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We did, back when the sites first went into beta. Ask Ubuntu was opposed, so we stayed separate: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/images/wordpress/ubuntu-vs-unix-graph.png You can read What is the relationship between Linux/Unix SE and Ubuntu SE to see how it works since we stayed separate. Also How should questions cross-posted on Ask Ubuntu be handled?, ...


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Well as Michael explains it so well in his comments, we're separate now. This isn't just a partition between questions and reputation but community. And that doesn't just mean different individuals — which, I'll add, we are to a very high degree (just look at the numbers of users on each site!) — each site has grown in its own way over the past two years. ...


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As a general guideline across all Stack Exchange sites, cross-posting is generally frowned upon, especially if its a copy & paste job. There are exceptions, e.g., both Ask Ubuntu and us probably have a question about how to add a static route—but Ask Ubuntu probably focuses exclusively on using Network Manager's GUI, whereas we might talk about files in /...


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According to the Stack Exchange sites page, U&L currently has 24,000 users and AU has 86,000. On U&L there are 18,000 quesions, 90% of which have been answered. On AU, 76% of the 78,000 questions have been answered. What this snapshot shows is that both sites have thriving communities, and have developed their own wikis over time. There is no ...


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No! Ubuntu is just another variant of Linux, which is a Unix like operating system so they are very much welcomed either here or on AskUbuntu. There is a certain amount of overlap with many of the technical Stack Exchange sites, and this is perfectly acceptable. We get a fair share of questions that could easily been asked on ServerFault, SuperUser, ...


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Voting is time consuming. It requires infrastructure to be set up (can't get votes from thousands of people by hand). It requires efforts to notify everyone that a vote is occurring (hardly fair if you don't). It requires efforts to actually get them to vote (what, you want a quorum?). It requires a lot of discussion. And of course, it takes time—for each ...


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Ubuntu is about more than just "Linux", I use AskUbuntu not only because I use Ubuntu (operating system), but also because of focusing on people's allegiances and relations with each other Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_%28philosophy%29 Although the site focuses on Ubuntu the operating system it is the only version of linux I currently ...


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I have trouble telling the difference too these days, but the burden of ensuring a question should be migrated is normally on the source site. I think you're suggesting we should migrate all posts that seem like they might be Ubuntu-specific, and let them deal with figuring out if that's actually true or not, which doesn't seem particularly fair to them and ...


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My personal opinion on cross-posting is that you should be explicit about it and say, "I also posted this question here" and provide a link. This way: A1: People will not end up wasting their time typing out an answer you already got somewhere else. If the community or admin do not appreciate cross-posting, they can be honest because you have been honest. ...


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First of all, there actually is a page on the Ask Ubuntu help center directing users here. This is a quote from AU's "on topic" help page (emphasis mine): Questions that you should avoid: Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Backtrack, Gnome-Remix (prior to 13.04) and other Linux distributions (try our friends at Unix & Linux Stack Exchange). However, ...


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AskUbuntu is the official support site for Ubuntu. Canonical does not need to provide support for other operating systems than their own so the split between AU and U&L is a valid one.


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In my long involvement with Usenet, cross-posting was very harshly discouraged. Cross-posting just leads to conflicting/wrong answers published several times, and discussions diffuse. Also, if OP isn't able to locate the right forum for the question, they don't understand their problem well enough. Or the forum's theme wasn't clearly defined.


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