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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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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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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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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 chassis vs case (I removed chassis ...
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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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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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Is it time to update the rules for questions about game consoles?

This question was almost directly closed: How is it possible that the NPC party members in Breath of Fire III for PlayStation often "get stuck"? These questions are still open: What data ...
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Are pinball machines and coin-boxes on topic?

Retrogaming seems to be acceptable as a topic for retrocomputing, and this seems to admit arcade games that involve some form of computational element. But we're also seeing questions about pinball ...
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Unifying tag spellings

It’s not that big of a deal, but I have noticed there are a couple of tags that correspond to versions of a product line that are spelt differently from tags corresponding to other members of that ...
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Are questions about Windows 2000 on-topic for this site?

I would like to know if questions about Windows 2000 are on-topic for this site. I saw a meta question from almost 4 years ago asking if Windows XP is on-topic for this site. One of the answers ...
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Is it RCSE policy that you must register and maintain a single name to participate?

The recent questions by pseudonymous emulator user(s) got me thinking. In this question wizzwizz4 said the following: It would be a lot easier for us if you stuck with one account. I'm here purely ...
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Should [glitches] exist? There's 8 questions right now, but more would fit

Should glitches exist? There's 8 questions right now, but more would fit. It has no Usage Guidance right now, so it doesn't seem official yet? There's 28 questions mentioning "glitch" ...
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What's up with the emulation questions lately?

As I am sure many have seen, there is an ongoing barrage of posts about how awful N64 emulators are. These are constantly being posted under various user names, and being deleted shortly after being ...
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Would this site be open to adopting WindowsPhone in 5 years?

In 5 years windows phone will be vintage and although updates have stalled at this point would this site be open to taking windows phone? This has been discussed briefly on the other site. This would ...
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How is it “opinion-based” to ask about the fact that all current emulators “suck” when it actually is true?

I tried asking this yesterday: How is it possible that video game console emulators perpetually suck? Actually, I asked it earlier in the day, but it was mysteriously "memoryholed", as if ...
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Some chance for social non-distancing in the UK?

Good participation about Sinclair questions (among others) made me belive, that there is a reasonable number of RC.SE members based in the UK. Since last week and for the next 6 weeks, I'm pushing a ...
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Is retro telecom / networking on topic?

So we had an interesting request on the Network Engineering Stack Exchange asking about X.25, Frame-Relay and ATM switching. The dedicated X.25 devices from the 70's and 80's are pretty solidly retro ...
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Never a user suspended. What can we learn from you?

I'm more active on a few other sites, but I wish to learn from sites that are doing particularly well. I noticed from these: 2018: a year in moderation 2019: a year in moderation that mods have ...
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Fujitsu Lifebook 280dx

Would questions on the hardware and upgrades of a Fujitsu Lifebook 280dx be on-topic? Its an Pentium 233 MHz laptop that shipped with NT/95.
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So how did a closed question come back to life?

This hot mess of a question — unclear and rambling — got closed, but then got reopened despite a 3:2 vote against reopening. How, and why?
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Congratulations, Raffzahn, on reaching 100k reputation!

Yesterday, Raffzahn became the first user to reach 100 000 rep, earned from 10 questions and 893 answers. Some statistics: Over 1 in 4 questions have an answer by Raffzahn. Over 1 in 3 meta ...
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Can someone explain why this question is off topic?

My first question was closed for the off-topic reason, but I'm not sure why it's off topic. Before I posted the question I searched and saw other questions about old windows operating systems, and ...
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Commercially-available modern computers with retro characteristics?

What retro-style systems are currently being sold commercially? I'm specifically excluding emulators (including C64 mini/maxi), fantasy consoles, etc. I'm only interested in real hardware (including ...
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Usage of Generic Tags in Conjunction with Specific Ones

I just noticed a somewhat redundant tags, like this question about the IBM 360/20 carries the tags ibm mainframe and s360. Here mainframe is kind of an outlier by being overlapping with s360. After ...
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Should we create a tag for the Dragon32 yet?

The Dragon 32 (and Dragon 64) were British microcomputers from the early 1980s that had a lot in common with the Tandy "CoCo" Color Computers. Not technically a clone but often compatible. We only ...
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Why are comments on retrocomputing.stackexchange.com completely invisible to google search?

Why are comments on retrocomputing.stackexchange.com completely invisible to google search ? Last time I checked extensively, months ago, I found that all comments on retrocomputing.stackexchange.com ...
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Would a “disk operating systems” tag be beneficial?

Especially on the older micros, the term "disk operating system" could be seen as having more to do with "disk operating" than with "operating system" since they didn't typically provide features we ...
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We have an “apple dos” tag. Do we need an “apple prodos” tag?

The 8-bit Apple II had two disk operating systems, DOS and ProDOS. Currently we have a specific tag for apple-dos but no matching tag for ProDOS. The text of the apple-dos tag seems clear that it ...
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Can I ask a question about how to maintain/fix components on a vintage Mac?

I would like to ask a question about how to maintain (clean-up corrosion) on a vintage Mac logic board. Is this question OK?
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Are questions about seemingly old design patterns (typically used on older systems) on-topic here?

I have recently been assigned to work on project that uses a lot of communication based on files, file watchers etc. This is a pattern that seems very old to me and I want to ask about it (of course, ...
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Does Java (J2ME) emulation information belong to Retrocomputing?

Does Java (J2ME) emulation belong to Retrocomputing? I have some information on how to emulate a specific brand's flavour of J2ME via their proprietary products, and I would like to publish it ...
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Should microcomputer model tags include manufacturer?

I feel our tags for microcomputers are not consistent. Some tags include the manufacturer & model such as apple-macintosh or sega-genesis. Others do not, such as cpc for the Amstrad CPC range, zx-...
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Is posting in Meta the best way to get the main chat room reopened?

It seems the retrocomputing chat room here is so little used that it gets closed down all the time automatically by the system. If somebody with appropriate powers can reopen "The BBS" that would be ...
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Tagging mistake

About a week ago I made a tag to complement the disk-image tag and I named it tape-image. My thinking at the time was that there were plenty of game and software emulator files for systems that ...
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On asking about designing hardware for a new retro system

I've been thinking recently about the technical feasability of somebody making a new retrocomputing platform aimed at hobbyists. Specifically I've been wondering if it would be possible to design a ...
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Where, exactly, are the jurisdictional boundaries between Retrocomputing and the other computer-related Stack Exchanges (such as Super User)?

Both Retrocomputing and Super User deal with questions about the use and abuse of computers; Retrocomputing deals with questions involving “old” hardware or software, while Super User’s focus is on ...
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Expand scope in answer or stick to scope limitation of original question?

In "How fast are transfers between the C64 and the 1541 floppy drive?" the OP describes an application that needs fairly fast transfers between the C64 and an attached drive, and this application ...
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Rename tag “mechanical” to “mechanical-computing”

The tag mechanical is not entirely obvious. I suggest we rename it to mechanical-computing. One of the reasons for my suggested replacement is to use terminology more consistent with the world ...

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