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Are questions about the effect of upgrading iOS out-of-topic

Generally those get closed due to practicality issues. What one person sees as acceptable, another wouldn't put up with. Also, since you can't really ever downgrade an iOS - you're stuck so that makes ...
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10 votes
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Can, and if yes, should posts be bumped?

You should never bump. Community (the Stack Exchange bot) automatically and randomly (fairly) bumps older unanswered questions (questions with zero answers or questions with no answers with a score >1)...
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After 3 years I posted an up-to-date answer and got some bad feedback — What should I do?

Thanks for bringing your question here to discuss. As I commented on your question (done after your screenshot above), it wasn't that I "wasn't very happy", it's that the answer you added and ...
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Discussion Topic: Increase In Questions That Are Simply Solved With Google Search

I'm a strong believer in asking simple questions simply. Even if your question can be found by a google search, I feel it's totally on topic here. What versions of OS X are affected by Heartbleed? ...
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Is asking a “list-like” question regarding incompatible 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina off-topic?

Thanks for bringing this up in Meta first! IMHO such questions are a bad fit for Ask Different even as a community wiki Compatibility information people post in Ask Different may get outdated, with ...
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7 votes

Restore from backup?

Meta hat? Quite possibly. Would be diabolical to make you self Ask anD self answer on meta and on main for a pixel overlay. I endorse the clear canonical question - especially if it helps get people ...
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Restore from backup?

I disagree with creating a canonical question for this. With each one of those cases, whilst ‘restore from backup’ is a suitable answer, there are other answers which apply to specific cases. For ...
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Discussion Topic: Increase In Questions That Are Simply Solved With Google Search

I see several reasons why people come to Ask Different instead of searching via Google/Bing/Duckduckgo> not everybody is very used to doing Google searches, especially for more complex topics. ...
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Are JavaScript for Automation questions better suited to Stack Overflow?

You are correct - they are intentionally on-topic here. As a matter of personal opinion, I would like to think that here is the best place to ask if the focus on the OS X / API / SDK side of things. ...
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Should follow-up advice given in comments be added as an update to an answer?

So long as your answer contains a real and genuine answer, then provided the more fluffy bits round the edges are just extra information, and do not form the primary answer, then they will read better ...
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Why was this question downvoted?

It's a perfectly fine question in my opinion. It's definitely on-topic and you've covered all the points necessary for a question, even including screenshots to help understand what you're explaining. ...
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What to do with questions where repair/replacement is obviously the only answer?

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? ...
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Bounty expired without good answers, so did some digging and found the correct answer. Now what?

You do not have to award the bounty to anyone. You cannot award the bounty to yourself. The point of the bounty is to "buy" exposure and attention for the question. That's what you paid for; that's ...
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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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How should we manage questions that have very different answers per version of macOS?

I think finding a solution for somebody is more relevant than hunting all (possible) duplicates down. I'd rather find two complete different answers for a quite similar question than finding a closed ...
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App to lock phone

Here is general guidance. How should I ask about getting a software recommendation? What exactly is a recommendation question on Ask Different? So absolutely you can ask one or both questions. They ...
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5 votes
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Are questions about installing OS X on PC on-topic

Running OS X, even virtualized, on non-Apple hardware is a violation of the EULA for the software and, as such, is off topic here on Ask Different. Your best bet is asking on Stack Overflow since ...
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Migration rejection followed by repost on original site closed as duplicate, how do I proceed?

Sorry, the locking was my mistake. I was handling the flag while on the commute back home and didn't realize that the question was both deleted and locked. It's unlocked now.
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4 votes
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New users don't tag questions correctly

Is there a way to encourage users to tag their questions appropriately? Yes, and you've mentioned it already in your post: the community can retag questions That's really the answer. We can't ...
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Are questions related to unreleased hardware OK?

There's some discussion on whether to formally extend the prohibition on pre-release topics to explicitly include hardware - so at the moment it's not spelled out in the [help] for the main site. ...
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What is the correct way to inform an Asker their answer is on another SE site?

My question which you linked to is with regard to cross-posting: where the same user posts the same question to multiple sites across Stack Exchange. In this case, it's simply that the site scope of ...
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Close bug-report type question or leave answer?

It's still a worthwhile question. Many bugs have workarounds which make for good answers to such questions. I'd recommend leaving the question up and updating the answer if it is fixed or providing ...
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Should I delete my question?

You should leave the question. It's a good objective question which has been received well and has good answers which may help other users in the future. Removing it would be viewed negatively by ...
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4 votes

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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What's a 'wall of text' question here?

The Wall of Text The (official?) definition of a Wall of Text as per Wikipedia is as follows: A wall of text is an excessively long post to a noticeboard or talk page discussion, which can often be ...
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Accidentally submitting comments by tapping the return button on iPad

I’m not aware of any automated penalty, but I find I like to do editing of things that are needing thought in another app like drafts or notepad and then past it in here when I don’t have the full ...
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How can I get more answers to my question?

Since you didn’t link to your question in the body, I’ll assume you want general advice. The people that have been here for a long time have assembled our collective wisdom in the help section on ...
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Should answers which are not forward compatible be edited for compatibility, or new answers created for new versions?

The old solutions are not broken; the new operating systems are :-) The posted solutions are still quite valid for computers running the operating systems for which the answers were written. I don't ...
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Off-topic post filter

You seem to be presuming that every question that mentions El Capitan (before release) is off-topic. This isn't the case. Questions about rolling back a system from El Capitan to Yosemite are on-...
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What is the correct way to inform an Asker their answer is on another SE site?

Kudos for asking so constructively. I think your reaction/approach was entirely reasonable. In general we tend not to like link-only answers. There are several reasons. For instance, links often ...
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