29 votes
Accepted

Moderators are *not* the Software Police! (Read for details!)

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 ...
user avatar
  • 280k
15 votes
Accepted

Why do I not lose reputation when downvoting a question?

Because, reiterating Oli's words, there's no need to prevent users from "gaming the system by downvoting other question", as there's no point in downvoting other questions to your advantage, unless ...
user avatar
  • 33.9k
14 votes
Accepted

Are there certain circumstances where one should close an old question as the duplicate of a new one?

Absolutely. The age of a question is completely irrelevant when choosing duplicates. What we want is the best, most comprehensive and inclusive answer. If a question asked today has better answers ...
user avatar
  • 92.7k
10 votes
Accepted

Is asking questions about the ubuntu wiki off-topic

In general... There has been a range of viewpoints on the more general question raised here of: 'Is asking questions about the Ubuntu wiki off-topic?' For me the viewpoint that has resonated the most ...
user avatar
  • 34.4k
9 votes
Accepted

Yesterday it said that there were 200 thousand questions, now back to 199 thousand, how come?

There's a very dangerous monster that prowls the site at night, usually around 3 o'clock UTC she comes out. Half shark and half feline she roams with a waddling sidekick. Clearing the site of all old, ...
user avatar
  • 54.1k
8 votes

Are there certain circumstances where one should close an old question as the duplicate of a new one?

The obvious one: newer question has better quality answers than the old one. Is this even a real question?
user avatar
  • 182k
7 votes

Is asking questions about the ubuntu wiki off-topic

On-topic The list of acceptable topics is posted at https://askubuntu.com/help/on-topic Questions that you may ask: Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors: Ubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE,...
user avatar
  • 38.6k
7 votes

What are the remaining options for popular/active questions that are closed?

This question isn't on topic though. It is a typical example of "primarily opinion based". If you want to keep it up to date, you can always edit one of the existing answers, but it really isn't a ...
user avatar
  • 92.7k
6 votes
Accepted

Why does it says "1 view" for every question, even when nobody would have had time to look at them?

You can't post a question without viewing it. Seems logical that it would always read 1 or higher.
user avatar
  • 280k
5 votes

What do you consider a well received question?

I believe for the badges (Curious, Inquisitive and Socratic), a "well-received question" means that the question itself has a positive score, i.e. 1 or more. This can be 2 positives and 1 ...
user avatar
5 votes

Users strange behaviour

It is a correct behaviour to convert a comment to an answer and mark it as wiki if the answerer did not write an answer themselves. Nothing is wrong. I do it too.
user avatar
  • 80.7k
3 votes
Accepted

How is it decided which close reason is to be given?

Diamond moderators, or occasionally a tag gold badge person, will have the ability to close a post instantly. From what I've seen, though I can't confirm this, such closes use the reason that user/...
user avatar
  • 67.1k
3 votes
Accepted

Is it appropriate to ask a question in an answer, or should this be a comment?

It's probably on the line. It doesn't suggest why there's a problem or confirm that it's a problem with a specific browser. If you did this, it would be a much better answer... But it's certainly on ...
user avatar
  • 280k
1 vote

Purpose of downvote on non-questions

I voted to close that one (as unclear) as I recall. It seemed to me that the OP wanted to ask a question but never got around to articulating what it was. I often request further information from ...
user avatar
  • 34.3k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible