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How to help a paranoid, delusional user?

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 ...
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What should I do to avoid an edit war when someone rolls my edits back?

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 ...
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Dealing with a user who just won't follow the rules

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 ...
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How do I flag correctly?

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 ...
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Get rid of Windows answers?

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 ...
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Why does the chat has to be so aggressive at banning you?

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 ...
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Why does a user start off with 1 rep, and not 0?

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 ...
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Why does the chat has to be so aggressive at banning you?

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 ...
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Is a downvote troll targeting me?

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 ...
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Is there a policy on the use of emojis or emoticons?

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 ...
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Should people with more than 2000 rep write an edit summary?

<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 ...
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Is it OK if I call on a high reputation user on part of my answer if it seems difficult from that point?

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 ...
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Why there isn't a straightforward procedure to leave AU?

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 ...
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Why was this flag disputed?

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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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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Are duplicate questions hidden now?

The recent change to post notices does not change which posts are visible. It changes what information about their closure is visible. When you're logged in, you've probably seen text in post notices ...
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How do I format some code specifically for the language used? Or how do I prevent it from being formatted? Which languages are supported?

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 ...
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How do I flag correctly?

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 ...
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Should I wait before flagging as "Unclear what you're asking"?

Should I give time to user to clear it's question by commenting on it? You should do both ASAP, without waiting. Comment and flag. That way if they don't improve their question it gets closed (since ...
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What takes so long to respond?

Your question assumes there are only two reasons a question is unanswered: It's off-topic and the moderators are being lazy. We hate you and won't answer out of spite. I can't speak for everybody ...
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Can I get links to Comments?

If you hover over the timestamp of a comment it becomes a link. Share that URL.
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Unexpected formatting with code in list

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 ...
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Is it okay to use Ubuntu.pastebin on other SE sites?

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 ...
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Why do question share links include my user id?

User ID in the sharing link is useful in at least one situation. There are some badges: Announcer Share a link to a question later visited by 25 unique IP addresses. This badge can be awarded ...
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What does it take to get suspended?

There is nothing new going on. Users are suspended when they do things that are in blatant violation of the site's rules. And yes, a suspension will always be given out by a human and you have the ...
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What should we do with answers only saying what not to do and advising readers to follow another answer instead

I agree with dessert's answer that this type of information is probably usually best incorporated into a more complete answer, probably the answer it is recommending. It would, I think, be silly if ...
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How to favorite a user?

You can only subscribe to their RSS feed. http://meta.askubuntu.com/feeds/user/<user_id> The link can be found at the bottom right under their activity tab. The RSS link is called "user feed". ...
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How to favorite a user?

Dan's answer is technically correct in every way but I want to remind you why there's no direct way to "follow" somebody on the site. When you follow people instead of topics, your votes start to ...
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Should I approve these small edits in the review queue?

Disclaimer: I'm not a mod, so just sharing what I do: If those edits are the only edits the post needs: Approve If those are just some minor formatting and the post needs major rework: Reject In-...
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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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