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My question was closed, but it was asked and answered first and has been helping many people

I asked this question -> How can I install java openjdk 8 on High Sierra or newer macOS and it was quite a popular problem with a popular solution to boot. It's "helped" about 66k people (...
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Dealing with repetitive spam

So this question: https://apple.stackexchange.com/q/425828/237687 Keeps getting posted. Surely a rule can be written that can recognize “gummy bears” etc and it can be automatically removed, ...
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How can I flag an off-topic question without selecting an off-topic reason?

I wanted to flag https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/97699/can-i-travel-to-tibet-independently as off-topic (the question is now deleted), but differently from where I can vote to close a ...
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How can I get more answers to my question?

I asked a question on this site several months ago, and I still have not received a working answer. Is there some way I can get an answer to this question or get more people to view it without putting ...
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Guidance Needed on Question re Network Location & Preferred Networks

I have a question re use of Network Location & Preferred Networks. I found two similar Q&A here: Q&A one, and Q&A two. Q&A one was posted 5 years ago, and closed 8 days ago because ...
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I posted a long question. Part of it is Apple-specific; part is not. Should it be kept open, or should it be closed?

On the main site, you can find a post I've written. Let me first summarize it and analyze it, and then ask you about it. Summary and initial analysis of my post on the main site YouTube offers a ...
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Re-ask unanswered questions from SuperUser, ServerFault

If I have some unanswered questions on others site which are too old to be migrated, may I repost them here as this is now the main Apple site ?
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Accidentally submitting comments by tapping the return button on iPad

On numerous occasions, I have posted an unfinished comment by accidentally pressing the return key on my iPad. (I personally think you should have to press the “Add Comment” button on the site to ...
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Dupe question... but answers are extremely different

I recently asked this question about disabling Siri entirely in the touch bar on the new Macbook Pro models. The question is technically a duplicate (and was marked as such), however the answers on ...
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Is asking a “list-like” question regarding incompatible 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina off-topic?

The subject pretty much says it all: Is asking a “list-like” question regarding incompatible 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina off-topic? I am well aware list-like questions (aka: questions that inspire ...
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After 3 years I posted an up-to-date answer and got some bad feedback — What should I do?

We are talking about this question: How to schedule airplane mode? Jun 15, 2016 — I asked the question how to schedule the Airplane Mode on my iPhone. Got answer mentioning it was not possible ...
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New filter control for questions?

I just noticed a new question filter button in the UI. When was it introduced? Did I enable it unknowingly? Is it a public or test release? Is there a blog post announcing it's addition? Can it be ...
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Why was this question not closed?

I read this question about giving your iPhone & passcode to another person. The OP asked What's the things the can do and what trace would be around to identify that action? To my reading and ...
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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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Should a Question Ever be Removed from Hot Network Questions

Today a new update was made to Hot Network Questions, it included giving moderators the ability to remove a question from HNQ. There are times when the hotness formula selects a question that a ...
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What's a 'wall of text' question here?

Howto good question says: give context and detail. Linking etiquette prescribes quoting the target, yet when posting just three smallish paragraphs plus two links with quotes that despite proper ...
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My question was closed as duplicate

My question about iOS 11.4 Full Jailbreak was closed as a duplicate although it was asked 1 month earlier than an “original” question. Can someone investigate this?
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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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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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Can, and if yes, should posts be bumped?

Say I've asked a question which hasn't gotten much attention despite being out for about a week (low view count, no comments or answers etc). How should I attract attention (besides offering a bounty)...
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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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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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How to get a question migrated?

I asked a question about extension/app/freeware options on a mac for a particular use case, and a user suggested I might be better off at Software Recommendations. I didn't know about that site at ...
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I can't answer anything on Apple.SE so there is no way to gain reputation now

I just opened a account here on apple.stackexchange.com. I know the rules and was ready to answer some questions when I noticed that I am not allowed to answer any questions at all. In the following ...
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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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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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Could my question(s) be reopened?

I made a small goof. I asked two hardware questions about Keyboards and Mice. The questions are very similar and, accidentally, I typed in the same title for both (referencing keyboards.) These ...
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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 ...
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Should I delete my question?

I asked a question on this site that has been answered. How do I create an automator to forward mail? I didn't actually have the problem I asked about. Should I delete it?
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Should answers which are not forward compatible be edited for compatibility, or new answers created for new versions?

