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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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Is there a policy regarding usernames with only non-English alphabets?

Not as far as I know, no. There are many usernames across the network with non ASCII characters. There's even one, particularly annoying, instance of a user whose name consists entirely of unicode ...
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What about gaining money on askubuntu

Most users of Ask Ubuntu help other users not with the intention of earning money but to share their knowledge and experience. That is what makes us such a good community and I feel it is best if it ...
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You could be antagonizing newcomers

If you think somebody is being rude, flag that post/comment. We'll talk to them if we think it's becoming a problem. "Be nice" is a rule around here and the mods do everything we can to make sure ...
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How can I reply to a user?

You can only directly contact another user under certain circumstances. Right now, as you are a 1 rep user, you can't, unless you asked a question or left an answer and someone else commented on it ...
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Can I tag people in the comments of an unanswered question?

Unfortunately, you can't successfully notify people with @ in comments under a post unless they have interacted with the post in specific ways: If they have ever commented on the post, you will be ...
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What does the number under a user's name mean?

This is totally normal. The number you're seeing on that page is the amount of rep they have garnered for the period defined in the upper-right: If you're negative, that means you've lost more rep ...
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Why do users who are no longer very active still get so much reputation?

In general, it's not surprising that people who were active on the site years ago are getting the passive reputation increases observed. We get reputation not when posting something, but when someone ...
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Gender breakdown of the site

I don't think any such statistics are available, and the closest you can get to an answer is the annual Stack Overflow Developer survey. Of course, the survey is voluntary, and the set of AU users may ...
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We should be able to vote to change the close reason

Until/unless this feature request is ever implemented, these are the current options in situations like this. Comment on the question, warning people in your comment This alerts others to the ...
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When asking for advice, How can I make my questions more clear?

If people feel they need more information to answer something, they'll tell you. Unless it's a really obvious omission (you have a graphics issue and you haven't said what your graphics card is), ...
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How can I reply to a user?

StackExchange sites are intended for public questions and answers. They are not really designed for private discussion. You can ping a specific user in comments or chat. However, they are under NO ...
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Users strange behaviour

It is a correct behaviour to convert a comment to an answer and mark it as wiki if the answerer did not write an answer themselves. Nothing is wrong. I do it too.
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when addressing to user in comments - @user as it is or without spaces?? example @Abcd E F or @AbcdEF?

According to this answer on How do comment @replies work? - Meta Stack Exchange Spaces are removed from the display names for matching purposes. So to match Peter Smith you may use @pet, @peter, @...
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What is the intent of the AskUbuntu reputation threshold to enable commenting?

What is the intent of the AskUbuntu reputation threshold to enable commenting? One of the reasons: to prevent spam. Here I am, completely new to linux and I don't have any new questions to ask. ...
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What is the intent of the AskUbuntu reputation threshold to enable commenting?

The point of the rep and privileges is to reward users who use the site by giving them some control for their contributions. You are hearing, "I don't belong here," but it is more like, "please make ...
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How does SE generate profile pictures for new users?

They're third party. Look at the src URL of one. Here's muru's: https://www.gravatar.com/avatar/0ce9def9898b5e9e0339ccc26c57ae94?s=48&d=identicon&r=PG The jumble there is an MD5 hash of the ...
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How does SE generate profile pictures for new users?

Third party. The service is by Gravatar, which provides similar services for a number of sites, including Github, Disqus and Wordpress.
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Is there a policy regarding usernames with only non-English alphabets?

Assuming Unicode provided a nice standardised method to do so, it would be good to ensure that all usernames include printable characters, to exclude usernames consisting entirely of either whitespace ...
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Questions that have been asnwered, but the OP no longer has an account so can't accept an answer

The voting system already does this. The most popular answer floats to the top. Whether or not it has been accepted really makes very little difference to the person who finds the answer via a search ...
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What about gaining money on askubuntu

This would set the wrong incentives and I believe that the founders of the StackExchange network didn't have in mind that someone would or should be able to make a living off of answering questions, ...
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