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Are questions about adblocking on-topic?

Our help says that questions about "websites or web services like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress" are off topic. What about web browser add-ons, specifically configuring adblockers? We've had ...
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Closure of questions regarding pre-release/beta software

Five years ago, the issue was raised as to whether questions related to problems with beta software are on-topic. The gist of the logic for why they are not is in suggested wording for a custom close ...
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Is my question about Netbeans more suitable for Stack Overflow or SuperUser?

I asked this question yesterday and one of the users pointed out to me that this question may be better for Stack Overflow. I feel that my question involves configuring Netbeans to run assembly code ...
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Why was this off-topic (resource recommendation) flag declined?

I flagged this question as off-topic, using the reason "Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they become outdated quickly and attract opinion-...
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How to delete a wrong post

I posted this off-topic post on Super User. And now I am stuck with it. I can't delete it. Other people see it and downvote which causes me to lose reputation and puts me at risk of being blocked ...
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Why was this question deleted instead of closed?

I've found this question and voted to close it. For those who can't see deleted questions, here is the original text: Which One is Best News Paper App? Because there are so many newspaper ...
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Internet Security on Super User

While the topic of Internet security is not listed in what should be asked about, it is also not listed as being off-topic. I think Internet security is worth paying attention to. Recently I posted ...
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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 interfacing with printers on topic?

According to the current consensus on Meta, questions about printers are on topic, even questions concerning the hardware. Also, according to the help, it is OK to ask question concerning smartphones "...
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Are new questions regarding Windows XP on-topic?

Does superuser follow the same policy as askubuntu to mark new questions about "no-longer supported" operating systems as off-topic?
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Is SU the appropriate place to ask how hardware affects code?

Tried to ask a question about the differences between a certain tablet and a desktop computer, for purposes of a certain software. I see differences, and need to understand the source of these ...
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How to deal with the numerous off-topic (business environment) Windows Server questions

We get lots of questions about Windows Server. By their very nature, most of these questions specifically involve a business environment and therefore do not belong on Super User, since both the help ...
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Question 1080786 on Windows shutdown command flagged off-topic - why?

I'm a bit puzzled as to why my question was flagged off-topic - Schedule a shutdown that can't be easily cancelled. [now edited to remove the context which was about using shutdown with a timer as ...
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Are relationships/interference between two piece of hardware on topic?

A colleague claims that leaving on cell phone on top of an external conventional platter hard drive could damage the drive. I'm not so sure about that, so I am interested in posting a question on ...
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How to deal with questions about debugging?

I've met a question asking to debug an Excel formula without providing the necessary details: https://superuser.com/questions/1029939/excel-index-match-returning-value-that-doesnt-exist-in-the-table ...
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Is there a better site for this question?

Wondering if I should move https://superuser.com/questions/768807/how-to-see-my-own-domain-from-host-server to another site? Or if it belongs here, what I might do to improve it, since it is being ...
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Possible Piracy - Is it off-topic? [duplicate]

Am I right to flag a question as off-topic if the questioner is asking for a method of circumventing the Terms of Service of a web service even if the service provider does not rigorously enforce the ...
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Was I wrong answering an off-topic question?

It's quite clear to me the reason for establishing rules on any Stack Exchange site. Yesterday, I found this question, which I answered, and once sent, I read JakeGould's comment and realized ...
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How to handle off-topic questions with a bounty

Second question that I recall in recent weeks where the question is completely off topic and the OP posted a bounty before it was closed: Select Google music track on Android to play via Nexus Play/...
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Should I flag questions as off-topic if they are already upvoted and answered?

I've just now found this question: Note taking softwares with fast searching?, which is already upvoted and answered. For me it's off topic as looking for software recommendation, should I flag it, or ...
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Why are the question on linux not considered off topic? [duplicate]

As we already know that Super User is a for computer enthusiasts and power users but we have different sites for Linux questions such as: Unix and Linux - for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Unix-...
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Add a new off-topic close reason for questions asking for scripts

Recently, I've seen several questions in the close queue that simply ask for a script to be written to perform or automate a particular task. These questions are currently closed as too broad with ...
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Why is the location of files used by a programme off topic?

I opened a question some days ago that has been closed. At this moment the reason given for the closure is: the question where FreeCiv files need to go on an Android system is off topic here ...
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Flag obsolete question for closing

Yesterday, I posted https://superuser.com/questions/836446/why-is-flash-player-trying-to-load-flex-framework-rsls-swz-files-from-my-serve/836750#836750, and today I found that the problem was due to a ...
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product search versus product recommendation

According to the help topic "What topics can I ask about here?", it is not allowed to be "asking for a product, service or learning material recommendation". It seems like this is a general theme ...
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Flag as off topic - move to linux/unix community is missing

I have tried to flag ALSA stopped working with default device as off-topic, to move it into Unix & Linux community. However there is no option for that (or I don't see it?): Is this missing on ...
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Are mobile networking questions on topic for this site

I found a question on Android Enthusiasts that was off topic for that site. It was about mobile networks (3G and 4G). Does excellent 4G coverage imply excellent 3G coverage? Is the primary ...
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Im not sure whether this question would be well recieved

I have always wondered on this but I'm not sure of the SE site that would best fit its description, I was wondering why Microsoft have removed the standard "My Computer" Icon from the desktop for the ...
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Where do questions regarding virtual machines belong?

