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How do you silence Mojave “Your Disk is almost full” notification? [duplicate] How do you silence Mojave "Your Disk is almost full" notification?

The first two answers suggests to use the terminal. Using the terminal isn't the macOS way. It's the linux way. The third suggest it's a bug.

None of the answers are any good to a novice user. None of the answers explain the downside of doing what is suggested. The cited article doesn't explain what the problem is. The best answer is to delete some stuff, which isn't an answer in the cited article.

Saying the question is a duplicate is bad advice. This is a novice user, so how are we being nice to the user?

  • I've added an answer to the canonical answer that might be a little more palatable to those that want to avoid the terminal. – dwightk Feb 11 at 22:00
  • If you have ideas on how we can improve the "first contact" experience for novice users who post a first question like you linked above please consider adding an answer below. – nohillside Feb 12 at 19:42
  • Some ideas are here: stackoverflow.blog/2018/04/26/… – historystamp Feb 12 at 21:49
  • @nohillside Did you see my timings of various forms of dd? check them out: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/346595/… – historystamp Feb 12 at 21:56
  • Not sure how this answer relates to the problem at hand. Why don‘t you post a sample answer to the question linked above as an answer below? Or describe the specific reaction you would recommend in such situations to improve newjoiner experiences? – nohillside Feb 13 at 5:17
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Three things:

  1. Thanks for asking on meta!
  2. Nice is being polite in constructive criticism or pointing out how to reverse any decision that's relating to closing or deleting.
  3. It's super simple to edit the question - anyone can edit it so that it's totally clear how it's not different.

Let's look at option 3. So - if you are trying to make use of the linked article - say that at the start. Explain which specific steps on which specific answer you tried and your results. Once it's clear how you need help understanding or getting past a roadblock, it's no longer a duplicate.

Now - sometimes editing a closed question is hard - there are comments, there are attempts to answer and people are more caught up in what happened to get there and they can't look at the question with new eyes. No problem, just ask a new question - make it well edited - clear and let's see if it's going to avoid closing.

Here is some criticism so you can see why someone would mark it as duplicate:

  • This question is over 2 years old and doesn't work with the newest version of MacOS (10.14.2).

That statement is literally asking for it to be closed as dupe. Rather than saying "this isn't a dupe" show us in words or pictures how Mojave is different. Show an error message or a screen that changed - show something about the problem you face and don't add "meta" like "this isn't a dupe, please don't close" (You might be surprised how often that happens, and it never makes a question easier to answer and often gets closed as unclear at that point)

  • This is also not helpful at all.

That's a statement up to interpretation. Help us help you by clearly explaining why you felt it would be helpful and why it wasn't. Document the problem instead of say "there's a problem" and then leaving it up to anyone's guess as to what you see the problem to be.

  • Why was this marked as a duplicate? The thread linked is over 2 years old and no longer applicable. I already tried everything in that thread.

You fell into the trap to put what should be a comment into the body - just delete that, it can't make anyone want to vote to reopen since now there's that to clean up once it reopens.


Now for constructive praise, you say here that you have a problem with terminal. That would be excellent to put in the question. At least someone could say - without terminal, you can't do what you want. Better, explain why terminal doesn't work. Every single OS that I know of that's commercial has scripting languages. PowerShell, DOS, AppleScript, bash, python, lisp, etc...

It's opinion whether terminal is Mac like or Windows like or just odd. The fact is terminal exists and is powerful and lets you do things you can't with a mouse and keyboard (other than open terminal, of course).

It's OK to say you don't want to use scripting, but this site allows anyone to answer so even if you don't want that option, your question exists more to help everyone than to help you. The whole reason people answer here is to contribute to knowledge. If you're just looking for 1:1 tech support, I can see how you're disappointed, since that's not at all what happens here.

You get 1:1 tech support when you ask a clear, amazing question and that support is a by-product of the actual good being produced. Open source Q&A that are up to specific documented standards. None of this is a reflection on you - it's OK to want help and it's ok to ask for it just as it's OK for people to vote to close when that makes sense given the site norms and rules.

  • bmike is a saint – dwightk Feb 11 at 4:37
  • Nice answer! :) – Monomeeth Feb 11 at 4:39
  • bmike blushes - I'm just paying it forward – bmike Feb 11 at 4:39
  • This is business as usual. We are set in our ways. We do not want to improve a beginners user experience. – historystamp Feb 11 at 19:47
  • What change are you propose @historystamp? Are you saying you don’t want to edit the questions to explain why it’s not a duplicate or something else? Also do you consider yourself the beginner experience or are you advocating for a hypothetical beginner? Lots of questions - I want to be sure I’m hearing what you are asking. – bmike Feb 11 at 19:50
  • the question was asked by a different user – dwightk Feb 11 at 21:37
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fwiw, looks like we currently have 6 other "silence your disk is almost full notification" questions according to the sidebar

sidebar of the question in question, showing 6 other questions asking a similar thing

  • This is excellent as well - perfect call out to welcome someone new. Showing how to research is very helpful since sometimes it takes days or a week to get an answer on questions that get a lot of votes up as useful. – bmike Feb 11 at 4:45

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