I would like to ask a question on the main site regarding implementing/using Apple Script:

I have noticed many answers to questions here at Ask Different, give an alternative method to solving a problem, which appears (in my eyes at least), to be less straightforward, than a simple keyboard shortcut, third party app usage, system preference change etc... Many of those answers involving something called Apple Script.

Eg How to Close All Finder Inspector Windows

In this particular question one answer gives a simple keyboard shortcut to solve the problem, whilst another persons answer uses the "more complicated" Apple Script.

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    It's difficult to figure out exactly what you're asking here. For some actions, a keyboard shortcut exists. For most things, it doesn't. For information about what AppleScript is and how to use it, go to developer.apple.com/applescript . To implement a particular change using AppleScript, that question would likely be in order on the main site, but you have to state what you're trying to do. In the question you linked to, the keyboard shortcut answer didn't solve the original problem, but the AppleScript did.
    – Daniel Mod
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 14:03
  • @DanielLawson Generally speaking when Apple Script is involved in a solution, are there alternatives methods (if you understand what i'm saying)
    – Simon
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 15:53
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    Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I still don't understand what you're asking. Are you asking to help understand AppleScript? Are you asking why answers use AppleScript? Are you suggesting we shouldn't allow answers using AppleScript?
    – Daniel Mod
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 16:32
  • @DanielLawson Yes understand AppleScript, and how to use AppleScript to implement or use as the solution (as and when required)
    – Simon
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 17:08

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Since we're on meta, let's discuss how you might ask a question like:

Q What exactly is Apple Script ?

How do I implement the necessary change using Apple Script in order for the desired outcome to be achieved ?

On the main site. Ideally, you would follow our guide on asking a good subjective question. Focus on the specifics of solving one particular question realizing that asking people how to learn a vague topic is almost always a good reason to close a question for improvement.

So - I would say you have to do some homework to nail down what "the necessary change is" and be very brief and clear about "the desired outcome" so that you can know if

a) an expert has any chance of knowing what problem you are facing and

b) it's not simply a plea for knowledge and free training (or worse, getting someone else to do your work for you).

  • Sounds good.......
    – Simon
    Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 8:26

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