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Changing the close reason of a question

The question How does the BIOS distinguish Interrupt(08h-12h) from INT instructions, vs. actual exceptions inside the CPU? was originally written in a rather confusing way, to the point where I ...
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Should questions about connecting older hardware to modern networks be in scope?

SE:RC exists to ask and answer questions about "how to use or preserve computing equipment that is no longer manufactured or supported by the manufacturer" [see help]. I am interesting in ...
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Congratulations Retrocomputing!

I noticed this morning that Retrocomputing is finally out of Beta! Congratulations. It's possible that I'm late to the party and just didn't notice until now. When was this stack promoted?
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Why not have a dark-background with a light text on Retrocomputing, as either an option, or default?

Why not have a dark-background with a light text on Retrocomputing, as either an option, or default? I do get the impression most of the internet prefers dark text on a light background, only because ...
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Review indicator lits up, but no reviews are available

Every once in a while, when I visit Retrocomputing, the red indicator over the review queue icon lits up. However, when I pull down the menu, I see there are no pending reviews for me to perform: ...
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Should I write a canonical question about disposing of historical material?

I was just going to write a question, but then I thought that an generalised canonical Q&A might be better; then I had a second thought that there might already be such a resource but I hadn't ...
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‌[old-hardware-adaptation] versus [new-hardware-adaptation]

old-hardware-adaptation and new-hardware-adaptation are both meant for connecting new and old hardware to each other, but I am not sure about their definitional boundaries. The basic premise is, the ...
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Does this site get featured in Hot Network Questions disproportionately often? Why?

Though the question rate on this site may be low, it looks like the questions we do get receive a pretty large amount of attention, and nearly every half-decent question makes it to the Hot Network ...
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Typing ALGOL code correctly – how to?

This is retrocomputing. We sometimes need to type code in old languages. In particular, if I am to be able to write Algol in the publication language, I need a bold font. But I also need my text to ...
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How to deal with spam

This isn’t a question as such, but a public service announcement. From time to time, the main site gets posts (both questions and answers) which are obviously spam — they are blatant attempts to get ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Why has nobody ever been awarded the Generalist badge?

The description of the Generalist badge states: Provide non-wiki answers of 15 total score in 20 of top 40 tags. As of me asking, it has not been earned by any member of this community, even though ...
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Please reopen this question, I can make a good answer

Please re-open What was the most popular operating system on the PDP-11 computers?. I would make a partial answer (albeit, extended) regarding the PDP-11 analogs in the USSR.
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Transfer of Questions to Other Sites

From time to time questions come up that clearly would better fit to other sites. As of now, the procedure of -> CLOSE -> COMMUNITY REASON -> OTHER SITE only allows the selection of ...
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Do we get a banner/theming? If so: when, and what's needed?

Since RCSE is no longer in beta, do we get a slightly less plain banner at some point? :)
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What is the extent to which it is appropriate to edit a post?

Any member of this community can propose edits to any question or answer, even if originally written by someone else; the edit goes live when approved through the review queue. For users above a ...
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What was unclear about this question?

This question about Unix and virtual memory was deleted because it "needs details or clarity". What was unclear about it? Certainly, the questioner had some wrong ideas, but it seemed pretty ...
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How should questions about the Game Boy CPU be tagged?

The Game Boy is kind of notorious for having a CPU which few can agree how to name. The Sharp-manufactured design is similar to the 8080 and to the Z80, but the processor is not actually compatible ...
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Are questions about advertisements on-topic?

I'd like to ask when a symbolism was first used to promote something. Is this on-topic?
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Is debugging, programming, etc. [assembly]?

Is "scroll tearing" a symptom of scanline interrupts taking too long? was tagged assembly, graphics, 8080 and game-boy. I took 8080 off, because the Game Boy doesn't have an 8080 in it, and ...
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We're graduating!

Retrocomputing Stack Exchange is leaving beta on the 16th of December. Here's the official announcement. What is beta? As the (somewhat out of date) Help Center article says: “Beta” means that the ...
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Would it be OK to crosspost an identification question from the SF&F SE that has not received any answers for years?

My family's first computer was a TRS-80 Color Computer 2. We later acquired a CoCo 3. I've had some luck in getting game identification questions answered on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Stack ...
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Should we have a [controller] tag?

I have just seen a user tag several questions with controller, previously nonexistent. I find this an unfortunate coinage, since the term ‘controller’ is ambiguous: it may refer to game controllers (...
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Question mischaracterized as off-topic

A while back I posted a question about GoldenEye glitching out when you press down on a chip in the N64 controller. The question was closed for being off-topic, presumably because it was about a ...
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Should [m68k] and [motorola-680x0] tags be merged?

m68k currently has 18 questions: For questions about processors in the Motorola 68k (68000 series) range. Commonly used in Amiga, Atari ST, Macintosh, Sinclair QL and Sharp X68000 computers. ...
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CRT repair and restoration safety resources

Inspired by the CRT safety related aspect of this recent repair question: Why might my CRT fry any HOT I put in it? Shouldn't this be more a question for electronics.stackexchange.com? – chthon ...
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Why is the question about running Windows 95 in DOSBox supposedly off-topic?

