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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

NOTE: This post has now been locked and new submissions are not being accepted. Ad submissions are now undergoing review by the Community Team, and this question will be updated once the ads are live. ...
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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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What do I do or where do I go to get people to join my chat room?

I don't know who to invite to my chat room for help setting up a vm through VirtualBox. How do I find people to invite to that chatroom? How do I know who is the right people to invite to that chat ...
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So can someone tell me what's wrong with the question I posted below?

so I posted a question here, Battery discharging while plugged in and it was closed for being similar, which I don't think it is besides being battery related... I was told I could edit it and it ...
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How to Log Out of Ask Different [duplicate]

I have recently joined Ask Different and can log in but how do I log out when I want to leave the page? I can't find a 'log out' or 'sign out' button.
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Which beta tag is preferred?

It's that time of year and we're back in Apple's beta season. While seeing some recent Big Sur and iOS 14 questions start to come across, I noticed that we have 2 tags for beta software: beta beta-...
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How do we file complaints about a moderator closing people's posts when he doesn't know better?

How do we file the complaint? The post is Shouldn't iOS disallow apps to look at the clipboard? being closed by the moderator @nohillside Even if the question doesn't have any merit, I'd like to ...
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Apple Developer Forum links broken after WWDC 2020 forum upgrade

At WWDC 2020, Apple updated their Developer Forums. This has broken links to the old developer forum such as https://developer.apple.com/forums/message/335101: Error - Page Not Found The page you’re ...
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Why was this question closed for being “Off topic”?

Yet another, "why was this question closed?" post. Sorry, but I genuinely don't understand this one. I put posted a Q&A Format question (ie. I answered it myself to share research and ...
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Why was this question closed?

This question was just closed as "off-topic." It seems to be on-topic to me, as it concerns only Apple hardware and whether the screen from one Mac might be useable on another model. I agree ...
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Question to be reopened?

A helpful flag was raised by a user that lacks the reputation to vote to reopen on this post. Rather than delay a reopen, I’m posting in case others feel the same. How to get iphone message history on ...
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Creating an Ask Different Style Guide

Ask Different Style Guide I've been going through the Suggested Edits review queue and of late, there's been some wild "swings" in terms of the formatting (i.e. code, menu, keyboard, etc.), ...
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Suggested practise when mentioning the link to an Apple Support document

There's often an Apple Support/Knowledge base document that discusses a particular feature or answer to a common user query. I and many other users reference the link to the document in our answers. ...
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Depreciated, Deprecated, and Removed

This may seem pedantic, but on a site like this, precision is important; so can I ask that we all watch out for the correct use of the words Depreciate, Deprecate, and Removed? Depreciate means to ...
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Can I ask Usability of Program Questions?

I want to ask how to do a certain function in the Automator app. Is that an appropriate question to ask in AskDifferent?
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Non-Answer Declined Flag, but Author agrees with me!

This one confuses me. I flagged this answer - https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/392854/119271 - as not an answer, which was subsequently declined. In the comments, the author literally says, in ...
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Tag confusion now that there are two “magic keyboards”

We’ve not had a magic-keyboard tag on the main site until the iPad version of that gear was released recently. I created that tag, but wanted to see if there was consensus how to use the main keyboard ...
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Undo incorrect click in Review queue

So my A.D.D. was if full effect today and I clicked the No Action Needed button in my Review queue when I meant to click on not an answer. Clicking around I could find no "undo" or way to revise what ...
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Can I ask questions about vintage Apple products?

I'm troubleshooting some issues with an Apple IIc. Is it OK if I ask questions about my computer on Ask Different?
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The linked question shows that the accepted answer has the least votes - should the voting be changed?

This happens quite often where the accepted answer does not have the highest votes. For a simple case in point, see Is there an easy way to find the specification pages for old Apple Computers that ...
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Are questions about hardware development on-topic?

Right now the on-topic FAQ reads: Please refrain from asking about the following topics: Code-level programming questions (cocoa, LLVM, etc…) are off-topic here. We do encourage AppleScript, ...
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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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Why are comment flags declined if comments are obsolete and the obsolete flag was used?

Similar to this question I had the same issue in here, where the users go into discussing how to edit/use StackExchange. When flagging for chatty, they just got declined. Example comments: that ...
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How to ask a question about why a product doesn't exist

So I understand questions that invite purely speculative answers are not helpful here. But I have a real use case situation and the fact that the product I'm looking for doesn't seem to exist both ...
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“Ask Different” name [duplicate]

Now, this might be one of those semantic details that isn't enforced, but Apple explicitly states in their Copyright and Trademark Guidelines that 8. Slogans and Taglines: You may not use or ...
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Difference between price and cost

The post Why are Thunderbolt 2 adapters so expensive was closed as not well-suited for this site because it is about hardware shopping and focused on price. It is true that when the primary focus is ...
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Guidance Needed on Question re Network Location & Preferred Networks

I have a question re use of Network Location & Preferred Networks. I found two similar Q&A here: Q&A one, and Q&A two. Q&A one was posted 5 years ago, and closed 8 days ago because ...
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My answer was unfairly deleted

I have a question about my Ask Different post: Can I set custom album artwork that isn't included in one of the songs? My answer was deleted by a mod. I believe my answer is justified because: ...

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