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Allow appropriate tablet questions Vote for this option if you believe we should allow tablet questions, but shouldn't actively encourage iOS or Android questions. We would update our FAQ to mention all the relevant sister-sites: Unix, Ubuntu, Apple and Android as great places to ask questions about their respective ecosystems, while allowing them on SU as ...


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Please note, StackExchange sites are marked with the little Computer Hardware and Software Your question is off-topic if it's not about personal computer hardware or software issues, but rather deals with professional environments … Managing and Administering computer systems in a professional capacity. Server Fault Information Security professionals ...


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It all depends on what operating system it runs in my opinion. Most tablet operating systems are just glorified, "user-friendly" cellphone-based systems (Android, iOS, WP7), and should not be on Super User in my opinion. If the tablet runs Linux/OSX/Windows 7 or 8/Unix, then it's fair game. Why? Well, can you create and program an application while ...


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Converting/distilling some of my comments into an answer... Yes, we should update our tag wikis to not unconditionally point people at webapps.SE when they have an AWS or EC2 related question. But where do we send them instead? Actually, the answer to that question becomes more like a long switch statement (in a language such as C or Java), where the ...


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Actually reading through the quoted article, ars isn't claiming those four bullet points as valid criterion for definition of PC's for a good reason. Older computers didn't utilize preemptive multitasking. What's the definition of a keyboard? To my limited knowledge Chrome OS doesn't easily allow for programming in languages (unless there's a web app for ...


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There really shouldn't be a shopping tag, because just shopping is explicitly off-topic as you mention. We rarely blacklist tags though, so it reappears whenever someone gets it into their mind to tag a question as such. I would like to take this opportunity to point out, however, that questions realted to shopping can be OK if written appropriately. A ...


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This is 100% status-bydesign. In fact, it's a core part of how Stack Exchange works. The sort of questions you're seeing are what we call "canonical answers." It's an effort to build a knowledge base of information that's likely to be useful for many different people. Self-answering is encouraged. If you figure out something cool that other people might ...


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In this case, we actually can ignore the console factor - We're talking about installing Firefox on a specific operating system. We really don't need to mention it's a PS3, but to mention that it's a PowerPC processor. With the recent trend of installing a second operating system on a PS3, these questions would be allowed, as long as it isn't to do with ...


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It is something of a grey area, however, there are already good places in the Stack Exchange network for primary tablet questions: For iPads and variants: http://apple.stackexchange.com For Android tablets and variants: http://android.stackexchange.com Super User has historically been modelled on the classic, general purpose computer -- whereas tablets ...


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Yes, these should be closed as primarily opinion based, because they're subjective and there's no real problem to be solved. A couple of reasons: It's easy enough to take a look at what both tools offer online and compare them yourself, with regards to whatever criteria may be more important to you (which could be anything). Answers would simply be a list ...


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Stack Exchange site Web Applications would be the proper site to ask about this: Web Applications - Stack Exchange is for expert and advanced users of web applications. If your question generally covers … Using Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Google, or any other website which behaves like an application Bookmarklets Browsers and their features ...


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This is not a real "answer" to your question nor official policy, so please bear with me when I'm rambling a little. First of all, NDAs are a very specific case: Should moderators enforce NDAs for software vendors? No user can sign an NDA on SEI's part, and therefore SEI [Stack Exchange, Inc. ] is not required to act when a user breaks a contract with a ...


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Questions about how to use web applications can be asked on Web Applications, but they are not on-topic on Super User.


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In addition to the excellent answer by allquixotic, I'd recommend everyone considering cloud questions to vote on the Practical Cloud Computing proposal at Area51. I'm not behind it, but I'd very much like to see it succeed - we get a lot of those questions on ServerFault too, and most of them don't really fit there. I'd like to see them go to a good home.


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In addition to what breakthrough said (which is pretty much what i would say...) To me, the question isn't just 'can i post this question here' its 'can i find an answer'. Before the advent of the stackbabies SU was probably the best place for this. I'm a windows/linux guy. I can answer some OS X questions.. the moment it comes down to webos/ipad/android, i'...


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Does this even matter? I mean, how many questions like this can there possibly be? That said, if it is being used as a "regular" personal computer (Linux, Mac, or Windows) and has "regular" PC software installed on it, I can't see the harm.


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I have seen a number of questions on how to bypass network security. While security questions are not off-topic on SuperUser, they should still pertain to one of the general environments we support; e.g., a home network, a Windows/Mac/Linux box, a small business network, etc. Large enterprise security stuff belongs on Server Fault or Information Security ...


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Let's start with the Help section. It says that the site is focused on problem solving. Its guidance: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Avoid asking subjective questions where there is no actual problem to be solved. Based on that, cost is not a problem to be solved on this site. That was easy --...


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I’ve noticed recently that numerous users (including high-rep users and even moderators) have been posting generic, hypothetical questions, followed immediately by an answer and accepting it. Any examples, you're leaving us guessing to which type of those questions you're actually referring. Like nhinkle outlines; we've had community-faq questions, an ...


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I've commented my feelings on each of these questions.... Overall I don't see the need for a 'research' based site, especially if said research is on linux/unix systems (which it generally is). What are cgroups and are they useful for cluster administration? -> Linux/Unix How do I transfer large files to and from a remote system? -> too broad, either ...


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So that we know which questions to close, of course. ;p Flags get generated on the fly when people use them - sometimes they aren't appropriate. It's a small enough tag that it could be taken care of. I wouldn't be suprised if this tag got killed off during a previous tag cull and has since reappeared.


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Unfortunately, smart phone OSes and cell phones are not on-topic for Super User, so such a question would not fit here. If you're interested in helping create a Stack Exchange for BlackBerry questions, check out this Area 51 proposal: BlackBerry Enthusiasts.


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As far as I'm concerned, I'd say no, they're off-topic, except for when the question is specifically about the software that comes with the service, such as, for example: problems with the Dropbox client on Linux installing the Mozy 2.0 client on Windows symlinking files from Dropbox and the local hard drive et cetera This is the reason why I've voted to ...


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Super User is a question-and-answer site. As such, questions on it should be specific questions or problems that need to be solved. If you were going to post a bug report here, you would absolutely have to frame it as a question. Just saying "this is a bug triggered by X and Y" isn't really a question. Rather, you could ask something like "when I do X or Y, ...


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Server Fault seems more appropriate if you are looking at BIS issues.


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Web applications are off-topic: and it is not about … videogames or consoles websites or web services like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer a shopping or buying recommendation


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No - the FAQs specifically state that only questions that are about Computer hardware Computer software are allowed. Furthermore, it also states that questions that are about "electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer" The question you're asking has absolutely nothing to do with a ...


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No It is strongly bordering on a list, and won't have a conclusive answer ever. It's the same as asking if the App Store is better then Amazon, just with more flair and trying to hide behind a comparison of books. Also, where is the computer hardware/software problem your trying to solve?


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I think it would be placed on the Android Enthusiasts if the tablet OS is Android, but in some specific cases where the tablet OS is Linux or Windows it should be posted here on SU. This is the way that doubts are currently posted today, when users have problems with Android, the post is migrated to Andorid Enthusiasts and when is something about Windows or ...


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Generally... I don't think so. Practically when we deal with 'modifying' hardware on SU, its generic, and involving fitting in a component the hardware is designed to do. If you are going to have to pick up a soldering iron to 'modify' a component, I do believe its far out of our scope.


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