Eliah Kagan
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Why are questions about (specifically) Ubuntu based distros off-limits?
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Derivatives like Mint and Backtrack are not the same as Ubuntu. They use different packages, from different software sources and typically built differently. They are configured differently. Their ...

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How do we deal with "urgent!" questions?
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Often people who come here and say they need urgent help really are in the right place, because they don't need urgent help. Serious Urgency Suppose someone needs help quickly because: They need to ...

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Is it acceptable to threaten users with downvotes?
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This is a response to the general question, and not specifically to the example. The whole Stack Exchange system is a bit complicated, so if the example involved a new or new-ish user, it was probably ...

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Are bash/shell scripting questions on topic?
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As terdon says, bash scripting differs from some other programming tasks in that writing shell scripts is a core part of system administration on Ubuntu and other Unix-like operating systems. Not ...

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Are duplicate questions hidden now?
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The recent change to post notices does not change which posts are visible. It changes what information about their closure is visible. When you're logged in, you've probably seen text in post notices ...

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It's time for me to go
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I'm sorry to see you step down as a moderator, though (like terdon) I understand the reason. You've made Ask Ubuntu and numerous people's lives better through your contributions and interactions on ...

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Humor == or != Meta Post?
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Humor? Or no humor? Either way works for me. In all seriousness, though, here are some hilarious meta posts: Ubuntu misspellings Are there any memes on Ask Ubuntu? Ten tips to handle your question ...

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Should an answer like remove Ubuntu and install (insert distro here) be flagged / downvoted?
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If it's helpful and good quality, it's fine. If the answer that recommends a different distro is high quality and contributes in some significant way to the question, leave it alone. This may ...

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Question about Windows gets highly voted and has good Linux answers
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The OP seems to be using Windows. But besides that, the question itself is not related to Windows in any way (I explain exactly why this is below). I think the good options, at this point, are (a) to ...

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Forum etiquette (edited question)
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It is as you say: your post has been edited. Every question and answer on the site has a revision history, which shows each version of the post and provides comparisons between them. This is the ...

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Proposed edit rejected - new edition is almost the same and didn't solve some problems
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I clicked Reject and Edit while reviewing the post. Although the rejection is shown as being done by the Community bot, I'm the one who's responsible for your edit being rejected (whether or not that ...

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Is askubuntu available for offline viewing?
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All Stack Exchange sites, except beta sites, have a data dump provided by torrent, about every six months originally and recently on a more frequent basis (sometimes every month, sometimes every few ...

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Are questions about making "unofficial" derivatives of Ubuntu welcome?
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I think customizing Ubuntu is a way of using Ubuntu. In particular, it is a way of making changes to an Ubuntu system. If someone wants to add Debian repositories to an Ubuntu system, we help them ...

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General Voting Etiquette
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No, there is no time limit on voting. As long as a post continues to exist, it's useful for its score to be displayed to show people what other members of the community thought of it. It remains ...

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Do custom kernels constitute off-topicness?
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I propose a simple rule for us to apply, to figure out if someone's operating system is really Ubuntu, and thus within the scope of Ask Ubuntu. We should ask ourselves what the best answer is to the ...

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Is this screenshot uncool?
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I would not characterize that small summer breeze image as "going off the rails" or "uncool." When it comes to that picture, I don't think you need to worry about anything so serious. In my opinion, ...

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Is this a wrong way of doing things? answering questions just for bounty?
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There's no obligatory minimum level of participation on a Stack Exchange site. It's neither immoral nor against prevailing community standards, even if you didn't participate at all. Of course, we ...

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Could we add a delay before being able to downvote a question?
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Downvotes do not in any way prevent people from improving their posts. Downvotes have no effect on how easily a post may be edited. And when a post is edited, this enables voters to change their votes....

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Max number of downvotes
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There is effectively no hard limit, but it's probably not useful to have one. The system does not attempt to impose any particular limit on how low a post's score can go. It probably cannot go lower ...

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How to close self answered question
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It is not a problem that the question is shown as active, which just means that recent activity has occurred on it. As far as what the system considers unanswered, having any (not deleted) answer that ...

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Shouldn't we stop closing questions instantly as Off-Topic if we see the words "mint", "debian", etc.?
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Yes. "Mint," "Debian," "Kali," etc., don't mean "stop paying attention." You're right that it's bad to robo-close questions based on the presence of specific ...

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Is it acceptable to make small edits?
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So long as there's good reason to think the post is improved by the edit, even if it's only improved a little bit, then the edit makes sense. However, if you don't yet have enough reputation - so ...

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What is the meaning of OP?
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I agree with Flimm that OP doesn't need to be the FAQ. But I do think it should be in the glossary. And it is in the glossary! It's somewhat confusingly under "Ask Ubuntu/Stack network specific terms"...

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Feature request for "private messages" privilege for user communication
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AskUbuntu does already facilitate direct communication between users, through chat. Users can create chat rooms to carry on one-to-one conversations. These rooms are not private, but private ...

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Can we get a notice that questions we answered were merged?
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March 2018 Update: Even though this had been requested on Meta Stack Exchange five years before it was posted here (thanks to Zanna for finding that), in the intervening 8+ years it has never gotten ...

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What windows questions are OK to ask?
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The Nature of Scope Decisions There's no way to enumerate an exhaustive list of formal rules about what's on topic and what's not. This question is extremely general. I've tried to address as much as ...

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Do we need the `setup` tag?
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We don't need these to be separate tags. setup should be made a synonym of installation. installation does apply to things other than Ubuntu as a whole (I can install a program, which would be within ...

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Answering Duplicate questions
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People may disagree that the question is a duplicate. Answers can only be posted on questions before they have been closed as duplicates. Someone asserting a question is a duplicate doesn't constitute ...

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Why were my edit suggestions of fixing URL rejected?
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As you know, I am one of the reviewers who rejected (both of) your attempts to apply this edit. I think it is far from obvious that the specific change made here is correct or even safe. There are ...

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Please un-mark my question a duplicate
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Yes, you're right that your question wasn't a duplicate of the linked question, because you already enabled the repositories that provide "ddeb" debug symbol packages (the -dbgsym packages), ...

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