Elder Geek
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Are we truly "Eager to help"
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Yes: We can be far too harsh on those who lack the background and ability to ask a good question. We should expend the effort required to provide this help to those in need as we wouldn't be here if ...

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How can I give feedback on improving Ask Ubuntu?
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Post it on Ask Ubuntu Meta and tag it with the feature-request tag and the devs will see it.

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An appeal to low rep users!
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Improving poor answers is what typically makes high rep users out of low rep users. I look closely at any and all critical comments and determine a course of action based on what's said. Often this ...

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[warning]: questionable tag detected
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I would agree that the warning is pointless and while I don't follow specific tags personally I don't see warning as being useful to anyone. I support the idea of eliminating warning entirely and have ...

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What is the connection between an answer and its poster, none?
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For me, the important thing is getting the original issue resolved, improving the quality and efficacy of the site. While I understand the pain and frustration of laboring over an answer which the OP ...

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EOL Notice: Wily Werewolf (15.10) is now End of Life (as of July 28, 2016) (Enforcement starts July 29)
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Not all questions tagged with an out of support version are off-topic as some of these are not version specific. I recall occasions where the OP tags the question with the version they are using ...

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Regarding the influx of 16.04 questions
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Many questions (even though tagged with a version number) are not version specific and should be answered if possible. I don't think the idea of a banner (or better yet a support schedule) is a bad ...

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Off Topic Questions: Comment Etiquette
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I personally agree that we should try to help the users as much as we can rather than appear to give them the brush off. Utilizing Add data.SE style "magic links" to comments can make this ...

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Contributing as a new member in this mature StackExchange site
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Edit: Find questions and answers that are poorly formatted, have spelling errors and are not tagged properly and fix them so that those with the necessary rep can find and answer them. In this way ...

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Should there be more incentive for working the close queue?
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Yes I would work the close queue more regularly if there was at least some incentive for this exceedingly boring, difficult and thankless job.

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PSA: When reviewing, don't post duplicate (and near-duplicate) comments!
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If I see a comment that seems to cover what I want to say I try to make it a practice to just upvote that comment and move on. This seems the logical approach to me. I seldom go backwards so it would ...

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Why are questions about packages included in Ubuntu by default but not maintained by Canonical not considered off-topic?
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My take on this is that since the package is running on Ubuntu it's fair game. Granted questions relating to Libre Office might be more efficiently resolved utilizing one of the Community support ...

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Alternative to apps.ubuntu.com?
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I personally typically refer to Ubuntu Packages Search located at https://packages.ubuntu.com/ as mentioned by Mark Kirby in this comment Thus far I've found the information to be up to date covering ...

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What should I do when someones posts an almost exact copy of (part of) my answer to the same question?
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I would say that if the second answer applies to a different use case (IE having different caveats than the first answer) then Two answers on one question by the same user is the applicable answer. ...

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Should almost identical answers be deleted?
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Here's my opinion. If duplicate answers arrive within moments of each other it's not really that surprising. It's the fastest gun in the west syndrome and very similar answers are bound to occur. ...

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Give AskUbuntu its own "magic link": [AU] instead of [ubuntu.SE]
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I like this idea and it seems to me to a be reasonable request and quite likely a far from onerous task. [au] seems a reasonable choice to replace [ubuntu.se] and I think we could all appreciate ...

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Why is this considered to be a valid answer?
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These are always judgment calls. Regardless of any efforts on your part or any guidelines you may come up with there will be those who agree and those who disagree. I wouldn't stress about it. As long ...

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Disturbing voting trends
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I have to agree with your assessment of the recent question quality. This may be just due to an influx of new users who think any question they can't answer must be a good one. To be fair, I have no ...

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Do we need a vacuum cleaner? (corvee week?)
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I've been playing janitor on close votes ever since I broke 3k. Even attacking the close queue every day I can't make a dent. Perhaps boosting the number that can be reviewed in a day would help? ...

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Shouldn't Stack Exchange build a Question Wizard? (for beginning users)
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Great proposal in my humble opinion. At the very least adopting @Oli Alpha-testing a wizard would be a huge step in the right direction and would cover the vast majority of the questions I've seen ...

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Suggested edits on very poor questions.what to do?
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My thinking on the topic is that a good edit is a good edit and should be approved. Bad posts are bad posts and should be flagged.

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Is logging in via ssh without a password really the same as running a script as root?
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No it's not the same. Clearly this is something the community was willing to take action on as the question was re-opened and a quality answer was provided by sudodus..

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What should WolfBot do for us?
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Developer Note: This is status-completed as per Post Shortcuts. If these two features are different, or people feel that this is not implemented in the same spirit as intended in this feature request, ...

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Dark Theme for Ask Ubuntu
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I personally would not use this if it was available. My solution to avoiding eyestrain was to use redshift. This put me in control of what I was subjecting my eyes to and had the added benefits of A)...

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Should people with more than 2000 rep write an edit summary?
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I almost always put in an edit summary. I find it helps me to remember if I covered all the bases. Nothing about tags? Capitalization, grammer, clarity? It forces me to review what I've done and ...

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Always use full Ubuntu version numbers (if you want to specify the version)
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We all run across questions like this. Note that questions regarding the usage of many CLI programs don't even need this info to be answerable as they aren't version specific. I think it's safe to say ...

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Messages to close voters in questions: are they OK?
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I often leave comments similar to this to inform close voters that I'm working on a solution for instance. Since we are a community and are trying to work together for the common good, this makes ...

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Where should WolfBot live?
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I would say that where it should live depends on what it's used for. If the idea is to filter off-topic posts (difficult at best for a bot to do accurately) then Regulators might be the better spot. ...

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Documentation on Ask Ubuntu
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From a logical standpoint I would have to say that this sounds somewhat like reinventing the wheel. There is already a documentation project in existence why not expend effort to improve an existing ...

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Please ask people to translate, don't just close a question
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If a question isn't in English I for one won't be able to answer it regardless of whether it falls into my areas of expertise or not. I will vote to close as unclear. If someone who does understand it ...

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