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Discourage “suggest to Apple” or “report to Apple” answers

I submit that we should be discouraging answers suggesting reporting issues to Apple. Apple isn't, shall we say, super interested in addressing reports from users about issues they encounter in cases ...
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Why is the voting system on this site so severely broken and how to improve it?

Meta-users should already know this: Why is voting important? …good content rises to the top …incorrect content falls to the bottom But looking into the questions by vote yields almost ridiculous ...
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Is this really our new look?

All I can say is... please, no. It's like someone threw a bag of crayons at Windows 10. The old 'fade out' version was fine. This is just a distraction. For anyone who hasn't yet read the Meta post,...
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Reviewing First Post Answer: Feedback Channels

I just reviewed a First Post that was classified as an answer. It had poor spelling, grammar, a lot of ranting and so on. If that would have been all to it I were easily persuaded to apply a no ...
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Prerequisites for Canonisable Questions / Scope of Ask Different

Sparked by the question: What is coreduetd? This got criticised for being: "it’s also a canonical question for one we want to close as “too broad” and “too wiki” - we don’t want to encourage ...
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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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How should we manage questions that have very different answers per version of macOS?

I asked a question regarding how to perform an action on macOS Sierra. Over the years Apple has changed the OS in specific ways that older solutions don't apply to the latest version of their OS, and ...
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Why are my flags declined? [duplicate]

I flagged several comments under a legacy question but all the flags were declined. I was under the impression, under SE guidelines, +1 and thanks were to be removed. As a new member to this SE site ...
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Where do we draw the legal line?

I've seen my fair share of 'shady' per-se questions on here, and am looking for input on where we draw the line. There are several places that we could draw this metaphorical line: Jailbreak ...
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Removing tag synonym

I was doing a little bit of poking around today and realized that waterproof is a synonym for environment. Seems correct, right? Well, let's take a look at the description of environment. ...
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How to Thank People

Now and then I find something here that is very, very helpful, and I want to thank the person who posted it, by commenting in some apposite phrases. But I can't. I need 50 'reputation' points. I ...
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Why were these too chatty flags declined on some +1 comments? [duplicate]

Similar to this situation, I've had 7 recent comment flags declined on noisy comments. These comments are just of the '+1' or 'Thanks' type: Huge "THANKS!". :) +100 to apachectl configtest +...
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Revisiting prerelease software [duplicate]

Yes, there are already a lot of questions on meta about prerelease software, but I don’t think any of them actually focus on Public Betas. Sure, in the past, people would illegally download ...
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What is there to be done about all those old questions? [duplicate]

Now and again, an old question will make its way up onto the homepage... like, really old. How do I enroll devices while "Can enable remote management" is disabled? was bumped just a few ...
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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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How to get rid of orphaned questions?

I love this site, and I'm doing my best to provide good questions and helpful answers. But as I browse through the questions, I find a lot of orphaned questions that IMO don't contribute anything to ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 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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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Reviewing/Approving Post Edits for http -> https

I'm seeing a lot of 'http -> https' suggested edits show-up in the review queue to be reviewed and approved (example). Almost all of these are several years-old posts that don't have any other ...
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Where could I publish my own technical articles?

Not sure this is the right place to ask this (where else?). I'm doing some research on iPhone software and hardware and have learnt some stuff that I couldn't find anywhere else. I thought I'd like ...
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How can I improve this question about Siri?

A few days ago I asked "How can I turn off Siri's joke responses?" I thought this was a perfectly legitimate question. It's on-topic, not subjective, and (I think) pretty clear what I'm asking. It's ...
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Thoughts on OPs deleting questions

I have encountered this a few times recently: A user will ask a question about a problem, the solution to which is generally a one-liner troubleshooting thing posted in the comments (i.e. "Have you ...
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Does the “What topics can I ask about here?” page need a minor edit

I feel the What topics can I ask about here? page needs a minor edit. At present, this page still contains a link to the no-longer active blog (see screenshot below): While linking to the blog itself ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Ask Different is scheduled for an election next week, June 26th.In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to ...
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iPartition vs Paragon Hard Disk Manager

Today I spotted a question closed as dupe - Increase size of Bootcamp partition? The original, however - whilst perfectly correct at the time - is now actually dangerously out of date. iPartition ...
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Can we ask iOS 11 related questions already?

