I've been doing my review and stumbled upon a question asking for a feature not provided by iOS currently, and it received a comment or answer suggesting the OP jailbreak. Question is: is advocating jailbreak our current direction for Ask Different?

My concern is users come with different levels of experience and expectations. If (with the best of intention) a solution was recommended that ended up with the OP having a bricked iOS device, are we liable (legally) and will we inadvertently cause problems for Ask Different? Naturally OP who knowingly ask for jailbreak solution is not covered by this question as they know what they're asking for, and assume responsibility (and absolving us?)

I've read faq#ask should not include points that belong under faq#dontask but didn't get the definitive answer I'm looking for. Guidance appreciated to help this new hand in review. Thanks.

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I can see no reason not to suggest jailbreak if there is no other choice, I would note the downside that the device would not be supported by Apple.

The reason I would suggest this is this site is for Apple hardware and also see this question especially bmike◆ (a moderator)'s comment

Do you have a specific question in mind or is this just asking for confirmation that with a jailbreak of 299 questions and several policy links that jailbreaking itself is fine we really are OK with jailbreak as a topic

If it gets disputed then I would upvote non jailbreak versions and ask jailbroken answers to fully justify the issue.

  • OK, thanks. This is helpful guidance. Commented Feb 17, 2013 at 16:35
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    @Globalnomad I hope I made the explanation clear as I left out a rather important no in the first sentance
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Feb 17, 2013 at 22:05
  • not a problem. Any guidance is good as I don't want to mis-flag a non-issue when doing the reviews. Commented Feb 18, 2013 at 1:13
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    I can think of plenty of reasons to prefer non-jailbreak solutions, and plenty of reason to warn users of the downsides of jailbreaking, but if you believe the only (or best) way to achieve what the user is trying to accomplish is to jailbreak the device, then yes, that's what you should recommend.
    – Daniel Mod
    Commented Feb 18, 2013 at 18:19

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