Elder Geek
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"How can I make ubuntu start faster" - close or not?
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While at first glance this question may appear to be a duplicate, drilling down into the details provided makes it abundantly clear to the casual observer that the user is operating under a ...

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Are hardware recommendations considered off topic?
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Yes, they are considered off-topic. See https://askubuntu.com/help/on-topic where it states quite plainly that Shopping or Hardware Recommendations should be avoided.

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Should we remove the "tag with Ubuntu version" advice from the help center?
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Some questions are clearly not version specific, for others it's not immediately clear. I'd rather see an unnecessary tag (that I can easily delete) than not see a tag that might drive an expert to ...

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How do you research for answers?
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The more complex the question the more likely I am to keep notes. Although for me, that's once I've exceeded around a dozen tabs. I do not keep questions in a TODO list/app but I've been known to ...

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Why are there so many helpful people?
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I honestly don't think I have single reason I can point to, Zanna and Jacob answers ring true for me. As far as sustainability is concerned I've been in the business long enough that at this point I'...

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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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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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Is Ubuntu WSL with Linux Mint repos/packages OK for Ask Ubuntu?
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Personally, whether on topic or no, I (for one) would certainly hesitate to dive down this particular rabbit hole and would also be unlikely to trust any answers received. Let's think for a moment ...

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Closing against "Unity doesn't load. No launcher, no Dash appears"
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Another way to deal with issues like this is organically. What I've done on occasion in the past when there were a multitude of answers to a users question is try to point them directly to the one I ...

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Flagging other languages
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I too have been encouraged to seek translation in the chat room in the past rather than closing as unclear. This approach would certainly make things simpler for us but at the same time exceedingly ...

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Closing against "Unity doesn't load. No launcher, no Dash appears"
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Simply editing the answer to improve accuracy would seem to be the easiest course of action. As unity and compiz and ccsm are still available for all currently supported versions of Ubuntu. This I ...

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Are questions about problems later revealed to be common hardware issues "too localized"?
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I know this is an old question about a question that's since been deleted, but it's still a good question and deserves a good answer. Personally I think that the arguments you make for leaving ...

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I would like to offer an apology here
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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is supported here until April of 2021 so you get far more than 2 years for your efforts. I agree with @muru amusing comment. We can certainly use all the help we can get providing ...

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Can't thumb up my favorite answers?
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This is by design. Consider editing and asking good questions as well as writing good answers. All of these activities lead to reputation increase over time. It's worked for me, I'm sure it can work ...

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How do I respond to my question being marked as a duplicate when it clearly isn't?
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This is the appropriate place to discuss such issues. Yes, your question CAN be a duplicate even if none of the answers available solve your issue. Marking such a question as a favorite will insure ...

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Can I answer bash-tagged questions with Python one-liners?
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IMHO tags are only there to help people find the question. Functional solutions shouldn't be avoided simply because they don't match a tag. First of all, questions are often mis-tagged at their ...

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Re-keying [key] to be more useful
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IMHO it seems that the recent edit of key info by Tim should do the job of steering people away from using this tag. At last check there were only about 60 questions using it. Editing to remove/...

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What versions of Ubuntu are supported by Canonical and by Ask Ubuntu, and what is an end of life version?
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The Ubuntu release schedule seems to always have up to date information regarding currently supported releases and end-of life releases (going back to Ubuntu 4.10 As of this writing.) You may also ...

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Should the welcome message put more focus on casual users?
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This sounds to me like a solution in search of a problem. I don't see "users" as more welcoming terminology than "users and developers" for the typical user, nor do I see it as capable of driving off ...

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Should [messages] be sent to /dev/null?
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Since /var/log/messages doesn't even exist by default in Ubuntu (14.04 & 16.04 checked) I don't think the log argument is a relevant reason for retaining this tag. The only possible use for 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 to do when another person's question marked as a duplicate isn't really a duplicate?
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One way would be to post a comment as to why it should be re-opened (As indicated by @WinEunuuchs2Unix in this comment. Having done so you can attempt to draw Votes To REopen by making a request in ...

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Me-too post? Or partial answer?
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When I posted this, This was a partial answer. And yes, it would likely have been better as a new question. Be that as it may, The aforementioned post clearly shows a commitment to improve it as the ...

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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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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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Let's delete the remove tag and remove the delete tag
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I think the current practice of remove being a synonym of uninstall makes sense. As far as the delete tag goes, I have to concur with your assessment. There are at this moment 99 unanswered questions ...

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Can we require that questions contain a question mark to nudge users to ask explicit questions?
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A strict mandate would not be effective and would possibly be harmful for the reasons pointed out by @ByteCommander in this comment. My gut reaction is that I could certainly get behind the idea of ...

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Can we merge many meta Q&As about "abandoned questions"?
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I wasted some time in the past, cruising meta for old unanswered questions resulting in my asking Do we really need EOL related announcements hanging about in the unanswered meta questions queue? A ...

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Should I accept my own answer even if it's inspired by another much detailed answer?
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As the author of the original answer you based yours on, I personally have no problem with you accepting your own if it better served your needs. I will admit to a bit of confusion on my part when I ...

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