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I actively encourage the editing of any of my Question, Answer, and Tag Wiki content on all StackExchange sites except for meta sites. In other words, if you spot an inaccuracy or wish to clarify or improve a post of mine, add sources, etc., PLEASE do so! It will greatly benefit the net welfare and knowledge capital of the community. I am writing this here just in case you are of the misconception that answers are like forum posts, indelible articles authored by a single person.

The edit function is there for a reason, folks. I promise to never lash out at someone for substantially editing content originally authored by me, as long as your edit is constructive. If you don't yet have the site privilege to make instantaneous edits and I see your edit in the suggestion queue, I will do my best to either accept your edit outright, or incorporate the most useful parts of your edit into my post by "editing your edit".

If you have been told before that you shouldn't substantially edit others' answers, or if you've been the victim of polemic as a result of doing so, I'd like to apologize for that behavior. I think it's very counterproductive; our community is much worse-off for that kind of attitude.

Future visitors are best served by being able to read one cohesive, well-edited answer with sources to get the sum-total of the community's best knowledge in a single answer. A string of answers or comments each with their own nuggets of truth is much harder to decipher than one cohesive text. With the edit function, thanks to the fact that we each bring our own perspectives and unique knowledge, it is possible for us to author one cohesive text that eliminates the natural tendency of comment strings, replacing it with high-quality works that rival those of Wikipedia.

BTW, I don't approve of most edits on meta sites because I very rarely find questions on meta sites which deal purely in factual matters, so my answers are generally just my personal feelings on the matter.


Sep
13
suggested approved edit on Problems with libconfig PKG_CONFIG_PATH enviroment variable
Sep
13
comment DrRacket icon doesnt work?
You're welcome. If this answer was helpful to you, please remember to accept the answer to reward the person who answered it with reputation.
Sep
12
answered Move the position of the opened apps in the taskbar with the mouse or keyboard
Sep
12
comment What is this PS1 variable doing in .bash_profile file?
You can customize the prompt however you like. The "myname-macbook-pro" is basically your username and your hostname. You can customize the hostname with the hostname command or by editing /etc/hostname. See this article for detailed information on how to create your own custom prompt format.
Sep
12
answered Recover from losing personal PGP
Sep
12
answered What is this PS1 variable doing in .bash_profile file?
Sep
12
answered DrRacket icon doesnt work?
Sep
12
comment Google Chrome causing file system to mount as read only
This looks like a problem introduced by the fs resizes that fsck isn't detecting. Probably not an easy fix. The only thing I could recommend is copying off your valuable data to another medium then reinstall the OS on a new filesystem.
Aug
21
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
7
comment How to install Windows live essential mail
Or if you insist on "instant" email receive, use a web based email client such as Gmail, which checks mail very frequently.
Jul
27
awarded  Teacher
Jul
27
answered Will I be able to install Ubuntu on Windows 8 Laptops/Ultrabooks?
Jul
27
answered Eclipse menu colors
Jul
27
answered How do I get Squid to run as an anonymous proxy?
Jul
27
answered How to install an ati hd 4200 driver and make it work good?
Jul
27
comment My Rhythmbox plugin can't meet the Ubuntu Software Center “my-app” requirements
Lastly, politics aside, isn't the point of USC's app developer channels precisely that they aren't in the main archives? If the solution to my query is "get your app in the archives", what purpose does USC my-app serve?
Jul
27
awarded  Supporter
Jul
27
comment My Rhythmbox plugin can't meet the Ubuntu Software Center “my-app” requirements
Great suggestions, @JanC, but since the package requirements say I can't add symlinks, it's no good. I could add a symlink to /usr/lib/rhythmbox/plugins from /opt, and it'd work for sure, but the BIG uncertainty is whether it would pass scrutiny by app reviewers. I'm guessing "no".
Jul
27
comment My Rhythmbox plugin can't meet the Ubuntu Software Center “my-app” requirements
BTW -- I'm perfectly willing to subject my package to basic levels of scrutiny to make sure it's not a virus, that it meets basic quality requirements and that it doesn't flat-out crash... but it seems requests for the main/universe archive are very politically motivated, like "what benefit does this provide to Ubuntu", and my package is sort of niche, so I can't really justify it on that scale, like I can't say even 50% of the users would find it useful.
Jul
27
comment My Rhythmbox plugin can't meet the Ubuntu Software Center “my-app” requirements
Submitting it to the archives is frankly more effort than I'm willing to put in. Getting something into the least-labor-intensive level of the official package archives, Universe, looks like it would require at least 80 to 160 hours of my time up-front, and then another 40 to 80 hours of my time for every release. And that is assuming that my software is technically 99.999% perfect already and passes all the lint checks. It's just not easy. I thought USC "my-app" was supposed to be as easy as the Android app store where you package it up and it just "goes"? That's what I want.