I've seen several questions regarding administration of virtual machines (VMs) on Stackoverflow. While I'm sure they are off-topic there, I'm hard pressed to decide where they do belong: Super User or ...
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Is a question about pranks off topic?

I asked this question - My colleague often shuts down my machine through the LAN - how do I prevent it?? regarding one prank by my colleague and the prevention technique, And this comment made me to ...
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How to ask a question about computer hardware (spesific part) to know its name and functionality? [duplicate]

Recently, I asked this question: What is a name of this port? And for what purpose can it be used? I also provided a picture and its the best thing to tell what I am asking about. However, the ...
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In what cases do I see a more elaborate off-topic close reason?

In some cases, I see a newly extended off-topic post notice: closed as off-topic by OneUser, TwoUsers, ThreeUsers, FourUsers, FiveUsers This question appears to be off-topic for this site. ...
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Why is the general off-topic close reason when closed by a moderator slightly shorter than when closed by the community?

I noticed a discrepancy in the general off-topic close reason (when the question is not about computer hardware or software within the scope defined in the help center). When the question is closed by ...
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Are .htaccess questions ever on-topic on SuperUser?

.htaccess is well discussed on StackOverflow's meta, in particular there are a lot of discussions about whether, and exactly when, questions about .htaccess and URL rewrites, and so on, are on-topic. ...
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At what point do regexes become programming questions?

This question is tagged "perl" as well as awk and sed and asks about a regular expression. Find number in string and replace it At what point do questions that are answered with programs move from ...
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What makes a question “specific to corporate IT support”?

I encounter many problems every day where I work. Some of them I can't find the answer to, and eventually some of them get posted on Superuser by myself. Of course, I don't bother mentioning I'm ...
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Are questions regarding “how to research things on the internet” on-topic

I came across this question: https://superuser.com/questions/659831/how-to-search-for-a-specific-program-with-a-specific-set-of-features The title seemed innocent enough, but the bulk of the ...
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Are questions about connecting smartphones to computers on-topic?

This question asks about connecting a smartphone to a computer and transfering files. It was put on-hold as off-topic. The list of on-topic subjects, linked on the very on-hold message, says ...
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How far can we go when asking about beta software?

This question asks about OS X Mavericks, which is still in beta. There's a close reason specifically for questions about software that's still in beta. However, once Mavericks is released, the ...
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is this question off topic

I recently asked https://superuser.com/questions/650929/tool-software-to-surprise-during-birthday on Super User. Will the question would be off topic? I have mentioned my problem clear. Normal search ...
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Belongs on another SE site [duplicate]

When you click close, off-topic, belongs on another SE site, there are a few common options. I believe iPhone/iOS (thinkdifferent.stackexchange.com) should be on the list. Ideally, one should be ...
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Should we split up the off-topic “shopping” closing reason?

One of our current off-topic reasons reads like this: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, ...
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Off topic close reasons – do we need specific points for Stack Overflow or Web Apps?

It's been a couple of days since we're using the new off-topic close reasons, including: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend ...
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Why is question 112455 not off-topic?

This question, which seeks "a program where I can type one, two or more components of chemical reaction and find out the result of it," is a blatant software rec question. I flagged it as off-topic (...
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Request to reopen question 600447 (How can I edit multiple text files as one virtual document?)

To try and explain what I'd like to find (which I had thought not readily doable in a sound-bite), I posted a rather lengthy question earlier today that was closed for being off-topic. One person ...
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Request to reopen question 600238

This question about creating CD+Gs from MP4s was closed this morning, 27 May 2013, at 04:05 UTC for being off-topic: in its original form, the question was obviously a software-rec. Twelve minutes ...
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Request to reopen question 581643 please

I'd like to have my question reopened and the down votes removed. It was closed for being off topic. Its not. Read it, and you'll see it clearly has to do with Software and how its used. Closing a ...
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Tagged Topics Are Off Topic?

The list of tags for Super User includes... Android Date-Time So I posted this question To my surprise, the question was down-voted, my reputation has been hit, and the question was closed as off-...
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I'd like to know why my question was closed

I posted a question detailing my problems with Windows 8's File History. I use it for backups and I have a couple of things I'd like it to do, but it fell short. With certain specific needs in mind, I ...
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Where to ask a question about iTunes/AppStore

I had asked this question some time back and it had been closed as off-topic. Now I have another question related to iTunes and the AppStore. Can anyone say which stack exchange site would be ...