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The question about historical origins is closed as opinion-based

I'm here at Stack Exchange for a very long time, and I never created such posts. But hey, is that post is really, my God, opinion-based? The origin of "Apple" color palette @bmike closed ...
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What can be done to improve this question?

I've put a hold on this question: Does anyone know any good Diagnostic tools? It strikes me as something we want on the site, but as worded, it's far too vague to be searchable IMO. We don't have ...
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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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Ask Different, really? Surely Ask Apple

What exactly does Ask Different have to do with Apple? AskApple surely? It doesn't fit with the URL It doesn't fit the names of other stackexchange sites, which are pretty much the same from beta to ...
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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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Question closed with no feedback for improvement; how can I improve the question?

My post Drive setup for Time Machine and file sharing connected to router was closed for being opinion-based. That's fine; I can accept that. None of the five users who voted to close the question ...
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On Ask Different, freebsd is a synonym of unix

Preamble Why do you pull BSD and Linux people into your business? Context The moderators of this site don't understand what synonym means ("exactly or nearly the same as another word") and ...
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How can I show my research when posting a question on how to view which meeting participant admitted a guest from the lobby into an MS Teams meeting?

I posted a question How can I see which meeting participant admitted a guest from the lobby into the meeting?, which closed with the following close reason (which is one of the default close reasons): ...
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Announcement: minor edits to the Ask Different Tour

First off - thanks for doing your parts in an excellent 2023 here in the community of asking for help and learning together while using Apple products and services. Everyone on meta, doing moderation ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Can we have [usb-c] as a distinct tag from [usb] rather than a synonym?

In looking at the tags available for USB I find that [usb] is synonymous with [usb3] and [usb-c] which I find a bit frustrating. If I'm looking for answers on something like DisplayPort or Thunderbolt ...
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Possible Spam Questions

It really looks this question - Developed an addiction. How can I block websites? - is a clever marketing spam post to promote Freedom.to ... it's written in a manner to reject all other reasonable ...
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How to send a message to a moderator

I made a post but the post was deleted. I do not know why. How do I send a message to a moderator to find out?
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Why we're not customer support for [company X or product Y]

Why do many questions asking for customer support get closed on Ask Different: Help! My computer doesn't work https://apple.stackexchange.com/q/276062/ How do I do X to my clash of clans village? ...
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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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Flagged post didn't get re-edited

While going through my usual reviews of posts, I will also check for accessibility, formatting, grammar, etc. I came across an answer that was quoting a link they provided but the quote was formatted ...
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Inconsistent thumbnail generation in Finder?

Ok, just saying, but this site seems a bit broken. The exact question I want to ask has been addressed, but I can't enter that conversation/thread because I don't have 50 reputation points. So ... I ...
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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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Should we be slower to close some questions?

"Welcome to Stack Exchange. Your question has been closed." So goes the old joke. Here's a classic example of a post from someone who's clearly not very tech savvy, looking for help with a ...
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Why can't you re-upvote comments?

Pretty straightforward question: Why can't we re-upvote comments? For example, when I accidentally upvote a comment, almost instantly cancel my upvote because it was a mistake and realise after ...
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Edit an old post

While browsing the main site, I came upon some (very) old posts (questions and answers) that needed editing (formatting/capitalization/typos/etc.) but I was unsure whether to edit them or not ...
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Why did the voting buttons change to this horrible design?

I just noticed that in the past hour, some changes were made on voting buttons, it became: Why were these changed? The previous ones were really good. Those ones are unaesthetic and aren't even well-...
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Is it wrong to ask a question on Ask Different even if it's easily searchable on the web?

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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What do we do with 'useless old questions'?

What do we do with 'useless old questions'? Ones that never really defined the problem, will never have an answer & no-one would care if they vanished off the face of the earth. They don't provide ...
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Cross-post to Apple Developers forums - what should I do?

I just found a person who posted the exact same question both on Ask Different and on Apple Developers forums. I just asked them if it was them and they said "yes". What should I do about it?...
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Create a `sonoma` tag

As the new macOS version is announced (macOS 14 Sonoma), I suggest we create a tag for it. Previous macOS versions have their own tags, Sonoma should have its own.
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Comments on Review Actions

My edit was rejected and I posted a comment on the related question/answer. I was then told I shouldn’t do this. I thought comments were for clarifications. What’s the proper etiquette here?
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Retro Tag for Vintage/Obsolete Apple Tech?

