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Why was my post deleted?

I asked a question here about how to diagnose a weird swap issue with my Mac. I received some unhelpful advice from someone who didn't understand what the difference between VM and swap was, so I ...
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Is this Phishing or Legit?

I received this email which says the following was added to my inbox. But when look in the inbox I dont see it. I also dont see it under the thread. Unless i'm looking in the wrong spot.
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Stack Exchange iOS App is giving me errors

I have been using the Stack Exchange iOS app for years. Today, for the first time, I was unable to comment or ask using it for Ask Different. It suggested that I log out and back in. When I did ...
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Message count won't clear for inbox

Starting yesterday, there's a "4" badge on my inbox that won't go away no matter how many times I view the already seen items. New bug in code, or some sort of corruption in cookies? The ...
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How to improve this question

This question was closed: Free WYSIWYG Markdown editor with the motivation Questions asking to recommend or find a Mac, book, tool, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Ask Different ...
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How to improve this question?

How to improve this question? I have searched the web (Bing), there is no result for this topic.
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What's the significance of the occasional red dot on the Review Queue button?

Occasionally I see a red dot on the Review Queue button (top right). While it seems to work as normal, and doesn't look like there are no more questions / answers than normal to review, I wondered ...
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How to really delete an answer?

I wrote an answer to Is it OK to buy a refurbished MacBook Pro? , and then after posting it I thought better of it, so deleted it. It added nothing to the question being asked as there were already ...
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How to make cookie setting permanent

Every time I log in I’m asked to confirm or choose cookie settings. How can I make the site remember my choices so I don’t have to choose every time I log in? Sorry if this is not the right site to ...
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how to attach files that exceed character count limit for thread insertion inline?

I have output from a diagnostic I ran on my Mac. I want to insert the output of the diagnostic into a thread I have, but got the message that it exceeds the character limit. I then put the file into ...
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Does the community bot downvote?

I got an auto comment to improve my answer, which is fine. But I'm curious if the bot is the one that downvoted me or if other people downvoted me. Does the bot vote?
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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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How do I gain reputation without much knowledge?

I am having a problem that is already covered by someone else's question, but none of the existing answers work for me. I've asked my own question, but nobody's tried to answer it, and I don't have ...
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Specific question about a real problem was rejected and account was blocked seemingly arbitrarily

My account was blocked for arbitrary reasons. I asked about real problems and other users confirmed they had the same problems. Of course most normal people would and should express frustration when ...
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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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What is “more relevant content” in settings for Ask Different?

In the settings, there is a section we can enable or disable. Use my on-site activity to show more relevant content (recommended) If you opt-out, existing recommendations will be discarded within 24 ...
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tag synonyms for Apple-Silicon and M1

I have just seen that apple-silicon and m1 are separate tags. I think they should be synonyms. I think apple-silicon should be the base tag as it defines the architecture. m1 does not make sense as ...
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Question closed as opinion-based, suggestion on where to ask it?

This question of mine was closed as opinion-based: I have an iPhone XS, should I update to iOS 15.2? I understand the reason for closing my question. I also received an helpful comment (thanks). Could ...
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I'd like to improve this, so can I know why this was closed?

I have a question about my Ask Different post: How can I unmount and erase disk0s2 and recover my bootcamp? I don't understand why my question was closed. It's my first time asking a question. I did ...
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Greyed-out Questions

Sometimes questions appear in a greyed-out form. For instance, here's a screen grab from just now, the first two questions in the list are greyed-out: I can't ascertain why this might occur. ...
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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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New Cookie Dialog on SE Websites, iPhone only

iPhone SE (first generation), iOS 14.4.2 (18D70), iOS Safari I have regularly used this phone to browse the SE sites in which I'm interested: Travel, Expatriates, Mechanics, Home Improvement, and Ask ...
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I earned -1 reputation, how do I see this?

So I noticed the little green badge with the number 9 in it in my AD toolbar so I clicked on it to get the details and this comes up I understand what the +10 means (and from where) but was curious ...
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Why do people on this site close questions with a message asking for “more research to be shown”?

