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Allow appropriate tablet questions Vote for this option if you believe we should allow tablet questions, but shouldn't actively encourage iOS or Android questions. We would update our FAQ to mention all the relevant sister-sites: Unix, Ubuntu, Apple and Android as great places to ask questions about their respective ecosystems, while allowing them on SU as ...


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Hmm. I still think this standpoint holds: If the tablet runs Linux/OS X/Windows 7 or 8/Unix, then it's fair game. We deal with these OSes all the time. It mostly shouldn't matter where it runs on. Let's allow these. My simple rule would be: If the tablet runs a desktop OS, it's on-topic for Super User. Of course, you need to draw the line between what'...


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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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Are Windows 8 ARM tablets actually computers? Windows 8 for ARM (unsurprisingly) only runs on ARM machines. This also means that (almost) none of today's computers will be able to run this version of Windows. They are stuck with the normal, full-featured Windows 8. Windows 8 for ARM requires manufacturers to enforce Secure Boot, Microsoft's newest ...


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Speaking on behalf of RaspberryPi.SE, questions should not be off-topic here on the basis of them being about the Raspberry Pi. That's not how things are done, and there are rules in place for this. However, if good questions cannot be answered here then we will (and do) happily receive them from migration. If this damages us in the long run and we are ...


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Actually reading through the quoted article, ars isn't claiming those four bullet points as valid criterion for definition of PC's for a good reason. Older computers didn't utilize preemptive multitasking. What's the definition of a keyboard? To my limited knowledge Chrome OS doesn't easily allow for programming in languages (unless there's a web app for ...


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Vintage computer questions are completely on-topic in my opinion. They do fit into the scope of the FAQ. And while they are welcome in the community, they may not get answers right away seeing as how it is, like you said, more of a hobby-type thing that not too many people are into.


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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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All innovation explores the limits of performance and behaviour. Hacking is just making hardware do something you know it is capable of doing. When the designers don't meet expectations--whether non-tech-related considerations motivate restrictions on permissible usage, or the designers simply fall short in the inspiration department--it is only natural to ...


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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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In this case, we actually can ignore the console factor - We're talking about installing Firefox on a specific operating system. We really don't need to mention it's a PS3, but to mention that it's a PowerPC processor. With the recent trend of installing a second operating system on a PS3, these questions would be allowed, as long as it isn't to do with ...


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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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Can we allow fun questions? Jeff wrote about this subject in his blog post from January 2010: Stack Overflow: Where We Hate Fun [...] In my mind, there are three broad guidelines that determine whether a question is appropriate for Stack Overflow: Does this question match the criteria provided in the Stack Overflow FAQ? Is this ...


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Super User is tailored for personal computing questions - hardware and software problems you'd face in a home or SOHO environment. Server Fault covers computers in a professional environment. Stack Overflow covers coding. Your first port of call for such things would be the FAQ for each site. If you have further questions on the norms for a site, you need ...


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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 would technically be on-topic for Super User, since it's about a cell phone as it interacts with your computer. However, I suspect you're more likely to get a good answer on Android.SE - or a good answer may already exist even.


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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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Superuser is about using computers. Stackoverflow is about programming computers.


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Super User, Stack Overflow, and Server Fault are the first three sites in the Stack Exchange network, and are often referred to as "the trilogy." The Stack Exchange network now consists of over 80 sites in topics varying from cooking to bicycling to different languages. They all use the same software, have the same general guidelines and standards, and are ...


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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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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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