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Why was I accused of spreading ransomware (and had my question deleted) for asking about stopping a McAfee service?

Why was my question deleted as "off topic: not related to hardware/software" even though McAfee is definitely a software ? Your question was automatically deleted due to the fact it was ...
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Close reason for questions asking for code

"Needs more focus" seems right to me. A question that amounts to "give me teh codez" is not "a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer" - as opposed to "here is the macro I'...
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Why was I accused of spreading ransomware (and had my question deleted) for asking about stopping a McAfee service?

Moab isn't a moderator. I do know all the moderators and can assure you none of them work for McAfee, as far as I know I feel like you're looking at the wrong comment - anti virus software tends to be ...
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Why was this question deleted instead of closed?

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 ...
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Should I flag questions as off-topic if they are already upvoted and answered?

Flag it. Those questions should be removed (which is what I just did).
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Why was this question deleted instead of closed?

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 ...
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Which UPS related questions are on-topic?

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 ...
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Why do we have the google-calendar tag if we can't ask questions about it here?

Some PC based applications such as the built-in calendar, mail and other applications can connect to web-apps in order to show your online calendars in a system native, and therefore more intuitive, ...
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How to handle off-topic questions with a bounty

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 ...
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Closure of questions regarding pre-release/beta software

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 ...
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Add a new off-topic close reason for questions asking for scripts

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 ...
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Close reason for questions asking for code

I always vote to close these with a copy/paste from Ask Different, which has this specific close reason… Questions must demonstrate a reasonable amount of research & understanding of the ...
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Was I wrong answering an off-topic question?

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, ...
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Should I flag questions as off-topic if they are already upvoted and answered?

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 &...
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Are relationships/interference between two piece of hardware on topic?

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. ...
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Why are the question on linux not considered off topic?

Sites on the Stack Exchange network do tend to overlap in scope. It is not the case that a question asked on a more "generalist" site is automatically off-topic on that site once another site comes ...
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How to deal with the numerous off-topic (business environment) Windows Server questions

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 ...
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Are questions about interfacing with printers on topic?

Excellent question. The bottom line is that edge cases are determined by the community. If enough people think it's off-topic to vote it closed, and not enough people then think it's on-topic to ...
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Closure of questions regarding pre-release/beta software

Well, ReactOS is perpetually in alpha and has been as long as I can remember it. Darned thing is brokenish, and a good many of these are bugs that should be reported to ReactOS developers rather than ...
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My question was wrongly "put on hold" as "off-topic"

Its pretty broad. We don't do yes/no answers, we do answers in detail, and literally the only way to answer your question is with a hardware recommendation. So literally the only way to answer your ...
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Was I wrong answering an off-topic question?

Short answer. My edits as well as comment on that question was my assumption of good faith on the part of a new contributor to the site. Since the password protection part of the question was valid, ...
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Are new questions regarding Windows XP on-topic?

Are new questions regarding Windows XP on-topic? Short answer: Yes they are on-topic. We allow all sorts of questions about old (outdated) operating systems. We may not be able to answer them ...
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How to delete a wrong post

You've got two questions that aren't on topic, and deletions are also one of the criteria for question blocks. Your association bonus ought to be a bit of a cushion, but no one really knows the ...
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Why was this off-topic (resource recommendation) flag declined?

Your flag was correct. However... The only part of the question that makes it off-topic is the sentence: Is there any software that can make it work? You can (and should) flag questions that are off-...
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Im not sure whether this question would be well recieved

As pointed out in comments, this type of question is not on topic for Super User, or any other SE site. Simply put, we are not the ones at Microsoft (or Apple, or Linux Torvalds, etc) that makes the ...
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Should I flag questions as off-topic if they are already upvoted and answered?

Scope and topicness of Super User (or any Stack Exchange Q&A) is not superseded by votes, comments and/or answers on the specific posts. You could ask a godly question about how to build a ...
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Why is the location of files used by a programme off topic?

Subject of the question: How to port saved FreeCiv games from Desktop to Android device? Contents, summarized: I play FreeCiv on a Desktop computer where I have various games saved. I have ...
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Internet Security on Super User

Well, internet security, in the context of your computer is quite often on topic. Lets talk about your question first - Its really not about computers. Its about people, and the mindsets behind ...
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Why was this off-topic (resource recommendation) flag declined?

What am I not understanding about off-topicness on SU? Your understanding is correct, and I would probably have accepted that flag. However, in this case, your flag put the question in the close ...
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Is my question about Netbeans more suitable for Stack Overflow or SuperUser?

While there might not strictly be any programming happening in the question, it is definitely about a software tool used primarily by programmers. Stack Overflow's on-topic page includes this guidance,...
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