I asked a very clear question and it got closed! My reaction to this was “Why are you all so mean and quick to criticize? I just want some help here, not censorship and more work.” One key reason my ...
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Definition of the "zoom" tag

I've answered a question today that has the [zoom] tag, and while checking the tag afterwards I noticed that: it has no definition or use recommendation it has been colonized lately by zoom.us.app ...
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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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How to cancel a flag?

I started this question and the AI immediately pointed me to a duplicate. But the answer to that duplicate didn’t work. Now the AI isn’t finding that duplicate, so I’ll have to ask again. I flagged ...
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How do I read the comments on this questions? Notifications take my to question's URL and nothing there

I have a question about my Ask Different post: Can anyone explain to me the difference between Terminal, CLI, CLT and Prompt? I could see that someone requested a screenshot. When I clicked on that ...
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Ask Different newsletter archive

I am looking for old Ask Different newsletters. Is there an online archive of all past newsletters available?
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Who are the moderators for Ask Different?

Who are the moderators for the Ask Different site and how many are there? I've noticed many people can close a question. Are they moderators?
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So can someone tell me what's wrong with the question I posted below?

so I posted a question here, Battery discharging while plugged in and it was closed for being similar, which I don't think it is besides being battery related... I was told I could edit it and it ...
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Undo incorrect click in Review queue

So my A.D.D. was if full effect today and I clicked the No Action Needed button in my Review queue when I meant to click on not an answer. Clicking around I could find no "undo" or way to revise what ...
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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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What if I answer my own bounty question?

I have been struggling with a python problem for several weeks. Recently I started a bounty on my question I had submitted. No one has answered yet but I have figured out the solution. May I answer my ...
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Why did I just get a large drop in reputation on this question?

I was just looking at my reputation and noticed I received a -10 recently for this answer. When I look at the actual answer there's no downvotes. I also looked at the answer history and don't see ...
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Why a comment could be deleted?

A few days ago I asked a question on Ask Different and a user answered me. another user who is one of Ask Different moderators, leave an answer but based on the community rights, I believe his post ...
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Why can’t we flag as duplicate a question with no answer?

These two questions : Touchbar seems to randomly trigger - hardware bug? Button on touchbar is randomly activated without being pressed Are exactly about the same problem but when I try to mark the ...
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It would be good if you could please undelete three comments on the YouTube Kids autoplay question

There were about half a dozen comments still visible on the YouTube Kids autoplay question. I flagged just one as "no longer needed" (too chatty), but all of them got deleted. It would be most ...
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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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Direct email question from an AskDifferent user

So I just noticed an email that just arrived in my primary email. It referred, specifically, to "Stack Exchange" of which I am not a member. So I assume it was referring to something on Ask Different ...
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Why has my reputation score suddenly gone up?

I just notice that my reputation score suddenly got bumped up by a sizeable number. I don't see any count on reputation button on top right, neither do I see anything under and Reputation tab on my ...
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Should one remove me too part and hope it helps part from an answer?

Catalina and iOS 13 brought in a lot of new users and they try to be polite and helpful and write answers like: I was having the same problem, my MacBook Pro, model xxxx, macOS xxxx was not doing ...
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"Close" and "Flag" don't work with Safari 12.1.1

It seems silly to ask, because there would already be a question here because it would affect very many people, but maybe I'm just too stupid: If I click on "Close" or "Flag" on any stack exchange ...
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Why did I get -2 for an answer with a score of 1?

My answer to this question was not accepted but was upvoted once. Yet when I check my points the answer is listed as -2. What gives? This has happened twice in one day!
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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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Can an user see their post deleted for reasons of moderation and its comments?

As it often happens, a new user posts a thank you answer or asks a question in answer box, people leave comments under them telling them to ask new questions or leaving other related links and flag ...
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How can I log out of Ask Different?

How can I log out of Ask Different?
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How is "extended discussion" defined

I want to know what the "official" definition here is, of "extended discussions", because when the comments under an answer are being used to further troubleshoot or gain relevance to said answer, and ...
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how to edit such long code/error blocks?

Accessing fileURL from My Photo Stream says "Operation not permitted" This question has a terrible formatting. It is not suitable for: Text: as it is code(in some form) and such texts are ...
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Undelete a deleted question

The following question was posted yesterday on Ask Different: https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/365151/emacs-gui-no-longer-opens-from-the-terminal-after-a-brew-upgrade I engaged with the OP ...
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