Judging from the comments and upvotes on the question, I've taken a liberty to untag all the questions that were previously tagged with [comparison]. Currently, there is one remaining post that is locked by moderator so I could not edit that out. Otherwise, the tag is ready for deletion
Update: the tag is deleted
Typically, I prefer using comments as well. Voting up/down sort of sends the wrong message to new users, even though as Zanna explained it is not intended to be a form of punishment/reward, but people see it that way. Well, OK, maybe it actually is intended. StackExchange is sort of built on the game principle to retain users; to quote Jeff Atwood - one of ...
Voting is really important on Stack Exchange sites and its purpose is often misunderstood. The purpose of voting is not
to reward users with unicorn dollars1
to punish users by taking their unicorn dollars away
to encourage users
to discourage users
Votes have the above effects and we should not ignore those effects. But the primary purpose of voting is to ...
This question shouldn't be in Meta (but I don't know how to move it)
Unfortunately, Ubuntu Software Center was discontinued in 2015. It was replaced with GNOME Software (rebranded as Ubuntu Software) - so unfortunately the old links to apps.ubuntu.com do not work anymore . The new standard for software from an app-store like interface under Ubuntu is "snaps"...
I suspect the question was put on hold by the community due to the scarcity of information that the initial post had.
You have correctly now added much more info to it - so thanks!
Keep on editing as and when clarifications to comments are made. Hopefully the community can help with the extra info added.
As such I have hit the reopen button for you.
If you provide contact details, you should expect people to contact you.
The site deliberately omits a lot of social features, making chasing an individual down annoyingly hard.
I have been on both sides of the scenario you have been in. There are lots of times I would have liked to quickly ask somebody to reconsider a decision they've made. A DM/PM would ...
I don't believe there are strict/written rules on the subject, and below is nothing more than just my experience and opinion.
Is that we should not contact users and moderators directly, unless there is a good reason to make an exception to the rule.
Having said that
I have both been contacted by users (and once a moderator, not for ...
Answers to unclear questions rely on guesswork. This can lead to answerers barking up the wrong tree, bad answers, good answers to the wrong question, and a host of confusion. It's best that unclear questions are closed immediately, until they can be clarified. Once they're clarified, they should be reopened, also as fast as possible.
Closing unclear ...
Closing questions is well, even when it is too fast. But it would be preferable to leave a comment explaining what they can do to improve it.
Let's take an example here:
Environment still acting up
I tried running some code to reset my proxy, and it messed with my desktop environment. I had to put the permissions back, but even after that, my ...
A lot of things are done too fast on Stack Exchange network, and close-voting is one of them. It is frustrating and bureaucratic from the point of view of of OP, who might be not on site at the moment or is simply new to everything - Linux, Ubuntu, Stack Exchange system, down and up votes. However, at the moment of voting the question indeed may be unclear, ...
There is no such thing as closing bad questions too fast. If a question is not a good fit for the site, it should be closed to both indicate that it is off-topic or a duplicate and to prevent it from being answered.
Suppose in some country there is a user who posted a question and slept. Meanwhile his question was put on hold after, say, 6 hours of ...
As always, it depends
Looking at a question like:
PLZ HELP ME ASAP
error: some-error another error -> some totally unclear error
I'd say Shoot on sight!. In such a post is no effort whatsoever to even write down a decent question. It shouts DO MY JOB!
On the other hand, we've got plenty of unclear ...
Does it really matter that much to have that tick on an answer that we still need to ask for this?
It depends. The original point of accepted answer is to signal that the solution works best for OP's question, as per Stack Overflow's help page:
As the asker, you have a special privilege: you may accept the answer that you believe is the best solution to ...
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)...
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 ...
The more complex the question the more likely I am to keep notes. Although for me, that's once I've exceeded around a dozen tabs. I do not keep questions in a TODO list/app but I've been known to favorite a question to facilitate finding it again. If I know something is missing from an answer I'll typically note that it's a work in progress in the answer ...
Seems a trademark infringement to me.
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Actually, my joke comment above is pertinent to the problem. Frequently an answer, although good, can be too long or detailed to read. It can help alot to break it out in different ways to help the reader:
Add a summary section at the top. e.g. "TL;DR .... You've edited the wrong file and it's getting replaced."
Avoid bolding too much, particularly at the ...
I use Firefox, which has 2 features that really help with those issues, one of which most browsers have:
Reopen tabs on restart (This is what most browsers have)
Awesome Bar (i.e. where we input the URL). This is a very underrated feature of Firefox in my opinion as you can specifically search certain parts of Firefox for URLs. For example, search only in ...
Problem is that close-as-bug option is misunderstood a lot and we need to pay attention to what the question asks. And I completely agree - we should not close questions that actually ask for help or at least reopen question when a fix/workaround is available.
When a question asks, "Hello, Ubuntu guys, here's an issue. Please fix it" or "I installed Ubuntu ...
I didn't delete it, but I agree with the mod who did 100%. That was noise. It was a joke, frankly not a very funny one, which was posted as an answer. The entire content of your post was this:
I think it would be a good idea to suspend all too high-rated people like Oli, Rinzwind, etc. for a year or two to let other people do something useful ;-)
That is ...
Both names, "grave (accent)" and "backtick" apply to the same character.
"grave" is more common in the linguistic field and when it's actually combined with a letter (like "è").
"backtick" is the name commonly used in technical or programming contexts, where it is used on its own like a quotation mark instead. Just like here in the Markdown editor, where ...