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Just putting this out there for opinions.

Would having a “Retro” tag be beneficial?

I am thinking this could cover everything older than, say 15 years old (i.e. White Unibody MacBook) and include all platforms like PPC, Intel, and even MOS (6502).

I see an opportunity to attract more engagement from the Retro community where questions/answers could be easily categorized and even have an RSS feed (automatically generated like with other filers).

Maybe a “site within a site” of sorts?

It wouldn’t be in addition to the existing tag qualifiers, but more of a catch all.

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    What would you see as a benefit of a rather broad tag covering vastly different hardware platforms, architectures and OS versions?
    – nohillside Mod
    May 24, 2023 at 19:11
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    I added some context @nohillside
    – Allan
    May 24, 2023 at 19:15
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    Interesting idea. How do you see this working in relation to Apple's use of the terms Vintage and Obsolete ? We'd probably need to ensure there's no confusion between Retro and those terms. Apple uses 5, 7 and 10 years for various definitions (see here).
    – Monomeeth Mod
    May 25, 2023 at 0:36
  • Yeah, I think that's a good idea. The only thing is that there are very few questions covering this. This tag won't be used very often and I therefore don't really see the usefulness of it. Do you think this could be used more often by broadening it in a way (I have no idea how but-)?
    – Thinkr
    May 25, 2023 at 10:46
  • That’s an excellent point @Monomeeth. I “threw out” the 15 year time frame as a starting point. I would envision this being past what Apple officially designates as obsolete. Even though it’s obsolete, it’s still somewhat current a 2012 iMac, for example, can run Catalina and still be somewhat current today but becomes less so every year forward.
    – Allan
    May 25, 2023 at 18:48
  • From SE's perspective, this looks like a meta tag which is usually discouraged.
    – Andrew T.
    May 29, 2023 at 8:20
  • As for "to attract more engagement from the Retro community where questions/answers could be easily categorized and even have an RSS feed (automatically generated like with other filers)", in addition to the personal Tag Watch list, Stack Exchange actually has Filtered Questions supporting multiple tags that can be shared to and subscribed by anyone using RSS Feed.
    – Andrew T.
    May 29, 2023 at 8:27
  • Ask Different has been around for a while, and it's only getting older. When the site opened, someone may have had a question about a relatively-modern PPC Mac. Would that question get a retro tag added in 2023? Jun 2, 2023 at 18:36
  • I don’t see why not @Wowfunhappy. There’s definitely a community out there that run these vintage machined. I have two PPC Mac Pros and and a white 2007 MB that I am working on getting to run FreeBSD (white MB is mostly done) and the native OSX. Having a tag will allow creation of a feed/filter that could be perused at leisure
    – Allan
    Jun 3, 2023 at 7:03
  • Remember there's also retrocomputing.stackexchange.com so a question can be migrated easily enough. The demarc point between the two needs to be defined, and perhaps shouldn't be a moving target like "is currently sold" or "is supported by apple" Perhaps "pre/post original imac" ?
    – Criggie
    Jun 5, 2023 at 0:55
  • @Allan "I don't see why not" Well, the tricky thing is there's two ways to interpret these questions. One is to give a literal answer: this is how you'd do it on Leopard on a G4 Tower. The other is to give an "updated" answer:—this is how you'd do it today on modern software and hardware—and downvote any old answers for being "outdated". Irrespective of the tag, this is actually a bit of a problem, because there are significant advantages to both approaches, but they directly conflict with each other. Jun 5, 2023 at 15:01

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