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Are iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5 or tvOS 12 (beta) questions OK?

WWDC 2018 announced new major OS releases - iOS 12, macOS 10.14 (Mojave), watchOS 5 and tvOS 12. All are scheduled to be released in the fall of 2018 to the public. Can we ask specific questions ...
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Put the ⌃⌥⇧⌘⎋⏏⌫↑⇡↖⇞⇥ characters somewhere for people to copy/paste

It would be easy and useful to put the most-commonly-used keyboard shortcut characters (such as ⌃⌥⇧⌘⎋⏏⌫↑⇡↖⇞⇥, and perhaps others — see here for a list, which you can also place at ~/Library/Key ...
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Keyboard icons & terminology

Different people use different terminology and symbols for Mac keys/commands. I figured we should have one standardized list that can be a point of reference for editing guidelines. In general, the ...
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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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Ask Different, really? Surely Ask Apple

What exactly does Ask Different have to do with Apple? AskApple surely? It doesn't fit with the URL It doesn't fit the names of other stackexchange sites, which are pretty much the same from beta to ...
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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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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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Design for the Apple StackExchange site

Hi all. I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, ...
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How can I help promote Ask Different as a new version of OS X is released?

This time, the latest and greatest is Lion, but this has all happened before, and it will all happen again. There will be zillions of mac users upgrading, and they'll have lots of questions. And since ...
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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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Editor button or shortcut for <kbd> tag?

I like the <kbd> tag. It's a quick way to let people know that you want them to press a keyboard shortcut. However, I find my self just using the ` shortcut to set key commands to monospace ...
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Please join me in thanking George (a.k.a. grgarside) on his earning 100k reputation

We have a new 100k reputation contributer to the site. George a.k.a grgarside has passed the 100k mark and has clearly done an amazing job at documenting useful, clear, helpful answers. He stands ...
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The new iPad is here - ask different and win one! [closed]

Edit: The contest has now officially ended. Congrats to everyone who completed the Levels! Since we had 10 people complete Level 3 (WOW! You guys are awesome), we have to implement the tie breaker. ...
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Should the [osx] tag be renamed to [macos]?

With the rename from OS X to macOS, should the tag be renamed too?
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Ask Different swag for top users

As a thank you for being awesome, if you are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://apple.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all … we'll be sending you a little care package ...
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Why was my flag for "not an answer" declined?

I've been declining a lot of flags about "not an answer" and wanted to ask a straw question to explain why. Pretend I just had my flag declined and am here to ask WTF!?
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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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Why does Ask Different have such a low voting percentage?

Ask Different seems to be one of the larger and more popular SE sites, yet the voting is on par with some of the smallest in-beta sites. Other than the hyper-popular "your favorite tip/trick" type ...
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Ask Different turns one year old

On August 17, 2010, exactly one year ago today, Ask Different (then called Apple) launched into private beta. In the past year we’ve seen phenomenal growth. We now have: 7k questions 13.5k answers 9k ...
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How to kill off 'community wiki' entries

ok, the title is a little bit aggressive. I'm relatively new here, but the examples of 'community wiki' that I've seen so far seem to be actively detrimental to the web site. For example, the 'What ...
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Can I ask about not-yet-publicly released OS?

Apple generally pre-announces its latest and greatest operating system, and seeded copies to developers, but the operating system is not yet shipping to the general public. This can last for months ...
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How do we keep the exciting promotion from reducing the quality of the site?

So the big promotion is getting far more participation than I ever expected was possible. This is a big win, and CHAOS pulled off an amazing thing here. Kudos for all your planning work! Less than a ...
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Can we get a banner in memory of Steve Jobs on Ask Different?

Can we add a banner on Ask Different in memory of Steve Jobs? RIP.
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Site design update

As you can see, Ask Different community site got a slight design update today. I have moved site's CSS to a newly refactor LESS system, so it's easier for us to fix SE network CSS bugs globally going ...
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Please change name of site from "Apple" to "Ask Different"

The new "mobile" template, among other things, replaces the site logo with the name of the site in text. However, the Stack Exchange engine still thinks that this site is called "Apple", which results ...
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Is it OSX or OS X?

