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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 lower the ...


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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'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 work out what laptop ...


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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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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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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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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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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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That would be awesome! (Supporters upvote. Those who are against upvote the other option)


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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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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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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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Close them as Too Localized This question is unlikely to ever help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. If there is any suspicion that it might be user or bug related, or sometimes ...


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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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Good news, the new askubuntu.com/review has an entire section that shows all the pending close votes on the site: Now we have a number to drive down to 0, and when finding old abandoned questions it will just go in the queue, no more hunting for 4 people in chat, let's get to work!


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Leave them, they have good answers. Also, if a answer has a score of 1+, than the system considers it "answered". So in short, I don't think anything needs to happen, and I'm not sure we can even do a lot.


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I think: a) if a question references a package that is no longer fully updated. b) if an OP doesn't respond to "is this still an issue" in a couple days c) questions with exceedingly low rep judged with more stringent guidelines - e.g. if they only asked one question and they're probably never going to accept an answer since it wasn't instant ...


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Unanswered means that either the answers don't have enough upvotes to be considered a good answer, or the person that asked the question has not selected an answer as the accepted answer. Like the first question on the list, How to set a text theme for plymouth? the answer has no upvotes, and the user commented that that was not what what he was looking for,...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible