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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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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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This puts me in a strange position. Stepping through the incident might be a teachable moment but without their input —which they cannot currently give, for obvious reasons— it seems unfair to drag a defenceless user back through this. I also can't just delete this because censorship (sheeple!) so I'm left here giving you the vaguest confirmation. Yes, they ...


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I can't tell I'm on Ask Ubuntu once I scroll past our logo. I know there are small visual cues, but the generic .top-bar completely steals my focus and I think I'm on "Stack Exchange". SO has overcome this problem quite simply by displacing the network branding. Why can't we all do that? Get rid of the <header>, like SO has Replace the Stack Exchange ...


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I'm afraid this is something that simply isn't up for discussion. Yes, we want to build a resource of useful knowledge and technical help. However, just as importantly, we want t build a civil and friendly resource. If you can't ask or answer politely, then don't ask or answer at all. If you find this too restrictive, this might not be the right place for ...


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Zanna's Answers If you are asked to defuse a situation between two users who are angry at each other, what would your approach to the resolution of this dispute be? I've been in this position a few times and it really depends on the people, my relationship with each of them, their relationship with each other, and what exactly has happened. It's much ...


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Is accepting an answer useless? I know some people think differently, but I do believe accepting an answer is functional. Skimming for answers, I always check for the accepted answer as a first pick to check, simply because the answer is proven to work at least for OP. This is especially the case if I am not too familiar with the subject. Is an accepted ...


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I think the existing rules apply: if something isn't adding relevant information to a post, it is noise and it is better to remove it. Unless a question is actually about emojis, they don't add anything useful to a post, so I don't see why they should be treated any differently to any other type of noise. More importantly, emojis often don't render ...


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Of course you should provide the best answer you can, even if it isn't the one the OP was thinking of. And of course people are free to downvote you for that. Personally, I would upvote you instead, but everyone is free to vote as they like. There's nothing new here. We've been doing this (providing better solutions than the OP asked for) for years and ...


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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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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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As pointed out by Mark Kirby, you can't effectively call on a particular user from a post they haven't yet commented on or edited, because an @user will not send them a notification. See this Meta Stack Exchange answer for details of when comment notifications are triggered. If you want to seek help from high rep users*, you can always find a few lurking in ...


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IANAL but, Material posted on Stack Exchange sites is owned by its author (you) and made available under the CC BY-SA Creative Commons license. As the owner of the material, you are free to do anything you want with it elsewhere. You do not have to provide attribution to yourself or mention SE or the CC license when you republish this material. You are the ...


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Basically my only concern is that the orange header bar is so huge, and yet it doesn't do anything at all. It's as tall as an entire question! I don't understand why Stack Overflow gets a unified header, but all the other sites are forced into having a second huge block of colour to house their logo. I wrote some CSS to give AU a SO-esque unified header (...


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You have a couple of automatically deleted questions that each caught a downvote. You also had a couple of deleted answers, one with a downvote. I'm not able to give you a reason (that's between those voters and their gods). Anyway, when you have a low number of posts, and low reputation, the system sees you as a potential problem and to save the community ...


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Not as far as I know, no. There are many usernames across the network with non ASCII characters. There's even one, particularly annoying, instance of a user whose name consists entirely of unicode whitespace characters. While I agree that it can indeed be cumbersome to communicate with these users if you don't happen to have the same keyboard layout as them,...


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Each site can have 4 custom close reasons, as Thomas explained, and on Unix & Linux, we have added a reason for cross posting. So the strange thing isn't that AU doesn't have the reason, but that U&L does. For reasons that have never been clear to me, the U&L community is particularly sensitive to cross posts. So much so, that we implemented a ...


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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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It has less to do with the age of the posts and more with the quality. As you can see, the newer question has a couple of high quality answers, which go into a decent amount of detail around >, 1>, 1> and &> and what they each do and why you might want to use one over the other. The older question doesn't have as high quality of answers, so ...


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Don't tell anyone... I think I can only speak for myself, and "right" or "wrong" is not applicable here. Although I strongly believe in the reasons @Zanna posted and elaborated, and I'd love to think my single motivation would be to do a "good thing to the world", to me personally, that is a meta thought. I only feel that looking from a distance. An ...


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As this edit is OP’s reaction and feedback to your answer, it should be an edit to the question. There are three steps to take: Reject the edit as “Attempt to reply” Write a comment to OP asking them to update their question with the new information I did that now and shortened the citations to avoid unnecessarily redundant information. Edit your answer to ...


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I agree with dessert's answer that this type of information is probably usually best incorporated into a more complete answer, probably the answer it is recommending. It would, I think, be silly if questions accumulated answers warning against every possible wrong approach to a problem. It would only take a great imagination to come up with all kinds of bad ...


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First of all, there are two broad categories of suspension: site suspension and chat suspension. I will address each of the separately. Chat suspension This is a suspension that is applied to your chat user. It doesn't block you from using any SE site and, in fact, it isn't even linked to any SE site. The SE chat system is shared across all sites in the ...


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I advocate the practice of accepting answers (mainly by new users) for two reasons: It shows that the answer worked for at least OP. It is the only way for a new user to explicitly show that they found one working solution for their problem (note that a user needs to reach some fixed, albeit very small reputation before their upvotes are visible and counted)...


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Honestly? Just don't do it. The OP gets notified about every new answer to their question, so you can assume they've either seen it already or they have no interest in checking their notifications. Promoting your answer to them, however politely, is likely to come across as unnecessary hassling. They might feel it would be rude to unaccept an answer and ...


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ByteCommander's answers If you are asked to defuse a situation between two users who are angry at each other, what would your approach to the resolution of this dispute be? Like with most questions, it depends on the individual case what actions should be done. Generally a moderator is there to moderate and help both parties to settle the argument in a ...


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We have a rule that we don't support Ubuntu versions that are no longer supported by Canonical. However, there is no rule about software from other sources. And I really think there shouldn't be such a rule. First of all, many tools simply don't have newer versions. So you have no choice but to try and use an older one. And yes, while some of those might ...


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I think you're talking about these two recent posts: 2 year old user is a new contributor? Is it correct that search on AskUbuntu ignores code blocks and inline codes? These were edited by Shog9 and Adam Lear. These two guys are Stack Exchange employees, so they have network-wide phenomenal cosmic powers and mod diamonds everywhere they go. They don't have ...


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I don't see how this would be on topic. We only support official Ubuntu flavors, and this isn't one. The problem described seems to be an issue with the modified installer so I closed the question and suggested to the OP that they open an issue on the respin's github page instead.


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