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update: Due to our imminent launch, I've published the FAQ

Quite simply, what should it contain?

Answers: Put headings in either bold or

Third level heading format

with answers as normal.

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Here's the Super User FAQ:

Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about ...

  • computer hardware
  • computer software

and it is not about ...

  • videogames or consoles
  • websites or web services like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress
  • electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer
  • a shopping or buying recommendation

... then you're in the right place to ask your question!

We could just use this as a guide with tweaks for our site. Here's an example:

Apple Stack Exchange is for Apple enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about ...

  • Apple hardware
  • Apple software
  • other Apple products or services

and it is not about ...

  • Apple Developer Programs or programming, with the exception of AppleScript and Automator
  • installing or using Apple operating systems on non-Apple hardware
  • a shopping or buying recommendation

... then you're in the right place to ask your question!

We need to flesh out the two sections a bit more, but it's a start.

  • I don't think enough of a consensus on hackintosh questions was ever reached to call it out specifically in the faq. Plus we haven't really had problems with that anyway. Otherwise, looks pretty good to me. – Robert S Ciaccio Dec 12 '10 at 12:34
  • @Kyle - re programming we should add bash/other shell scripting as simple ones are off topic on SO – Mark Feb 6 '13 at 10:45
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Summarise the overlap/distinction between Ask Different and Super User

To seasoned users of both stacks, the overlap/distinction may be obvious.

Newcomers might appreciate a more upfront one-line summary (amongst FAQ) helping them to deciding which stack will be most appropriate for their question.

Notes

At http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/1491219#1491219

I guess that I should promote Ask Different, whilst maintaining awareness of Super User and the overlap.

Adapted from my line at http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/1491276#1491276

A user might view iPad as a computer, but Super User (for computer enthusiasts and power users) prefers iPad questions elsewhere, because iOS was primarily phone-oriented.

How can I help promote Ask Different as a new version of OS X is released? (2011-07-20) encourages questions "no matter how silly", which is, I guessed aimed at seasoned users who know where to draw the line with silliness :-)

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