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Unless it is a clear call for warez, discussion of DRM should be given the benefit of the doubt. Per Joel: I would hate for us to censor legitimate, technical discussion just because what we're talking about happens to be illegal in some jurisdictions. We should have the same standards as universities: we should defend people's rights to free speech. ...


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Would this policy apply to the other sites too? Should we ask on StackOverflow if people are asking their programming questions to help them build a tool to remove DRM? Should web site administrators on serverfault be asked if their site is hosting warez, and their question closed if they are? Answering these questions could also be facilitating copyright ...


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There is always the chance (as, possibly, with the referenced question) that the question is so far off in asking for technology advice, that the only sensible answer is It's not the kind of problem you can or want to solve using technology. In my opinion, this is a proper, useful answer, especially if solid advice on what to actually do follows. On ...


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I would suggest that these kinds of comments should always be phrased like the following: Your question is off-topic here, but on-topic for xyz.SE. However, please do not re-post on the other site, your question will be migrated there automatically. I voted to migrate your question to xyz.SE. It should be migrated shortly. This will however need one ...


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Brent, check out this blog post: Q&A is hard, let's go shopping It explains why we've discovered that "which X should I buy" questions never work very well in our sites, so we consider them off topic. DMA768768973659237598327 summarized it well, "Historically, these questions rapidly become noisy and outdated, and the 'no right answer' bit really doesn'...


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That close reason is basically there to give us a way to take care of questions where the answer is "Only [manufacturer] could know," or "it's a bug, that's what you get for running pre-release software". A question about how to use new features or how something works, as in the case of this question, is fine. We just don't want to become a support site for ...


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In my opinion, I supported Diago back then and didn't see the need to leave an additional comment to show it. Here's a related question about the tag that shows how I feel about them: Banned Tag Proposal: Hackintosh The reason I would refrain from making it official is that its not a big problem, we can deal with it on a case-by-case basis. If we had to ...


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I have always interpreted any questions that involve interfacing a device (such as a smartphone, iPhone, iPad, etc.) with a computer or actions that require a computer to interact with a device to be completely on topic. Examples might be how to back up an iPhone with iTunes on Windows, or how to Restore a specific firmware file to a device through iTunes. I'...


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There is evidence that this was posted as a seed for someone to spam their product at us. The format of the question is suspicious and follows a pattern that moderators are familiar with: a leading question that is blatantly off topic and far too vague. There isn't much that distinguishes it from normal low quality software rec questions. It just feels like ...


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Asking for recommendations on products and/or services that handle the product with explicit calls for reviews and experiences is off topic. It's the same thing as a shopping question but without the overt qualifier of the dollar sign. The Q&A model isn't for discussion or for fielding reviews or experiences from other users. The object might be on ...


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Flag it. Those questions should be removed (which is what I just did).


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Quite frequently the best answer to a problem is user education. Are 1 or 2 employees giving out the password to other people, do you spend spend several 1000's of dollars on a Secure ID system so passwords get invalidated after every use, or do you tell the two people "Hey, you need to stop doing that or you are fired" first and see if the problem stops? ...


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To be clear, If you're looking at getting help installing / configuring Joomla on your server - it's on Server Fault. If you're looking at getting help on programming a Joomla Module, it's Stack Overflow. If you're looking at getting help on operating Joomla, Webmasters it is.


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It looks a lot like a spam seed to me. By deleting it quickly, it is taken out of circulation so the prospective spammer hopefully realises it's a waste of time. It's fine to assume people have good intentions and comment. Don't worry about the occasional spammer we put out of our misery.


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I just did what you proposed at the time you were writing this. Now, should I just edit the post, killing the second part and changing the meaning, or flag the question or just comment and ask the user to do the editing? You're not changing the meaning. You're just removing the part that's off-topic. If the question had been posted without these models, ...


