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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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Can we fix the answers as comments problem?

As I understand it new users cannot comment on a post for some reason but they can answer. The problem is that new users are unfamiliar with the site and see a text box and type their comment ...
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What exactly are “off-site resources” from the “off-topic” close reason?

The close reason off-topic states Questions asking to recommend or find a Mac, book, tool, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Ask Different as they tend to attract opinionated ...
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Does this post's status suffer from wrong close reason and is indicative of robo reviewing?

This site suffers from overzealous community reviewers and trigger happy close voters. This can be exemplified with one of my recent posts: Is there any objective data on Apple laptop hardware ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - July 2018

Welcome to the tenth 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 2018 This report ...
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Ask Different new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for Ask Different. It is now live. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post ...
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Check if a question has already been asked

How can I ensure whether a question that I have has been already asked and answered? Ask Different currently has a huge and growing collection of questions. How do I effectively search through them, ...
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Why aren't questions about software development, once closed, automatically migrated to StackOverflow?

In the close menu there is an option for off topic because > Questions about software development are off-topic here, but can be asked on Stack Overflow. Why aren't these automatically moved to ...
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How can I quickly update my email address for the site?

If I find out that I’ve accidentally made a bunch of user accounts and want to edit them one by one and then merge them - I find it’s a lot easier if they all share the same email address. Is there ...
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Comment flags & upvote arrows - another change?

This is another of my "Am I going mad or did this behaviour change recently?" questions. I'm sure the grey upvote & flag icons didn't used to appear unless you hovered over them. Now they seem to ...
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Is it ok to “thank” someone by upvoting many of their questions?

Often, in an attempt to help people with chat-questions (questions that can not be answered without troubleshooting many, many steps and without asking many questions to the point where doing it in ...
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Most Active Contributors Quarterly Report - 2nd Quarter 2018

Welcome to the third 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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What is wrong with this edit

What’s wrong with this edit? I thought shortlinks were banned and should be removed.
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URL Shortener Crusade

The Request I set out on the Crusade for the Holy Grail of no-redirections (named by Denilson Sá) to eliminate every shortened URL on Stack Overflow. But the foreign hordes are overwhelming me, ...
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Top bar on SE sites… changed [again] recently?

Am I going mad? Is this a recent change or have I simply never noticed it before? When you scroll any SE page, the top bar, search etc stays in place [wasting screen space]. If I need to look at the ...
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OP claims to represent company in question

The author of this answer claims to represent a company asked about in the original question. This user just joined the site 45 minutes prior to posting the answer. They're currently listed as '...
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New Ask Different site theme coming soon

As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com several months ago, all network sites will be getting updated themes. Ask Different is one of the first sites that will be updated. As such, I'm posting the ...
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Why is there no reputation change in meta

Why is there no reputation change in Apple.meta.stackexchange.com?
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Is this question still “too broad” after edits? Recommendations for further edits?

I've edited both the tile and body of the question Is region-specific blocking built-in to MacOS more extensive than a few emoji? with the plan of having it reopened. I thought there were as many as ...
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What’s wrong with this edit? [duplicate]

What’s wrong with this edit It added a link to the iOS version, without making the answer any longer or taking any more space on screen.
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Discussion on recommendation / menu bar reverse engineering

I wanted to have a short discussion on one question that looks problematic in terms of scope: Modifying the Menu Bar If you look at the initial version, it had a generally problematic closing which ...
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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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Why is my technical question about macOS/iOS upgrades off-topic?

I'm at a loss to understand why my question is off topic. Why do macOS/iOS upgrades take so long? Presumably I've run afoul of asking the following verboten question: Asking how/why Apple does ...
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Standard Comments to Common Problematic Posts

In an effort to make new users feel welcome at AskDifferent, many users (including myself) have commented on problematic posts welcoming the new user to AskDifferent, explaining the problem, and ...
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What’s wrong with this edit adding an App Store link to an answer?

What is wrong with me adding a link to the app in the App Store in this suggested edit? Was it misunderstood to not be a link?
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Why was my edit fixing capitalization rejected?

My edit for a few capitalization fixes was rejected. What was wrong with it?
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Off Topic Questions - When is a question/problem within scope?