Or does it even matter? As I mentioned yesterday, I'm editing a ton of question titles. I tend to change OSX to OS X just out of personal preference, but I wonder if that will annoy anyone?
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Why we're not customer support for [company X or product Y]

Why do many questions asking for customer support get closed on Ask Different: Help! My computer doesn't work https://apple.stackexchange.com/q/276062/ How do I do X to my clash of clans village? ...
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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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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Ask Different's 4th moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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SENotifier, a Stack Exchange inbox notifier for Mac OS X

I've put together a status bar notifier for Stack Exchange sites (inspired by Google Notifier) and I thought I'd ask here to get some feedback on a couple of things. I've developed this on Lion and ...
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Official Site Title

Hi all. I have some exciting news to share. A design for the official Apple.se site is in the works! I need to ask the community what the final text in the header logo should be. Right now it's just "...
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Can we disable the ⌘H "Heading" shortcut?

As the question/answer editor currently stands, ⌘H inserts ## Heading ##. I often want to use the Hide shortcut while editing, so is there any way I could disable it? Otherwise, would people mind if ...
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Checkbox to automatically resize a retina display screenshot

For users with the new MacBook Pro with retina display, screenshots have their dimensions doubled. For example, if I take a screenshot of a window, this is what I get: As you can see, when the image ...
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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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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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Technically Inaccurate or Altogether Wrong Answers

I flagged this answer (note the link now goes nowhere, except maybe higher rep mods can see it?) twice. The answer essentially said "Apple wouldn't have a trash if they didn't intend you to use it, so ...
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Rename [terminal] to [terminal.app] to make it clear the tag is for the macOS app

Should the tag terminal be renamed to terminal.app? I think this would help make it clear that the tag should only be used on questions regarding the macOS Terminal.app. General command line ...
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Does the current competition bring out the worst in users?

Firstly, I do think the current competition is brilliant, and actively wanted to participate, however I stopped for 2 specific reasons. Since the start of the competition, an incredible amount of low ...
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Despite the general rule to not answer questions about beta products, should we allow Messages on OS X and Siri on iPhone 4S questions?

The general rule is that all questions on beta software and services are off-topic, out of scope, and should be closed on Ask Different according to our FAQ. However, we now have two shipping products ...
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Why was my "rude or abusive" flag on a gibberish answer declined?

I flagged this answer (now deleted, metasmoke link for <10kers) as "rude or abusive". It was declined with a comment: Please use other. Abusive is to track intentional malice towards people and ...
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What the duck is this?

I don't know whether this belongs in main or meta, so I'll start here. I seem to have developed a sudden case of 'Duck', bottom right of every SE page [except meta] - it reminds me of the old ...
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Retina graphics for Ask Different?

As retina displays are becoming more pervasive in Apple hardware, and we're here to support users of Apple products, I think it would be great if the AD site included retina versions of its image ...
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Please update the Markdown help to include how to enter keyboard symbols

The how-to and copy-and-paste codes for entering keyboard symbols is scattered around AD meta but it is something that comes up a lot and is very helpful, particularly when using an iPad. Can we ...
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Feature Request: Add editor buttons for symbols common to the subject

Feature Request: Add editor buttons for symbols common to the subject being discussed. In the case of the Apple Stack Exchange, I wish to suggest some buttons for the editor to insert the common keys ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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"MacBook Pros" or "MacBooks Pro"?

I know which is linguistically correct, but I want to know what you guys prefer to use here. So: MacBook Pros or MacBooks Pro? iPod Touches or iPods Touch? AirPort Extremes or AirPorts Extreme? Et ...
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What should our logo and site design be like?

This should also be brought up at some point, so I'll do it now. :-) Does anyone have ideas about what visual elements our Apple SE should have?
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Asking jailbreak-related question

Can I ask iPhone jailbreak related question on this site?
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Is anyone interested in starting, managing and/or writing for an Ask Different blog?

IMHO Ask Different needs a blog seeing as other SE sites have one. If you are interested in helping out post an answer addressing these points provided by Rebecca Chernoff here: How are blogs created? ...
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