Recent OS X updates (SIP) have rendered some old solutions (especially scripts) broken. Should old answers be updated, or new questions answered in their own right?
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Are questions about the effect of upgrading iOS out-of-topic

Are the following types of questions considered out-of-topic at Ask Different? - Will my iPhone X be able to run iOS X without lagging - Anyone tried to install iOS X on iPad X, what's your ...
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Close bug-report type question or leave answer?

iTunes music sync: "Albums" sub-window too tall for main window I also posted this on the Apple Community forum for iTunes, and received a reply from a high-rank user (turingtest2). His ...
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Discussion Topic: Increase In Questions That Are Simply Solved With Google Search

I don't know whether it is the start of the school year, but I feel like I am seeing more and more questions that could very easily be answered by the OP with a simple Google search. An example was ...
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Are JavaScript for Automation questions better suited to Stack Overflow?

As someone who has quickly adopted JavaScript for Automation, I was wondering whether questions about the language (both broad and technical) are better suited to Stack Overflow or Ask Different. ...
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Should follow-up advice given in comments be added as an update to an answer?

I provided and answer to this question on the main site, and subsequent to that answer, I had an exchange with the OP in the comments section where I provided additional advice on how I personally ...
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Why was this question downvoted?

I'm a reasonably seasoned user over on on Stack Overflow, so I know a single downvote is no big deal, and people can vote however they like and have no obligation to explain why; that's fine. But I'm ...
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Off-topic post filter

Why is there no filter for off-topic posts? I mean, it would have to be actively maintained (or automatic), but for months leading up to the release of a product, you can expect wave after wave of off-...
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Are questions about installing OS X on PC on-topic

...or do you have any suggestion, where I could ask such? I would like to build an iOS application, for which I nead a real OS X-based machine or a service like Macincloud. However, this answer ...
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Can I ask about installing Ubuntu on a Mac?

I already have a similar question on Ask Ubuntu for installing Ubuntu on a mac, but I want to post a question here. Is that okay?
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Upgrade related questions appropriate?

Appropriate to ask for advice on upgrading on this site? For instance, if a user says "I have this computer was set up a, and $500 to spend, what are the best upgrades to spend my money on?", will ...
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What to do with questions where repair/replacement is obviously the only answer?

Every once in a while I see a question along the lines of: My iPhone got run over by a train, then my friend threw the pieces in a thermite fire, and the ashes were accidentally encased in concrete ...
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What do I do if I have a series of smaller questions?

Let's say that for instance I have a series of very short questions with an average of 5-10 words each. Do I normally ask a question for every? Or can I ask small questions in one question? Or should ...
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What is the correct way to inform an Asker their answer is on another SE site?

I gave an answer to this question: Install Xcode without admin But the answer mostly amounts to "Your question was answered at SO here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1837889/authorize-a-non-...
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How to get my question re-opened?

I recently asked this question Are there USB-A to USB-C adapters for the Early 2015 MacBook and it was closed as "primarily opinion-based" due to there not being enough detail since it was all rumours ...
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Draft forgets title of question

I was writing a question on apple.stackexchange.com. I saw the little “draft saved”. I went away, then I went back to the page. I found my draft question, with even the tags, but the title was empty. ...
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Error trying to upload a picture

I was attempting to upload a picture to add to my question here but I kept getting this message box (which I've never seen before across StackExchange): Which, after clicking OK, lead to this page, ...
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If an old question wasn't answered, is there a good way to bump it?

I have the same question previously asked as "Stop iTunes from automatically stopping podcast downloads". I don't think there was a satisfactory answer 3.5 years ago, and now one of the top answers ...
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Bounty expired without good answers, so did some digging and found the correct answer. Now what?

I would like to request some help on a bounty. I am not seeing options that seem right for the community. In summary, it looks like my only choice is to award a bounty to an unsatisfactory answer. I ...
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Should questions about OS X Yosemite be allowed now it is in public beta?

I know this question has already been asked, but with the public beta release everyone can access and get Yosemite. There will definitely be some bugs and glitches. Could we ask questions on Yosemite ...
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New users don't tag questions correctly

Here's a sample of two, consecutive, new user questions posted a while ago that prompted this discussion. Let's ignore the non-optimal titles for now and focus on the choices for the tags on the ...