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I'm not sure it's possible here. The original question is full of jargon but a few parts of it (particularly on sockets) show the OP has no understanding of what these things actually are. You put a paranoid person in any unfamiliar environment (physical or digital) and they're going to see bad things everywhere. Sockets are a very benign and essential ...


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Step 0. Don't get in an edit war. The very first time somebody deliberately rolls back your edit (I'm not talking about accidental overwriting), leave them a comment asking what's going on and explain your edit. If the edit is urgent push it again, if it's not, wait. If they can't be reasoned with, flag it up and we'll take a look and take a firmer ...


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For those that don't know me, I work for Stack Exchange. We've been on top of this since it started. We noticed some abnormal spam activity going on here which your moderators quickly confirmed. We've taken the following steps to keep it out: Registration is now (temporarily) required to post a question Spam originating from Ask Ubuntu is dealt a much ...


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Just keep doing standard review tasks on him - downvotes, delete votes, flags (where necessary), etc. When he posts enough bad quality items, there is an automated system that will eventually make it harder for him to post. Until then, his bad answers will continue to get him downvotes or get the posts deleted. If he refuses to do higher quality posts, ...


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I use these entities: ←, ↑, → and ↓ only. It's faster: ←, ↑, → and ↓.


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The following are some guidelines for flagging on Ask Ubuntu. These guidelines are derived from existing policies set out in the help center, Ask Ubuntu Meta and Meta SE, and were further refined by a discussion between the current mods. First, a few general points about flagging: As a general rule, if the problem you see with a post can be fixed by ...


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I don't believe that question is a good example of a question that isn't about Ubuntu. Ubuntu is currently installed, the longhand way of reading the question could be: What do I need to do to Ubuntu to get rid of Ubuntu and prepare for the reinstallation of Windows? And that might very logically have plenty of Ubuntu-related things in its answer. You might ...


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I'm not a moderator on Ask Ubuntu, but I am a moderator over on Community Building. I'm also the moderator that suspended you for an hour earlier today. I suspended you because of your behavior in the Charcoal HQ chat room. In the past 48 hours, in that room alone, you've been asked repeatedly by network moderators, room owners and room regulars to keep ...


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From day one, you can do a lot on Stack Exchange without any prior experience/reputation at all. Yet if new users see that they can gain additional abilities by increasing their "reputation", starting with zero (0) would seem to suggest they are starting out with no reputation/abilities at all. Everyone starts with one (1) reputation. It's mostly ...


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Moderators have a difficult responsibility: to balance each member's right to speak their mind with the need to maintain order. Most of the time, this is an easy task. However, there are times when a moderator needs to intervene in order to prevent problems from escalating further. Without getting too specific, you were asked a number of times to stop ...


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You've posted 5 answers. 3 have received 1 downvote. That's not all your answers. It also isn't enough data to bring anything to light. Seeing this the best I can suggest is, for now, ignoring the downvotes. Just make sure that your answers actually answer the question and fulfil the How do I write good answers? section of the help center and you should be ...


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I think the existing rules apply: if something isn't adding relevant information to a post, it is noise and it is better to remove it. Unless a question is actually about emojis, they don't add anything useful to a post, so I don't see why they should be treated any differently to any other type of noise. More importantly, emojis often don't render ...


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<2k users have to justify their edits to the review queue. Once you cross that and earn the Edit privilege you no longer have to explicitly explain everything you do. That said, if you're pushing major edits around on other people's posts, be courteous and explain what and why you're doing something. Doesn't need to be a book, just a note so they ...


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Put yourself in my shoes. You'd been a member for years, almost 3000 posts, hundreds of thousands of points of hard-earned reputation. Your account has got you work. It's something you value. Then some scrot hacks your account. Clicks delete. Everything gone. How would you feel? So instead, there's a process. You talk to a real person. They work out if you'...