The meta question Is emulation on topic? has multiple highly upvoted answers, all of which agree that emulation of retro systems is generally on-topic, to one extent or another. The top-voted answer (...
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Do we really need both [game] and [gaming] tags?

Currently there is a gaming tag, created 5 years ago, with 88 questions and the following usage guidance: Retro games, both hardware and software-based. NOT EVERY GAMING QUESTION IS ON-TOPIC. See tag ...
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Let's rename [design-choices]

design-choices is probably my favourite tag on this site, but its name has been bugging me for a while. I feel it is not particularly self-explanatory, and this contributes to it being underused by ...
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Could this site change its title to retro and micro computing?

I noticed that KaiOS devices being third in usage and quite popular in India have very limited support. Would this site consider becoming more general to micro computing or potentially at minimum ...
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Can we do something to discourage ‘armchair history’ answers?

Every once in a while, when someone asks a history question, there is a flurry of attempts to answer the question without referring to any supporting historical evidence. At best, such answers are ...
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Yikes! How did I earn 300 reputation yesterday if a user can only earn 200 reputation a day?

The Reputation tab of my user profile looks like this: However, according to the Help Center, a user may only earn 200 reputation a day. So why did I earn 300 reputation in a day?
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Introducing a new retrocomputing meetup: The APL Campfire

Due to APL's age, it is sometimes of interest to this community. Every fourth Sunday at 18:00 UTC, I'm hosting an event focusing on the history of APL programming, inviting participants to tell ...
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Promoting an event

I'm launching a series of meetups that focuses on a specific part of retrocomputing. However, Retrocomputing Stack Exchange doesn't have community ads, the main chat room seems quite inactive, and the ...
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Should the tags for the closely related PDPs be synonymised or something?

I mean, what really is the difference between a PDP-6 and a PDP-10 or DECSYSTEM-20? From the programmers' point of view, not much. The same goes for PDP-4, -7, -9 and -15. The same goes for the PDP-5 ...
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Why restrict history questions? (Or: Can we not restrict history questions?)

(I know that there are approximately 10000 posts here with essentially the same topic. I wanted to explain my position and to put forward some ideas about changing the rules. If nothing happens as a ...
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"Delete" versus "vote to delete"?

I was looking at this off-topic posting. Hovering over the "delete" link offered me the chance to "vote to delete". Since I concurred with the consensus that it was essentially a ...
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How can the VHS steganography question be made on-topic?

This question is about this question: How can extra (digital) data be hidden on VCR/VHS tapes? I think this is a good question. I like it, it's interesting, and its answers provide insight into the ...
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Don't answer a question you want to close

I noticed while closing a question that a person had voted to close and written an answer. It is not the first time I see it, nor the first stack. This is of course not only inconsistent but also ...
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The "cleanup" badge seems to be awarded for bad behaviour

Scenario: a new user posts a rant disguised as a question. An attentive forum member (justifiably, IMO) removes the ranting in an attempt to salvage the question. The new user will have none of it, ...
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Are questions about legacy telephony (POTS/PSTN/ISDN) considered on topic?

Pretty much as the the title asked. I'm hacking around with a lot of retro ISDN equipment right now and learning about the protocols involved. A lot of my questions kind of tie in to old PSTN networks ...
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User references broken?

User references (at sign, user name) seem to be broken today, at least in comments. If I type an at-sign followed by some letters, I no longer get a suggestion for completion. If I type the full user ...
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A number of seemingly duplicate tags

While idly browsing, I have noticed we have a number of tags whose scopes significantly overlap, and should probably be merged: cpu vs microprocessor gaming vs game (resolved by creating a synonym, ...
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Why do my Not An Answer flags keep getting declined or disputed?

Every now and again I flag something as not trying to answer the question (maybe extra tangential information), but then the flag is disputed or declined. Am I too trigger-happy with my flagging or ...
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The mention of batch languages in the [ms-dos] tag wiki

The excerpt for ms-dos contains the sentence: Do not use this tag for questions about DOS batch languages in general. While the full tag wiki says: Use this tag for questions concerning the MS-DOS ...
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Are the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP systems finally considered retro?

The GBA was released in 2001 and discontinued in 2010 in North America, and was considered on-topic as of 2016 (6 years post-discontinuance and 15 years post-release). The NDS was released in 2004 and ...
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DIY retrocomputing

I have created the tag diy-computing, with the idea to apply it to questions concerning contemporarily made computers that are either re-creations of old hardware or new designs made from old parts; ...
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Please delete 17394

Can somebody please delete my obscure question about technology nobody uses, and which seems unlikely to lead to anything useful. The existing answer does not even attempt to address the question, it ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What is the etiquette around wiki answers?

I asked a simple question, to which I knew the answer for one system. I wanted to create a knowledge base for similar, but different systems, so I started a community wiki answer and have invited ...
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