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Please join me in thanking George (a.k.a. grgarside) on his earning 100k reputation

We have a new 100k reputation contributer to the site. George a.k.a grgarside has passed the 100k mark and has clearly done an amazing job at documenting useful, clear, helpful answers. He stands ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Ask Different's 4th moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Ask Different question checklist

Here's a list of questions to check after you've written a question (or to think about before you post your question): Have you done some research before asking the question? If your question doesn't ...
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Shout out to people for rescuing questions

I wanted to publicly recognize a handful of people that no surprise are here to help. (And very effective at helping) https://stackoverflow.blog/2019/06/18/adios-to-unfriendly-badges-ahoy-lifejacket-...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - October 2017

Welcome to the first edition of the Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. This report will be published Monthly / Quarterly / Yearly. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in ...
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Discussion on 2016 Holiday Moderation

Since everyone here plays a part in moderation, I wanted to feature one post on how to ask about software recommendations from meta: How should I ask about getting a software recommendation? Since ...
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Map of related tags

I put together this mind map to represent approximate relationships I see between tags. Many tags do not fit well into a tree structure, so I've taken liberties in a few areas. Hopefully this is ...
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HOWTO Convert video to animated GIF

Many times, OPs are good enough to link videos to their question(s) so that we can have a view of the problem they are experiencing. The only problem with this is that it links to a video off of Ask ...
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Apple's 'Let's meet at our place' event (Fall 2017)

Join us in Ask Different Chat As many of us know, in September most years Apple hosts a press event during which new products are announced. For example, on 7 September 2016 we saw the iPhone 7 range,...
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Mass modify product names for consistent formatting (for example, change XCode to Xcode)

In my opinion, Ask Different would be great if Apple product names only appeared as: Xcode iPhone iPod touch iPad OS X Mac OS X and I never saw: XCode, xCode, xcode, XCODE IPhone IPod Touch, iTouch ...
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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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Separate Linux tag from Unix

I just tried to retag a question as linux which was based on not finding a Ubuntu boot disk However I see Linux is a synonym of Unix which surely is wrong for this group as the differences matter a ...
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Why was my edit removing code formatting reverted?

I recently made an edit to this answer: Apple Mail keeps crashing frequently after RAM problem I removed the code formatting from the text, except the shell commands as these are code. My edit was ...
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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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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - February 2019

Welcome to the 17th edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for February 2019 This report ...
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Reverse [handoff] and [continuity] tag synonyms

I fielded a question this evening regarding an issue with Apple's Handoff functionality, which was introduced in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The tag handoff is only shown as a synonym of continuity. ...
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Should making edits bump a question to the top of the list?

I noticed today that even a tiny edit like simply removing the word "thanks" form the end of a question can bump it right back to the top of the list of questions. Whilst this does alert interested ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

As we enter the second week of the public beta, we desperately need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - April 2018

Welcome to the seventh edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for April 2018 This report ...
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Most Active Contributors Quarterly Report - 4th Quarter 2017

Welcome to the first Quarterly edition of the Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. While similar to the monthly report, this report differs in that it contains fewer sections but lists the ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - December 2017

Welcome to the third edition of the Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. This report will be published Monthly / Quarterly / Yearly. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in ...
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Make [screen] a synonym of [display]

I suggest that screen (585 questions) is added as a synonym of display (2855 questions). These are the excerpts: display: Generally a visual screen used to display graphical or text output screen: ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - July 2019

Welcome to the 22nd edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for July 2019 This report ...
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Live Chat event for Apple's 'Gather round' announcement (Fall 2018)

Join us in Ask Different Chat As many of us know, in September most years Apple hosts a press event during which new products are announced. For example, on 12 September 2017 we saw the iPhone X ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - February 2018

Welcome to the fifth edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for February 2018 This ...
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There must be a better old question for "I lost my iPhone, now what do I do?"

Upon reaching this new question, "What actions can be taken with lost and locked phone?" I followed the duplicate question link to "Lost iPhone, what action to take?" and read the answer and followed ...
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Announcement: new mobile ads

We wanted to let you know that we are currently testing some new ads on the mobile version of Ask Different. They are shown in two places right now: the bottom of the home page, and the question page (...
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Rename [two-step-authentication] to [two-step-verification]

Apple IDs can be protected by the feature two-step verification (legacy), currently tagged two-step-authentication, the feature two-factor authentication, currently tagged two-factor-authentication. ...
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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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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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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - June 2019

Welcome to the 21st edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for June 2019 This report ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - September 2018

Welcome to the 12th edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for September 2018 This ...
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Most Active Contributors Quarterly Report - 1st Quarter 2018

Welcome to the second Quarterly edition of the Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. While similar to the monthly report, this report differs in that it contains fewer sections but lists the ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - January 2018

Welcome to the fourth edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. This report will be published Monthly / Quarterly / Yearly. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable ...
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How to rescue this QA

Applescript Won't Invoke Shortcut Command This entire QA, including all 3 answers & a myriad comments, is more of an online troubleshooting conversation than a true QA. The final answer I ...
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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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Typing question/answer via iPhone very slow

I've just typed an answer on AD and it's way slower than typing a question or answer on this meta for example. I am using Mobile Safari browser and not enabling the mobile theme - so it's basically ...
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Podcast #9: Google+, Lion, Ask Different's Growth

We’re back! Our (unplanned) summer sabbatical has ended, and we begin again. The length and frequency of our previous shows was too exhausting, so we're cutting back a bit. Our shows will not occur ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - August 2019

Welcome to the 23rd edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for August 2019 This report ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - May 2019

Welcome to the 20th edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for May 2019 This report ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - April 2019

Welcome to the 19th edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for April 2019 This report ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - November 2018

Welcome to the 14th edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for November 2018 This report ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - October 2018

Welcome to the 13th edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for October 2018 This report ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - June 2018

Welcome to the ninth edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for June 2018 This report ...
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Rename [podcasts-app] → [podcasts.app] for consistency

I propose renaming the tag podcasts-app to podcasts.app for consistency with other app tags. The majority of tags for apps on iOS, watchOS, and macOS end in .app to specify it is about the platform-...
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Tag wikis should not contain "Questions about" or "Concerning"

A tag, by definition, is for questions about its stated topic. Repeating "questions about" or variants thereof ("concerning", etc) is redundant and looks bad.
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Rename [find-my-iphone] to [find-my]

Apple renamed Find My iPhone to Find My. We should too, because it's not just for iPhones any more. Proposal: find-my-iphone becomes find-my
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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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Live Chat event for Apple's 'By innovation only' announcement (Fall 2019)

Join us in Ask Different Chat As many of us know, in September most years Apple hosts a press event during which new products are announced. For example, on 12 September 2018 we saw the iPhone XS and ...
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