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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What is the policy on questions depending on links to third party sites?

When somebody asks a question which needs a picture illustration, there is an easy mechanism for SE to copy the picture to imgur when embedding it. Not so with videos; when a question, like this one ...
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On the use of comments

According to the comment box: Use comments to ask for more information or suggest improvements. Avoid answering questions in comments. Comments are for: Asking for more information about a ...
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What is the time period of “retrocomputing”

Sorry if this has already been answered. I haven't really figured out stackexchange yet. But what time period is retro computing? From the beginning to the 80s? 90s? Early 2000s?
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Found answer to unanswered closed question

I've found an answer to a question that was closed as being off-topic. Since new answers aren't possible I left a comment on that question stating what I'd found. To see the comment though you'd ...
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Unsung Heroes of RC.SE

This is not realy a meta question and I wouldn't mind if it get deleted in a few days. I just have the urge to ventilate this again: Thanks to all the editors easing the way I mangle the English ...
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Venting about an opinion-based question

I'm a little disappointed right now that a completely subjective and opinion-based list-question has not been closed already. On the contrary, it has become popular enough to be protected: Simplest ...
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Are questions seeking link-only answers ever on topic?

Are questions seeking links to resources ever on-topic? To give an example, I was once active on GEnie and want to know whether any of the forums ("Round tables") and software archives have been ...
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RetroCOMPUTING vs. RetroGAMING

There are more and more gaming related questions poping up. I see here a very substantial gap between our focus on retroCOMPUTING with an emphasis on computers and technology, versus retroGAMING as ...
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Are Reddit links inappropriate?

When asking questions on Stackexchange, I find it appropriate to link to any sources. This presents a problem for Reddit, because linking to a Reddit post that's appropriate now may become sexual or ...
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How to handle a title edit (change) made to make the question fit a specific answer?

(Preface, this is not mainly about the question in question (sic) - or it's editor, but the general handling of such changes. The question change initiating this just a great example for the issue and ...
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New Tag: [tag:Identify-This]

I just posted a question to identify a feature of an Exidy Sorcerer's case I can't explain. Categorizing that kind of question seems hard, as it's not a computer or game to be identified, but a ...
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Yes, it does answer the question

The question was "Did personal computers ever support 8" floppies?" so obviously stating that mine did IS an answer to the question. Don't like the answer, downvote. Think I'm lying, say so (if that'...
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Homework Questions on RC

Clarification: This is about homework questions, i.e. Verbatim taken form the assignment/text book and moved into RC to let others do the work. Not about specific questions asked to do a homework. ...
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Are Backports On-Topic?

A recent comment by Wizzwizz4 about the issue of Building Legacy Software on Modern Systems pointed me to a great question about building 'legacy' software in their contemporary environment even ...
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What should go into /help/on-topic?

I've been dragging my feet on this as much as the rest of us, but we really need to get around to writing our Help Center articles. I last asked about this over a year ago, and whilst there were some ...
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Are questions about building new hardware, restricted to a specific era technology on topic?

I asked this question: Smallest/Simplest, modern pure relay computer with at least 4-bits data words and found that it may be considered off topic in Retrocomputing. Another user advised me to ask ...
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Did I do something wrong?

I recently put up a question about how each byte in the PMD-85's video RAM is used. I got two answers, which while informative, didn't quite give me exactly what I wanted. Raffzahn's in particular ...
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What's with repeating the question in the title at the end of the post?

Sometimes I see posts (to wit, or this one) formatted as follows: Title: Why do colorless green ideas sleep furiously? Body: Blah-blah-blah Why do colorless green ideas sleep furiously? ...
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How much does it matter that an answer actually answers the question?

Oftentimes I come across an answer that reads something like On a related note, this other thing happened in the same decade on a completely different computer than the one you're asking about. or ...
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Are questions about devices such as the new Commodore 64 Mini on topic here?

Title says it all. Are questions about devices such as the new Commodore 64 Mini on topic here? It seems like an interesting device, but mainly seems to be a C-64 emulator running on an ARM chip. And ...
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We need to write the FAQs

It's been a long time. We need to get started on those faqs because it's way overdue. So how about this? Post an answer with some FAQ ideas. If it seems worth the effort, post a question-answer pair ...
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Should we have tags for the various decades?

Should 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, etc. have their own tags? Personally I'm undecided but leaning towards no since things don't always break down cleanly by decade. What do y'all think?
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Moving out of beta?

It may be a good idea to refine the site, as I'm kind of unsure of the policy decisions you've made here (in meta), Consider filling out these two FAQ's (which is pretty routine on SE), https://...
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Is Intel Itanium on-topic here?

Intel Itanium is probably more-or-less "legacy" now, like the z80 or m68k not what you expect to see inside a computer that's in current mainstream use. That's the impression I got. But it's rather ...
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Is this comment a good or at least representative reflection of this site's collective attitude?

