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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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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 mentioned, but at the third step I got this error: $ do useful thing E: something went wrong, sorry! I also read [this answer](link to answer) to this Ask ...


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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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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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I myself would not mind if the bottom was less high. There should be enough room to make rows 2 and lower into 6 colums making it almost 1/2 the size. Never going to happen I know ;-) The orange bar is useless like this. The black bar could be orange and have the AskUbuntu logo in it (where the stackexchange logo could go 1st or 2nd next to the AskUbuntu ...


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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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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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I just click Improve edit, edit it to be what I want it to be and then leave the following canned comment: @WhoeverMadeTheEdit Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! **;-)** Could you please review my [edits]() and also review the [editing help](/editing-help) to improve the readability of your questions/answers/edits in the future... **;-)** then I copy-paste the link ...


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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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I propose to look at the archetype: Although there seem to be keyboards with lower-case ctrl, I think it’s save to say that most keyboards have Ctrl with initial capital letter. I never saw a key labeled CTRL, in my opinion all-caps in general is rightly frowned upon. There are better ways to emphasize if really necessary: bold: Ctrl italic: Ctrl both ...


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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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remove this tag I vote to delete this thing. One could think about making it solely about GNU coreutils' /usr/bin/split, but in my opinion this program does not really need a tag of its own.


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As it currently stands, this question is totally unclear – the many comments show how many question are left open. To just list the most pressing ones: Does /home/thiru/Pictures exist? Is /home/thiru/Pictures a directory? Why is OP using sudo? How did OP get this error message? I’m only able to get these, none of which even resembles the one from the ...


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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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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 try to assess how much thought/work the suggestor has put into the edit. if there is real improvement but some things have been left out I either approve or improve/approve if I encounter a suggestion that only corrects the low hanging fruit (like s/ubuntu/Ubuntu/,...) and overlooks several other things I often reject/improve with an appropriate ...


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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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A practical (and sensible) reply to a 'I have tried everything' could be: 'I understand that having such an issue is frustrating. But please provide details about the things you have tried to solve this. In doing so you help us helping you.' I think it is important to realize that this type of statement is to be understood as a rhetorical element, a figure ...


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First of all, as Zanna already pointed out in her answer, WSL is on topic here as decided by this meta discussion: Do we consider "Ubuntu on Windows 10" the same as an official Ubuntu flavour? Do we support it? To what extent? In general, adding a non-Ubuntu repository to your system doesn't bar you from asking questions here. If that were so, ...


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A critical difference between an "unsupported" kernel and (eg) Mint is —if the kernel might be even-slightly-relevant— we can just ask... Do you have the same problem with the stock kernel? It's quick to test. And most Ukuu users seem to have the stock ones installed still. The differences between distributions are much larger. I wouldn't get too hung ...


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Joe, I basically only have 1 issue: the vertical space where questions are shown. Example: The main focus of the page should be the questions. Not the left pane, not the right pane and not the top. The 2 panes are fine. But the top is taking up too much space. I used to have 10 questions on my screen, now I see 6 (well I said 4 but my zoom is now also 1 ...


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