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There is a bug in the post edit confirmation process - “You have started editing this post. Abandon this edit?”

Please be careful when editing posts. This bug is reported approximately 16 hours ago on some other sites. When you go to save or cancel your edit, the dialog may not respect your choice. Worse, the ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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How should this question be edited

This question How do I run a .sh or .command file in Terminal has just come up on the front page. The title says How do I run a .sh or .command file in Terminal The question however asks How do I run ...
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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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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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Question under review this long abnormal? @nohillside♦!? An update on "This Q needs details or clarity." as the closure reason? IT IS SOLVED

I have a question about my Ask Different post: A too-big dialog window put up by AppleScript has made Safari unusable. (Why?) How can I dismiss it/recover, w/o losing unsaved content in open tabs? My ...
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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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HOWTO Convert video to animated GIF

Many times, OPs are good enough to link videos to their question(s) so that we can have a view of the problem they are experiencing. The only problem with this is that it links to a video off of Ask ...
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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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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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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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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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Should I delete an accepted answer that's now very out of date?

Context: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/35442/292 I agree with the comments left. The tool is no longer useful if you're on a modern macOS distribution. Should I delete the answer? Leave it? That ...
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Is it wrong to ask a question on Ask Different even if it's "easily Googleable"?

When googling apple-related queries, like "how do I do x", there's typically a lot of sites which are search engine optimised appearing toward the top of the results, and a lot of the time, ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. Since none of ad proposals on this site made it past the score thresholds, none will be displayed — go to the main post on MSE for a list of ...
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Do we want to unpin the accepted answer from the top?

Stack Exchange recently changed the way answers are sorted on Stack Overflow, meaning that accepting an answer no longer pins it to the top (regardless of sorting method). It still has the green ...
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Can we rename the site to Apple? [duplicate]

Ask Different was sounding a bit outdated almost since the start of this site. Maybe this generation of Apple was still borderline 'different': Definately not the case now. I'm sure Apple would allow ...
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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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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #5 on Ask Different has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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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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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Ask Different is scheduled for an election next week, 2021-08-16. ...
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Why so many old questions at the top of the list -- and what to do with them?

I can understand that it's good to let low-scoring older questions bubble back to the surface, in case there is new information, or someone has a new angle: but there often seem to be a lot of very ...
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First time odd message

When I logged in today, I got this odd message: I had cleared out cookies yesterday, so that might be related. But I’ve done that before without this message. Bug? Glitch? And then when I came to ...
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Question closed because of incomplete answer elsewhere

I've run into an issue where I need to make an image of a decent sized USB drive. The only place where I have enough room to store that image is on my iMac. The issue is this drive has FAT32 and EXT4 ...
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Running VirtualBox on Apple M1

This question about running VirtualBox or other virtualisation on Apple Silicon has come up several times: Can I run Virtualbox on new M1 Macbook Air? How to enable hardware virtualization on MacBook ...
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What is unclear with this question?

What is unclear with this question? How can I use Open Sea Maps on a Mac? It is short, concise and very easy to understand (The OP wants to use OSM on a Mac to create waypoints. Anyone using a map ...
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Refining policy on hardware recommendations

I understand why "let's go shopping" questions are unhelpful to the site and thus closed. But my understanding was that this policy does not make all hardware recommendations off-topic on Stack ...
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Should we allow recommendations of hardware or software?

So I just got a can of polite and friendly moderation whupass handed to me on this issue (not realising it was one), and think it may be something which we should change. I am new, and please don't ...
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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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How to migrate a post that doesn't belong here to Super User?

So I ran into a post about a Lenovo laptop that obviously needs to be moved over to Super User. So I clicked to close it and selected the Community Specific option and then to suggest moving it to ...
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Should I simply add an image to someone elses answer?

I am unsure how I should proceed in this particular situation: Someone else has given a good answer in my opinion but I could add an image to give some more detail. I am especially referring to this ...
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package managers

I noticed that What are pros and cons for MacPorts, Fink and Homebrew? has come up due to an edit. This is really an opinion based question but the answers are reasonable enough at the moment and is a ...
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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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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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Fonts gone all faint on Stack Exchange?

The text on Stack Exchange suddenly seems much thinner and weaker than before. Other websites and text appear to be normal. Is it just me?
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Would this question about statistics be on-topic?

I have a mid-2012 Macbook Pro running High Sierra and I have to upgrade to Catalina (some programs are no longer updating). As usual I'm worried about bricking the machine, so I thought about asking ...
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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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M1 tag versus Apple Silicon tag

Right now, it looks like m1 and apple-silicon are roughly identical in coverage; most questions mention both. Should one tag become a synonym for the other, or should m1 exist to specifically cover ...
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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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How should I ask about getting a software recommendation?

I am looking for software advice (or any resources that exist off-site) and don't want to ask a question like: "What is the best racing game for iOS?" "What is the best free alternative to Photoshop?...
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My suggested solution to a question on this forum gets an error message saying, "This looks like spam."

I am sure of my entry, and it is not spam and provides a solution to the question. However, the answer will not be submitted because it looks like spam. The draft looks good; I can't see anything &...
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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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Would this self-Q&A be on-topic on Ask Different?

Normally, any game compiled with a modern version of Unity (I think maybe Unity 2018 or newer?) will crash on startup on OS X 10.9, with the message: Dyld Error Message: Symbol not found: ...
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About the [macbook] tag and synonyms

I don't have a portable and so never was interested in all the MacBook related tags. However a question came up in the suggested edit queue where macbook-pro was definitely the wrong tag as macbook-...
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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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Does anyone object to merging all the answers here to a canonical question?

This 4x4 request for window management is a very nicely explained special case of a general problem. All the answers seem to fit the canonical question instead of the specific twist. Open source 4-...
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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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Closing duplicates in review queue works only if original question is shown

When reviewing a duplicate question in the close queue, clicking on "Close" only works when the original question is shown. It does not work when the duplicate is shown. Can this please be ...

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