Questions tagged [canonical-questions]

A standardized answer to common questions or problems. Basic troubleshooting or investigation steps to resolve an issue before moving to other one-off measures.

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Running VirtualBox on Apple M1

This question about running VirtualBox or other virtualisation on Apple Silicon has come up several times: Can I run Virtualbox on new M1 Macbook Air? How to enable hardware virtualization on MacBook ...
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Does anyone object to merging all the answers here to a canonical question?

This 4x4 request for window management is a very nicely explained special case of a general problem. All the answers seem to fit the canonical question instead of the specific twist. Open source 4-...
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How should we be closing or not closing accountsd using 400% CPU type questions on 10.15.6 and newer?

We have a rash of people needing help with sluggish Macs on 10.15.6 and 10.15.7 The best technical explanation of this is that some, but not all people get this daemon taking multiple cores of CPU and ...
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Network Router UI Simulators

Just sharing a site I found that could potentially be useful, not just here on Ask Different, but pretty much anywhere if you need to assist someone troubleshooting a network issue and need to see the ...
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Should I bounty one of these to get a canonical answer for Catalina era hardware?

There are quite a few versions of “I want an external display, an open clamshell and no display whatsoever” questions: How to automatically turn black main monitor when external monitor is connected ...
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Create a canonical Q&A for installing a blank OS without MAS with a link to a hosted copy of the installers

I have been seeing a lot of questions like: "I want to install El Capitan, but I never got it from the App Store. How can I do this?" The best option for this is "Get a friend with the installer." I ...
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Restore from backup?

The cynic in me wants to post a question & answer I accidentally my hard drive. What do I do now? I accidentally Wiped my boot drive Tried to resize my partition Tried to ...
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New tag proposal - Canonical or FAQ

Re: BMike's question - Where is the list of canonical questions stored for Ask Different? It would seem reasonable that such questions could get their own tag type. Trying to find them when closing ...
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Genericising a Question which has a potentially canonical answer

As I was about to ask this question, I noticed this relevant question had just been bumped too - Should we make this question about downgrading iOS more generic? There was a Question recently ...
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Can someone help with sorting / merging questions about transferring iTunes store balances?

I've closed a few questions as dupes to link questions about: Transferring iTunes store credit between accounts in general Disposing of iTunes store credit to allow region / currency changes Can I ...
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Canonical Windows emulation question

Should we make this question into a canonical Windows question. Either by putting each piece of software into an answer or at least splitting the emulators (Virtual Box, Parallels and Fusion) ...
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Canonical question on hardware specs

It has been suggested that we have a canonical question on what machine can be used to develop with e.g. What are minimum specs for a MacBook to develop iOS apps? (and possibly Is the white MacBook ...
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Where is the list of canonical questions stored for Ask Different?

Where can we store a list of questions that are considered canonical? Canonical means that it's asked frequently enough to warrant an excellent clear and detailed answer that the site edits and ...
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