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Why doesn't stackexchange have a dedicated appeal system?

My experience with stackexchange has been... rough to say the least. People with more privilege then me tend to close my questions unfairly, and generally act unprofessionally. While this is far more ...
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Was my comment on my answer on this post removed, and why?

Was my comment on my answer on this question removed, and why? What is this early 3D platformer? It was an unpleasant shock to see the site silently misrepresenting me as rude by not acknowledging ...
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Is the RC2014 on topic or not?

The RC2014 is a computer based on a Z80, and designed to run Microsoft BASIC From the front page of their website, RC2014 is a simple 8 bit Z80 based modular computer originally built to run ...
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What's the difference between [cassette-tape] and [magnetic-tape]?

cassette-tape, 67 questions: For questions about audio cassette tape, as used for computer data storage. Many 1970s-era personal computers used audio cassettes for data storage. Some early software ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 (resolved by creating a synonym, ...
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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

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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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