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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 don't want "a ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 agree ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How do you regard a question about creating sock-puppets on WWW sites?

https://superuser.com/questions/726356/ I've been in four minds about this question, whether to flag it as off-topic, downvote it, critique it, or ignore it. I haven't yet decided. On the one hand: ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Where do questions about OS X's Automator belong?

Where do questions about scripts/programs written in Automator belong? They could belong on StackOverflow, as they're a sort of programming. on SuperUser, as they are often used to automate lengthy/...
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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 ...
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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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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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Where to ask a question that pertains to Windows and Android?

Where would I ask a question about a Windows based software that can enable me to send SMS via my Android phone which is physically connected to the PC? Would it be here on Super User or on Android SE ...
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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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Is asking for technical support okay?

A friend of mine has a problem with some Windows shenanigans, with a particular BSOD error and a driver. (We've all been there) Is SuperUser the appropriate forum to ask for a solution/answer/...
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SuperUser question scope

Most of the questions I see or ask on SuperUser are regarding computer software or hardware, but would other forms of technology that somehow connect to computing be valid questions? For example, ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Confused where to ask question!

There are A LOT OF forums for asking our questions about computers! Sometimes I really get confused where to ask to get the best answer in the shortest time. For example, I have a question about ...
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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 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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Running A Linux Based Distro On A Samsung Chromebook?

I would like to ask the following question on Superuser, but before posting would like to know if it is suitable or not: Is it possible to run a linux based distro eg Ubuntu on a Samsung Chromebook ...
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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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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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List guess-the-application as off-topic in the FAQ list

The answer to "Are 'Guessing Game' type questions allowed on SU?" says guessing-the-software questions are banned. Fine, but that information should be in the FAQ list under "and it is not about" or ...
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What is the problem with this question?

Can someone explain with words, how is this question: NFS Server/Client administration of multiple machines through a GUI ... off-topic from SuperUser? Just to clearly point out that I've read the ...
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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 .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. ...