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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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Why do some questions appear with a red background?

It means the question contains tags that you have in your list of "Favorite Tags", which you can see in the right column on the main site.
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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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How do I log out of the Ask Ubuntu website after creating a Stack Exchange account?

After the topbar redesign, the login link has moved to the Stack Exchange icon on the right side: You can also just click this handy link to log out.
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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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What is required to become a moderator?

I think you're talking about these two recent posts: 2 year old user is a new contributor? Is it correct that search on AskUbuntu ignores code blocks and inline codes? These were edited by Shog9 and ...
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Should tags be edited out from a question if they appear irrelevant?

You should absolutely remove irrelevant tags, wrong tags, add missing tags and anything else that makes the question better. Collaborative editing is a big part of the SE model and tags are not ...
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Save an answer as a draft

This feature already exists. Try writing an answer. Wait for about 30-45 seconds. Draft Saved will appear and a Discard button too. A secret: From waffles' answer on What are the details/...
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Why does the site attack people seeking help?

No, this site isn't here to help people with Ubuntu issues, that is a very common (and understandable) misunderstanding. The objective of this site is to collect a library of useful questions and ...
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How to handle bad title of original question?

To generalize: If the question has a bad title, edit it if a question's title is an obstacle to find the real content of it, I edit it into a more appropriate title. You can think of the following ...
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Why did the "community" user reject my edits?

Each of those pages tell you: This edit conflicted with a subsequent edit. In practice that means: somebody started editing before you submitted your edit and they didn't require approval for ...
Oli's user avatar
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What are the job opportunities in askubuntu

None whatsoever. This is a community driven website where volunteers do the work. No money to be made whatsoever.
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Why didn't I gain reputation when I edited a post?

Given your low reputation (suggesting that maybe you don't know your way around the site much), and some other things which factored in, I took the liberty of looking at your reputation history and ...
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How long should I wait for an answer on here?

Questions at askubuntu are answered from a voluntary community, so there is no ticket system that reminds people to answer questions. It happens that questions are replaced by newer ones and people ...
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What are the job opportunities in askubuntu

What Rinzwind says is true. Though I'd just like to add that SE do have job openings which you can apply for. You check them out by clicking the work here link in the footer of any of the Stack ...
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Is there a way to seek reevaluation of an answer to a question?

Actually, my joke comment above is pertinent to the problem. Frequently an answer, although good, can be too long or detailed to read. It can help alot to break it out in different ways to help the ...
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When I try to review First Posts, why does it say "No Action Needed"?

The No Action Needed button means that the post is good in your opinion. However, it doesn't mean you have to press it. A post may need improvement, it may need to be flagged, it may need you to ask ...
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