A challenging question.
There's the wish to be inclusive, and supportive towards all fair and reasonable uses of Apple software. I do wish those things, but for Ask Different I believe that the answer to bmike's question must be:
– please, let's maintain the extremely well-formed and predictable relationship between osx and Apple hardware.
… whether accepting hackintosh questions helps improve the quality of Ask Different. …
This is critical, and we should think long-term.
If OSx86 questions were allowed, then in an ideal world (for some users of Ask Different) we would gain a great range of high quality osx86 questions with high quality answers. In theory that sounds great.
Workflow, simplicity, ease of use and relevance of content
At https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions a person might choose to ignore osx86 but then:
- a simple search will return results that include that tag.
There may be other ways to exclude or ignore the tag, but let's focus on ease of use.
Consider: an excellent answer to an OSx86 question might be completely irrelevant to a similarly worded question about the OS on Apple hardware. Now imagine hundreds, thousands of OSx86-specific answers over period of time:
- will there be a negative effect on users who are seeking answers about the OS on Apple hardware?
Wherever an osx question is implicitly about Apple hardware, then in the linked and related portlets: other questions that are implicitly about Apple hardware should or must be ranked higher than OSx86 questions. Can this be achieved programatically and if so, can/should it be obvious to the end user that there's a sinking of OSx86 content?
That's not meanness towards OSx86.
Simply: sometimes I need to focus on an issue with the OS on Apple hardware … I mean, really focus – without the potential white noise of OSx86 content.
Part of the beauty of Ask Different is that it's easy to either:
- get a great answer quickly; or
- quickly realise that getting a great answer might take time.
If OSx86 is added to the mix, I fear that we'll lose some of that ease.
Food for thought. Certainly a challenging question … thanks, bmike!
Beyond Ask Different
For starters, tonymacx86 FAQ
… AMD nor Atom CPUs and NVIDIA, ATI, VIA or SIS desktop chipsets are not supported by the methods and software on this site and will not work. Any post requesting help for or asking about these will be deleted. …
If users of those variants were to appear in Ask Different – alongside users of the things that are supported in the tonymacx86 area – alongside users of the OS on Apple hardware:
- how easy will it be to tell at a glance what's being used?
Before answering yes or no to bmike's question, maybe familiarise yourselves with some of the styles of Q&A in the tonymacx86 area; the styles of Q&A in forums that support other variants from the Apple hardware norm; and so on.