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I'm wary of the special treatment has given Canonical:

Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky put their fingers on the scale in favor of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu community gets the advantage of the specially anointed site while gaining the network effects of the network.

Users of other linux distros are left to navigate the,, and sites that are not even specific to the linux platform. Clearly the linux community was large enough to have warranted a site. The use of tagging could have been used to label distro-specific questions (includiing Ubuntu!).

That said, I do feel we must make the best of a bad situation: We must take advantage of the familiarity and social network effects offered by the network.


  1. Promote use of the fedora tag at, and
  2. Embed some kind of gadget to the website that displays the feed of newest questions tagged fedora: