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No. There isn't a commercial relationship with SE and Canonical. Ask Ubuntu was first proposed as a community effort and reached enough critical mass to get the support of Canonical. (Things like the theme matching, etc.) Marco Ceppi is a moderator for Ask Ubuntu but he's been a moderator long before he was employed by Canonical. There's really no ...


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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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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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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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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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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 link ...


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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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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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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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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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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 be ...


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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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