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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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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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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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How are we going to deal with Windows 8 on ARM?

Just to get this discussion going, before the product actually launches and we have to make hasty decisions. As a reference, here's the previous discussion: Should Tablet Computer questions be allowed ...
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Should humorous/funny questions be deleted from Super User?

I was browsing through some recently deleted questions, and found this one: What is your most spectacular or interesting death of a computing device? What is your most spectacular or ...
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Questions about Small Business environments on topic?

Are small business environment questions on topic for SU, or should they be put onto SF (with a server)? Just in case anyone is wondering, the question is https://serverfault.com/questions/352137/...
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Can we make Raspberry Pi questions off-topic and avoid hurting Raspberry Pi.SE?

If we were to accept Raspberry Pi questions as on-topic, we would be taking a huge amount of traffic away from the Raspberry Pi.SE community. People will find our community instead of theirs, our ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between Super User and Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between Super User and Stack Overflow? I've discovered that there is http://stackoverflow.com and http://superuser.com and perhaps many other ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions about specific models of hardware okay?

I'd like to know whether Logitech K310 "washable" keyboard is still washable with one of the keys removed. Would such question be okay?
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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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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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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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