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Stack Exchange iOS App is giving me errors

I have been using the Stack Exchange iOS app for years. Today, for the first time, I was unable to comment or ask using it for Ask Different. It suggested that I log out and back in. When I did ...
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How to improve this question

This question was closed: Free WYSIWYG Markdown editor with the motivation Questions asking to recommend or find a Mac, book, tool, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Ask Different ...
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Help with shells

Newbie here. I (still) use the MacOS terminal a lot. I have some very specific questions about bash. Can someone tell me where the best place to post these might be?
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Help me understand why my flag was declined

I raised a flag for this answer by user MindingMyBusiness which has virtually the same information as this answer by user drivec. The flagged answer is also saying "Thank you". As far as I ...
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AWS will be sponsoring Ask Different

We're thrilled to announce that AWS will be sponsoring Ask Different starting on July 22 through December 31. We wanted to give you a heads-up and walk you through what that means. How and where will ...
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Why is it hard to get answers and responses here? Or is this a false impression?

I've been a Stack Exchange user for about seven years, mostly on Unix & Linux. I noticed recently that I have a slight impression that it's pointless to ask about my Apple problems on this site, ...
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The policy on flagging link-only answers should be made much more obvious

I recently had a NAA flag declined on this answer, which consists entirely of the text: This might help: How to Enable Dashboard Features in macOS Catalina where the second line is a link to an ...
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How to earn reputation here?

I want to upvote meaningful comments and downvote useless comments. And the most important thing is to comment on threads that I like participating in. so yeah, How to earn a reputation?
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Are software recommendations in-topic or not?

I asked a software recommendation: Best iPhone app to track stocks This isn't the first time I do it, and my other questions were generally well-received: App which allows me to comment *and* to ...
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Why is this question about removing puTTy "off-topic?"

This question was recently closed as off-topic. The help page lists several types of on-topic questions. Among them is the fourth bullet point: "third-party hardware, services and software when ...
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Second opinion on edits

I searched for LibreOffice on App Store and I think the only thing under that name was a paid imitation product and not what is meant when LibreOffice is mentioned in this answer. So I edited the ...
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"off-topic" versus "insufficient research"

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Questions must demonstrate a reasonable amount of research & understanding of the problem being solved. Please edit to ...
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In what way did a moderator decide my "Would X work? question is a "shopping question"? I think this has been mishandled, what do others think?

Can I run my laptop directly from an external battery at full throttle while charging my iPhone from the laptop at the same time? was unilaterally closed by a moderator as a "shopping question&...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Question under review this long abnormal? @nohillside♦!? An update on "This Q needs details or clarity." as the closure reason? IT IS SOLVED

I have a question about my Ask Different post: A too-big dialog window put up by AppleScript has made Safari unusable. (Why?) How can I dismiss it/recover, w/o losing unsaved content in open tabs? My ...
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Question closed as opinion-based, suggestion on where to ask it?

This question of mine was closed as opinion-based: I have an iPhone XS, should I update to iOS 15.2? I understand the reason for closing my question. I also received an helpful comment (thanks). Could ...
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How should this question be edited

This question How do I run a .sh or .command file in Terminal has just come up on the front page. The title says How do I run a .sh or .command file in Terminal The question however asks How do I run ...
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I'd like to improve this, so can I know why this was closed?

I have a question about my Ask Different post: How can I unmount and erase disk0s2 and recover my bootcamp? I don't understand why my question was closed. It's my first time asking a question. I did ...
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Is it wrong to ask a question on Ask Different even if it's "easily Googleable"?

When googling apple-related queries, like "how do I do x", there's typically a lot of sites which are search engine optimised appearing toward the top of the results, and a lot of the time, ...
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Should I delete an accepted answer that's now very out of date?

Context: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/35442/292 I agree with the comments left. The tool is no longer useful if you're on a modern macOS distribution. Should I delete the answer? Leave it? That ...
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Do we want to unpin the accepted answer from the top?

