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Long-time listener, first time answerer .... (ubuntu user for a long time too). I'm a regular on the CodeReview site and we are still in Beta, but are trying to get promoted. We had a "beta review" last November that identified a number of issues stalling this promotion. One of the items identified as an issue is the number of unanswered questions that was ...


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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 but I know at least two more reasons I don't answer things: I don't know the answer. I don't know everything. ☹☹☹ I just don't see the question. There are lots ...


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When people mention cleanup and our "answer rate", they're talking about a historical number. A number that I frankly feel isn't that important. It's a stat that we can manipulate if we close a big bunch of questions. The important number is the rate we're dealing with new questions. We need to deal with the questions that are coming in faster, or ...


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I'm not be the best guy to answer as my rep indicates but I will answer anyway :) Why is this happening? Because your site is on the main page of Ubuntu.com. What does it say? And if you get stuck Askubuntu! It doesn't say read the docs :) Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distro out there, every time a user finds a silly problem, he comes here (I am no ...


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You have some good points here but also a couple of misunderstandings on how the site works. With regards to the 15 questions per page, at the bottom of every page you can select if you want 15, 30 or 50 questions per page, just choose the one you like. It is also worth noting that a question does not need to have a green check mark to be considered ...


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Good you brought this topic to attention. It is true, we do not have a good canonical question/answer for data recovery but quite a lot of questions on that. So yes, we do need a canonical answer here. So now here are my thoughts why we may have not done this yet, and what needs to be taken into account when we plan to: Data recovery is a wide field where ...


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In addition to what Takkat and skunkfrkut have said, I want clarify a common point of confusion: Many new users of Ask Ubuntu and other Stack Exchange sites assume their question will not be answered once it has dropped from the main page. But this is not the case--often questions are seen and answered even after they're no longer shown on the main page of ...


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It would be nice to give us more overall close votes as a community: It is pretty easy to find things that should be closed, here's one off the top of my head that results in 17 pages of crap we can close: https://askubuntu.com/search?q=crash+closed%3Ano+answers%3A0 https://askubuntu.com/search?q=freeze+closed%3Ano+answers%3A0 (here's another 14 pages!) I ...


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It's a legitimate problem that current and prospective Ubuntu users have. For that one reason, it's not something we can simply write off as "Oh god, that's really annoying". Of course if you have a laptop "just try it" is a perfectly okay answer but that's only half the picture. There are plenty of times when people are just trying to ...


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Such questions normally get closed as not reproducible with the following reason statement: This describes a problem that can't be reproduced that seemingly went away on its own or was only relevant to a very specific period of time. It's off-topic as it's unlikely to help future readers. As author of the question, you could either vote to close your ...


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If you click on that symbol seen in the screen-shot marked by that arrow this will mark a question as favorite, which you can then see in your profile under favorites, and it even shows you by a blue number on the favorites tab that there was activity, so you only need to click on this tab when there has have happened to be activity on that question.


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I just gave a once over to all your questions. 3 of them seem to be basically bug reports where the software isn't just working how it's supposed to, there's not much we can generally do with those as we can't really get the diagnostic information from your system, so for those you should probably file a bug: How do I report a bug? One question was 3 ...


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If you are talking about the one that says Problem with my Lenovo laptop you need to also consider the following: Of the 335 views, not all users will have a Lenovo Laptop Of the 335 views, not all users will have the same Lenovo model Of the 335 views, not all will know the answer In forums, other NON StackExchange Q&A sites and any other site that ...


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No, favoriting a question does nothing, to my knowledge, to better highlight a question. If you're looking to get your question highlighted the best way to do so is with a bounty. You can have your question "bumped" by editing and adding more details about the problem, things you've tried, or clarifying items.


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Is it a duplicate? If the question is a duplicate of another question, vote/flag it for closure as a duplicate. The master question doesn't necessarily have to be older. If there's a more helpful question that happens to be newer, and this one seems like it might be abandoned, you can vote (or flag) to close it as a duplicate of the newer question. Is it ...


