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Several sites in the Stack Exchange network have an out-right prohibition of customer support questions. Ask Different can be quite choosy about ensuring a "CS" question that gets closed is of high quality by getting edited while it is closed and then reopened for answers. The why not reasons are typically: We're not here to act as customer support on any ...


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The list of existing canonical questions is here: iTunes Store How can I change regions? Can someone help with sorting / merging questions about transferring iTunes store balances? How do you use an existing AppleID on iOS App Store without providing a credit card number? How can I use a pre-existing AppleID with Mac App Store without a billing address? ...


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That's a terribly open-ended and unanswerable question that's been linked to and I think it exemplifies why we don't want these questions on Ask Different. When someone asks, "How do I learn this language?" they're asking something that is so broad, so without a canonical response, that it just doesn't fit the Stack Exchange format. It is going to get ...


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This is a community-moderated site, so anybody can/should/is allowed to point out if he/she doesn't agree with a close reason. In a nutshell, you can always flag a closed question and give an explanation as a flag comment to have one of the moderators look at it. To improve the chances that the question gets reopened it might also help to edit the question ...


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Basically because Stack Overflow has very specific rules about asking software development questions and most such questions posted on AD are written in a way which would get them closed/rejected quickly on SO if we just migrate them over. It's easier if the OP familiarizes themself with the rules, maybe searches for existing questions relating to the same ...


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I voted to close the question as primarily opinion based. When I reviewed the question, I saw that you pointed out two iPads with 'theoretical maximums' and asked 'why is the larger unit restricted?'. My reading of that was that it could only be answered by someone who participated in the design and development of those devices. That would be Apple. As ...


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The main countermeasure against this is that Stack Exchange prevents the asker from deleting their question if it has an upvoted answer or if it has multiple answers. Unfortunately, due to the low voting on this site, it can happen that an answer given wasn't upvoted, which leaves OP free to delete their question. If this happens and you suspect it to be ...


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In the case of closing duplicates, Community acts on behalf of the author of the question. When a question receives a vote to close as duplicate, the author of the question is prompted that it is suspected their question is a duplicate. The author then has the ability to agree with the duplicate and have their question marked as such, or to disagree and ...


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I agree with the three situations as canonical questions: How secure is Activation Lock? How secure is Activation Lock on iOS 7 (and later)? I know the person (or am the person) that controls the iCloud account that's now locking my device (or one I sold / gave away / donated)? How can I bypass Activation Lock? …however, I think the ...


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See https://apple.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/close-questions for some more insights in this area. Basically Note that once you gain the reputation to vote to close, you should no longer flag for moderator attention to have questions closed or migrated. It is your responsibility to vote now. and It takes 5 close votes to reach the closing ...


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These questions will, unfortunately, remain closed, for two reasons: Both are shopping questions and shopping questions are off topic for Ask Different. You're asking for a purchase recommendation in both questions. Shopping or buying recommendations. Questions that are mainly about price/time/supply constraints are considered "shopping" questions. Both are ...


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It's indeed possible to answer a question which is put on hold, if you're still on the question page. You'll get a banner "this question is now put on-hold" and this will disable the 'Submit' button, but it's relatively easy to re-enable it via the developer tools of the browser. The server will still accept new answers for a few hours or so. See also this ...


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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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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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Migrated questions leave a trail. It's been like that as long as I can remember.


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The main point is that flagging to close doesn't actually flag for a moderator. It simply puts the post into the same review queue as voting to close just without a vote. It's never acceptable to flag for a moderator to close a question regardless of reputation.


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As it stands, it's both opinion-based and off topic. We are for practical questions about shipping hardware. I would say you can edit to ask more "how to determine how USB-C works and less dependent on Apple releasing a modified MacBook Air in 2015. The short answer, is no one can order any Apple product with USB C so there's not much benefit to the site to ...


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As you have a good answer with a cite of a reliable source then obviously the question is answerable even if the answer is no. I was the voter for closing mainly because with no definite answer it seemed to be opinion based and so not exact - which I agree is debatable. But in general with no answer I could not see how this question was of use. With an ...


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There are a lot of reasons why people loose access to their computers, most of them are legitimate. So unless there is a clear indication that something is amiss, these questions are perfectly on-topic and can be answered, often easily by referring the user to the appropriate Apple Support pages or by finding the duplicate question which already has been ...


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All moderators can (and will if necessary) reopen questions, but so can high-rep users if a question is flagged for a reopen. Flagging for reopen can be done either explicitly (by clicking on the "reopen" label below the question) or be editing the text of a question. In the question linked above, the comments indicate why an edit is deemed necessary, ...


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Closed questions can be put into the reopen queue by users requesting a reopen by clicking the "reopen" label beneath the question (requires >3000 reputation) users editing a closed question (e.g. to improve issues pointed out in comments, add some details etc.) moderators after question got flagged by a <3000 rep user The "reopen" queue works the same ...


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Your question is a perfect example of a question that is closed to make it better so it can be reopened. Two things conspired to have me flag two of your questions for another moderator to review. You asked 7 questions in a 10 hour period - most of which were decent, but two seemed bad fits for our Q&A site. The one that Daniel closed after agreeing ...


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I also think that question should be closed / deleted. I don't see how the question as asked makes good use of this site. Why not edit the wikipedia entry for that software to list the great plugins? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quicksilver_(software) Once that was done, you could add it to the quicksilver tag wiki for more information on that software. ...


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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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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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"Why does Apple do this or that" kind of questions are off-topic because nobody outside Apple knows for sure and any answer given is a speculation (or sometimes a lucky guess) and therefore an opinion. Even the answer to your now-closed question suggests that only Apple knows for sure. Sometimes these kind of questions can be rewritten in a form which doesn'...


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Three things that I'll just state briefly: I would have voted to close it for NARQ - not a good fit for our Q&A format. Rather than the reasons listed, but I also can see why people feel it's not reasonable to answer that question since it's so open ended and not really looking to solve a problem you are facing. It looks like you're trying to document ...


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After looking at this again I think it could be opened. I don't completely remember my reasoning for closing it initially, but my guess is that I was worried that it would become a maintenance issue like the huger 'list of apps' wikis and I didn't think that it had a wide enough appeal to justify that kind of overhead. But, after taking a second look, I ...


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Thanks for raising this. My initial reaction is the site would be served by this opening again (well at least better served than my "notorious" tiny things in Lion question. Let's see what others think. The why some programs fail on case might be illuminating. I almost think a pair of questions to keep each straight problem children on case-sensitive ...


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