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Where can I ask questions that aren't Super User questions?

Thank you for your confidence in our abilities! But have you read our FAQ? We get a lot of non computer related questions on here. Yes, someone here might be able to help you, but you'll find that ...
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Please vote on proposed changes to our policy on tablet computers

We recently asked how you feel about questions regarding Windows 8 on ARM. After looking through the answers and comments there, and some lengthy discussion amongst the moderators, we've come up with ...
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Will iPad be acceptable subject matter for Super User? I guess not?

Will an Apple tablet device (iPad) be a "computery" enough subject for questions on Super User? I plan to get one, and since I've never owned an iPhone or anything similar, I'm sure I'll have some ...
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Where do EC2 and AWS questions truly belong?

I am a moderator on Web Applications, and I would like to address the points of this Web Apps Meta question to a wider audience, because we get more than a handful of questions on these topics that ...
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Should questions about using a gaming console as a PC be allowed?

As you all probably know, gaming questions have long been off-topic on SuperUser. This has included questions limited to consoles, even though they are technically "computers". I generally ...
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How is the term "Computer" defined on Super User?

The arguments over whether a tablet counts as a computer this rather lovely Ars Technica article on why they think a tablet is a PC as well as a chat conversation over this question got me thinking ...
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Where can I post a Winter Bash test question?

I want to post a test question to either: Gain a Winter Bash hat, or Test a theory about the criteria for awarding a secret hat. Where can I post such a test question?
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Should Tablet Computer questions be allowed on Super User? [duplicate]

The current policy by community consensus is: Allow appropriate tablet questions, but not actively encourage iOS and Android. Basically they will be treated like Ubuntu and OS X are treated right now. ...
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Questions about bypassing or circumventing network security

I have seen a number of questions on how to bypass network security. I was wondering if superuser (or stackexchange) had a policy or stock answer about this? As a regular kind of user, I can ...
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When is cost an on-topic question?

We sometimes get questions related to cost; some remain open and some are closed. But especially the ones that are closed lead to arguments in the comments because there is a gray area where cost isn'...
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Why was I accused of spreading ransomware (and had my question deleted) for asking about stopping a McAfee service?

I asked about how to stop a McAfee antivirus service (where I am an administrator of the computer) in the Super User community. Why was my question deleted as "off topic: not related to hardware/...
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Questions asking for manual identification of fonts?

I've seen several question related to fonts on SU. While I do believe that fonts can be considered software related, I've noticed that a subset of those questions asks superusers to manually identify ...
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What's the proper role with respect to third-party EULA's, NDA's, and other agreements?

It's not uncommon on superuser, programmers, and stackoverflow to come across questions that involve, or where the answer may involve, violating some agreement that may exist between the OP and some ...
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Where can I ask about "Google Reader"?

Is this the right place to ask a question about RSS feed items in Google Reader? If not, on which Stack Exchange site can I ask such a question?
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Will Windows Phone questions be on topic when Windows 10 is released?

Will Windows Phone questions be on topic when Windows 10 is released? Releated: How are we going to deal with Windows 8 on ARM? and Should Tablet Computer questions be allowed on Super User? Windows ...
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If FAQ forbids shopping questions, what is a shopping tag for?

If the FAQ forbids shopping questions, what is the shopping tag for?
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Which Stack Exchange site is appropriate for asking Blackberry/BIS questions?

I have a question on BIS/BlackBerry. Is Super User appropriate for that?
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Where do Google Cloud Platform questions belong?

In the google-cloud-platform tag wiki is the following statement: Cloud computing platform offered by Google. Online Google applications and platforms are off-topic here and should be asked on http:...
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Why are smartphone-related questions considered off-topic on superuser.com? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a modern phone not a computer? In the F.A.Q. it is written that the site is about questions about "computer software" and "not about electronic devices, media players, cell ...
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Are "X vs Y" product comparison questions not constructive?

The comparison of two distinct products with similar purposes, as in this question, seems to be the sort of question that solicits opinion and therefore not constructive. However, these questions are ...
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Are questions about Smart TVs on-topic?

I want to ask about audio codec support of a (fairly recent) smart TV. However - this is somewhere between a "computer" and a plain-consumer-electronic device - even if it might actually be ...
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Are TeX/LaTeX questions off-topic?

This question was closed as off-topic. Yet it fits squarely within the topic of Super User as defined by the FAQ (it's a question about the beamer plug-in for the TeX program, to put it into general ...
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Appropriate site for question about Google Groups?

I was about to ask a question on Super User about problems I've been having accessing Google Groups, but then I noticed that a lot of questions on that site having to do with web apps were being ...
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Where should questions about mobile devices, phones, gadgets, etc be asked?

I was wondering where should I post slightly off-topic questions. As I've read on SuperUser its only about computer hardware and software. Do the various USB gadgets fit in the 'hardware' category? ...
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Super User question about manufacturer support web site resources: on or off topic?

Is the following question on- or off-topic for Super User: https://superuser.com/questions/123357/service-tag-urls I choose to interpret the FAQ liberally, and the question as I see it does relate ...
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How do web-software related questions differ in superuser from questions in webapps of stackexhange?

