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Revisit the Hackintosh policy

I say that there should be no "ban" on Hackintosh questions solely based on legal grounds, and in fact, there shouldn't be a ban on them at all. BUT... Due to the very nature of how a Hackintosh ...
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Are questions related to download YouTube content allowed?

Questions about local tools for downloading from YouTube should be, prima facie, on topic: questions should be judged on technical merits Back in 2011, the question arose with regards to removing DRM. ...
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Would this question about printing a webpage be on-topic on Super User?

Its a web browser, os and printer question - so I'd say yes, and with examples (especially if it does the same on a PDF print - so you can screenshot examples), its on topic.
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Are questions about Firefox OS on-topic on Super User?

Personally, I say, why not? I don't foresee many problems with it, and it's very likely our audience would be the best to deal with it. Should the proposal go through this time on Area 51, then I ...
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Revisit the Hackintosh policy

In a practical sense, we don't really support pirated software anywhere. Yes, Hackintoshes are a specific and very visible example, but its no different from someone using "Windows 10 pirate edition". ...
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What to do about the Windows Insider Program?

Historically, the policy has been allow, but discourage with regards to Windows pre-releases. That's because people googling issues about the production version of Windows may stumble upon questions ...
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Are questions about wallpaper images on topic here?

More concrete/formed examples would help, and it will depend on what it is. Examples in scope: I'm using {program} to edit the meta data, having tried X, Y and Z, but it doesn't work. What am I ...
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Should "What are the advantages of X" questions be closed?

No, it is absolutely possible to answer a whole lot of questions about advantages of X without resorting to opinion. See examples here: http://www.slf4j.org/faq.html#declared_static This is at ...
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Are questions about wallpaper images on topic here?

Both these examples would be off topic here. We've had questions in the past on finding where the wallpaper is stored on a system (for recovery purposes) but where a photo was taken does not really ...
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Can I ask historical questions?

I'd say no, for several reasons: Asking about the origins of something is not related to solving a problem or conveying knowledge about computers. The actual topic you are asking about is who ...
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Is compiler bootstrapping on-topic?

Well, I disagree it's off-topic for Super User. Per our Help Center Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about … computer software And ...
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Proposal: Merge SuperUser, Unix&Linux, ServerFault, AskUbuntu, AskDifferent

I feel (entirely biasedly) that this proposal seems to miss a lot of context and community culture. First and formost, most of these sites are successful by Stack Exchange standards and have met all ...
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What is our stance on questions on Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems?

Off-topic if you're in a big corporate setting. On-topic if you're a solo practitioner working in an office by yourself. I once went to a doctor (a sole practitioner) who used OSCAR, which is an ...
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Why has this question on BlueJeans people account inference been placed on-hold as off-topic as "not about computer hardware or software"?

"There's no actual problem to be solved" -> Does a question have to be about a problem? I don't see it specified on superuser.com/help/on-topic. Many questions posted on this website aren't about ...
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Are questions related to download YouTube content allowed?

Good answer by bertieb, although I think I come to a slightly different conclusion on the specific case of downloading protected YouTube content. Here's my take on the gray area, and how it leads to ...
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What to do about the Windows Insider Program?

On Judaism.SE, posts related to Purim Torah, such as the question "Perl Programming in the Torah", get a big attached disclaimer included within the question's actual text: This question is Purim ...
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Are T-SQL questions on topic?

There are very few situations where the average home user is going to be working with SQL, and to a significant extent, many questions on DBs are going to be off-topic. I'd consider language ...
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What is our stance on questions on Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems?

Off topic. If you have a question about ... questions you can ask and it is not about … issues specific to corporate IT support and networks other things that are off-...
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Why is this question about CPU architectures off-topic?

You question, while on-topic, is not definitively answerable. TL;DR: To put it plainly your question does not fit in the simple question and answer paradigm. ... is there a list of CPU architectures ...
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Please migrate Google Analytics questions to Webmasters

Sadly, Pro Webmasters is not in our migration list: Please note that last item on the list is only available to moderators (unless I missed an update). If a non-moderator could enlighten me on this ...
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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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Revisit the Hackintosh policy

How is that different from questions asking how to cheat your ISP? Those are also about circumventing the terms of use associated with the product or service. Why does differentiating a civil ...
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Can any software recommendation question be made on-topic by simply asking "how"?

If the question is about solving a specific problem, it can usually be rewritten to focus on the problem. But not every software rec question can be turned around that way. Just off the top of my ...
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Do we need a separate site for "researchers"?

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 ...
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What questions about computer building are on topic here?

Is it? Yes. What type of computer building related questions can be asked here Any that isn't specifically excluded or covered elsewhere. The only relevant exclusion in this case would be asking ...
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Are "Hackintosh" questions allowed?

The existing answers focus on "legal" issues and censorship. I think that is the wrong way to frame it, and not the basis on which a site scope decision should be made. Legality None of this comes ...
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What is our stance on questions pertaining to keyboard modding?

In the help center topic What topics can I ask about here?, we see that one of the things you can ask about is: computer hardware Keyboard modifications definitely fall under computer ...
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Apparent sock puppet asking repetitive questions

I've closed the near-dupe as a dupe. Looks like the user's in control of both accounts and strictly speaking there's nothing wrong with socks. With the duplicates VTC as dupe, flag linking back ...
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Is explaining the existence or construction of Easter eggs in scope?

A moderator almost immediately voted to close it as off-topic. Why? I am the moderator in question. The help pages clearly state: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on ...
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