Stack Exchange recently changed the way answers are sorted on Stack Overflow, meaning that accepting an answer no longer pins it to the top (regardless of sorting method). It still has the green ...
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Can we rename the site to Apple? [duplicate]

Ask Different was sounding a bit outdated almost since the start of this site. Maybe this generation of Apple was still borderline 'different': Definately not the case now. I'm sure Apple would allow ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #5 on Ask Different has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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Dealing with repetitive spam

So this question: https://apple.stackexchange.com/q/425828/237687 Keeps getting posted. Surely a rule can be written that can recognize “gummy bears” etc and it can be automatically removed, ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Ask Different is scheduled for an election next week, 2021-08-16. ...
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Question closed because of incomplete answer elsewhere

I've run into an issue where I need to make an image of a decent sized USB drive. The only place where I have enough room to store that image is on my iMac. The issue is this drive has FAT32 and EXT4 ...
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My question was closed, but it was asked and answered first and has been helping many people

I asked this question -> How can I install java openjdk 8 on High Sierra or newer macOS and it was quite a popular problem with a popular solution to boot. It's "helped" about 66k people (...
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Why so many old questions at the top of the list -- and what to do with them?

I can understand that it's good to let low-scoring older questions bubble back to the surface, in case there is new information, or someone has a new angle: but there often seem to be a lot of very ...
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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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What is unclear with this question?

What is unclear with this question? How can I use Open Sea Maps on a Mac? It is short, concise and very easy to understand (The OP wants to use OSM on a Mac to create waypoints. Anyone using a map ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. Since none of ad proposals on this site made it past the score thresholds, none will be displayed — go to the main post on MSE for a list of ...
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Should I simply add an image to someone elses answer?

I am unsure how I should proceed in this particular situation: Someone else has given a good answer in my opinion but I could add an image to give some more detail. I am especially referring to this ...
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package managers

I noticed that What are pros and cons for MacPorts, Fink and Homebrew? has come up due to an edit. This is really an opinion based question but the answers are reasonable enough at the moment and is a ...
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Would this question about statistics be on-topic?

I have a mid-2012 Macbook Pro running High Sierra and I have to upgrade to Catalina (some programs are no longer updating). As usual I'm worried about bricking the machine, so I thought about asking ...
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Definition of the "zoom" tag

I've answered a question today that has the [zoom] tag, and while checking the tag afterwards I noticed that: it has no definition or use recommendation it has been colonized lately by zoom.us.app ...
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Would this self-Q&A be on-topic on Ask Different?

Normally, any game compiled with a modern version of Unity (I think maybe Unity 2018 or newer?) will crash on startup on OS X 10.9, with the message: Dyld Error Message: Symbol not found: ...
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My suggested solution to a question on this forum gets an error message saying, "This looks like spam."

I am sure of my entry, and it is not spam and provides a solution to the question. However, the answer will not be submitted because it looks like spam. The draft looks good; I can't see anything &...
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About the [macbook] tag and synonyms

I don't have a portable and so never was interested in all the MacBook related tags. However a question came up in the suggested edit queue where macbook-pro was definitely the wrong tag as macbook-...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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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Where to ask a question about "development workflow"?

I'd like to know where can I post question to get opinion on development workflow for iOS. I posted a question (see below) on stack overflow and got closed because it was not related to code. I was ...
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M1 tag versus Apple Silicon tag

Right now, it looks like m1 and apple-silicon are roughly identical in coverage; most questions mention both. Should one tag become a synonym for the other, or should m1 exist to specifically cover ...
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Why has my close vote seemingly disappeared from this question?

I voted to close this question this morning. The system even automatically left a comment with the reason I gave! Need help with accessing my school admin's username & password to un-install ...
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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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You closed my question as duplicate when it obviously isn't

Question in question: I downloaded a shell executable and man pages from a source I trust. Where should I put them? You closed it as duplicates of question which only mention where to put the ...
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Users who answer their questions with an "UPDATE" in the Question

How should we handle questions where the user answers their question by editing the question and posting an answer there usually flagged with "Edit" or "Update" (à la Reddit) ...
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How do I publish an answer to a question I had which was not asked here?

I figured out an answer to a question, and I wanted to share it with the community. How do I do that? I posted a "question" whose body contains my suggested solution, but that seems ...
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Where can I ask some "how to" questions about vintage Macs?

I've gotten some inexpensive 'vintage' Mac hardware I'd like to get running. A Mac Pro (desktop) and a Mac SE (Toaster, no drive) for $25 each. Neither runs fully. I have questions about which OS, ...
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Who is user3439894 ? I want to thank him/her for https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/235794/283681 in real life

I found this mystery user in our community very intriguing, after looking at his/her stats. Contributions since 21st Feb 2015 and especially this one. I see recent activity too, so kindly reach out at ...

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