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What does our community need? (Magic wand time in MSE)

I posted my answer there already. I will reproduce it here: Archive feature On Ask Ubuntu we have a lot of questions, and especially a lot of answers, which were super relevant and useful to a lot of ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

This is very exciting! Thank you to all who participated in the election and especially thanks to the people who stepped up to be candidates. And thank you to those who have put their trust in me by ...
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How long do we support Ubuntu flavors?

Interpreting Flavor Support Policy against Overall Ubuntu Release Lifespan (This part is with my Ubuntu Developer and Lubuntu Council hats on.) As a member of the Lubuntu Council I am fluent in this ...
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Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list?

Accepts are a way to indicate what worked best for the OP or which answer they personally liked. Sometimes the OP's choice isn't the best one - after all, many people ask questions because they don't ...
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How I can help new users?

Honestly, advocate for Ubuntu in your social circles. As someone who has overcome the hurdles you have, you probably work with other medical practitioners in the UK in a similar position. I know there ...
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Is translating posts using Google Translate acceptable?

NO. Sorry, but no. If the OP is so lazy they can't even be bothered to try and use Google Translate themselves, then we should absolutely not do it for them. As you say, Google Translate translations ...
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How I can help new users?

This answer focuses on how to help new users using this site (Ask Ubuntu) specifically. Read the Ask Ubuntu Help Pages To help new users of Ubuntu using this site, first you should learn how to use ...
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Please explain the rejected outcome for this suggested edit

The edit suggestion obviously improved the post and should have been approved. I approved it and made some further changes. I also edited the answer slightly. My take: it is always worthwhile to ...
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Does the [unreadable] tag make sense?

Every now and then, somebody will go and type parts of some error they're seeing into the tag box, and if the have more than 300 reputation, the tag system will gladly create tags out of each ...
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Should 'he' to 'they' edits be accepted?

As a general answer, I would personally accept it if I'm reviewing and it's just a one-off. But if I see several of the edits by the same user, I would reject them with a custom message with something ...
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Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list?

Obsolete Answer Flag In many cases the answer with the most upvotes is simply the one that has been here longest. Often these high vote answers are totally obsolete and no longer work. It was much ...
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Question correctly flagged as duplicate, should I delete it?

Good quality duplicates are good. You can leave your question there. Other people might land on your post and find the excellent answers posted to the other one through the link.
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Should comments offering offline support be flagged?

I don't think that should happen. If that person knows an answer to the question, then they should post an answer. They can ask for clarification in comments. Chat also exists for extended discussion. ...
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Is Extended Security Maintenance on-topic?

I would argue that questions about the ESM program itself, how it works, what it provides etc. would be on topic since we do allow questions about Canonical services and this is a service provided by ...
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

This may be a little far-fetched - but I'm giving it a shot anyway: In which ways do you feel, that you as a moderator will be able to invoke and enhance the underlying philosophy of "Ubuntu"...
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Is CAELinux Supported on Ask Ubuntu?

First, my proposed answers: Is CAELinux Supported on Ask Ubuntu? No. If not, at what point did it stop being Xubuntu and become off-topic? When you installed a non-official Ubuntu flavor. If not, ...
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What should we do to code that is posted in comments of post?

First, have a look to see if the material from the comments has already been added to the post by an edit. If it has, you can flag the comments as no longer needed. Small single line pieces of code ...
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Why do we have so many usb tags?

I'll add my opinion on each tag. But in summary, I say we should get rid of all of them except usb-drive. usb-drive Excerpt: For questions regarding storage drives that connect using a USB port. ...
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Is Ask Ubuntu sponsored by Canonical?

Via Monica on the Canonical Community Team, I was given the following content to share on behalf of Canonical: Sorry for the delay! Here's the quote from Thibaut in marketing: We granted them for ...
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Why was my answer flagged as missing sources?

So... my honest opinion... this new feature of review where people can leave canned "feedback" as Community♦ is the worst feature ever. It encourages reviewers to treat the task as something ...
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Is This an Appropriate Edit?

apt-get is not deprecated. The additional command seems unnecessary. I would reject this edit with a custom message saying that apt-get is not deprecated. It would also make sense to reject it as &...
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Is Bitcoin on-topic on Ask Ubuntu?

Artur Meinild commented I believe questions about running Bitcoin software on Ubuntu is as much on-topic as questions about running any other software on Ubuntu. But questions about the inner ...
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Are questions about configuring KDE On-topic on Ask Ubuntu?

Sure. Why not? What would be the basis for considering such questions off-topic? Questions about configuring any desktop environment on Ubuntu can be asked. The question in question was rightly closed ...
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Can chat get a redesign? Please?

Chat has never been a priority for SE but if that changes and they decide they want to put some work into it, then I would say that the absolute least important thing to do would be this kind of ...
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Is asking questions about the ubuntu wiki off-topic

In general... There has been a range of viewpoints on the more general question raised here of: 'Is asking questions about the Ubuntu wiki off-topic?' For me the viewpoint that has resonated the most ...
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Let's try to explain complex topics to new users in a simple manner

Meta meta note: This answer was posted in response to the first version of the question, which I thought was at least partly about answers and not comments. I am leaving it here as I think it has some ...
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What is the policy for dealing with plagiarism?

There are a few slightly different cases here: The post is copypasta with a spam link added <---flag as spam The post is verbatim copypasta with nothing added <---flag for moderator attention* ...
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Migrating questions that have nothing to do with Ubuntu?

I would say that questions about the BIOS are off topic, yes. As you correctly point out, the BIOS isn't part of the OS. However, the question you linked to isn't really about BIOS but about how one ...
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How do we change the policy of Ask Ubuntu if votes are low in Ask Ubuntu Meta?

Thanks for posting about this topic. I think it is a real problem that meta participation has declined, because if a smaller proportion of site users participate in meta, the site becomes less ...
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An Unclaimable Bounty?

Basically: not our problem. The site deals with Ubuntu. If the person who offered the bounty gets a solution that works for Ubuntu but not for NixOS so they feel they cannot award the bounty, then the ...
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