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Why has my close vote seemingly disappeared from this question?

I voted to close this question this morning. The system even automatically left a comment with the reason I gave! Need help with accessing my school admin's username & password to un-install ...
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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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How should we be closing or not closing accountsd using 400% CPU type questions on 10.15.6 and newer?

We have a rash of people needing help with sluggish Macs on 10.15.6 and 10.15.7 The best technical explanation of this is that some, but not all people get this daemon taking multiple cores of CPU and ...
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Can we bypass or opt out of the automation that moves answers to comments?

This question needed an answer, not a comment. cronjobs do not run This is a horrible change since answers belong in the answer section. Comments are not for answers, only for clarifications on the ...
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You closed my question as duplicate when it obviously isn't

Question in question: I downloaded a shell executable and man pages from a source I trust. Where should I put them? You closed it as duplicates of question which only mention where to put the ...
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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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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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Inconsistent thumbnail generation in Finder?

Ok, just saying, but this site seems a bit broken. The exact question I want to ask has been addressed, but I can't enter that conversation/thread because I don't have 50 reputation points. So ... I ...
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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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Users who answer their questions with an “UPDATE” in the Question

How should we handle questions where the user answers their question by editing the question and posting an answer there usually flagged with "Edit" or "Update" (à la Reddit) ...
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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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Map of related tags

I put together this mind map to represent approximate relationships I see between tags. Many tags do not fit well into a tree structure, so I've taken liberties in a few areas. Hopefully this is ...
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Why was this question closed for being “Off topic”?

Yet another, "why was this question closed?" post. Sorry, but I genuinely don't understand this one. I put posted a Q&A Format question (ie. I answered it myself to share research and ...
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How do I publish an answer to a question I had which was not asked here?

I figured out an answer to a question, and I wanted to share it with the community. How do I do that? I posted a "question" whose body contains my suggested solution, but that seems ...
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Clarify difference between “reputation” and “score”

Update As Glorfindel points out, I was completely confused about the difference between "reputation" and "score", leading to the post below. I have been using StackOverflow for ...
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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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Who is user3439894 ? I want to thank him/her for https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/235794/283681 in real life

I found this mystery user in our community very intriguing, after looking at his/her stats. Contributions since 21st Feb 2015 and especially this one. I see recent activity too, so kindly reach out at ...
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How to Log Out of Ask Different [duplicate]

I have recently joined Ask Different and can log in but how do I log out when I want to leave the page? I can't find a 'log out' or 'sign out' button.
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What do I do or where do I go to get people to join my chat room?

I don't know who to invite to my chat room for help setting up a vm through VirtualBox. How do I find people to invite to that chatroom? How do I know who is the right people to invite to that chat ...
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Resize images programmatically

For editing purposes, is there a way to resize the images on this website without saving them to your computer, resize them an upload them again? I've played with some x and y coordinates, but with ...
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Which beta tag is preferred?

It's that time of year and we're back in Apple's beta season. While seeing some recent Big Sur and iOS 14 questions start to come across, I noticed that we have 2 tags for beta software: beta beta-...
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Separate script-editor and AppleScript tags from each other

Before this recent question Script Editor shows Error: No Error in JavaScript code for sending email taught me that JavaScript can also be used in Script Editor app, I had added AppleScript tag into ...
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How do we file complaints about a moderator closing people's posts when he doesn't know better?

How do we file the complaint? The post is Shouldn't iOS disallow apps to look at the clipboard? being closed by the moderator @nohillside Even if the question doesn't have any merit, I'd like to ...
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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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Apple Developer Forum links broken after WWDC 2020 forum upgrade

At WWDC 2020, Apple updated their Developer Forums. This has broken links to the old developer forum such as https://developer.apple.com/forums/message/335101: Error - Page Not Found The page you’re ...
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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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Question to be reopened?

A helpful flag was raised by a user that lacks the reputation to vote to reopen on this post. Rather than delay a reopen, I’m posting in case others feel the same. How to get iphone message history on ...
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Creating an Ask Different Style Guide

Ask Different Style Guide I've been going through the Suggested Edits review queue and of late, there's been some wild "swings" in terms of the formatting (i.e. code, menu, keyboard, etc.), ...
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Suggested practise when mentioning the link to an Apple Support document

There's often an Apple Support/Knowledge base document that discusses a particular feature or answer to a common user query. I and many other users reference the link to the document in our answers. ...
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Depreciated, Deprecated, and Removed

This may seem pedantic, but on a site like this, precision is important; so can I ask that we all watch out for the correct use of the words Depreciate, Deprecate, and Removed? Depreciate means to ...
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“Ask Different” name [duplicate]

Now, this might be one of those semantic details that isn't enforced, but Apple explicitly states in their Copyright and Trademark Guidelines that 8. Slogans and Taglines: You may not use or ...
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Can I ask Usability of Program Questions?

I want to ask how to do a certain function in the Automator app. Is that an appropriate question to ask in AskDifferent?
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Non-Answer Declined Flag, but Author agrees with me!

This one confuses me. I flagged this answer - https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/392854/119271 - as not an answer, which was subsequently declined. In the comments, the author literally says, in ...
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Tag confusion now that there are two “magic keyboards”

We’ve not had a magic-keyboard tag on the main site until the iPad version of that gear was released recently. I created that tag, but wanted to see if there was consensus how to use the main keyboard ...
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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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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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The linked question shows that the accepted answer has the least votes - should the voting be changed?

This happens quite often where the accepted answer does not have the highest votes. For a simple case in point, see Is there an easy way to find the specification pages for old Apple Computers that ...
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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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Network Router UI Simulators

Just sharing a site I found that could potentially be useful, not just here on Ask Different, but pretty much anywhere if you need to assist someone troubleshooting a network issue and need to see the ...
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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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How to ask a question about why a product doesn't exist

So I understand questions that invite purely speculative answers are not helpful here. But I have a real use case situation and the fact that the product I'm looking for doesn't seem to exist both ...
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Why are comment flags declined if comments are obsolete and the obsolete flag was used?

Similar to this question I had the same issue in here, where the users go into discussing how to edit/use StackExchange. When flagging for chatty, they just got declined. Example comments: that ...
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Why are my comment flags declined?

I recently flagged 19 comments as too chatty or obsolete and have had all of them declined. The comments were of the following nature: +1 for the explanation. I guess you mean the shift key? Also, ...
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Difference between price and cost

The post Why are Thunderbolt 2 adapters so expensive was closed as not well-suited for this site because it is about hardware shopping and focused on price. It is true that when the primary focus is ...
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Domain name suggestions [duplicate]

Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: Wrong Question We're going to keep the name apple.stackexchange....
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Using Folding@home to help fight COVID-19

For anyone who is interested, we have set up an Ask Different team that is now folding for the Folding@home project. For those not familiar with Folding@home, it's a distributed computing project for ...
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Where is the list of canonical questions stored for Ask Different?

Where can we store a list of questions that are considered canonical? Canonical means that it's asked frequently enough to warrant an excellent clear and detailed answer that the site edits and ...
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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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My answer was unfairly deleted

I have a question about my Ask Different post: Can I set custom album artwork that isn't included in one of the songs? My answer was deleted by a mod. I believe my answer is justified because: ...

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