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Stack Exchange. There's a trademark arrangement and yes, there are design considerations influenced from Canonical, but it's very much still a Stack Exchange venture.


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Please remember that an important goal of these accomplishments is that the documentation should be detailed: think of it as a wikipedia for how to get started with a particular Ask Ubuntu badge. To write an accomplishment file do this: bzr branch lp:ubuntu-community-accomplishments cd ubuntu-community-accomplishments/accomplishments/ubuntu-community/en/...


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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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Right now we're the number 4 site in the network in users, traffic behind Stack Overflow, Super User, and Server Fault; and number 3 in the network for questions per day. To all accounts we're already quite large and see an increase of new and experienced users everyday. A great role model for us, at Ask Ubuntu, is the Stack Overflow site which sees over 4.1 ...


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It sounds like you're confusing two things — or at the very least the two are tangled in your question: Ubuntu membership is open to all. Anybody can apply for it and their work here on Ask Ubuntu can contribute towards that membership application (speaking as an Ubuntu Member who got through almost wholly on his AU work). We don't offer membership because ...


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I would be against it. We are an official support site so it would be logical to not support end of life releases. It should be the official stance to upgrade to a supported site if not just for security related problems that can arise. Besides that: if the release is important most of us will not be able to check our answer (since none of us will have ...


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Why should my LoCo care about AU? Quite simply, because it is big. Big things cannot just be ignored. It's a viable resource, and such resources should never be wasted. Your LoCo should care because AU will likely be one of the first support channels that many users encounter when installing Ubuntu (heck! it's in the installer!). What makes it so great? ...


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You are correct, the FAQ should be changed. Our FAQ says: Please follow the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, Ubuntu Leadership Code of Conduct, and this FAQ when participating in this community. The first link is http://www.ubuntu.com/community/conduct. The second link is http://www.ubuntu.com/community/leadership-conduct. That is correct. But: The 1st ...


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Session notes Session is on Wednesday 17:05..18:00 PDT #ubuntu-uds-room-202 on Freenode Live audio stream of the session room Collaborative session notes etherpad (join the ~ubuntu-etherpad team to view/edit) Other random agendas: Jorge "anti-bug reports" vs. Chipaca "well not exactly" showdown.


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I know of several people from the site who have become members, myself being one of them. Becoming a member is a personal choice so I wouldn't say every awesome contributor has to become one. However, just contributing in Ask Ubuntu typically isn't enough. Membership boards typically like to see involvement in other areas of the community, whether that be ...


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The short answer is: Accounts that don't comply with the terms of service. The longer answer is it's completely discretionary. We try our best to engage with users before it comes to deletion. We talk to them and point out the problems and ask them to improve. In repeated instances, we can and do suspend users. It's really only very persistent offenders ...


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I don't think we can say that "someone owns Ask Ubuntu". The system and the engine that runs this site is provided and maintained by Stack Exchange whereas all the content and contribution of members is licensed under cc-wiki. This site has come into existence by a democratic process and the strength of every Stack Exchange site is its users and members. I ...


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I think various wildlife control policies are an apt analogy. Out-of-support Ubuntu systems (or Windows XP or any other distribution) are vermin in that they are responsible for spreading disease. All their applications fall behind in support and they get hacked with ridiculous ease. They're then used to hack other machines, send spam, host horrible crap. ...


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On the one hand I agree with you. I find the Ubuntu culture of always upgrading very annoying. I also don't see the point of making questions about older versions off topic. What if I can't upgrade due to hardware/time constraints? What if my boss won't let me? What if I don't have physical access to the machine in question? I've never understood why these ...


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Helping users solve problems I've never been involved in a LoCo but I imagine that a LoCo would like to learn people how to help themselves. To help oneself is to identify one's problem and resolve it and this is something both LoCos and Ask Ubuntu can help with. The typical parts of solving problems is the following: Identifying the problem. Finding a ...


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I really hope that Ask Ubuntu will eventually have a separate avenue for becoming Ubuntu members. Not only does it puts us in par with other official support platforms like IRC and the Ubuntu forums, who already have such platform, it also motivates the contributors to do a little extra towards Ubuntu. I consider it to be a win-win situation. I don't think ...


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I am pleased to announce the completion of the first version of such an application. Introducing StackIRC: StackIRC is a small Python application that posts questions from Stack Exchange sites to IRC channels. Similar to the Twitter feeds for each Stack Exchange site, this small IRC bot retrieves questions from any Stack Exchange site and regularly ...


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The problem is that you have registered two accounts - you have created a question using one account but were trying to edit/answer using your other account. I have now merged both accounts - you should be able now to edit your questions.


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Ask Ubuntu does two core things for a LoCo team Allows the loco team to venture out of 'being' local only and contribute to the global Ubuntu Community. Ask Ubuntu has a lower technical requirement than doing bug jams, etc. A person can start contributing simply by asking questions for others to answer and build their knowledge until they are answering ...


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Community user is a bot. It automatically bumps old messages that fits the criteria. From its profile: Hi, I'm not really a person. I'm a background process that helps keep this site clean! I do things like Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention Own community questions and answers so nobody ...


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This is not the place to discuss this. You may want to instead talk about this on the Ubuntu Forums or Ubuntu Discourse


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This may be slightly more involved to fix than the corresponding issue in the FAQ. But only slightly. I think plenty of people have only signed CoC 1.1. But it was as of CoC 2.0 that the Leadership CoC was merged in. Accessing https://launchpad.net/codeofconduct while not logged in to Launchpad reveals that CoC 1.1 is considered obsolete. So there should ...


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Analytics Will it be good to shorten the links in the RSS feeds to bit.ly links so that we can track if people are actually clicking the link?


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Don't we? Don't you have to apply for an Ubuntu membership, telling about how you've contributed? See details here about Ubuntu membership. (This question might also help, as well as this meta question.) I think users who have contributed extensively on Ask Ubuntu, even if they aren't significantly active anywhere else in the Ubuntu community, surely would ...


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Small answer, but... As Oli and other pointed out, Ubuntu Membership is unrelated to Ask Ubuntu. However, in your application for Ubuntu Membership, activities here can be used as part of the "I'm contributing" proof, as contributions here still technically count towards supporting the Ubuntu community. There's just no Ask Ubuntu specific membership track,...


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This is a work item this cycle to better integrate Ask Ubuntu data into the ububots that sit in various support channels. It would be ideal to have this integrated in to the official Ubuntu bot setup so other teams can take advantage of this feature.


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There has been some questioning within some of the councils about contributions primarily from here being driving forces of membership. A bunch of the members of here, myself included, have worked on this site primarily, but have other contributions throughout the Ubuntu project. I personally started on IRC, then on ubuntuforums, then here, and now I'm on ...


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In particular, why is Ask Ubuntu on the 11.10 and 12.04 installers, and not any of the other official resources? We are featured on the Community Support page. To answer the broader question of why we're featured: I think our way of doing things and the structure of the site provides people with the best possible opportunity to get something answered. ...


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I was going to post this as a comment but seeing as I got a little over the max limit of characters here is my 2 cents (Give them back cause I need to buy some AskUbuntu pants to match my AskUbuntu Shirt ;) ): First the 3 points made: Why should my loco care about AU? What makes it so great? What should I (as a LoCo leader) urge people to do on AU? What ...


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