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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 ...
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Should [energy] be renamed to [energy-impact] or be a synonym of [power-management]?

energy-saving is already a synonym of power-management, but energy is separate. It is used on a variety of questions, mostly in unison with power-management for general energy questions, or when ...
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How should we get a question updated for a new version?

I was googling how to find the location of backups on iTunes and how to change their locations, but the answers are around 3 years old. What is the right approach to getting these updated. I could ...
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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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Is a revision required to the “What topics can I ask about here?” page in the Help Center?

In the What topics can I ask about here? page it clearly states that: Ask Different is for users of Apple products. If you have a question about ... Apple hardware Apple software ...
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Should the site opt out of Winter Bash 2016?

Each December, the developers run a game / enhancement / treasure hunt that involves hats on avatars. http://winterbash2016.stackexchange.com The event will run from 19 December 2016 up to and ...
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Why don't you ask Dell?

These questions get rather tiresome after a while... Is it possible to connect the new DELL 31.5-inch monitor (UP3216Q) at 3840x2160 to the new macbook pro (late 2016)? The chances of someone else ...
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Tagging the 2013 MacPro6,1

So, the MacPro6,1 doesn't seem to have a tag it belongs to — the tag wiki for mac-pro mentions, by date, all of the models except the new, completely-revised, 2013 model (and with good reason. It's ...
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New tag proposal - Canonical or FAQ

Re: BMike's question - Where is the list of canonical questions stored for Ask Different? It would seem reasonable that such questions could get their own tag type. Trying to find them when closing ...
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Discrepancy between help-center and community consensus?

I recently noticed this sentence in the help center under what is off-topic: Installing or using Apple operating systems on non-Apple hardware (and most other explicitly unlicensed use of product)...
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Feedback to OP when flagging question

I flagged this question for closure because it's a comment and not a question. I also left a comment for the OP explaining why I flagged their question. I understand they can't see the flag but I'm ...
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Is this spam? I can't read it

Is this some kind of glitch, or an actual message? Can't read it [can't even pronounce cyrillic let alone translate it], can't copy/paste it as the entire message is a link in that drop menu. Link ...
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History tag scope

The history tag is a hodgepodge of all sorts of things but I think it might be better off just deleted if it isn't going to collect apple-history (history of the company, computers, etc.—only found a ...
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Rephrase 'Basic Customer Support' off-topic wording

I flagged this question and commented that it would be better suited for the SR site, instead. @patrix, and probably others, agreed and put the question on hold. I was reading the 'hold' wording ...
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Finder and Terminal Term Usage

What are the proper ways to reference Finder and Terminal? Is it "Finder" or "the Finder?" Start by looking in Finder. OR Start by looking in the Finder. Is it "Terminal" or "the Terminal?" Open ...
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Are we bored of “What screen resolutions can my Mac XYZ support?”

There seems to be a new one every day. This was today's - https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/251243/macbook-pro-13-mid-2014-4k-screen-support I know we shouldn't close as "Why don't you Google ...
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Are questions about App Review on-topic?

Today I encountered this question pertaining to "unfair treatment" by the App Store Review, and whether the OP should "appeal" the decision for his app to be rejected. Is this kind of question on- or ...
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No Voice Memos on the iPad?

iPhones have a dedicated Voice Memos app. iPads don't, despite running the same OS and also featuring a built-in microphone. As an addendum to this question (which was suggested I move to Meta as ...
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Developer and Beta-Tester NDAs and Requests for Help on SE

What is the proper way to handle posts and questions having to do with beta- or developer- only released iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS questions? Answer them? Ignore them? Vote them down? Inform the ...
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Why was my “rude or abusive” flag on a gibberish answer declined?

I flagged this answer (now deleted, metasmoke link for <10kers) as "rude or abusive". It was declined with a comment: Please use other. Abusive is to track intentional malice towards people and ...
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How can I limit the responses to only the questions that I have asked?

How can I limit the responses to only the questions that I have asked. I find everyones answers on different questions interesting but I cant go 20 or more emails per day to find what I'm interested ...
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Is the preferred SE site for AppleScript questions Ask Different (as opposed to Stack Overflow)?

The answer to my question may be along the lines of: It really ends up being the preference of the asker as to where they want to receive an answer. Source: Are JavaScript for Automation questions ...
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Is there a place on AskDifferent to post helpful links for Apple-related topics?