I was curious about something I saw in an article about a historical computer, and while the problem has mathematical aspects, it seemed at the time that Retrocomputing SE was a better choice than ...
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Where to ask question about setting up modems for BBS access

I have a collection of old computers, some of which have modems and I want to try to connect them to the /r/retrobattlestations BBS: http://bbs.fozztexx.com/ I think it would be way more fun to have ...
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What is the newest thing that's considered retro? The oldest? [duplicate]

After reading Are x86 programming questions on-topic?, I thought about my first computer. It was an x86 Windows 98 machine. In fact, I still have it in my closet. I would consider this retro since it'...
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Tag request: product-key

Because a product key or a Certificate of Authenticity was more common with old operating systems or software, the tag product-key would be a good key to add. The excerpt it could have: A product ...
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Moderator Bans Using “Father”

The original question was... (Title) "Father of Assembly Language" The C Programming Language was originally developed by Dennis Ritchie who also co-designed the Unix operating system with which ...
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Are identify this questions on topic?

I have an old mainboard here, which runs, but I don't have a manual or documentation for the jumper settings. Would a question to identify and document this board be on topic?
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How do you log-out of retrocomputing ?, and, there are problems with the text-editor for writing questions?

How do you log-out of retrocomputing ? and, There are problems with the text-editor for writing questions, it does not allow you to satisfactorily put line-breaks and indent text how you want it, ...
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Tag request: video conversion

A lot of a questions here are related to converting the video output of an old console or computer to a newer monitor (VGA/HDMI, etc.). I'm thinking it would be good to have a tag specifically for ...
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Is SCSI considered to be retro?

Inspired by the recent PATA discussion, it occurred to me that deciding whether SCSI was on topic or not would be a highly relevant point to consider. SCSI has been used in machines since the 1980s, ...
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What reputation level is necessary to create and edit tags?

The Privileges page seems to be out of date in regards to creating and editing tags. My reputation is over 3200, and I still cannot create a tag on my own. Note that I can submit a new one for someone ...
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Proposed naming scheme for Tandy computer related tags

Preface Our tagging scheme for tags relating to Tandy computers is incomplete and inconsistent. Yesterday I started the discussion thread, New [trs-80] tag conundrum . An earlier thread exists for ...
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New [trs-80] tag conundrum

In response to the questioner's concern, I just created a tag for [trs-80]. (See Did Radio Shack initially attempt to get a monopoly on commercial software for the TRS-80 Model I?) He specifically ...
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Is PATA considered retro?

I have been making the assertion that PATA is on-topic, but it turns out that there isn't actually much (or any) consensus to back this assertion up with. Are questions about PATA, with no other ...
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Are questions asking for modern hardware to interface with old hardware on topic?

A while ago I asked this question on hardwarerecs stack about what kind of USB adapter would let me ATA Secure Erase a PATA hard disk. I still have never found one, and the good people over at that ...
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Is asking where an obscure filesystem was used on-topic?

While chatting about data recovery, an obscure filesystem has come up. It has a MBR partition ID (maybe?) — but while it appears in those ID tables there is never any indication of where it came from ...
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Questions About TVs—On Topic?

Are questions about CRT TVs relevant in this SE community? I certainly hope so because you better believe I have questions about CRTs!
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Community Wiki Usage

This is a response to the mod comments on this now-deleted answer: @JAL That's not what Community Wiki is for. Although... perhaps asking Chenmunka to add the clarifying information to the existing ...
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Is the [ussr] tag useful?

Over one and a half years ago, the ussr tag was created, and put on What soviet computer used trinary bits?. It makes some sense on this question, because this question is actually an identify-this-...
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Should we wear hats this winter?

Hats are traditionally worn to stay warm by user's profile pictures during an event known as Winter Bash. During this time, the weather in the Northern Hemisphere (where the Stack Exchange ...
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Are questions about data recovery on-topic?

This question is inspired by Retrieving text documents from a 2.0Mb/2.0 HD floppy disk?, which has attracted close-votes for being off-topic. Do we consider questions about data recovery on-topic? ...
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Are superlative questions on-topic?

In July this year, rwallace posted a question about the Largest ratio between base and maximum RAM, which was well received. Earlier this month, the same user posted a question about the Maximum size ...
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Repeated Questions Pondering Around a Topic

(caveat: Although the trigger here are questions of a single user, this is not about him or the things he want to learn) Over the last weeks a multitude of questions have been asked pondering around ...
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Are programming questions on-topic?

Is it on-topic if the programming question is specific to a retro computer or CPU? Examples: Apple II, or Zilog Z80. What about an obsolete, platform-independent OS or programming language? Examples: ...
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Should edits that only add links to Wikipedia be allowed?

Edits such as this have received both accept and reject votes. What's our consensus on such edits?
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Do we need the Interfaces tag?

We have recently gained the tag interfaces. This appears to be just a meta-tag with its current usage. There is just one question tagged with it at the moment, which is more concerned with backup....