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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 harder for him to post. Until then, his bad answers will continue to get him downvotes or get the posts deleted. If he refuses to do higher quality posts, ...


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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 whitespace characters. While I agree that it can indeed be cumbersome to communicate with these users if you don't happen to have the same keyboard layout as them,...


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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 remains that way.


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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 people at least attempt to get along with others. Even if we have to beat it into them.


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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 then you can "ping" them with @ followed by their user name. For example to ping me you would write @markkirby in your comment and I would receive a notification ...


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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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The transactional database doesn't care about some arbitrary nickname but id's. As you have (I presume) noticed, everything has an ID in Stack Exchange, posts, tags, revisions, and users. So, your nickname is linked to a specific ID in the database and that's shared in all the network. So, to answer your question, yes, there can be two users with the same ...


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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 within this period than you've gained. It's not entirely bad, it just means that you've been downvoted/downvoted someone else or offered a bounty, and so you ...


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Can you know? No. But leave them a comment (using their @name if applicable) and they'll get a notification when they are online.


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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 not have much in common with the set of respondents. Quoting: Men 92.8% Women 5.8% Other 0.5% Prefer not to Disclose 1.0%...


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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 upvotes it. A post can be upvoted any time after it is posted (unless it's locked or deleted), and posts that get a lot of views continue to get upvotes over ...


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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 potential problem, and is the most immediately visible way of getting your warning to people, because you don't have to wait for a moderator and you don't have to ...


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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), people should be explicitly stating what they would want to see. From what I can see of your questions, this is exactly what has happened. People have asked for ...


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We have tools to show this in our moderator section but as we're not allowed to show you any of the detail in there (of which this probably counts) I built you a query on data.stackexchange.com: http://data.stackexchange.com/ubuntu/query/80302/new-users-per-day Those are the "new user" counts for each day. If you want a running total, you'll need ...


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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 agree that not being able to post in meta isn't great, especially when you're trying to post something like this, but simply put, it's damage mitigation. Users who are new to the Stack Exchange system are only allowed the most basic of tools until they prove they know how to use them. This isn't just "gamification". The barriers are there to protect us (...


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Guidelines when voting for friends That applies to colleagues, family, friends and people you meet on the street. As soon as you're voting for somebody you know preferentially, you're giving them an unfair advantage over those you don't know. Additionally we have tools in place to let us know what's going on when people do rig the vote. Please don't set it ...


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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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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, @peters, or @petersmith. The last two are useful if Peter Jones is also participating, who can then be distinguished using @peterj. However, no spaces are ...


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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 obligation to respond. They are a volunteer, and answer what they please.


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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. Completely understandable. But I bet you can answer questions. I myself started out like this: copy/paste title into google. find matching topics find answer to ...


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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 a few small contributions to the site. We are helping you for free, so please give something back to unlock some features." 50 rep is nothing really and there ...


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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 user's email (failing back to network ID if no email set). This can be overridden by the profile image. These are uploaded to Imgur (like other images here are)...


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Remember, quite a lot of people would like to put their own name or a common or popular name as their nickname - a good example being 'Alex': A previous example of repeated names used to be blade19899 - see here - a lot of which seemed to be copying this user, even the avatar/logo as well: Also, being able to put the same name means you don't get what ...


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I only understood two days ago that the site governance is decided here at Meta (even if partially). I imagine that many users do not know about Meta, and those that know may not be conscious of its policy making role. I think that automatic notifications to users regarding important debates or decisions taking place here would certainly help in engaging ...


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I think you're right that you shouldn't have to put in any special rep-farming effort (here or anywhere) to effectively get help with Ubuntu. Whatever features are available to users with only 1 rep, they should be sufficient for effectively getting help with Ubuntu problems. If that's not the case, then something is broken. But in practice, it's not clear ...


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The short answer: Meta-discussion site (Ask Ubuntu Meta), is where you can talk about things like what questions are appropriate, what tags should be used, suggest a feature, point out a bug, or generally discuss how this site works.Ubuntu Help


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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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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 or non-printing characters. Such a test might include normalising whitespace, trimming whitespace and comparing the result to an empty string. As to whether ...


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