I'm wondering whether there is a place on AskDifferent to post helpful links for Apple-releated topics (e.g. I stumpled across https://hey-siri.io/ recently which lists possibly everything Siri can do ...
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Multiple Part Questions

I have a question I would like to ask and in typing it out I realize that the same post could end with three, closely related, yet different questions. What is the consensus on multiple part ...
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Is adding a more detailed, yet repetitive answer acceptable?

I can not yet leave comments nor can I edit an answer; however, I would like to add a sentence or two of detail to a correct answer. Is adding a second, slightly more detailed, yet functionally ...
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How to deal with posts in different languages?

On Ask Different, we occasionally get posts in a language other than English. Take the second answer on this question as an example. Part of it is in English, the other in Spanish. I don't see the ...
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Do my up votes count once I have enough reputation?

I have a reputation of 11 at the moment, but I have found a couple a very useful questions and answers, things I would like to up vote. If I do so now, it does not show up, but I believe it is stored. ...
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Why was this question with 9 upvotes closed as “”Basic Customer Support or questions asking to recommendation"?

I found out that the question Equivalent of Dragon NaturallySpeaking's HeardWord function in Dragon Dictate 4 got closed two months ago (since no comment was left, I didn't receive any ...
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Is this type of answer okay?

I found an answer like this Apple has a support page for this: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201269 I think you should at least give a small description of the link?
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Should I delete my question or keep it?

Not finding a solution, I posted this question but now see it is covered by this one with an answer. Should I just delete it, or is it better to close as a duplicate?
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Should the [osx] tag be renamed to [macos]?

With the rename from OS X to macOS, should the tag be renamed too?
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What things from WWDC can we ask about here?

With the annual developer conference WWDC starting today for 2016 - Apple is announcing new things. Where can we ask / talk / learn more about the live stream of WWDC 2016 on Ask Different?
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Removal of comments explaining downvotes

I asked a question which has received two downvotes and one upvote. Initially a user left a comment explaining their downvote. I responded to his feedback in another comment, where I also linked to a ...
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How do you handle questions about release dates?

On Ask Ubuntu, we were asked Ubuntu on Meizu Pro 5 is sold out, will it be available again? This is a new product, and I'm interested how Ask Different handles this vein of questions - e.g. "When ...
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Should we flag different on Ask Different?

I flagged an original version of a link-only answer as "not an answer" as I have done for hundreds of similar posts on other SE sites. My flag was declined. Then I explained my reasoning and asked ...
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Should products with “Apple” in their name have a dash?

Should a product name using "Apple" (ex. Apple Watch, Apple Music, Apple TV) have a dash between the word "Apple" and the other word? I have noticed a difference between the tags apple-watch and ...
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Software tag vs. hardware tag

Some questions on Ask Different have a tag like iphone, when they are talking about the software used on it, ios. Should we comment to tell users about this, or just edit it? Here are some more ...
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Should I answer an existing old question or ask/answer my own new question?

Is there a point when a question gets too old to answer it? Before today, there was no easy way to tell if your iOS device is currently jailbroken, but an iOS security analyst has developed an ...
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Clarification on appropriate comments

I'm new to Stack Exchange and still learning the rules and conventions. Is it ever appropriate to comment on a great answer to add to what was already written? Is it appropriate to say things like, "I ...
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When did we become a scriptwriting service?

NB: This is probably not the first time a question of this nature has been asked, but I could not find anything similar. While scrolling through the front page/review today, I noticed a trend that ...
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Would you ask about 3rd-party iOS apps here?

If you had a question about a 3rd-party app for iOS, would you ask it here? Here are some examples of iOS apps: Momento Twitter for iOS Day One Journal
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Is it okay to ask questions about rEFInd?

rEFInd is a free custom bootloader for Mac, capable of booting from disks such as NTFS, ext4 and others. rEFInd is not officially supported by Apple. Is it allowed to post questions about it on ...
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Why do I need 50 rep to post a comment?

I think it doesn't make any sense, if there are question that have already been answered but I'm not fully satisfied I would like to post a comment to receive further explaining, but I can't. I think ...
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Sales Figures are Off Topic?

Here's a question I asked: https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/232549/old-ipod-ipod-mini-sales-figures It was put On Hold, with this reason chosen: "Basic Customer Support or questions ...