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Are software recommendations in-topic or not?

I asked a software recommendation: Best iPhone app to track stocks This isn't the first time I do it, and my other questions were generally well-received: App which allows me to comment *and* to ...
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Why is this question being downvoted?

I asked a question about which US phone carriers allows its users to use one of iOS' features, and it got downvoted. Apple has a Discussion page about it, but it seems incomplete. People in the ...
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Where is the Windows forum?

I use Apple and Windows products and love giving technical support on both of them. I found Ask Different to help people with their Apple products and it's great! However, I have searched far and ...
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Where can I ask some "how to" questions about vintage Macs?

I've gotten some inexpensive 'vintage' Mac hardware I'd like to get running. A Mac Pro (desktop) and a Mac SE (Toaster, no drive) for $25 each. Neither runs fully. I have questions about which OS, ...
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Why was this question closed?

This question was just closed as "off-topic." It seems to be on-topic to me, as it concerns only Apple hardware and whether the screen from one Mac might be useable on another model. I agree ...
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Can I ask questions about vintage Apple products?

I'm troubleshooting some issues with an Apple IIc. Is it OK if I ask questions about my computer on Ask Different?
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Are questions about hardware development on-topic?

Right now the on-topic FAQ reads: Please refrain from asking about the following topics: Code-level programming questions (cocoa, LLVM, etc…) are off-topic here. We do encourage AppleScript, ...
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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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Why was the "accepting user input" question received on the site while being off-topic?

Disclaimer: Don't flag broad, as it's all very interconnected and can be answered well in one post. One shouldn't repeat the whole story again and again. Also, I had exams so had avoided discussions ...
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Are questions related to issues with the user interface in Photoshop on-topic?

Photoshop is constantly moving the window application on macOS when the menu bar overlaps it. The menu bar is set to be hidden automatically. This is a question about the Photoshop user interface and ...
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Is question-linking a part of a privilege? Which one? Or is that done through some other mechanism?

I'm to the point where I don't think I can bring myself to answer pkgutil --expand-full again. Like, ever again. I don't wanna be known for milking this one flag I dug up years ago. But somehow, ...
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Question put on hold as off-topic yet previous off-topic flag declined

This question was put on hold as off-topic. Yesterday I flagged it as off-topic before it was put on hold: Yet it was declined. Why is this?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions about very old Apple products on-topic?

I'm about to buy this old PowerPC eMac just for nostalgia, some fun and for playing some old games I have. I know there's a beta site on retro computing. However, is there any limit to age of Apple ...
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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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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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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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Are questions about the Apple Car acceptable (already)?

According to Help we should refrain from asking questions about “Pre-release hardware or asking how/why Apple does <some thing XYZ>” and we should avoid “asking an open-ended, hypothetical question:...
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Should questions about non OS X specific command-line tools be allowed?

The question in question is Extracting latency value from output of ping. Should questions like this be considered off-topic? Aren't there other SE sites dedicated to these types of questions?
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Are questions regarding topics whose legality is questionable allowed?

If you search jailbreak, you find 601 questions at time of writing related to jailbreaking one's device. The legality of this is debatable, but yet these questions are being answered. Should we close ...
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What to do with "Code -36" questions

Today I stumbled upon this question. Code -36 is a file permissions error on OS X, and resolution is really dependent on what type of file is attempting to be opened. If it's an app, there's a Super ...
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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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How can I make my question comply to all Ask Different guidelines?

My question to improve: How to check if the screen replacement part for iPhone 5s is an original one? Some clarifications on questions from bmike: Are you looking for knowledge? If so, remove ...
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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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Should beta OS questions be on-topic due to NDA changes + widening distribution by Apple

Questions that relate to Apple beta software (for example https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/192902/restoring-a-backup-to-an-ios-9-device) are generally not allowed. My understanding is that ...
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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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Serial downvoting on voice dictation questions

I've just noticed that I got downvoted on my voice dictation questions: Are voice dictation questions out of scope here? If not, is there any other issues with my voice dictation questions? ...
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Making Clash of Clans questions off-topic here

We currently (as of November 19) have 65 questions tagged "Clash of Clans" on the site, with an average question score of 0.2. Currently, these questions have generated a grand total of two answers ...
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Are questions related to unreleased hardware OK?

Questions on unreleased hardware like the Apple Watch. Can we questions about the features of the product and it's working?
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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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Similar Group like "Android Enthusiasts" for Objective-C in Stack Overflow

I'm an iOS developer and I used to pass a lot of time on Stack Overflow. Recently I have seen a Stack Exchange site called Android Enthusiasts and it seems to me that it's only for "Android Developers"...
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Can anyone point to a reason to ban virtualized OS on the site?

Our help section has a prohibition on "hackintosh" questions where I believe the intent is to avoid low value, low quality questions about driver support. https://apple.stackexchange.com/help/on-...
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How to flag this type of question?

Today I saw this question, Details about methoxy polyethylene glycol What is the chemical formula of methoxy polyethylene glycol ? When I tried to flag it as off topic, I have three options ...
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The page http://apple.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic needs to be more prominent.

It appears the the Ask Different FAQ is gone, redirecting to a generic help page. I now see that there is a page about what is on-topic for the site, but that page is far less prominent than the old ...
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Should the help page remove the prohibition on hackintosh?

I'm inclined to edit the help page on what questions are on and off-topic. The list off-topic items has this category: Installing or using Apple operating systems on non-Apple hardware (and most ...
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Update FAQ to include Jail-breaking and/or unlocking

Does anyone else think that the FAQ should include addressing statements of one or both: jailbreaking (still legal in USA) unlocking (ruled illegal under some circumstances in the USA) 1-For jail-...
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