Welcome to Ask Fedora!
This is a community-supported Discourse instance for Fedora users. Here, you can speak to the community to get help with installing, using, customizing, and upgrading a system running any variant of Fedora. You can also ask questions related to the Fedora community — for example, how you can join us and contribute!
When in doubt, just ask!
For discussions about development of the Fedora OS and other community tasks please use the project discussion channels.
If you are in a hurry, here is a short summary on how to use Ask Fedora on Discourse:
- Discourse is a conversation-based platform. Every new query/discussion/question is a new topic in the appropriate category. You can reply to these to suggest answers, ask for more information, or to simply leave comments. When an issue has been solved, you can also mark the reply as a solution so that others can easily find it in the future.
- You can unsubscribe form language categories that you don’t want to follow in your user profile preferences.
- To use the forum effectively, try to provide enough information so that others can easily help you. The categories are only meant to organize topics, and we leave it to you to choose the appropriate one for your query.
- Please remember to be courteous to others at all times.
- If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the forum, please feel free to make suggestions.
That’s the summary. The longer version is below. When you do find the time, please go through it too. It contains lots of information that will help us all use the platform better!
Unlike “question and answer” platforms like the previous Ask Fedora instance (Askbot) and Stackexchange, Discourse focuses on conversations. Instead of questions, we use topics, and instead of answers and comments, we reply to topics in “posts” (More on terminology.) This allows a conversation to flow between the user that posted the topic and the various community members offering help. This is extremely useful when troubleshooting. It allows us to ask each other for more information to better diagnose what the problem may be. So, topics can be questions (“How do I do … ?”) or issues that need troubleshooting (“I can’t get my sound to work”), or anything else. In addition, Discourse allows a reply to be marked as the solution to the topic. Using this feature will help future visitors who may have encountered the same problem.
The Discourse new user guide contains lots of more information. Please take a minute to skim through it to learn more about what you can do with Discourse.
There’s no “best way” to categorize information in a user forum so we have divided the categories into levels.
- First, each supported language has its own category. If you would not like to follow all languages, you can mute language categories in your
Preferences > Categoriesas shown in the GIF below:
- The top level categories are limited to announcements. They are, therefore, moderated. Please feel free to post to these. A member of staff will be notified and will take the required actions.
- Next, the sub-categories are identical for all supported languages, and these are where you should post your questions/discussions. Please use these for anything at all that you’d like to discuss/ask/share. These are intentionally very broad:
- discussions about using Fedora
- discussions about installing or upgrading Fedora
These categories are not set in stone, and we leave it up to you to decide the best organization for your question. It is only meant to have some way of making it easier for people to find information.
The Discourse notification system ensures that you are informed of updates related to your activity.
You should try to make things easier for others that try to help you. In general:
- Check to see if the information you are looking for is documented on in the Fedora documentation.
- quick-docs provide lots of short one page step by step instructions on how to do many things.
- Search this forum before you post: someone may have asked the question before, or experienced the issue before you.
- Always mention the version of the Fedora OS you are using.
- Try to clearly document what you were doing, step-by-step if you can.
- Provide as much relevant information about your system
- Commands that tell you about your system, its hardware, its packages and so on are documented here.
- Don’t worry if you can not gather more information, though. Other users will ask you what what they need, and you will learn in the process too!
Please remember to be courteous to everyone on the forum, as we do in the community. Please be excellent to each other. We must all follow the Fedora Code of Conduct. Please report any posts that you feel do not follow this spirit to the forum staff by flagging the post.
Discourse is designed to make conversations easy, and fun! You can reply to posts, quote selected bits of posts, like posts, save drafts for later, use emojis, and more!. You can even reply to posts by e-mail!
Please use the “Site Feedback” category to get in touch with the site staff. (Note that “staff” doesn’t mean employees — this site is run by the Fedora Community.)
This forum is aimed at end-user troubleshooting. For Fedora Project community discussion, please join to the various channels the different teams use:
Some more links:
- The Fedora magazine provides lots of information to Fedora users.
- The Fedora Community Blog provides lots of community related updates.
- The Fedora planet collects posts from community members in one place.
- We are @fedora on Twitter.
This topic is closed. Please use the #site-feedback category to make suggestions and discuss how we can make Ask Fedora better.