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If we told you, we'd have to kill you. No, it's not drastically different. There are just a few mod links in different places that pop up dialogues to allow us do things like merging, locking (etc) that aren't in the standard close/delete menus. I'd show you these but they're really very dull. Edit: I'm adding some screenshots of some of the screens. Most ...


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Welcome and thank you for you continued contributions. What you're describing is considered a "Signature" on a post and they are highly discouraged in Stack Exchange platform. You're more than welcome to edit your profile page to include "Thank you and as always, God Bless" which everyone will see when they roll over your name or visit your profile. This isn'...


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I'm concerned that, at a glance, I infer moderators aren't worried about piracy here. That's not the case and, thankfully, also not what you say, but it gets a bit bogged down by reiterating the same ~"don't bother us with this stuff" stuff. The act of software piracy has no place on Ask Ubuntu. It's either completely superfluous to the question... Like ...


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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 ...


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If you want to get a real insight into the daily work of the moderators, the moderator newsletter is available to everyone. It talks about all of the new features, changes in policy and so on. Moderator Community Blog The site get more features the more reputation you earn. To a moderator, the site looks more or less like it does to a user with 10,000 ...


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While I can't speak for the other moderators, in my experience as an Ask Ubuntu moderator since August 2010 I can offer a brief glimpse into moderator qualities from my perspective. Tolerance If you become frustrated easily, moderation might not be for you. Assuming you visit the site on a daily basis, you'll have to interact with people with whom you may ...


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And —in continuation to searchfgold6789's answer— if these comments are answers with question marks on the end, they should have been posted as answers in the first place. The difference is merely set dressing, flamboyance, explanation and example. If you want the points, have some conviction in what you're saying and spend some time writing it up. If you ...


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Because flagging is better than deleting most of the time¹... A duplicate is a placeholder for the next person googling an answer. An off-topic question points to StackOverflow, Unix & Linux, ... A flag for Moderator attention can still get the attention of a mod that you're being bullied not being treated like you should, ... ... Note¹: The notable ...


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As per your request, this is what chat.stackexchange.com looks like to a moderator: Room owner and moderator controls: We (as moderators) can put a room into a timeout - this is generally used for a short period of time as a "hey guys, you're waaayyyy off topic, so lets take a minute to cool down and then we can move on". We can freeze a room - this means ...


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I personally feel that these are the exact kind of "questions" that our engine is NOT suited for. It is your community, but I would strongly advise you to not allow these pure poll / entertainment questions to take root ... they lead to a garden full of weeds :(


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If someone posts an answer as a comment, posting it as an answer is the right thing to do. However: If the comment really is not an answer--that is, it neither would nor is intended to solve even part of the problem (for anyone)--then it should not be posted as an answer. Note that even solutions that are inapplicable to the OP but may provide at least a ...


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People have the privilege if deleting in order to be able to remove posts that need to be deleted. This is a quasi-moderation privilege so treat it with the same respect we do. If we're talking about questions, the close system should be used first. This allows a poster to revise and reopen their question. And closing it without answers or positive score ...


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If it's not off-topic we don't expect the user to take the time to learn about another site, get an account and so on. We only migrate if the question is off-topic. Otherwise, it's perfectly fine to ask a programming question on AU, as long as it relates to Ubuntu. The right course of action I think is to remind them of the other site(s), in a comment. And ...


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I delete my own question will affect the reputation system Deleting a post schedules a reputation recalc to correct the reputation. So if your post had a positive score, you'll lose the rep and a negatively scored post will restore the rep. delete my own question will trigger any question asking ban? Deleting a question doesn't trigger the question ...


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I will repost what seems to be the current policy of all SE from an answer which someone stole from a comment by Jeff Atwood: Steal comments that answer the question and post them as an answer. If it happens enough either the misguided commentators will be annoyed enough at the "lost" rep to give outright answers next time, or no one will notice / ...


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Flag and vote accordingly. We have mechanisms set in place so the abusive users don't poison the system.


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You can flag comments too. Put your mouse over a comment and a little flag will show on the left, flag one with a custom reason, explain about the whole thread and a mod will be alerted. There is not much us normal users can do, we would just get pulled in to the argument, as we have no privileges to remove the comment(s).


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I'll try to explain why I think your answer was deleted. I voted to delete your answer when it was flagged as low quality, so I am explaining my own reasoning for doing that. Here's your deleted answer: As written, your answer lacks the details necessary to make it a good answer; it doesn't explain how to update the BIOS. Still, it might be the basis of a ...


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I can see this from both ends and I think I can explain why it was handled the way it was: At first reading it looks something between a bug report and a feature request. You want Thunar in 14.04 to do something it currently doesn't. That should be handled directly with Thunar's developers. Why did I interpret it that way? Because you ask "is there a way ...


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All questions can be reopened. I note that the last edit on your question was 13 July 2011. We do need OP's to maintain their questions, providing updates (lets say weekly, fortnightly etc) as to what they have tried. It could also have been construed as too-localised since no updates have been made since then. There also some information that would be ...


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No, the "Convert to Edit" button does not let us do anything with comments.


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We can merge anything as long as one of the questions is closed. The "type" of closure makes no difference. Just some context (that you cannot see) about this question: Op asked in August '11. Op flagged it in October '11 saying it had been fixed by Oneric. I closed it as Too Localised because it was too-time-localised. It's unfortunate that it still ...


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It is unlikely there was much debate about closing the question, and if there was it may still be in the comments. Users here are free to delete their own comments, and moderators can remove any comments as well, so there is no guarantee all comments are still visible. Anyone with 3000 reputation here can cast close (or re-open) votes, you don't need to be ...


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From an FAQ post on Meta.SO: They have access to all the abilities of 10k users regardless of their reputation. Their votes are binding. Any place we have voting — close, open, delete, undelete, offensive, migration, etc — that vote will reach the threshold and take effect immediately if a single diamond moderator casts a vote. They can lock ...


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You need to update/improve your questions occasionally with your progress in order to avoid deletion: Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered zero-score questions after a year? Neither one of your questions has been touched in a year!


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The general view in the community (I think) is that Ask Ubuntu isn't the right place for such questions. Unlike other Stack Exchange sites we have the Ubuntu Forums which are far better suited to questions like this one. See also Fun-friend-friday! and Why was question 4389 closed? Note that those are from a little while ago, and from the early days of the ...


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Since you are copying the meta SO thread here, we should also include the (very) important exception to the guidelines you cite. This is a screenshot, taken on March 16th, 2014 of the second highest voted answer from the same Q&A: So, follow the rules above in general but avoid deleting questions closed as duplicates because they are useful "guideposts"....


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I respectfully disagree with your position. I'd hate to see any of my "bread crumb" comments converted to an answer. Ideally, following Jorge Castro advice makes the most sense to me. Convert these tiny partial answers to a full fledged good answer. This may require any number of efforts on your part from further research to editing for clarity and ...


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Maybe @jokerdino thinks it's a bug Not only jokerdino, the users dobey, Braiam, Alvar, Eric Carvalho, Glutanimate thinks the same too. Closing the thread doens't seem to do any good, and is very frustrating for me as a user. Yeah, but really, this is not the place to solve bugs with Ubuntu, for that is Launchpad. It's said in the help page too: This ...


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