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Can one ask Hackintosh questions on Ask Different?

Let’s define Hackintosh (also OSx86 before the PPC to intel transition) as Mac OS X running on non-Apple hardware. Since the people that know best Apple software are here, is one allowed to ask ...
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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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Should we expand site scope to include iTunes Connect?

I would like to call for discussion on the scope of this site in light of recent changes by Apple to broaden the audience for the iTunes Connect program. I understand the initial hesitance to have ...
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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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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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Can we open questions about Mountain Lion before it is released to the general public?

Some questions about this software have been closed as it is not released, However the OS has been released to developers. This means there is a chance we can have questions answered by anyone with ...
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When should I ask here, and when should I ask at Super User?

So what's the difference (assuming i'm asking an apple related question)?
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Can we ask questions about Apple software on Windows?

Are questions using Apple OS and Apple Software (3rd party or otherwise) on non apple hardware allowed? This is more general than hackintosh which is also up for discussion. In this case, it might be ...
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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 compiling open source applications on OS X off topic here?

Just posted this question -Compiling (NS/Cocoa) Emacs on OSX with SVG support - and was immediately told this was perhaps off topic, and to take it to SO. There are a lot of questions on AskDifferent ...
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Xcode questions

we are seeing some Xcode questions. Some are about the code being written and so are off topic here. However some are about keys to use e.g. here and so are on topic here. However there are more Xcode ...
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Is asking about jailbreaking with another OS on- or -off-topic?

So, the question already on this Stack Exchange site says that it's OK to ask jailbreaking-related questions - as long as it doesn't violate piracy laws or suggest a criminal offence. TL;DR: Jail-...
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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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Should I have asked about 3rd party software? (pertains to iPhone and Mac OS X)

I asked this question, which pertains to the interoperability of an iPhone, Canon's software, and Mac OS X, on the main site. I'm very active in the "main Trilogy" of StackExchange, so I'm pretty ...
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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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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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Mac OS X Server ontopic?

What about questions about Mac OS X Server? Shall they go here, or would Serverfault be the better place?
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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 questions about the developer's side of the app store be considered on or off topic?

On one hand, posts about tax forms and the like are pretty narrow in scope and don't fit well with the more general, user-centric questions that this site is intended to get. On the other hand, such ...
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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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Update to FAQ about iTunes Connect being on-topic

I have updated the main site's FAQ to include wording that allows iTunes Connect to be on-topic. Here is a short rationalization and summary of where the line is between what would be considered a ...
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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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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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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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Are questions on Apple-like hardware for PCs on-topic?

I flagged question Are there any non-Apple multi-touch trackpads on the market? as "off-topic" and also commented that it probably should be migrated to Super User. The flag was declined with a reason ...
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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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Question about a Windows driver -- here or Super User?

Someone recently asked the following question: Radeon 5730m on Windows XP Hey all, I've recently installed Windows XP SP3 32bit onto my iMac via Boot Camp - I'm having some trouble getting graphics ...
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Are games on topic?

There's already a gaming SE, and superuser, which is much like this site, explicitly excludes games.
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Announcement: minor edits to the Ask Different Tour

First off - thanks for doing your parts in an excellent 2023 here in the community of asking for help and learning together while using Apple products and services. Everyone on meta, doing moderation ...
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MacOSX programming question here or at stackoverflow?

I wonder if I should ask a MacOSX programming question here or at stackoverflow. What is the rationale for asking here versus there and how does that decision work with the discouragement of cross ...
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Update to FAQ regarding beta and pre-release software [duplicate]

I have updated to the FAQ to include a line about not being able to ask about pre-release and beta software. and it is not about ... pre-release or beta software requiring a non-disclosure agreement ...
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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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Are iPhone App Requests On Topic?

I'm looking specifically at this proposal: There's an app for that (iPhone apps) Proposed Q&A site for people who want to find and discuss iPhone apps. The app store is not a friendly place to ...
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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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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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What should our FAQ contain?

Quite simply, what should it contain? To help with lots of answers, if you can format as follows, please and thank you: Answers: Put headings in either bold or Third level heading format with ...
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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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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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where should questions about the developer program be asked?

I had a question about what happens to my apps if the development program is not extended. Then my question was voted down and closed since this was not the place to ask this question according to ...
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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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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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Are ports related questions off-topic for Ask Different?

I see a uptick in ports related questions (especially homebrew of late) and wondered if this has been discussed on meta yet. My experience from Apple discussion boards as well as the fink discussions ...
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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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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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iLife suite question

Is this a good place to ask specific usage questions about GarageBand, iMovie ?
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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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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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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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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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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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