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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Can I ask questions about electronics here?

Questions about general electronics would be off topic here. You may be better off asking at Electrical Engineering if you are a hobbyist or engineer looking to implement electronic circuits. The &...
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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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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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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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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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What is the Super User community for?

Well amongst other things, we predate AU, and our scope was meant to compliment SO's programming centric viewpoint. Clearly you're a programmer, who uses ubuntu. There's people with non programming ...
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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"?

Unclear what you're asking might be a better close reason I suppose Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’...
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Can any software recommendation question be made on-topic by simply asking "how"?

A good software recommendation question on SU isn't about the product; it's about the process. Implicitly you're expected to give a fair bit more information, and in some cases, the answer might not ...
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Is SU the appropriate place to ask how hardware affects code?

As is - it's unclear what the question is. And without testable or at least sharable examples it's pretty hard to ask a clear question. You can certainly ask a question in the context of the software ...
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Do the questions at Ask Microsoft belong here?

I think this is the discussion you referenced. Somebody said of that proposed site (excerpt, but a good summary): I don't see how this could be different from Super User. I can think of one big ...
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Vintage computer on-topic?

While such questions are on-topic for Super User, they would probably be more effectively asked on Retrocomputing.
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Ascii-art tag question marked as off-topic

Its a webapp - and as such out of scope
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