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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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?
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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,...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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.
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3 votes
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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/...
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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 ...
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