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Both of those questions have a single problem: they are crappy enough to merit closure. The first question is just 2 sentences and an image, there's nothing to start answering apart the only symptom. The second don't even has log files. It would be improved if OP provide better information that isn't just a screenshot (screenshots aren't even searchable), ...


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https://askubuntu.com/unanswered/tagged/?tab=mytags is my "go to" tab. It either goes by your favorite tags that you've set, or if you haven't set any by the tags you've answered/been most active in and then sorts them by votes. You can start with the ones which are probably the most interesting by just going top to bottom on the page. I also use this ...


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Most of times either they are half-hearted answers or they are written by questioner or there is lack of communication between questioner and commentator. Talking about my personal experience there have been multiple instances where I encounter such things. Suppose a person asks a question and some user commented "Try this" and it worked!! It might happen ...


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There are two problems with this Meta question. The first is that the moderators are responsible for your question in some fashion - they are not. If anyone not responding to you, it is readers, not moderators (if a moderator offers an answer, then arguably they are doing it in their additional capacity as a reader). You touch upon the second problem by ...


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I've assembled a wide range of data queries that can be used to pick out questions in need of attention. Questions who have at least 1 answer with no answers exceeding more than 2 votes and no accepted answer. Possible open bug reports Low quality unanswered questions Kill ALL abandoned questions WITH FIRE Show stupid posts Find high scoring posts with out ...


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Rather than asking a duplicate question (which is likely to be closed as such), consider editing your existing question, adding more information to make it easier for other users to help you.


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Quote it, link to it and give original credit as far as you can... Just as you would to any resource. Note that if you're copying from an SE site, you must do this as part of the license. If you add nothing, consider setting your answer as a community wiki. This means you won't get any rep but displays good manners and fine breeding. Chivalry and all that ...


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We're 2 slots away from being the worst in the entire network: We need to figure something out, we're two slots away from being the worst. I'm not saying we have to be awesome, but surely we won't be throwing parties over this: ~6%-7% variation from way higher traffic sites, we need to step up!


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Your title is half the battle! "Workaround for installing the AMD propritary driver" doesn't really explain anything to me, it's not even a question! I would not want to click through. I changed it to: "How can I get 1366x768 as a resolution with an AMD Radeon 5570?" It is immediately obvious to me what that question is about. If I knew anything about ...


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Questions that are not clear enough to plausibly be answered should be closed. And there is no reason to wait to close them. After all, closed questions that are edited are automatically added to the reopen queue, and these days the system even allows us to take back our close votes. So the core thesis behind this proposal is a good one. It is simply that ...


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The best thing to do is to edit the question and add in more information. This shows you are still working on it. Even if it is a couple of lines explaining you found this and that but it still did not fix it.


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From our FAQ you can do the follwing if you don't get a good answer: First, make sure you’ve asked a good question. To get better answers, you may need to put additional effort into your question. Edit your question to provide status and progress updates. Document your own continued efforts to answer your question. This will naturally bump your question ...


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The reason there is so much orange on the front page is that's where the incoming questions come in. Of course there's no answers when a question has been on the front page for just a few minutes. We have a 72% answer rate, which means nearly 3 out of every 4 questions get answered (by answers with a score of at least +1) Did you read the question with 335 ...


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I usually start by searching for the most popular unanswered questions, as explained here. These questions are usually the ones that are in the greatest demand, and they are also among the most visible of all questions (to search engine users). To find all open unanswered questions on AskUbuntu with more than 500 views, see here: https://askubuntu.com/search?...


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Questions: While there is no doubt that neither of these questions are great ones, both of them do seem have enough information to reach a conclusion. (This opinion is based on reading the comments of both questions). If I think I have a grasp of what the OP is asking and feel that I can add clarity I do so. Answers from Comments: This has already been ...


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