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Ascii-art tag question marked as off-topic

I saw this question, which piqued my interest as I'd not seen the tag used before. It was closed as off-topic, which leads to my question; what would be an on-topic ascii-art question? If there aren't ...
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How to know where my question belongs to

Is there some decision diagram, how to determine where my question belongs to? Often it's hard to decide if my question is for Superuser × Stack Overflow, Superuser × Android Enthusiast × Ask ...
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Are questions about the decisions to limit a feature on-topic?

A Lenovo staff says that the bluetooth keyboards of the Yoga model are only compatible with the same model, not with other devices. Therefore my other computer cannot detect it. I want to know why ...
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Asking about replacement/change of Micro-USB and USB-C on topic?

I have a small Bluetooth device that is currently in need of a replacement charge port. it is currently using a Micro-USB port, but I thought I might be able to upgrade to a USB-C port instead (purely ...
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Superuser vs Unix/Linux vs Ubuntu - revisited

10 years ago at the time of writing, this question was asked: Superuser vs Unix/Linux vs Ubuntu regarding the distinction and overlap of scope between the three StackExchange website. The accepted ...
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Why was this hardware-recommendation question closed as off-topic, and how could I improve it?

I have a hardware-related question. I want to know whether and how Thunderbolt 3 connectivity can be added to my PC setup. This answer says that questions regarding computer hardware can be asked on ...
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Why is this hardware-related question off-topic here? [duplicate]

I have a hardware-related question. I want to know whether and how Thunderbolt 3 connectivity can be added to my PC setup. This answer says that questions regarding computer hardware can be asked on ...
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Are questions related to download YouTube content allowed?

There are many questions about how to download video or audio from YouTube. Here are the two tags youtube-dl and youtube. But in the YouTube Terms 5.B., here I quote a portion of it: You shall not ...
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Would this question about printing a webpage be on-topic on Super User?

I'm trying to print a Medium post: https://medium.com/@keeper6928/how-to-unit-test-machine-learning-code-57cf6fd81765 but no matter what I do, the code chunks get cropped. In the actual question, of ...
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Why has this question on BlueJeans people account inference been placed on-hold as off-topic as "not about computer hardware or software"?

Regarding the question: How does BlueJeans estimate the number of meeting participants? Why has this question on BlueJeans people account inference been placed on-hold as off-topic as "This question ...
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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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Is explaining the existence or construction of Easter eggs in scope?

I posted a question about an Easter egg where a moderator almost immediately closed it as off-topic. I've been around on here long enough to know that my question isn't a lone exception, and that ...
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Can any software recommendation question be made on-topic by simply asking "how"?

Can any software recommendation question be made on-topic by simply asking "how"? E.g., if the question asks "I am looking for a program that can do X", does rephrasing it as "how can I do X" makes ...
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What is our stance on questions “Is there any software that can do X or can it be achieved natively with Windows"?

What is our stance on questions “Is there any software that can do X or can it be achieved natively with Windows"? Are they on-topic or off-topic? I don't know if that's regarded as a software ...
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What is our stance on questions on Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems?

What is our stance on questions on Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems? Are they on-topic or off-topic? https://superuser.com/help/on-topic (mirror) says: issues specific to corporate IT ...
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Revisit the Hackintosh policy

This answer from 2010 is oft-cited as reason for questions about "Hackintoshes" (fancy word for "Running macOS on non-Apple hardware") not being allowed. The reasoning is that we ...
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Proposal: Merge SuperUser, Unix&Linux, ServerFault, AskUbuntu, AskDifferent

Most of the questions are the same (configurations, non-programming) and it would benefit from having more people looking at questions. Some of those sites don't get a lot of traffic, the response ...
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Apparent sock puppet asking repetitive questions

For a bit of background, this is basically a repeat of an incident on Stack Overflow with a related Meta question: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/319065/repeated-questions-from-the-same-op-...
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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 T-SQL questions on topic?

I've read Why is this question on SQL migrated?, but sadly the upvoted answer has only two upvotes... I'm asking a similar question, but I am looking for something more definitive. There is some ...
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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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What is the Super User community for?

I have accounts on Stack Overflow and Ask Ubuntu and they cover almost all my queries. I just joined Super User, and I want to know which topics are supported and which types of questions are asked in ...
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Is compiler bootstrapping on-topic?

https://superuser.com/q/1090890/31983 became a Hot Network Question, and I answered it, before I noticed that it might actually be off-topic. According to the Help Center, questions about programming ...
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Vintage computer on-topic?

Are questions about repairing and maintaining vintage computers and peripherals on-topic? I'm thinking, for example, of Commodore 64 Atari 800XL S-100 machines IBM PC XT These would seem to fit ...
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Are darknet network related questions on-topic?

For example: Can you open I2P pages without having I2P installed? How Hornet high-speed onion routing compares to other overlay networks such as Tor or I2P? Where are the files stored in GNUnet ...
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What is our stance on questions pertaining to keyboard modding?