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You can add the arrows by simply typing the below: &uparrow; That will give you ↑. Similarly, &downarrow;, &rightarrow;, and &leftarrow; give you ↓, →, and ←.


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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 Ubuntu. All three are deleted, as a direct result of review queue votes and flags against your posts about them "not being answers". (Deleted answers still ...


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As pointed out by Mark Kirby, you can't effectively call on a particular user from a post they haven't yet commented on or edited, because an @user will not send them a notification. See this Meta Stack Exchange answer for details of when comment notifications are triggered. If you want to seek help from high rep users*, you can always find a few lurking in ...


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Go to your profile and near the top there will be a link that says My logins. It will show you all the accounts associated with you Stack Exchange account, and let you add new ones and remove old ones. Here you can add your Launchpad account and remove your Google account. Moderators can also do this, and one might beat you to it :)


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The answer "your problem is this bug", specifying the bug by link, is an answer. It could be better. But deleting it is a much, much worse outcome for the op and searchers than just leaving it there.


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First off, read the section on flagging in the help center - there's a ton of good information there, and links to more. Second... Don't think too hard. Flagging is something that's made available to almost everyone who uses the site constructively even a little bit - as such, it generally doesn't rely on flaggers knowing a whole lot about how things work. ...


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The Community maintainer for the installer slideshow made this decision. This one is a mix of things. The install slideshow ends with a slide that is about getting help. Right now it’s pretty heavy on tech support, but the idea is “don’t worry, you are not alone!” With Ubuntu Forums, the information available at a glance is that you really need ...


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Voting on StackExchange sites is anonymous - even the community moderators do not have access to that information. Try adding a comment to your question asking for feedback on how to improve the question. Look for similar style questions - look at their content and see if you can add similar information to improve the question. At the end of the day - ...


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mod roles. Mods are glorified janitors - we try to do our best to cleanup where things are drastically/dramatically need our intervention. Examples - spam, bad language, etc etc. However, we - like you - are users of the site who can edit and fix-up questions and answers with gramatical errors, typos, poor headings etc. Language issues fall in the latter ...


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Add the line <!-- language: <language_string> --> (where <language_string> is the string identifying the language) before the start of the code, and make sure that the code itself has an empty line before it: <!-- language: <language_string> --> ... <line 1> <line 2> <line 3> ... *<...


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Good question. As somebody who had their own 9.10 install up until a few days ago, I think there's still call to support it, as your example question shows: people still have problems. And while I agree "UPGRADE YOU FOOL!" is probably going to be the most popular answer on new threads about old versions, some people can't upgrade without a large amount of ...


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Hammer it with flags. The community will auto-nuke it if it gets enough. Or a real mod will see it and they can do fun stuff, like banning the user. If you want to edit it, you can, but don't do that at the cost of waiting to flag.


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There is no ban for deleting a single post. In fact deleting your own question or answers when you realize they may not be helpful is encouraged. This will help to keep the site clear. There is also no ban or other sanction in case you decide to delete your duplicate question but in general it may be better here to leave them as a signpost for other users ...


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What I usually do is use the score:# option. For example: search for broadcom drivers score:10, or even shorter, just broadcom score:10. Take a look at this: score:10 means "show me questions with a score of 10 or more". This removes those low-score questions from the list, making it easier to spot the question you're looking for. Of course, you don't ...


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The problem is the list. When using lists, you need to multiply the indentation by the list level (see this answer's source to understand better): No list, 4 spaces indents code: this is code List item, you now need 8 spaces this is not code (4 spaces) this is code (8 spaces) Sub-list item, you now need 12 spaces: this is not code (4 spaces) this is ...


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None whatsoever. It's a free service and you can use it where you want. Note, however, that in most cases it is better to include whatever you need to reference in the answer itself. But yes, if you need to include something that's longer than the character limit, use whatever service you prefer. Ubuntu Pastebin is not an Ask Ubuntu thing. It's an Ubuntu ...


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