Comment 32 for bug 1265192

> So the question is - Is it a bug or not?

Regardless of what it is called, it is clearly a problem that affects a significant number of novice users in a very destructive way, and that should be reason enough for some action to be taken to improve the situation.

Since I wrote the comment above, I wondered what percentage of new users:

    a) know about AskUbuntu
    b) look up their problem there
    c) do not find an existing question that matches
    d) bother to ask a new question

This combination subset is clearly a minority of new users. At a guess, I would say they probably represent, what, 10% of new users? So the lower bound of "1 report every 1.5 days on AskUbuntu" might actually translate to 10 or so new users wiping their data every day. It is just a guess, but I wouldn't be surprised.