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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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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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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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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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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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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, view. Those applications would definitely be on-topic on Super User and to help narrow down where the problem lies it can be beneficial to know where those ...


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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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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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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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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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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 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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If the question was about how to get the TV to connect up with the computer then it would be on topic. If it was about how to use the TV as a fifth monitor to their existing setup, that too would be on topic. That question is neither of those. It's about the television as a standalone item. It's a consumer electronic product, but not a computer. And it isn'...


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I don't know. The FAQ says "questions about" - and nothing about answers. I think letting the metamoderation system handle how answers should be treated in this specific case should work. I think questions absolutely need to be technical in nature, but if one of many answers happens to be primarily social, and works in that specific situation, it should ...


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In general, question regarding software recommendation are very often considered off-topic. If you want to know more about this ongoing issue, I would advise you to look into the numerous questions we already have discussing that topic. Such as: Why was my software-rec question closed? How literally does SU take "not about a shopping or buying ...


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I am slightly confused as to why this question was closed. In my mind it is valid, except it might need to be more specific as it does border on gaining opinions, however I don't consider the topic of the question off topic. Since it was closed by a moderator I will not override the decision, however I do see it is gaining reopen votes from the community. ...


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I like everything but the phrase 'too localized'. First, it's incorrect - 'too localized' doesn't mean what we thought it did, localization refers to adaptation for a specific locale. Second, there's a lot of ambiguity around the term. Flat out saying "Relevant only to the question author, at the time that they asked" is a much better way of putting it. ...


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Yes, your question is off-topic. The reason why it is off-topic is displayed below your question. In cases like these, it would make sense to edit your question to make it less about a simple product recommendation and more about the process of achieving your goal. A better question to ask would be How can I trigger a certain program when the computer ...


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What were the pranks which you played with the colleague. If i ask will it be off topic? From Help Center You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. To prevent your question from being flagged ...


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