sponsoring Ask Ubuntu

What is the benefit of this sponsorship to the Ask Ubuntu community? How exactly will AWS "work alongside our community"?
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Should we be concerned with prolific downvoters?

You may very well be right about this specific user, but if I can just put in my two pennies worth, I think concluding only from the raw number(s) is a bit risky. If you go and check my profile right ...
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Why isn't everybody allowed to upvote?

Stack Exchange sites have a gameified system of moderation to encourage people to participate. The more reputation one gains, the more power one has to moderate the site. And one gains reputation ...
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Ban ChatGPT and AI-generated answers on Ask Ubuntu?

100 % Agree with the ban, Specially for Ask Ubuntu. Here are some points I came up with against allowing ChatGPT answers: ChatGPT is not "Sentient" , it was trained on answers from forums ...
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Ask Ubuntu is getting a logo update

It feels weird to see Ubuntu capitalised when: The current AU logo doesn't have it capitalised: The Ubuntu website doesn't have it capitalised, as can be seen on https://ubuntu.com: or in the ...
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Are AI Correction apps (like Grammarly) allowed to be used on the platform?

Generally using Grammarly or spellcheck to correct your own content is fine. As long as its fixing language and not creating (broken) content - its a fairly normal thing to do, and it feels like a ...
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Answer unfairly blocked

I’ve posted answers on many sites for decades In all fairness, Stack Exchange sites (of which Ask Ubuntu is one) are not like other sites. If you've been participating in online communities for that ...
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Let's spin the [wheel] for ideas on how to handle this tag!

Update: given that everyone agrees here, and no-one has objected, the questions have been re-tagged using the plan below I propose that Questions about mouse/scroll wheels are re-tagged to use the ...
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Correct action for questions in legal grey area

It's not illegal to run OS X in a VM. My government will not care. It may be a breach of the license terms. But that's not our problem. The user should know the license agreement. There is no way we ...
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Is it safe to download links from Ask Ubuntu?

Ask Ubuntu is moderated by community members just like you. Our users and elected moderators do our best to keep malicious content off of the site. If you see malicious content, you should flag. ...
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Ban ChatGPT and AI-generated answers on Ask Ubuntu?

My straw-man position: I am opposed to a flat-out ban on ChatGPT, because I do believe it can be a useful aid for improving answers (see below), but there do need to be rules (and common sense) ...
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Is it allowed to ask for software advice?

Software recommendation questions are fine here; we just ask that they be sufficiently specific and detailed. For example, there could be a brief description of the use case or of the features ...
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AWS will be sponsoring Ask Ubuntu

bug design AWS sponsored-by message is annoyingly big and looks like a banner ad. Turns out this affects multiple sites, so I've moved this to Meta SE, but as I've gotten some votes here, I'll keep ...
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Should we be concerned with prolific downvoters?

We can't say for sure what this person is doing but that sort of ratio isn't unusual for somebody who spends a lot of their time reviewing. There are a few review queues that expose you to posts that ...
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Questions about Ubuntu 18, 20, 22 that *really* intend 18.04, 20.04, 22.04

Reading through the question, it quickly becomes clear If it becomes clear to you, then correct the post to make it clear for others. If it remains unclear, then ask the OP to clarify before editing. ...
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Ban ChatGPT and AI-generated answers on Ask Ubuntu?

The problem seems more about a large volume of garbage answers. From https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/421831/temporary-policy-chatgpt-is-banned : "The volume of these answers (thousands) ...
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How should we handle the Imgur TOS change?

Updated plan This takes into account Marijn's suggestion. I also agree that we should focus on uploading as many images as possible to SE Imgur, and after that try to do the editing. This is mostly ...
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Should we pay more attention to self-answered questions when considering flagging them as duplicates?

You did the right thing in both situations and also by posting here. Neither of these questions are duplicates. We do need to do better at making sure that questions are not prematurely closed as ...
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Are new users properly introduced to the site when signing up?

Are new users properly introduced to the site when signing up? IMHO, Yes. (Bear with me). has there been a large influx of new users this year, who seemingly haven't understood what differentiates a ...
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How to find posts I had flagged?

In the Activity tab of your profile, click on the helpful flags item in the IMPACT box. Despite the name, this is the place where you can find all your flags, both helpful and declined.
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How can I award a bounty when there is not answer?

The help page, What is a bounty? How can I start one? describes exactly what happens in this situation. How is a bounty awarded? The bounty period lasts 7 days. Bounties must have a minimum duration ...
Nmath's user avatar
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Should we be concerned with prolific downvoters?

I don't know about this specific user, but in general, yes: We should be thankful for users who spend time downvoting. If anything, we should have an alert for people who upvote far more often than ...
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New user promoting a single service - (subtle) spam?

I also think it's spam. None of the answers actually try to answer the question except to say "use this product/service". If the user would actually go into detail about how the product/...
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Excessive down votes for closed question

Many people, including myself, try to encourage others to vote up or down according to particular criteria for various reasons. Ultimately though, the culture on Stack Exchange tends to leave the ...
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I've been banned from reviewing for some strange reason

This is an unfortunate collission between the queues not being cleared and bot-content bans. The system imposed a temporary 2 day review ban due to assuming this was robo-reviewing. And in reality, ...
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Answer unfairly blocked

If you would like your answer to be accepted, I suggest that you shorten it down, and focus entirely on what you did that helped the situation. You mention that "I did find one article that ...
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New user promoting a single service - (subtle) spam?

All three of this user's posts have been deleted as spam; this being said, they shouldn't be able to post answers anymore (the anti-abuse system is doing its job)
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Is ChatGPT considered Ubuntu Third Party Software?

You're not running ChatGPT. Your browser handles input and output, but it's not running on Ubuntu. It's running in datacentres rented by OpenAI. A question about it —in the way it exists at the time ...
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Why was my question closed?

Firstly your question was off-topic. If you read https://askubuntu.com/help/on-topic you'll note this site is for Ubuntu and flavors of Ubuntu, with Linux Mint specifically mentioned in the questions ...
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How to detect AI-generated answers?

I'm using this online ChatGPT detector: https://openai-openai-detector.hf.space/ Just paste the question/answer, and it gives you a really good indication. There's also a Stack Exchange script, that ...
Artur Meinild's user avatar

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