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There are a few reasons why questions about pre-release software is off-topic for Ask Different: A lot of companies, most notably Apple, require everyone with access to pre-release software to sign an NDA. Anyone that asks or answers questions about software covered under this NDA are in violation of its terms, and I don't think having open questions on the ...


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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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I tend to be a conservative about these sorts of things, meaning that if this site is mostly working, the burden of proof lies with a proposal to change its scope. While some site clearly should include this as a topic, in my mind, the proposal needs to answer the question Why here? Questions about about selling apps, books, music, etc., through Apple's ...


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


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NDA is just one of several reasons why questions about non-public beta software don't work well on Ask Different, Can I ask about not-yet-publicly released OS? lists the others. So even with the NDA partially lifted, I still think that questions about iOS 9/OS X El Capitan need to wait until at least public betas are available. Also, we are not here to ...


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In a nutshell - here are some statements that I hope are fact based and hard to dispute for anyone: We don't police agreements/NDA - we do strive to produce great answers to specific questions. The "NDA situation" is complicated (and there are 4 different versions of the NDA that I've seen or believe to exist). We will lose some people and we won't get all ...


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As far as I can read the Apple License (and I am not a lawyer), installing Apple operating systems in a virtualized environment is permitted by the terms of the license as long as the virtualized environment is running on Apple-branded hardware. Running a virtualized system on non-Apple hardware is "explicitly unlicensed use of product". If we want to keep ...


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Quick answer I know, but my vote says no. Hackintosh specific questions are largely user/hardware/software specific. In my opinion, they won't add too much value to the site, they will just be clutter. While it is possible to answer such questions, they aren't going to add a whole lot of long-lasting value. On the flip side, we will also get huge questions ...


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Broadly speaking Xcode is Apple software so any questions relating to the use of Xcode (key combinations, window handling etc.) clearly are on-topic enough to have a place in AD. There are enough developers hanging out here to help in answering these kind of questions. This also means that for questions about Xcode usage both SO and AD might be the "right" ...


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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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Questions about jailbreak tools (i.e. software you run on your computer to make your iPhone/whatever do what you want it to do) seems like it would be on-topic here. The FAQ specifically says that "third-party hardware and software for Apple products" is on-topic. This is a bit of an edge case if the software is to do something to your Apple product (i.e. ...


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Those questions are not only on topic, but I view them as good ones. My guess is someone doesn't like questions about third party products. I'll watch for vote patterns, but so far nothing is in "moderator needs to act" range. If you see two dozens of votes, please flag a post or bump this again and we can see if there is a pattern that would merit ...


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I really don't think this should be a grey area, or "muddy waters". iTunes Connect is an Apple Service. The site definition includes "other Apple products or services" Therefore it already fits in the definition of this site. The problem is someone has added an exception to the definition. I don't see anywhere the community deciding on that exception. ...


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As with any other unreleased and unannounced Apple product, questions about an Apple Car, an Apple Mission to the Moon or an Apple Submarine are as off-topic on Ask Different as are questions about the next MacPro model or the future direction of OSX. The goal of AD (and any other StackExchange site) is to provide fact-based answers to specific problems. ...


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If it's a Mac question, you may ask on whichever site you prefer. If it's not a Mac question, or if it involves other Apple devices with your Mac, you should ask it here.


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Welcome to the site! I'll try to answer your questions. OK, you have a little misunderstanding about the nature of Stack Exchange sites. Stack Overflow was the first and original site, and then Stack Exchange was setup to create further sites along different topics. These days there are SE sites for everything from coding to parenting via philosophy and ...


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Just because command line tools such as these are also used in other OS, often for much longer than they have been in OS X, doesn't mean they are not a part of OS X, provided, supported, licensed and documented from Apple directly. A lot of the time where this sort of thing could be applicable to many SE sites, it comes down to where the OP feels most ...


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We have almost 100 questions about adobe-photoshop, so the program is definitely on-topic here (well, unless you'd ask about the Windows version of course). I'd say that our sister sites Photography and Graphic Design are better suited if you have a question about how to use the various toolsets available in the program, but this sounds like an Ask ...


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Legal constraints around jailbreaking/unlocking are different around the globe, so we either allow all or nothing. Personally I would go with the "allow all" option unless there is a strong legal reason that StackExchange Inc will get in trouble that way. The biggest issue we have with the "unlock" questions is actually the removal of spam answers they ...


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Another aspect to consider is whether accepting hackintosh questions helps improve the quality of Ask Different. Most of the questions I've seen so far fall into the category "I own XYZ. Haven't tried anything yet but do you think I can install OS X? Where should I start?". In general, answers are (necessarily) vague and usually link to other sites. They ...


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The main rule at SuperUser is device questions have to be related to how they interface with the desktop. So ask your iOS-only questions here if it doesn't involve that. Otherwise, since you can ask other questions either place really the question is When is it best to ask at SuperUser vs. asking at AskDifferent? Since SuperUser is right now the more ...


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If you have legitimate access to install and run Mountain Lion, then by definition you have a dedicated support area that is highly targeted towards discussion of it without the sorts of arbitrary limits of scope that we (rightly) have here. Anyone who has a genuine question about ML that is more than curiosity for the purposes of being a Beta Hero at home ...


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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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As a Mac user who mostly "lives" on Unix & Linux stackexchange, I thought I'd provide my viewpoint on this. Questions about command line tools (that aren't Apple-specific) are perfectly on-topic both here and on Unix & Linux. Most such questions are also on-topic for superuser.com. The main difference is the type of answers you're likely to ...


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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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The "linked questions" in the sidebar is the domain of ...whom? From the [linked-questions] tag excerpt: The "Linked Questions" sidebar is a user-generated list of related questions shown when viewing a question. Its content comes from questions that users have linked in the question, their answers, or in comments, or questions which have been closed as ...


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Whenever deciding whether Ask Different should allow or close: consider whether Apple makes the allowance. Allowance of questions that may be asked in public If Apple provides a public area for discussion of an Apple product, then Ask Different should not close or delete questions about that product. Example: for Messages, Apple provided a discussion ...


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You're right, that is off topic, sorry. When I read it for some reason I thought the asker was looking for a non-Apple multitouch trackpad to use with a Mac (which would be on topic), but in rereading the question that's clearly not the case. Thanks for bringing this back up. I wish I could undo the flag decline, but from what I can tell those are permanent ...


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"questions about the particulars of specific games to be off-topic " That hits the nail on the head for me. CoC had a few days of irritation, due to server issues, but in the relatively short time I've been here, it's the only game that seems to crop up as a taggable one. The rest don't seem to generate questions here. So, blanket ban on games questions ...


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