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Yes it makes sense to increase the scope from just software to include hardware, products and services. The important thing is that the answer should be able to quote some actual measurement or definitive statement that can be verified


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No - votes time out and only get cleared if a moderator takes a binding action. However, you can favorite the question and watch it and vote to reopen it should enough people cast close votes to actually close the question. And of course, flagging it would be appropriate - just as if you saw any other question that was flagged and you felt in reality it ...


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Software Recommendation questions are allowed here and they will almost always be closed if they don't follow the guidelines for asking a good question in general and in specific listing detailed requirements: How should I ask about getting a software recommendation? More broadly, recommendation questions also should be closed as recommendations if they: ...


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We can only have 4 close reason choices and we opted to drop that one in favour the new customer support reason. You can still use "Other..." I believe and enter the text there.


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Flag to close would be my preference for dealing with these types of questions. For a reason you can say, "Unclear what you're asking" because, really, what are they asking for here? A repair center? Condolences? A mocking?


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This is tricky because of the new open Betas that Apple are expanding into a wider audience. I am running Beta Yosemite, maybe next year they will do the same for iOS? But, as a whole I think that if it's not released, it's not up for discussion. Anyone using these products for anything other than idle interest will know about the associated dev forums ...


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My opinion is that they should be acceptable (and not off-topic) much in the same way Siri and Messages were. While they are are technically "beta", I think it is largely in name only as the general public has easy access to them from the default panel in www.iCloud.com. I think they also come very close to fitting into the FAQ criteria as they really aren'...


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This is a hard problem and I’m glad you are approaching it from the viewpoint of how to be helpful of people asking for help and respectful of the time and effort to properly answer a question. It’s trivially easy to write “I am stuck doing X - HELP!” and it’s hard to look the other way when you know some version of 20 questions or basic troubleshooting ...


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Yes you can, since 15th July 2013. Click the close button again after voting to close and you have the option to retract your vote.


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We had "Not a real question" as a close reason in the past, but some people might see it as offensive (because usually the OP did think it was a question). Voting to close such posts as "Unclear what you are asking" seems a reasonable alternative (and already hints at the fact that the question needs to be improved).


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You initially asked It is safe delete everything bellow /private/var/folders/? Another (more important) question - has the OS X something as rc.6, e.g. an shell script what is running when changing the run level to 6 - e.g. at every reboot? (Or rc.0 at every boot), to where I could add the rm? Is safe clean the /var/folders/* at every reboot? (...


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It's absolutely on topic. With a few exceptions there's an OR clause between the following: Apple Hardware Apple Software Apple Services See https://apple.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic Even third party products when the use of them involves Apple products in some obvious and clear manner we allow those questions too. The only thing that's off topic is ...


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Is there some harm with the reverse time ordering for this specific close? If so, please let us know and we can look at it. When both questions have been asked more than a year before now, I’m less likely to close in the direction linking to the oldest question and more in favor of closing in the best direction - favoring the question with the best phrasing,...


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Firstly, thank you for your involvement and contribution to the site. I hope you find it to be a valuable resource! With regard to your question, although it wasn't me, I agree with the Moderator's decision here. The question you asked is certainly interesting and a great discussion topic, but it's not well-suited for the main Q&A site. The main Q&...


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Not to be argumentative here (hah!) It seems that the definition of "Off-Topic" is fairly clear (IMHO) in that the subject matter is something that is open to interpretation, varies with your experience and/or level of expertise and can provide a multitude of "correct" answers. The types of questions outlined in the description seem to be exactly the kind ...


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This is a good question and one that will be hard to definitively answer, although we could try to define, over time, what is and isn't covered by this particular close reason. One type of question we do get regularly asked are those related to the legality of something. Of course legality may not necessarily refer to a potentially criminal action, but ...


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I thought I voted to put a hold on this - but others beat me to the punch. My initial thinking combines two reasons we close questions: Asking about how Apple does it's business isn't the core function for the site. We want to be a place to learn how to use Apple's products. If there were a site on how to read financial disclosures or how to find the best ...


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That jailbreak exists should be a tip off to the acceptance of grey-area questions on the site. If they weren't allowed, the tag wouldn't exist, right? We are not the police and the laws are not uniformly the same from country to country. So, yes, we do allow some content that skirts in to areas that are legally grey. Jailbreaking being one of them. We'll ...


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I'm with Ian - down vote and then vote to close questions that are looking for an off-site resource without documenting the proper research the site asks for: Consider helping us help you. Take a pass at editing this after you've read the help guide on how to be specific and show how your research didn't help you solve this dilemma. "Questions asking to ...


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Here are some guidelines to help people decide to cast close/reopen votes as well as help you if your question was placed on temporary hold and remains closed. First - look at whether the question is really about opinions or debate or discussion. We close questions that are primarily opinion based, so "Why did Apple X" are historically quintessential ...


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I've added a close reason and linked it to the "How to ask a good question" article in the help center. It needs a second moderator to review the wording and approve the change. The intention is not to broadly rule all hardware recommendations off topic. They are valuable when they are phrased to include: research shown intent to learn how to shop or ...


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Sounds good! I was using very similar wording, also inspired by the Stack Overflow close reason, as a custom close reason in the free-form box on the close dialog. I like the wording as it stands: concise and objectified, providing sufficient information for the OP to understand not just why their question was closed but why it was closed, as well as a nice ...


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There's two main categories that these questions fit that, whilst related, are substantially different and require different resolutions IMO: OS X For OS X, these types of question are more common as files can be deleted or overwritten accidentally or in an attempt to replace them with user-created content and then wish to revert to the original. With OS ...


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Questions about "programming" or "development" are typically tricky, because there are a lot of borderline cases and we don't have enough questions on the site yet to show consistency. My key guideline when moderating these kind of questions is Keep open if it is focused on tool issues (e.g. usage or problems with XCode or accessing Apple's developer ...


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One custom close reason I see that would help the site would be: Primarily a code-level development question I would like suggestions how to word this, but I think the site works well when we don't have lots of questions about how to program cocoa, how to use interface builder to map a user interface to code, and specific technologies that are only used by ...


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I have never voted to close the question, but for whatever it's worth, I don't think the question is a good fit for the site. I do think it's very much on-topic, and the information it contains is relevant for the site, but the question tries to do two different things, one of which the site does quite well and the other one it does less well, but both of ...


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Yes - using iOS makes questions on topic for any use of that device. Whether it's a third party or first party device, it's still about a user of an Apple product. Now - questions covering "on topic" subjects are closed for lots of reasons that make them low quality questions. If yours is too vague, too broad, lacks any sort of basic troubleshooting, it ...


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I like to look at this from a distant perspective any time I look to moderate between two people on whether something is on topic or off topic by reading over the core tour and help articles: https://apple.stackexchange.com/tour - "Ask Different is a question and answer site for Apple enthusiasts and power users [...] to build a library of detailed answers ...


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Generally speaking this site is for people using Apple products, the hardware used in combination with them, and the software that runs on them. So any question relating to any of these is more or less by default on topic. Looking at the two examples you list in the question: Firefox: The OP may not have a way of knowing whether the problem is macOS or ...


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Here are off source resource questions I believe should be closed: Recommend the best book for high school Mac users What list of iPad models is the most complete? Where can I buy a twentieth anniversary mac? Resource is there since we don't need to or want to list all the things that exist off this site in the close reasons. Accessories Songs Ringtones ...


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