Just putting this out there for opinions. Would having a “Retro” tag be beneficial? I am thinking this could cover everything older than, say 15 years old (i.e. White Unibody MacBook) and include all ...
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Edit suggestions ban threshold

I got blocked from editing again. I wanted to know from when (ratio approve/reject?) I get blocked. For example, in my last 10 suggested edits, 7 were approved and 3 were rejected. Is this the ratio? ...
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April fools 2023?

I visited AD on April 1st this year (as well as every day in March and April) but I didn't see anything for April fools. I have seen other posts on AD Meta on April fools for other years but I'm not ...
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Are questions about the Apple website allowed?

I've got a quite unusual question here. Would asking a question about the Apple website directly be on-topic? If so, what are the specifications or the "checklist" I should follow when ...
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Mass edit reject - why?

I have proposed a few edits, and all of them, even the most worthy of being accepted got rejected for an ambiguous reason : "The edit does not improve the quality of the post. Changes to the ...
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Answer from someone's comment

This can be considered as an ethical question. I was wondering if, when seeing someone's comment answering the question on which it was posted, I can add an answer based on that comment. Of course, ...
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Discussion requested on a tag synonym cleanup - sed and awk / unix

We have questions on the synonyms for unix On Ask Different, freebsd is a synonym of unix Separate Linux tag from Unix One of the problems in doing anything is that there seems to be no agreement on ...
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Middle Sidebar Advertising

As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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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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“Urgent” edit due to new Imgur ToS and loss of images

I reviewed two “urgent” edits that were done because the editor referred to a Meta post Imgur TOS change on May 15th could cause the loss of thousands of StackExchange images! The first answer and the ...
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Retract a suggested edit

It already happened that I initially wanted to edit a post, posted my edit and noticed that it wasn't really useful after having posted. Is it possible to retract my edit somehow?
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Add Ask Different to MS Edge Sidebar

This is just a simple "Hey! Check out this new feature post..." Microsoft added a sidebar and you can add in websites. StackOverflow is already on their list, but you can add in Ask ...
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Another very small question with same topic as another one

I have another question about the meaning of some very small parameter linked with MDM and this question, do I post another question, a comment or do I make it an edit to the question? The parameter ...
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Can we have notifications for review queues?

I am looking for a way to get notifications in real time as when I earn reputation or have something in my inbox but for review queues. I have seen in other Meta SE questions that it was the case ...
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Technically Inaccurate or Altogether Wrong Answers

I flagged this answer (note the link now goes nowhere, except maybe higher rep mods can see it?) twice. The answer essentially said "Apple wouldn't have a trash if they didn't intend you to use it, so ...
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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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Make [ios-16] and add it as synonym of [ios]

I suggest making ios-16 and adding it as a synonym of ios. ios already contains recovery-mode, ios-beta, ios-12, ios13, ios-13, ios14 and ios-15. Since iOS 16 got released in the end of 2022, I think ...
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How to propose tag synonyms?

I want to propose a synonym for a tag, how do I do? I have read that it is available to create tag synonyms for users that have 2.5k rep but I don't know from when it's possible to propose a tag ...
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This post is marked as a duplicate, but none of the "original" questions provide the actual answer

I have run into an issue and Googled and found this answer to my issue. In Ventura, I'm finding that Finder windows will follow me from space to space. It's marked as a duplicate and 4 other questions ...
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Do I have to edit all of my posts when I do an upgrade?

I will soon be doing an update on my iPad. Should I edit all of my questions where I mention the OS update?
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Why are some people not providing explanations when downvoting posts?

Some of my posts got downvoted but the downvoters didn't tell me why it was downvoted, making it difficult for me to imrove the post because I don't know what's not right with it. Why are people doing ...
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Where are close votes?

Where are close votes located on questions and answers? I don't see the number of voters anywhere, on any question.
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Why does it not show when you get downvoted?

Normally, when you gain reputation, it shows a little number at the top right of the cup with a star on it (next to inbox). Why isn't it showing when you lose reputation as when you get downvoted? I ...

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