I guess the web related software questions can be asked in either of the websites - superuser or webapps? Am I correct?
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Are questions related to repairing a console on-topic?

According to this questions that are only about consoles are off-topic. However I was wondering if this is the same for questions that aren't about gaming, but rather repairing a console. For ...
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superuser.com getting useless for me

I am getting fed up with some of my questions getting closed on superuser.com. Like this one https://superuser.com/questions/142537/website-which-helps-a-user-pick-a-motherboard-closed & https://...
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Do we need a separate site for "researchers"?

Does this proposal define a new site beyond Super User, Server Fault, Computational Science, Linux, and our other computing sites? Research Computing (proposal link) for research computing ...
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Are questions about online backup services on-topic?

Are questions about online backup services like: Dropbox Mozy CrashPlan on-topic for Super User?
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File Purpose and Usage Questions

I've often had to go search for files that I've found running on my computer, and I want to find out what they are, and if they're ok. I usually do a lot of googling to find the answer, but have ...
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Do questions on search engine optimization belong here? If not, where do they belong?

E.g. I want to ask a question like: http://www.quora.com/SEO/If-you-re-use-your-Internet-name-on-numerous-sites-is-there-a-way-to-make-your-name-on-one-site-appear-before-your-name-on-another-site ...
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Is this question about processor licensing off-topic?

Question in question: CPU Technology Licensing - Why Not? To the best of my understanding, I am asking a question in the right place, per https://superuser.com/help/on-topic, under the category "...
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Are questions about modifying Android hardware on-topic?

Questions about the Android platform on SuperUser are routinely migrated to Android, but apparently questions about modifying Android hardware are off-topic there. So....are questions about modifying ...
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What's with the recent slew of web questions on SU?

I know they come in now and then, but they were definitely getting closed for a while there. But in the last few days I have seen several "web" questions that didn't get closed. What's going on? Fluke ...
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How should we handle questions involving (non-Windows CE-based) Windows Embedded?

Similar to How should we treat questions involving mobile computers like barcode scanners that use Windows Mobile?, how should we handle questions involving Windows Embedded 7 or other non-Windows CE-...
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Can I ask a question about how to disconnect someone from linkedin?

I think it will be "out of scope"... But I don't know where to ask this question on SE...
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Are Windows bug reports on topic here?

Recently I discovered that Microsoft has no public way of reporting on bugs regarding the Windows operating system. The only current alternative is the Microsoft Community, which is not really a bug ...
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Why is a question about ripping TikTok videos off-topic, but a [youtube-dl] tag exists?

Why is the following question downvoted/off-topic: How to save TikTok videos without watermark, with a local Open Source tool? My request is feasible, technically speaking. Proprietary apps do exactly ...
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Is this site suitable for asking questions on how to do something in VIM?

I'd like to know how to do something more efficiently in VIM. Is SU the site for such questions?
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Is superuser the proper channel to ask AutoCAD-related questions?

After checking out all the other StackExchange sites, CAD questions do not seem to fit into any category except maybe superuser. In the FAQ, superuser is described as encompassing general software or ...
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Questions about IP Phones: Off-topic?

I'm trying to ascertain whether or not questions about IP phones (in my case, Cisco) are on-topic or off-topic for SuperUser. I read this question, which basically says: If its problems using ...
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Why can't I ask if hardware exists that does something, or fits a need?

I can understand not wanting shopping questions: that is a comparison between two products that exist that relies on the subjective input of the person answering. But if I have a need, it seems I ...
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Are general networking/protocol questions on topic here?

I know questions about specific web services are off topic here. But there are general networking questions about protocols that don’t involve a web service nor they are related to a professional ...
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Are questions about use of mobile apps on topic here? [duplicate]

Are questions about use of mobile apps on topic here? Especially apps without readily available customer support? In particular I've got a non-platform-specific usage question about Uber.
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Are questions about business servers operated for personal purposes on topic here? [duplicate]

I came across this question, which is specific to rackmount server hardware. On first glance, this question would appear to be best for Server Fault because SF specializes in business computer systems....
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Is it ok to post questions about Dreamboxes on SU?

Hi, Dreamboxes are Linux-powered TV receivers. Is it ok to ask questions about them on SU? If not, where should I post them?
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Post Closed - Primarily Opinion Based - But it does not appear to be opinion based to me

Post: Shared data between multiple devices / Operating systems I'm not asking for the best one, I'm not asking whether people like a solution or not. I'm asking "What solutions exist to address this ...
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How should we treat questions involving mobile computers like barcode scanners that use Windows Mobile?

UPDATE - I found this proposal over on area51. It suggests a StackExchange site for Windows Mobile. Go follow it if you want to see this! I've been using a computer like this at work for the last ...
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Are questions about AutoCAD usage on topic here?

Are questions about general AutoCAD usage on topic here (not for any specific field, I'm just teaching myself how to use it as a general skill)? There is the CAD proposal, but it's just a proposal, ...
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