It looks like an honest misunderstanding. The OP is very new, so probably misclicked, then realized their mistake and tried to apply the edit the only way they knew how.
As for what you can do: nothing, really. You did your best. You suggested a useful edit, if the OP doesn't like that, there's nothing you can do.
nothing special for Ubuntu
Ask Ubuntu allows relevant to Ubuntu, not just restricted to Ubuntu.
We've been through a few rounds of fireworks on Meta about this before, but ultimately, you'd go mad —and drive the rest of us that way too— if you tried to only allow questions that only worked on Ubuntu (and tried to push everything to a more generic or ...
First of all: thank you very much for reminding me to close my own question and answer as a bug.
Secondly, I'm voicing a personal opinion and this should not be taken as gospel.
Bugs are by their nature only temporary and as this discussion of 2012 points out, they need to be filed elsewhere.
As you've been around for 7 years already, I don't mind you:
I have edited your answer to remove the emphasis on the fact that it's a bug. In my opinion, I think that is what caused the confusion.
There is no need to emphasise the fact that it's a bug, as your answer properly mentions a workaround which is a much more important part of the answer.
I reckon this happens sometimes while adding a link using the "insert hyperlink" tool (either by clicking the button or pressing Ctrl+L) instead of using Markdown.
The input box contains https:// (which is selected) by default
(and I believe it used to have http:// by default previously). So usually while pasting the link, it overwrites the https:// with ...
I know that this is probably not going to be a popular answer, but i think that this is an example of a knee-jerk reaction proposal in the format "I don't want somebody else to answer these questions, make them stop!"
The idea of askubuntu.com was "Answer questions about Ubuntu family of GNU/Linux distros until they reach End of Life". If End of Life can be ...
While I would not go so far as to say that the posts in support have nothing in common with each other at all, I do not think grouping them with this tag is useful.
The questions fall into three categories:
Questions about support periods for Ubuntu versions.
Questions about hardware or software working or not on Ubuntu.
People who want our support or ...
The answer was indeed not helpful since the ~ are absolutely fine, as you pointed out. I have now deleted it.
Next time, if a post requires attention and none of the standard flags fit (or are available to you), just raise a custom mod flag letting us know what the issue is. That way the mods can take care of it.
This "End of Life" issue is confusing the end-users.
On one hand, the Releases on Ubuntu Wiki mentioned the term "End of Standard Support" and "End of Life". On the other hand, the Ubuntu release cycle on Ubuntu.com mentioned "five-year public support" or "subscribe to ESM". Then, searching on Ubuntu.com will lead to the Releases on Ubuntu Wiki (again), and ...
I don't think the specific change proposed here would be an improvement, but this is a good question.
In the hypothetical situation you described--which is a perfectly plausible situation, considering that many low-rep users do eventually make numerous good suggested edits--I will assume for the sake of simplicity that no corner cases apply, such as edits ...
The ultimate goal of edits is to make questions answerable (and answers precise and up-to-date). A question which is later removed obviously wasn't deemed answerable even after the effort you have put into it. Picking good questions as edit targets indeed helps, but if you see a question that is reasonable but so poorly worded/formatted that it's being ...
Lubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Released! (from the confirmed official Lubuntu web site) says "Lubuntu 16.04 LTS will be supported until April 2019, with three years of support." That pretty much settles it; it has reached EoPS (End of Public Support). Fortunately, they have published Lubuntu 18.04 LTS in 32-bit and 64-bit editions.
The unofficial site ...
So, I think from your comments you're mistaking "answers" for "comments" and vice versa.
To comment on any post that isn't your own, you need 50 reputation points; this is a restriction within the system itself. You add these with the "Add a comment" link underneath posts.
Answers are the big text box underneath questions where you can ...
Same reason that if you take an awfully written question and edit it to be beautiful and clear and concise, and then they get 500 up votes, then you get your +2 rep for the edit plus diddly squat per upvote.
It's because the creators of stack exchange did the best they could, but either didn't consider that particular problem, or couldn't agree on a ...