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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 works, there tend to be two types of questions about Hackintoshes: A category of questions where it doesn't matter AT ALL that you're running a Hackintosh instead ...


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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. I believe the situation is analogous. From the question: I just asked a question about how to remove DRM from Kindle books that I had purchased and it was ...


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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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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 think we can re-address it then.


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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". Its entirely consistent, and every situation where something similar happens, we probably end up needing to close. I'd readily admit, its a rule that got put ...


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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 about problems that have long been fixed, and get misled when they miss the "-preview" in the tag. However, we can't really have a double standard between ...


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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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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 doing wrong?/How can I make this work? Where in the settings do I have to go to set the wallpaper for {operating system}? How can I set a video to display as my ...


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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 the requirements for graduation. Where they didn't, they still have large self sustaining communities capable of answering questions. Lets start with 2/3rd of ...


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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 least one order of magnitude more constructive than scouring the stack* for something that can be closed.


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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 originated an idea or where did it come from. The fact that the idea itself is related to computers does not change the essence of the subject matter. The specific ...


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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 involve hardware, software or networking.


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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 compilers definitely do fall under computer software - and the question specifically asks about how do you compile a compiler using the language it's supposed to be ...


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This is the phrase that highlights why the question is too broad: Would this be enough? What would be the most full-fledged way of going about this? You can remove that, but you'll still be left with coming up with many ways to set up these false identities, the hoops to jump, trying to second guess whatever detection the other end has, etc. Super User ...


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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 open-source Canadian medical-records system, to manage my chart and to print prescriptions. There may be no support team anywhere for him to contact; just an email ...


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If what you're asking is about interacting with GitHub from the command line git, the GitHub application for Windows or Mac, or more generally, doing stuff with Git, then it'd be on topic here. However, Git questions may also be asked on Stack Overflow. It's one of these "tools that programmers use", so you'd be fine to ask there as well. In fact, Git ...


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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 Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim Torah policy. Similarly, we questions about bleeding-edge Windows builds should be ...


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"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 problems, e.g. How does a computer restart itself?, which has received 483 upvotes and 3 downvotes so far. Questions just seeking general knowledge are fine, ...


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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 a conclusion regarding YouTube. We don't support Warez or stealing services, but it also isn't our job to police the Internet. So where's the line between the ...


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It's off-topic. It's an interesting question, but it's off-topic, and too broad. I wrote up an answer here that's mostly a justification of why it's too broad, but I was hoping to post an answer to the question before it got closed. The crux of it is that information hiding, clandestine activity, pseudonymous navigation of the web, etc. are all "cat and ...


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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 questions and questions on queries to be off-topic here. If I saw either sort of question you've mentioned I'd close it. I'm not entirely sure what sort of MySQL/T-...


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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-topic. Programs that are used within corporate environments are expected to have their own dedicated support channels that are likely to be more effective ...


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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 somewhere that lists which architectures are compliant and which are not (and what instructions violate the definition)? You were essentially asking for ...


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First off this isn't a forum. It's a Questions/Answers community where individuals have questions and experts vote on and answer those questions. Forums have a reputation of pretty much allowing just about anything, and often times turn into long discussions. Stack Exchange isn't a community for conversation, but rather a community for problem solving. ...


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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 point, I'd appreciate it ;) So users would have to flag the question to have it moved by a moderator. This is probably the main reason why you're getting ...


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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 reopen it, that means it's off-topic. But I would look at it like this: the site is centered on computers. If the question is about computers or computer ...


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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 contract from criminal law make a difference? It's intellectual property. Apple made the investment to develop it, and they can apply any terms they want to its ...


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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 head: "What's your favorite browser?" can't be fixed (opinion). "What text editors can do regex?" could be reworded but shouldn't be (answering the original ...


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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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