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I would only give an answer to a specific product if it is a perfect fit for exactly what was asked there are not many products of this type, so it is "rare" and even then, I'd provide an explanation of why I am recommending this product, which is the critical part. You have to explain the rationale, and perhaps share research or experiences too.


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Could we have fixed this question […] encouraging the user to edit or rephrase the question himself? This is mentioned in the banner below: Also, commenters have been very verbose, including Darth Android, who said: If you could clarify exactly what criteria would define a "correct" answer to this question, it would be a large step to making it much ...


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Flag for moderator attention, and in the "other" box state that it's off-topic but you can't close it because of the bounty. If a moderator deems it to be off-topic, they will remove the bounty and close the post.


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I'll post an answer because there is too much to cover in comments. Interpersonal Let me start with the interpersonal issues, since the bulk of the questions were authored by Evan Carroll and there is an appearance, especially to him, that personal animosity was behind this action. This was not personal, and I don't dislike Evan, as he suggested in his ...


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My $0.02 is that UPS's should definately be a category of hardware supported by SuperUser, until you start talking about something more relevant on EE.SE, but at that point it's obviously not a good fit for Superuser. Should be on topic: Swapping a battery. Discussing specs including run time, chemistry, performance, compatible batteries, etc. Programming/...


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"Problem is people will vote to migrate to Apple.SE for any Apple based question." -Sathya I agree, thus I do not agree with putting Apple.SE as a public migration path, as it will be too "easy" for users to vote to migrate to Apple.SE and then ♦ mods will have to fight to keep Apple questions on our site that actually belong.


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First of all, the existence of a tag does not indicate being on-topic. Anybody with 300 reputation points can create a tag, and there's no specific review process for that. In fact, if you look around here on Meta you'll see a lot of recent requests to remove or blacklist useless or off-topic tags. Specifically regarding Android, there are some questions ...


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I'm not sure we should be closing these questions outright, much less have a specific close reason for them. At the end of the day, people are unhappy about how they are phrased. These questions can be trivially rewritten from "Give me a script to X" to "How can I do (automate) X", and answers can choose to write scripts if they wish to do so, or provide ...


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Are you sure? I've read the question about 4 times now, and I still don't get remotely get the impression that is what your asking. Even your clarification still implies it is a device issue. Your question reads that your trying to find a single installation for all the apps on the device rather then software that will be able to push the same settings and ...


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If you prefer, it could be closed as being not constructive, as we don't know what Microsoft is using and there's no objective definition of what "professionally looking" is. It's a safe bet to say that all professional e-mail templates are hand-crafted and thoroughly tested on various e-mail clients to ensure that they look good. And they're all not sent ...


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I like this, as I do feel the current single reason covers too many different cases. That being said, I think it might be worth grouping software and hardware together, as those are the two things I think of as "concrete" products. Furthermore, it's usually pretty easy to tell from the question which one we're dealing with (and thus, why the question was ...


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If it was voted for and replied to with "relevant" answers there's some good to it. Life is not perfect. There are times when a post may be equally apt for 2 SE sites. Better to find a better fit & move the thread to a better location, than to delete & trash the collective efforts of people. After all. people voted, replied, put in effort while ...


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From: Should I answer off-topic questions? Accepted Answer: "Generally speaking, answering questions that should get closed encourages bad behavior." From: Is it bad to answer off-topic questions, knowing they are off-topic? Accepted Answer: "Yes, it is bad to answer off-topic questions. What on earth is the point of defining them as off-topic if you're ...


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I think this would be on topic - it is a question regarding computer hardware, and is within the scope. It has a canonical answer as well - yes it will cause damage, or no it will not cause damage. To quote our help section on what is on topic: Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about: computer ...


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SF mod chiming in... tl;dr: Don't migrate crap. If the OP is clearly clueless, I don't care if it's a business environment - we don't want their question because the professional way to handle that situation is "Well, hire someone to help you out.". If, however, the OP has: Given evidence that they've worked on the problem on their own, Provided ample ...


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