And I have decided to take some initiative. Presenting...
It's still a work in progress, but it makes a huge difference if you ask me. Want to give it a try? Of course you do!
I have packaged the whole thing up as a UserScript which you can install here:
Feedback is welcome!
Since posting this answer, I have spent a few years being a moderator on both Ask Ubuntu and Unix & Linux. I now have a much better idea of what users here suggest for migration and am completely, 100%, adamantly against opening a migration path. It's just not worth it, there are vanishingly few questions that would be worth migrating ...
If people aren't posting answers properly, do it for them. From the stackoverflow announcement:
Want to know an easy way to earn reputation? Find a question somewhere with several good, but incomplete, answers. Steal all the answers and write one long, complete, detailed answer which is better than the incomplete ones. Sit back and earn points while ...
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 for some people. That's not nearly enough time to get everything right, or more importantly, for the system to notice a problem (in appropriate edits, etc).
What? No! Why? Nooooooo, no no no no...
Motivation? What? It's not that you are payed to contribute on the site... It's about helping others, why should you "reward" for being a good contributor decrease if you are having a time off?
This is a bad idea, an awful one, really not good.
Besides, if you stop contributing for the site, there is a chance that ...
This is done. Attempting to use this tag - or edit any post that currently uses it - will result in the following error:
Which also links to this discussion: Should we split the installation tag into seperate tags for the installation of Ubuntu and the installation of software?
Y'all might want to add further guidance there.
I would argue that the ability to ask good questions is just as important as answering them.
Remember, reputation is a measure of how much the community trusts you, not a bit for bit measurement for technical competence.
UPDATE: This is way more than normal, seems like a coordinated attack, I've informed a mod who will likely inform the StackExchange folks, please keep flagging until you can't flag no more!
There's no need to worry, between you and the other amazing community contributors your personal limit doesn't really matter, there's enough people flagging to make ...
AskUbuntu does already facilitate direct communication between users, through chat. Users can create chat rooms to carry on one-to-one conversations. These rooms are not private, but private communication can be facilitated by using the contact information in a user's profile. If a user doesn't provide contact information in their profile, they probably don'...
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 now have to figure out what the icons mean, then click on them, then navigate the drop down menus and finally find whatever I was looking for. I don't use gedit, ...
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 questions where there are issues having both Ubuntu or one of its official flavours installed together, but other common use cases include questions about networks ...
No, people don't come here based on "I'm a new user SHOW ME ALL THE THINGS". People come to the site (at least over 90% of them) via search engine traffic. IE: "This is broken, how do I fix?". Adding a beginner section will only just fracture the site.
Furthermore, what constitutes a beginner question? That alone is largely subjective and impossible to say ...
I agree and I think we should rollback to the css styles used for the code blocks in the previous design.
If this is a usability or user interface issue, then browser add-ons to change the css locally are not the answer.
Think about all the new users, first time visitors, etc.
March 2018 Update: Even though this had been requested on Meta Stack Exchange five years before it was posted here (thanks to Zanna for finding that), in the intervening 8+ years it has never gotten much attention. As of this writing, that MSE question only has about a hundred views. I still do very much hope that this feature gets implemented! For the time ...
I have thought of this a few times, and I like the idea, but it may have drawbacks. I will try to list a few here and maybe others can follow up.
Canonical is not well loved by some in the open source community. Exposing (especially "low level") Canonical employees via a badge is invitation to harassment. It would be possible to moderate such activity, but ...
It would keep the site cleaner
I don't see that abandoned accounts really get in the way of anything important. The site is about questions and their answers. If you want to faff around on the /users/ pages, that's fair enough but that's not the site goal.
Should I up voted them? Should I accepted their answer? Do you see my problem?
You shouldn't be ...
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 it is improving the quality of the content on the site.
If you really want to take this further you need to post on meta.stackexchange.com but it won't go ...
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 stop to them.
That specific spam is rather well known and persistent. Only on Ask Ubuntu over 2000 posts have been noticed and flagged. Even today 7 of such ...
Here are some mock-ups, of what I was thinking would make the Ask question-
A- more visible
B- In line as a "tool" on the Main bar
My main point is that it seems to be more part of the side bar - then the top primary navigation.
When first searching where to ask a question, people look first to the primary horizontal navigation.
I visited many other Stack ...
After a review of your close habits, the volume of stuff that comes to the site, and how it all crashes into this sort of flaming wreckage, there really is a need for increased.
We've thus raised the amount of close votes on Ask Ubuntu to match Stack Overflow, at 50 votes.
I'm of the opinion migrations just don't work. I've said most of this before but I'll add in some Unix.SE-specific arguments
What is "crap" on Unix.SE and other sites?
I would say we have a higher tolerance for the crappier question than most sites. There will be lacking information (that we tease out in comments) or just failing to Google (how ...
I think We should adopt the color background quote style with the vertical rule as:
It is clearly different
It would help with the confusion of formatting code as a quote.
We could use a light aubergine consistent with Ubuntu colors:
These might be too dark.
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 already measures in place to block spam. What we get is a tiny proportion of what is trying to get in. As for the ToS, what makes you think the spammers would ...
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 attention to your question by placing a bounty on it.
A bounty is a special reputation award given to answers. It is funded by the personal reputation of the user ...
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 (and I prefer that because information written down is easier to copy and refer to, but others will prefer voice chat for various good reasons). What's special ...
If you have never voted and have only 1 post you can delete your account yourself from your profile. Under "Edit Profile & Settings" click "Delete Profile".
You can't delete your account yourself if you have more than one post and / or you have voted on the site. If you want to delete your account after making a post or voting on other posts, you ...
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 Question") button becomes "Retract Flag". This does not work on comments.
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 and describe the migration in our own words.
I would like to see the following migration targets available on Ask Ubuntu (probably in the stated order). I am ...