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Why am I banned from answering?

I have contributed NO answers that I know of and the 6 questions I have asked over the past year have ZERO answers. In reality, you've posted a total of three answers since your account was on Ask ...
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A VLQ flag invalidated by a minor edit

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 ...
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Am I reviewing the Low Quality Queue properly?

I agree with you that deletion should not be used lightly, that should be reserved for the really really bad/dangerous answers or those that don't try to answer the question. However, in my opinion, ...
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Flag declined because OP edited their answer in the meantime and I wasn't notified

Moderators only get "Helpful" or "Declined" for flag states. In this case, I marked it as "declined" because at the time of the flag being reviewed, it was not valid, and I didn't find the flag to be ...
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Disagree with Low Quality review audit

Here were my thoughts on loading the link. Bloody hell, that's short. Maybe Hugo's onto someth... Hang on, that's an interesting problem. This is certainly reflective of my personal interests but ...
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What is the difference between "delete" and "recommend deletion" votes?

Supposedly, the low quality review queue allows you to vote to delete (a 20k privilege) 0 scored answers from the review, in hopes this speed up the deletion process. If 3 20ker users vote to delete ...
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How to deal with low quality/duplicate questions which already have comments/answers?

I have no objections at all to people coming here to get help fixing their problem as soon as possible. I do not think we should expect visitors to have any prior knowledge about using Ubuntu - they ...
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How to deal with low quality/duplicate questions which already have comments/answers?

Here is my opinion which has been shaped from Oli's answer to another question: There are some processes that are pretty daunting to new users. Boot errors, graphics driver foul ups, random crashes. ...
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Low quality answer getting upvotes and bonus?

I have a moral problem with the votes and bounty reward on the following question Speaking of the votes: those are fair. Why? Because important details should be edited into the question and not ...
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We should have an anti-spam filter at the 'Ask a question' stage

We already have an unofficial spam detection system. There's a bot called SmokeDetector which is maintained by some users that checks every new post on all sites using a great load of filters and if ...
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Should I flag pure shell command answers as "link only answer"?

This meta question is actually mostly answered in PSA: When reviewing, don't post duplicate (and near-duplicate) comments! But since this question is narrower and has a different focus, and it may ...
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Don't we have a "minimum quality" filter?

Yes, they're enabled. Roughly 35 blocked in the past day. They're not perfect; the quality score is generated from a number of different heuristics, with the end result being questions that do very ...
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Disagree with Low Quality review audit

I am not good at reviewing but if we look at this special case the other way round we have to admit that this question: is resolved, i.e. has an accepted answer has many upvotes not only to the ...
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Is it appropriate to remove low-quality/downvoted answer?

You should remove them if, and only if they can not be improved. Deleting answers potentially deprives people of a solution. We (obviously) don't want to do that. If a post can, at all, be salvaged ...
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Is there a way to undo my review?

TL;DR: You can't undo your review but, if appropriate, you can still flag the post. In General If your review had removed the post from the queue, but you had manually cast an NAA or VLQ flag on the ...
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Can we close as bug all the "appstreamcli" related questions?

Just to clarify here, I think there's a difference between AU purposely asking for people to use it as a bug tracker vs. being a useful resource when a high traffic bug/issue is found. Obviously we ...
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Can we close as bug all the "appstreamcli" related questions?

Not all of them, no. There does need to be a merge/dupe-fest but the thing you're painting as harmful, pulling in a quote isn't off-topic. We've been through that at least a dozen times or more. It ...
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LQ Review: Add canned delete comment for link-only within askubuntu.com (should have been flagged as duplicate)

Great, but there's a corner case that needs to be addressed: many times it happens that two completely different questions have the same answer. In that case questions can't be closed as duplicates, ...
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Can only flag as "very low quality" if is not in the positive for votes

I disagree. Flagging as "very low quality" implies recommending the deletion of the post. For an answer to go into the Very Low Quality queue, not only is needed a "very low quality" flag be casted ...
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Can only flag as "very low quality" if is not in the positive for votes

All >20K users have access to moderation tools and can vote to delete questions (or if really bad I think -3 or -5 we can immediately delete them) In this case, read all the comments as it's being ...
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Can only flag as "very low quality" if is not in the positive for votes

My opinion, if you REALLY wanted to flag that as low quality, you could just use a custom reason and put "Link only answer". I'd drop a comment first though, saying something like "Link only answers ...
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Declined flag for new answer duplicating existing ones

Yes we do - and should - delete answers that are a mirror of existing ones. In this case, the answer is actually an answer. Its a step-by-step guide. Important for a new person to understand. ...
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Low rep more prone to not providing feedback

Do others have the same impression? Well, I had quite a few such cases when first-(or-so-)question people were really engaged in either providing and/or requesting further feedbacks, and were ...
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Search function and duplicate questions by new users

Like Seth mentioned, If you ever posted a question, you will have "experienced the suggestion", to use an euphemism, to search the database. Adding more, or more aggresive signs would simply not work. ...
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