19 votes

Editor Privilege?

Features like this are put behind an experience wall because we want experience. Both technical with the subject matter, and with the system. 150 good edits is equivalent a weekend of contact time ...
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15 votes
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Let's burninate [mint]

We also have various windows tags as well as e.g. macosx, kali or debian although we do not support questions that are specific to those foreign operating systems. Their main purpose are dual-boot ...
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14 votes
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What about simplifying the UI for AskUbuntu?

Call me crazy, but I find this: Far more useful, practical, clear and easy to use than this: In the second image, all the useful functions apart from Open and Save are hidden away behind menus. I ...
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14 votes

remove one question every 20 minutes limit

If you earn 125 reputation the limit will be removed. The reason for this limit is to reduce spam questions, there is no chance it will be removed permanently. It is not disrespecting anyone, in fact ...
14 votes

Automatic flagging of "keto" users with Reputation == 1?

I'm a room owner of SOCVR and a regular in Charcoal-HQ and those rooms are involved in fighting spam posts across the SE network. Thank you for noticing these spam posts and offering ideas to put a ...
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12 votes

Is it me or should a new feature be implanted to counter the spambots, or a new ToS?

Sure we should. As soon as you come up with a surefire way of getting rid of spam, I'm sure SE will implement it (and you'll be set for life). In the meantime, they're doing what they can. There are ...
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12 votes

Extra reputation option

There is. It's called a bounty and is explained in the Help Center: If you’ve asked a good question, edited it with status and progress updates, and still are not receiving answers, you can draw ...
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12 votes

Does Ask Ubuntu have voice chat, and if not are there any plans for it?

Ask Ubuntu is not tech support Many sites have a live chat option where users can get instant support, from someone paid to provide this service. This isn't always voice chat; it's often text-based (...
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11 votes

How can one retract or undo a flag on a post?

Following this longstanding request on Meta Stack Exchange you can now retract flags you have cast. Simply click the "flag" button again on the post you flagged and the "Flag Answer" (or "Flag ...
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11 votes

Migration Paths?

I definitely agree that more migration targets should be provided. There is only one path to Ask Ubuntu Meta currently and we can only ask for migration to different sites by raising a moderation flag ...
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11 votes
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is there any system in place to prevent downvote trolling?

So, lets look at some real data, answers of yours with down-votes, that are in the negative votes: Most recently: What are the difference between Unity and Ubuntu GNOME? A duplicate question, on the ...
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11 votes

Sorting out SOLVED for good

That is behavior from Ubuntu Forums. This is not Ubuntu Forums. Did somebody fail to shift paradigms and thereby pop the clutch?
11 votes

How to prevent answers and comments to question in non-english before they're translated?

Most of these untranslated questions get a translation rather quickly. By the time 5 people voted on it to be closed it probably will be translated anyways. Then it would take several re-open votes or ...
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11 votes

Can we reduce the volume of off topic questions?

I think running an automated script over each new question to look out for keywords like windows, mint, kali, etc. is a bad idea and would result in far too many false positives. Reviewing all of them ...
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11 votes
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Documentation on Ask Ubuntu

I take a dissenting view to the previously accepted answer. Just because documentation exists somewhere else doesn't mean we shouldn't be able to use SE's documentation feature. In order to do ...
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11 votes
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Acceptable Questions?

I don't think I quite agree with Jacob, but I think that's mostly because the question you're asking can be viewed in a few separate ways. You're actually asking three separate things: Third party ...
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11 votes
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Set a Watch for an interesting question

If you click on that symbol seen in the screen-shot marked by that arrow this will mark a question as favorite, which you can then see in your profile under favorites, and it even shows you by a blue ...
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10 votes
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Can we have an XKCD bot?

I'm against adding non-relevant feeds. It's a chat room, not an RSS reader.
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10 votes
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"This is commentary on another post, not an answer" used for low quality answers

You are correct that this comment is often used wrong. Our policy is that answers that are low quality, incomplete, or too short should not be posted as comments. It is sometimes appropriate to delete ...
10 votes
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Should edits get some rep for upvotes?

I think you get the wrong idea of what actually is the function of an edit. An edit should contribute to the clarity of a post. A good edit may also clarify that the question is a bad one. Sharing ...
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10 votes
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Automatic Question closing after a set time

No. One of the most important things about the SE model is that we don't answer for the OP. The OP is almost irrelevant. You answer for every user who might have the same question and comes across the ...
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10 votes
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Make it possible to retract flags on comments

This is a status-deferred request on Meta SE.
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10 votes
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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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9 votes

Proposal to Change Procedure to Flag Duplicate Answers

When a post is marked as (possible) duplicate, it gets into review. When five reviewers confirm it is a duplicate, it is put on hold. Moderators can put the post on hold directly, but usually it is "...
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9 votes

What to do with answers that should be comments, but get deleted?

Only the very most valuable comments, when posted as answers, should be converted to comments rather than simply deleted. In particular, the threshold for converting an answer to a comment should not ...
9 votes
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#TheGreatIncredibleHashTag in the chat rooms

No. This isn't twitter. Why do we need this for the thousands and thousands of messages, and why do we need to burden SE's network and DB with another several hundred gigs of additional indexing?
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9 votes

Regarding the influx of 16.04 questions

Many questions (even though tagged with a version number) are not version specific and should be answered if possible. I don't think the idea of a banner (or better yet a support schedule) is a bad ...
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9 votes
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Required info for wireless-tagged questions

Disallowing wireless questions without stating "output of " [command list] is a bad idea because we will have a lot of questions which are for wireless things but do not need the output as identified ...
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