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Why we're not customer support for [company X or product Y]

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 ...
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Where is the list of canonical questions stored for Ask Different?

The list of existing canonical questions is here: iCloud and Apple ID accounts in general (developer accounts have a section below) Forgotten iCloud email ID and password iTunes Store How can I ...
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Challenging status of a question marked as duplicate

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 ...
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Why aren't questions about software development, once closed, automatically migrated to StackOverflow?

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 ...
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Thoughts on OPs deleting questions

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 ...
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Why was my question closed asking why Apple didn’t implement a hardware feature in a specific device?

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?'....
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Community♦ decisions - sometimes remarkably rapid

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 ...
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Once I have sufficient reputation and I vote to close, can I still flag for a moderator to finish the vote?

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 ...
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Answer posted to question after question was put on hold

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, ...
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Could my question(s) be reopened?

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 ...
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Are questions regarding topics whose legality is questionable allowed?

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 ...
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Why does the FAQ say "asking how/why Apple does <some thing XYZ>" is off-topic?

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 ...
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Once I have sufficient reputation and I vote to close, can I still flag for a moderator to finish the vote?

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 ...
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Sales Figures are Off Topic?

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 ...
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Why was my question closed asking why Apple didn’t implement a hardware feature in a specific device?

"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....
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How to get my question re-opened?

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 ...
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Vote to close? I disagree, comments?

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 ...
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How should I handle questions about forgotten credentials

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-...
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Remove duplicate status for a non-duplicate question

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 "...
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Reopening specific Yosemite pre-release questions

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 ...
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How should we be closing or not closing accountsd using 400% CPU type questions on 10.15.6 and newer?

My gut reaction is we should pick one of the new questions and update an answer and link to the old question since Apple clearly had a rash of this in late September where the daemon was triggered and ...
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What does the Gold Badge next to a name on a duplicate post notice mean?

It is a tag badge. There is a silver, gold and bronze tag badge. You get one for each tag depending on the score you earn on each. For example. a gold osx badge shows this gold badge symbol when ...
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Why was my question closed asking why Apple didn’t implement a hardware feature in a specific device?

I voted to leave this question open in the queue and have voted to reopen again now. I disagree that this question is opinion-based and when I saw the question in the review queue I was going to ...
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Does it make sense to require constructive input before providing moderating feedback?

I'm not sure whether "shut down" is the right term here, or what kind of currently on hold questions you have in mind. But basically the approach is the same for all questions, with slight difference ...
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Why was this question closed?

Very good question - the hiding of custom close reason seems like either a decision that should be reviewed or we should agitate for changing the threshold - I can see no reason why we shouldn’t let a ...
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Why was this question closed?

For the users without sufficient reputation to see the exact wording of why why this was closed see below for the exact text: Questions must demonstrate a reasonable amount of research & ...
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You closed my question as duplicate when it obviously isn't

Thanks for bringing this up in Meta. One of the answers on the original questions mentions if the package/application follows unix standards, then install it to /usr/local/. There will be no ...
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My question was closed, but it was asked and answered first and has been helping many people

Questions get closed as duplicates if the problem they describe can be resolved by the same answers. This helps to keep the answers in one place to avoid/reduce the risk of duplicated answers. The ...
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Question to be reopened?

Looks like we’ll maintain the current status. We can always act later if needed.
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Please re-open GPL licensing question 192299

Thanks for asking on meta for a discussion. Your edit is pretty minor and I would put the iTunes connect tag back in since that’s the overall “service” that apple offers which makes this on topic ...
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