Zanna
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Why are there so many helpful people?
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Journalist George Monbiot reminds us that there are actually four sectors of the economy. Only two of these, business ("private sector") and state ("public sector") receive attention. Actually there ...

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Thank you to whoever removes spam from Ask Ubuntu
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Not to put down Mithrandir's answer or Charcoal which indeed does a terrific job, but it's not only the awesome Charcoal folks and SmokeDetector who keep Ask Ubuntu clear of spam, it's also site ...

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Please don't say "I have tried everything"
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Yes indeed. Instead of saying you have tried everything, please give complete details of what you have tried. For example: I tried following [this guide](link to guide). I ran all the commands ...

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2020 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check
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I would be willing to stand again if there were an election :)

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Ten tips to handle your question in the worst possible way
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28 votes

I made this into a bingo game Suggested instructions: each player picks a card players collect links to examples for each box on their card first person to get a link for each box wins Enjoy!

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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
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Zanna's Answers How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments? I think this is a ...

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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
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Zanna's Answers If you are asked to defuse a situation between two users who are angry at each other, what would your approach to the resolution of this dispute be? I've been in this position a ...

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What does our community need? (Magic wand time in MSE)
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I posted my answer there already. I will reproduce it here: Archive feature On Ask Ubuntu we have a lot of questions, and especially a lot of answers, which were super relevant and useful to a lot of ...

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2020 Community Moderator Election Results
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OMG Many thanks from me to everyone who participated in the election, especially the folks who stepped up to be candidates. Congratulations to Ravexina! I will do my best to serve the community <3 &...

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Bad reputation of reputation
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Sometimes, when I close my eyes in a daydream, I see a little green rectangle top left. The sign of joy! I'm not a mind reader, but I think it's probably hypocritical for people to mutter ...

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Can I answer with Python code?
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22 votes

Sure, why not? In principle, it is perfectly acceptable to give a solution in any language as long as it works on Ubuntu, but since Python is integral to Ubuntu and is a very popular language here, ...

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Is it OK if I call on a high reputation user on part of my answer if it seems difficult from that point?
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As pointed out by Mark Kirby, you can't effectively call on a particular user from a post they haven't yet commented on or edited, because an @user will not send them a notification. See this Meta ...

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Can I reuse my own answers outside of Ask Ubuntu?
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IANAL but, Material posted on Stack Exchange sites is owned by its author (you) and made available under the CC BY-SA Creative Commons license. As the owner of the material, you are free to do ...

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Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list?
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Accepts are a way to indicate what worked best for the OP or which answer they personally liked. Sometimes the OP's choice isn't the best one - after all, many people ask questions because they don't ...

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When do I ask Linux questions in Ask Ubuntu and when in Stack Overflow?
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My understanding of the scope of Stack Overflow is limited, so I hope people will comment or edit to correct me. There is significant overlap in scope (on-topicness) between various Stack Exchange ...

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Downvotes for answering own questions?
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Thanks for posting the solutions you found to your own problems. This is a great thing to do and the site has some ways of encouraging it - for example, this little message next to the checkbox to ...

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Is it okay to rename questions when the title doesn't reflect what OP really wants to know?
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Well, as a general principle, if any question has a bad title that won't lead others to find its answers*, then please try to fix it. When people search in search engines or within the site, we want ...

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Would it be advised to answer already answered questions - with alternative answers?
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Yes, definitely. Having a variety of valid answers makes it more likely that people visiting the page will find an answer that works for them.

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How do you ask OP to reconsider accepted answer and award yours?
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Honestly? Just don't do it. The OP gets notified about every new answer to their question, so you can assume they've either seen it already or they have no interest in checking their notifications. ...

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What should we do with answers only saying what not to do and advising readers to follow another answer instead
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I agree with dessert's answer that this type of information is probably usually best incorporated into a more complete answer, probably the answer it is recommending. It would, I think, be silly if ...

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Can I answer bash-tagged questions with Python one-liners?
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Yes. Definitely. Go for it. Lots of people do that. Python answers work on Ubuntu, so they are helpful to our visitors. In fact, they might even help people who (shhh!) don't use Linux at all. Just ...

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What is required to become a moderator?
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I think you're talking about these two recent posts: 2 year old user is a new contributor? Is it correct that search on AskUbuntu ignores code blocks and inline codes? These were edited by Shog9 and ...

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Organising "classrooms" for 10th birthday celebrations
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Offer I am willing to do a very beginner level introduction to command line and basic file permissions, if it is of interest

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How should we celebrate 10 years of Ask Ubuntu?
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Some kind of small banner or other decoration visible on the site for the month of October pointing out that Ask Ubuntu is 10 years old.

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How to get a user to use the Q&A format?
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14 votes

Some suggestions: Take some time to read the information the author has made efforts to share with the community, and identify the specific problem(s) they have found a solution to. Work out which ...

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What to do with copy-pasted answers by a new user?
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This happens quite often. If I'm not wrong, the system automatically flags identical posts, so it's likely to be looked into by mods. In my opinion, there's no automatic conclusion to be drawn. ...

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If I'm getting downvotes for an answer is it good idea to delete it?
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I delete my answer if it's wrong and I don't know how to fix it. If I can fix it, I fix it. It's helpful if downvoters leave comments so that you know what's wrong (and even more helpful if instead ...

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When do we say a problem can't be reproduced?
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I think it's somewhat subjective... but I would like to share my perspective for discussion, even though I am pretty new to the site. Along with some other folks, I do some cleanup, meaning I spend ...

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Only 30 days and -1 to remove a question?
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I think it's good that the system does this, and I don't think it should be more difficult for questions to be deleted automatically. I think that what happened in Franck Dernoncourt's case is ...

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What should I do if someone makes a bad edit to my post?
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You should "rollback" the edit if someone damages your post. Click on the 'edited * ago' link under the post then find the revision you want to go back to and click 'rollback' (By the way, this ...

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