I just noticed this iOS 11 related question How do I enable the one-handed keyboard? on Apple.SE, Is this allowed already?
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Proposal: WWDC Keynote Live Chat Event

As most of us know, each year Apple hosts its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Typically, Apple launches the WWDC with a keynote address during which it introduces upcoming software and ...
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Poll: Ask Different Blog

Today I came across the Ask Different Blog, something I had no idea even existed. Noting that the last entry is dated 6 October 2015, I started to wonder whether it had quietly died at some point, so ...
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New “No Research” close reason?

From some brief comments in AD Chat, it appears we currently have one spare slot for a new close reason. I would like to propose a 'zero research' type reason - though I'm open to suggestions on the ...
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Proposal to change the 'Ask Different' site description on the Stack Exchange list of sites

Users who have joined Ask Different will see the Answers for your Apple questions description at top left of all Ask Different pages (see below): However, new users looking through the list of all ...
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Question about setting btime - would this question I posted over on the Unix stack be better here?

https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/364976/how-to-change-bsds-file-birth-time-aka-btime I posted a Q about how to set btime (BSD's file Birth time) on files. I'm wondering if the community here ...
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Should we have an [ftps] tag?

Instead of doing sftp, we can go to Finder and connect to server using ftps://somesite.com. So ftps should be a valid tag if the user is inquiring about it. The question is at: After connecting to a ...
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Reviewing 'low quality posts' - when to recommend deletion of answer

I've been wondering this for a while and thought it was time I sought some guidance. Often when I review a low quality post I will add a comment such as the one below: Welcome to Ask Different ...
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Why do people answer questions in the comment box?

mac os 10.11.6 no activity monitor A very simple question with a very simple answer, yet for some reason, both answers are being provided in the question comments. Both users have a ton of rep (5k ...
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Why was my question closed asking why Apple didn’t implement a hardware feature in a specific device?

Why does the larger iPad pro support fewer LTE bands than the smaller one? This was VTC'd despite not being "based on opinion, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise." In specific, the ...
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No more elections?

After digging around on the badges page, I came across the fact that there hasn't been an election on the site since 2013. Is there a reason for that or is it just an error?
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Migration rejection followed by repost on original site closed as duplicate, how do I proceed?

I had asked a question on the IoT and they immediately migrated it over to Ask Different, where it sat for a while (almost 2 weeks) and no answers. A moderator from Ask Different thought it should be ...
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Question was put on hold as opinion based

If I use CMD + C on my iPhone the information is stored even after restart. But not on Notebook. Why? The question is about the situation - where the same action works differently on iPhone and ...
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Old unanswered questions and comments as Answers

I put this comment Because of the amount of time passing since this question was posted, it would probably be best to ask a new question with updated information. Obviously you can't add a bounty ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017 [duplicate]

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Why are my comment flags (obsolete) declined?

Is it possible to use Macbook with 0% health? The first is what you mean by "accu" ? and the second The battery. I thought it was a word in English, my bad I have use flag for both with "...
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Should [pf] and [little-snitch] be synonyms of [firewall]?

I've recently created the little snitch tag and I observed that it has been made synonym with firewall. Probably to be consistent with the already existing synonym relationship between pf and firewall....
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Create a canonical Q&A for installing a blank OS without MAS with a link to a hosted copy of the installers

I have been seeing a lot of questions like: "I want to install El Capitan, but I never got it from the App Store. How can I do this?" The best option for this is "Get a friend with the installer." I ...
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Method to get answers accepted if OP is unregistered

On Ask Different especially, a significant proportion of questions are asked by unregistered users who are then unable to accept an answer to their question as correct. This is a massive disincentive ...
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Rename [terminal] to [terminal.app] to make it clear the tag is for the macOS app

Should the tag terminal be renamed to terminal.app? I think this would help make it clear that the tag should only be used on questions regarding the macOS Terminal.app. General command line ...
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How to improve my answers?

I want to give answers to some questions that I know the answer to, but I don't know how to express my answer. What should I keep in mind when I answer any questions?
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Why does Ask Different receive so much spam posts?

I don't know if this is an appropriate question to ask here, but I thought this would be the best place to ask. I have noticed (especially recently) a LOT of spam questions (true spam, like for body-...
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Restore from backup?

The cynic in me wants to post a question & answer I accidentally my hard drive. What do I do now? I accidentally Wiped my boot drive Tried to resize my partition Tried to ...
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Legality of discussions

How is it acceptable to discuss methods of taking over others' devices? Came here looking for help with security and I see inquiries almost all pertaining to taking control over products, aka stealing/...
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Why was my answer down voted, and most importantly why did it not require the user to leave a comment?

I am new here and am a little confused. Why are you allowed to down vote an answer without leaving a comment? That provides me with no information as to how to improve my answer. Is this safe to ...