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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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From the FAQ: Yes! Stack Exchange has always explicitly encouraged users to answer their own questions. If you have a question that you already know the answer to, and you would like to document that knowledge in public so that others (including yourself) can find it later, it's perfectly okay to ask and answer your own question on a Stack Exchange site. ...


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My inclination is to say it's on-topic here. It's not a developer question; it's an end-user question. Yes, it involves compiling, but for the purpose of running software on your machine.


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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 the questions alluring, yet people can't do A/B testing very well to get good answers. Without some research, it's generally not something that is objective. ...


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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). If you haven't received an answer you think is suitable, you can refine your question by editing it. Everyone is encouraged to make substantial edits to ...


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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 marked as correct didn't appear to answer your own question. Since your question was asked, you've been able to use Workflow/Shortcuts to set timers to make ...


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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? Isn't Inactive memory a waste of resources? How to simulate slow internet connections on the mac The links above are gold-standard simple questions. Short, ...


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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 the poster not coming back to update it later on. The primary point of reference for compatibility issues or inquiries should be the website of the vendor. ...


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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 a clear answer.


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Ask Different does allow (unlike Stack Overflow where these should be closed as non-constructive) questions asking for lists and software recommendations. If we keep allowing these then some of those lists are acceptable. I think we definitely should use another question as an example as the are not the best questions and do not give an example to new users ...


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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 example, adjusting Boot Camp partition from Windows has many answers beside restoring from a backup, but those answers wouldn't apply to the other cases. Canonical ...


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This is what I do based on what I've seen other more experienced users do, including yourself :) If a question is vague based on how it's written, I'll usually edit it, with a comment such as: I've edited your question in an attempt to clarify a few details regarding [type here] — please edit further to extenuate any details and further clarify the problem....


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Ask Different doesn't seem to migrate many questions anywhere very often; in the last 90 days, 7 questions were migrated to SO and 1 to SU (and 6 to the child meta). Migration paths are only created when there is a history of many good migrations having happened between site A and site B. Source: Can we have StackOverflow added as a site we can migrate ...


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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 what you got. If it results in a great answer, awesome. In this case, you determine that it did not generate a sufficient answer from someone other than you (and ...


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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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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. The only reason I can think for an explanation for the downvote is that some users regard questions asking why Apple has done what they have done can only be ...


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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 and your post will seem more complete than if you include bits in the answer and bits in comments. Plus, comments invite further comments, which soon clutter ...


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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. I don't think the pure JS knowledge base here approaches 1/100 of what's on Stack Overflow, so I would steer anyone that just needs help with JavaScript, the ...


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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. Searching for "OS X error code -36" will not give you anything useful because the - omits the 36 from the search people do get overwhelmed by the various search ...


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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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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 question which is like 6 years more recent than the "possible duplicate".


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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 might be closed though if they are either too vague or broad. I would start with the one question that’s got some research you can show and define what tasks ...


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You can flag a post for unlocking as well as post on the meta as you did. Thanks for showing up and helping to up vote good content. There is a feature to lock posts for a time period and then unlock them, however this post had answers that were continually vandalized by a bot performing anonymous edits. It devalued the review queue so I locked the post. ...


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In general commenting and flagging are both valid options in these situations.


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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 they specialize on tools used primarily by developers. You might link here or ask on meta there to check if they care about bypassing EULA as a general or specific ...


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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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I think there is good hope we can improve some of the close reasons and tweak the FAQ in the coming months. For now, it's very important that people down vote questions that are un-helpful, un-useful and/or overly-subjective. As moderators, we're here to assist with community norms, but out of nearly 25 thousand questions a ridiculously small amount are ...


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I did (or rather undid) the edit because answers shouldn't be included in the question but posted as real answers below (and there already was an answer for the official app anyway). I did miss the the part about the nonexistence of an official app though, going to fix this afterwards. Thanks for pointing it out. In general I would lean towards closing ...


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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 make people read FAQs and guides. We can't make them take a test before they can answer. We can, only through our good actions, guide them to better behaviour. Re-...


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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. That being said, questions speculating on Apple's future plans in general are closed as off-topic even without a pre-release hardware clause. If you have a ...


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