What is our stance on questions pertaining to keyboard modding? Are they on topic or off topic? Example: Subject: Does stacking o-rings provide the same result as using a thicker o-ring? I ...
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Do the questions at Ask Microsoft belong here?

There is currently a proposal on Area51 called Ask Microsoft. Its questions, similar to Ask Different and Ask Ubuntu, would be exclusively about Microsoft. There was a discussion there that all not-...
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Is comparing motherboards primarily opinion based? [duplicate]

I am seeing people ask questions about Intel and AMD motherboards and trying to compare the features. Do we entertain these opinion based questions? This is tricky to flag. We know that motherboard ...
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Smart Home networking questions?

Are IoT related question allowed, or going to be allowed, on superuser.com? For example, I would like to know if a Google Nest thermostat can be made to work with a Samsung SmartThings Hub. I know ...
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Where SHOULD I ask about licensing? [duplicate]

In a recent question (about running VMs on my desktop) I received a comment that licensing issues are outside the scope of this site and "we're not lawyers". Fair enough, if that's the rule that's ...
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What questions about computer building are on topic here?

Recently, I proposed a stackexhange site for users to come and ask questions about very specific questions about computer building. (would it be safe to mount my motherboard to wood, etc). The ...
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Are questions about wallpaper images on topic here?

Over at photo.SE we rarely get questions related to wallpapers of operating systems. As long as they are about how to take the image, we try to answer them. But some are about meta information like ...
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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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Please migrate Google Analytics questions to Webmasters

Hello from Web Apps! We've been seeing an awful lot of questions about Google Analytics migrated from Super User over to Web Apps lately. The thing is, questions about Google Analytics will be much ...
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Are "Hackintosh" questions allowed?

I've seen questions about pirating software down voted and closed. I'm wondering if Hackintosh questions are also disallowed? If so, why?
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What to do about the Windows Insider Program?

There have been a few questions about the tags for windows-10 and windows-10-preview, and whether such things are even on topic, similar to the same issue last time with Windows 8. I have noticed a ...
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Can I ask historical questions?

I want to ask about the origins of the paradigm "unused RAM is wasted RAM". Can it be asked here?
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Are questions about Chrome OS on-topic?

The primary purpose of Chrome OS is to run applications that are off-topic on Super User (web apps, plus it can run Android apps, both off-topic). The devices it runs on (Chromebooks), are designed ...
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Are the policies on product recommendations from 2011 and 2012 still good for 2015?

I noticed both the software rec and hardware rec tags exist and that they reference these two meta posts: How do I ask a question that may require recommending software? (2012) What is the difference ...
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Should "What are the advantages of X" questions be closed?

Should "What are the advantages of X" questions be closed? I see that some are open, some are closed, so I wonder what the policy is. Examples: https://superuser.com/q/730315/116475 What are the ...
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Is SuperUser for IBM/PC only?

I have recently asked this question about file management issues with the mobile version of Foxit in iOS. The question was downvoted and marked as off-topic as it belongs to apple.SE. I am just ...
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Are tool requests on topic?

Are questions asking for a particular tool providing certain functionality on topic or not? I don't use SuperSure.SE often so I'm not entirely sure what is in scope and what isn't. The faq made me ...
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Is a bittorrent question relevant to superuser.com?

I put up a question which got flagged as being off-topic with it being suggested to edit the question and putting it on superuser.com but before doing that, asking here. Could somebody look at it and ...
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Why is this question about CPU architectures off-topic?

I asked this question: Popek and Goldberg defined when a CPU architecture is suitable for efficient virtualisation. I know what to look for to find out if their theorem applies and how. ...
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Are questions about my home router and my VoIP Android app on-topic?

I have a Linksys WRT54GL at home. VoIP works as a softphone on my PC, but not with CSipSimple. Is Super User OK with that kind of question? I feel like Android Enthusiasts is not right place ...
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Are Windows 10 Preview questions on-topic?

Are questions about the Windows 10 Technical Preview (and its twin the Windows Insider Program) on-topic? Given that we have a reputation for closing questions relating to beta software (we even used ...
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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 benefit of ...
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Are questions about Firefox OS on-topic on Super User?

Are questions about Firefox OS on-topic on Super User? Even questions that don’t "interface with your computer"? For example: How can I change the URL of a Firefox bookmark in Firefox OS? How can I ...
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GitHub Questions?

Something crazy weird just happened to me on GitHub yesterday. I'm not sure if I can understand what exactly happened; the audit trail looks ... self-incriminating. Is this the right place to ask ...
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Shouldn't software installer problems be in-scope on SU even if the software happens to be a game?

I was surprised this question on Superuser got closed as "out of scope". Basically the question was, "Why is this software installer crashing on my new OS, when it never crashed on my old OS?". But ...