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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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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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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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All Apple products are on-topic here, but we also have a sister site in the network, Retrocomputing Stack Exchange, which specifically deals with questions about computer systems of yesteryear, including the Apple II.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sure, all Apple products are on-topic.


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https://superuser.com/ is probably the best place to ask Windows question on the SE sites.


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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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"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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Overall I don't think it is off topic. But, If the system is in /System, why isn't an OS upgrade simply creating a /NewSystem, putting all the necessary files in it (all in the background, without interrupting the user), renaming /NewSystem to /System, and then rebooting? Is basically asking why doesn't Apple just create /NewSystem... So I can see ...


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If anyone is interested, I've proposed a Hackintosh SE site. 🎉 Hackintosh Exchange (name pending) Please come, vote, and contribute to the discussion


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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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If there's clearly no research taken place and the question is asking specifically for a script to be written for them, I usually comment or (custom) vote to close with the following, tailored if necessary. Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and ...


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YES See What happened to the "beta ban"? for details.


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Firstly, thank you for your involvement and contribution to the site. I hope you find it to be a valuable resource! With regard to your question, although it wasn't me, I agree with the Moderator's decision here. The question you asked is certainly interesting and a great discussion topic, but it's not well-suited for the main Q&A site. The main Q&...


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There are already quite a lot of questions about rEFInd, so yes, of course, go ahead. PS: Please check whether your question has come before though.


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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 function for the site. We want to be a place to learn how to use Apple's products. If there were a site on how to read financial disclosures or how to find the best ...


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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 uniformly the same from country to country. So, yes, we do allow some content that skirts in to areas that are legally grey. Jailbreaking being one of them. We'll ...


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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-topic. Questions about publicly available information on Apple's non-NDA site are on-topic. Questions about features shown by Apple can be on-topic. How would your ...


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