The subject pretty much says it all: Is asking a “list-like” question regarding incompatible 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina off-topic?

I am well aware list-like questions (aka: questions that inspire lists of stuff) is pretty much frowned upon on Stack Exchange sites. But considering the major shift away from 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina (10.15) in favor of a pure 64-bit OS, I think there is value in having something like this in the community.

I’m particularly thinking of folks who use legacy audio hardware with new systems from vendors that — for whatever reason — don’t have 32-bit applications or drivers. This is a fairly large macOS user community and having some comprehensive list/discussion thread would be of value and would be appreciated.

That said, I understand the downside of this kind of stuff as well: Out of control postings, “me too” posts and general noise.

So is there a way of posting a question like this here without breaking any norms?


Thanks for bringing this up in Meta first!

IMHO such questions are a bad fit for Ask Different even as a community wiki

  • Compatibility information people post in Ask Different may get outdated, with the poster not coming back to update it later on.
  • The primary point of reference for compatibility issues or inquiries should be the website of the vendor.
  • Vendors may have alternative products or workarounds available even if they discontinue a 32-bit application, which again is only accurate on their website.

So while I see the value of having this list, I doubt that there is a way to maintain this on Ask Different with the quality and accuracy people tend to expect from posts and answers here.

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    Agreed. I suppose we could have a generic question similar to this with a generic answer such as mine, but in the end it just refers people to an offsite resource.
    – Monomeeth Mod
    Oct 9 '19 at 6:28
  • Or My Question which was well received. Oct 22 '19 at 16:41

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