The post in question is "Is there a way to rename menu items in Firefox?" Generically speaking the OP is saying that "because a third party application has a particular bug/limitation, an Apple ...
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Some Clarity on Beta Questions

I've found myself at odds when reviewing questions surrounding the beta version(s) of macOS (in this case, Mojave). For me (in the tangled mess that is my head), there are legitimate questions to be ...
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Reasoning behind Disciplined Badge

As I understand, the badges in a Stack Exchange site are curated by site moderators and thus vary across sites (Please correct me if I am wrong). I have difficulty understanding the reasoning behind ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - May 2018

Welcome to the eighth 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 2018 This report ...
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Is the deleted answer harmful in this post?

In How do I prevent "Local Items" Keychain from locking? One of the answers was flagged as basically causing data loss and then substantially edited. If you do have 10k reputation, you may ...
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App to lock phone

I’m looking for apps which lock the phone, either for a specific app (I.e. “don’t use Facebook for 1 day”) or for the full phone (I.e., “don’t use any app for the whole day”). On Android this is ...
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Why are Microsoft and Adobe apps counted as being about Apple, but Facebook apps aren't?

I don’t get how the "This question does not appear to be about Apple hardware or software within the scope defined in the help centre" works. Today I saw this question: WhatsApp doesn’t show ...
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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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Is this where all the iOS developers are?

I'm new to all of this. I just recently made a stack overflow account and came across StackExchange. So I guess this site is made up of other communities with similar interest? Is this where I can ...
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Review queues unavailable for the day

Review queue privileges are unlocked after crossing certain threshold of score. However, I have observed that certain review queues become unavailable once I hit the daily voting limit. As I ...
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Is replying to a promotional question with a promotional answer breaking the promotional rule?

In this question: Looking to increase my iMac's RAM The OP states: I found one on the Apple website, but it is $400. If I could find a better price, it would be amazing. Clearly looking for a ...
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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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What exactly is a recommendation question on Ask Different?

Ask Different closes some questions as off topic and one broad category employed to keep the questions (and thus answers) highly focused on practical questions that have objectively verifiable ...
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Why does Ask Different receive so much spam posts? [duplicate]

I have been fairly active over the past three weeks. I have a tab with newest questions open all the time. I couldn't help but notice the amount of spam that gets posted on the site. Just curious for ...
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Most Active Contributors Monthly Report - March 2018

Welcome to the sixth edition of the monthly Ask Different Most Active Contributors Report. Please don't hesitate to share your valuable feedback in the comments. Report for March 2018 This report ...
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Community approach to legitimate quasi-astroturf answering trends

As a new user on Ask Different, and of Macs in general, I have a limited amount of knowledge to contribute to the community. I was drawn to Ask Different while seeking and later discovering a solution ...
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What the duck is this?

I don't know whether this belongs in main or meta, so I'll start here. I seem to have developed a sudden case of 'Duck', bottom right of every SE page [except meta] - it reminds me of the old ...
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Are questions about Apple history on-topic or not?

I posted this question on Ask Different a few days ago. In this short time, it became very popular and got over 25 upvotes. However, a moderator put it on hold for "being off-topic". I have the ...
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I’ve been banned from flagging, and I feel mortified!

I didn’t think I was being overzealous, but apparently I messed up. I’m usually very judicious with my flagging, and over time I’ve learned, (not deeply enough, it seems,) some of the finer points of ...
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Seemingly duplicate answer by another poster

In this question I posted an answer. After I posted my answer (by comparing timestamps), someone else posted the same exact answer I did (albeit with a GIF to illustrate it). It is now voted up higher ...
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answer downvoted without comment

Sometimes I don't understand this site. The answer below was downvoted without comment. Separating Apple ID I am not a points hound, so am not concerned, but AFAIK my answer, which directly ...
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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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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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Explanatory text or policy for duplicates are clashing

Seeeing that the question Macbook air 2011-mid keyboard keys Q W E R T Y U I O working sporadically [duplicate] (2 years, 2 months ago [asked Dec 17 '15 at 14:36]) was marked as duplicate and ...

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