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Yes - beta questions are allowed. Just be sure the body of the question makes very clear what version is in play. Betas can be issued weekly (or even more often), so saying "the latest" or "beta 2" is not helpful - please include the build version in questions or consider voting to close as unclear if the question lacks enough detail for the general user to ...


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Hats are the best and we want hats. A vote for this answer is a vote for no.


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We allow questions around jail breaking iOS. seems fairly hypocritical to not allow hackintosh questions in light of that. Both are of dubious legality. Why make the hard distinction? I say lose the sentence and leave the general terms of services to cover the legal aspects such as they might arise.


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Only the newer versions will be called macOS, the older ones will still be called OS X Cat-of-choice. I would propose to go with a synonom instead of a renaming. Today (June 2016), the synonym points macos -> osx so that we can decide at a later date to flip things around. If there is an answer that makes a strong argument for never merging the two, we ...


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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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TL;DR - moderators generally don't delete posts until they have several down votes or constructive comments if there's even a hint of an answer contained in the post. I'm seeing a lot of "not an answer" flags when there are bad answers, answers that lack a reference, wrong answers, or answers that people presumably disagree with or have a pet peeve with ...


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I have had a look at your links and you clearly flagged that post correctly. I handled the flag incorrectly - for that I apologize. Worse, I had dismissed some other similar flags to yours - I'm not sure when/how I got the idea that rude and abusive needed a personal aspect, but it's pretty clear that gibberish should be flagged as abuse. Thanks for ...


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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 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 ...


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It's all very ugly, isn't it? We've lost the nice Apple-specific font, by the looks of it, looks exactly like SuperUser now... boxes round the headers, increasing the wasted space & drawing the eye away from the actual questions, 'Ask Question' stuck out all on its own & lovely new yellow highlights for watched topics:/ Edit: Long term I gave up ...


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There's two things you can do: comment or edit. There's nothing built-in to Stack Exchange specifically for outdated answer handling. They are still answers and shouldn't be removed, but commenting or editing helps readers by pointing out problems that a user using a newer operating system may face. With editing, don't put a huge message at the beginning of ...


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YES, absolutely! Winter Bash for the win!


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Yes -- we should hold a WWDC live event chat via Ask Different Chat


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I agree with this proposal. 'Terminal.app' makes it clear that it is the app and no the general subject of command line or terminal questions. A synonym defeats this, but renaming the tag should work. 'Command-line' for command line issues, and 'terminal.app' for the program.


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Proposal ported to answer space for voting purposes/comments... Questions must demonstrate a reasonable amount of research & understanding of the problem being solved. Please edit to clearly describe your problem and the research done so far to solve it, including attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and the expected results.


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The direct answer is that they were down voted because someone wth sufficient reputation decided to do so; beyond that, because voting is anonymous, and voters do not need to justify their votes, we really can't say why someone decided to do so. There are currently 5085 people who are eligible to cast a down vote. For each of your posts, one of them chose to ...


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Proposal 3 -- Q&A for enthusiasts and power users of Apple hardware and software Edit the description on the list of sites so that it now reads Q&A for enthusiasts and power users of Apple hardware and software.


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I found this site in the SE community list. I had to visit the site because the name wasn't descriptive enough to tell me what it was about, and when I did, I was half expecting to end up on a site about alternative lifestyles. The argument from SeniorShizzle that "90% of Apple's users over the age of 18 would recognize [the Think Different] slogan ...


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I believe one way is to give the answer giver a tick on their questions where they speak as this improves their reputation on the site, which in a way adds to their credibility. Also there's a checkbox which you can select stating "this post answered my question"


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From https://apple.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic: We do encourage AppleScript, Automator, and UNIX shell scripting questions as well as how to use tools like Xcode for non-language specific tasks So yes these kind of questions are absolutely on topic here. Now, if the question is: Should we allow them in the future? Opinions may differ, but from my ...


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George's answers @grgarside How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments? No one is exempt from being nice. Thankfully, inappropriate behaviour is something rarely seen here (separate from spam, which is something Ask Different suffers heavily ...


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When creating a post, we would recommend that the locale can safely and should be removed so that anyone around the world would default to their preferred locale. The only exception is if you have a question where locale is critical or key to the problem to be solved. For example the localized and delocalized versions of the links you posted, https://...


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Now it is neither! As of June 13, 2016, the name has been changed to macOS https://www.apple.com/macos/sierra/ During the keynote at WWDC on June 13, 2016, Apple announced that OS X would be renamed macOS to stylistically match Apple's other operating systems, such as iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.


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Since we cannot hinder people from trying to use a volume tag for either one of its meanings, I would propose that we block the tag and thus force the poster to use one the following tags instead: sound-volume disk-volume The choice of words is intended and will make sure that a poster will be suggested either one of these tags when trying to add the tag ...


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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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We have a faq that covers both voting, accepting answers as well as reputation which allows you to perform more complicated tasks than just asking or answering. Since we aim to be open to all, the reputation system prevents malicious activities (whether intentional or unintentional) until you've been around a bit and learned how the controls work. Lastly, ...


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Thanks for posting this up here - we always answer and would much rather have a civil discussion here rather than a to and fro in comments. Here are my thoughts: Your answer as originally posted could essentially be boiled down to "It's Apple's fault. The headphone socket does not work on OS X, use Ubuntu". I could have used a couple of reasons for ...


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The question has attracted a bunch of "me too" answers which have been deleted (and which you can't see). The software behind AskDifferent automatically sets a topic to "protected" if the ratio between deleted and non-deleted questions gets too high. I've unprotected it again for the moment, if it keeps attracting "me too" answers it will get procted again ...


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Yes. This makes sense to me. The answer to the vast majority of these questions has been: contact the developer.


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