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How, if at all, can I pose a Megadrive programming question in a way that will be well received?

I'm having some issues getting VBlank and HBlank interrupts to fire on a simple 68K program I have wrote specifically for the SEGA Megadrive. It runs without exception, I can and have debugged ...
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Should we clean up/orthogonalize the microprocessor/architecture/CPU tags?

Our tags for various CPU families and architectures are a bit of a mess right now because we're using a lot of different conventions for them: Just the number: 6502, 65816, 6809, 8080, z80. ...
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Should it be assumed that hazards about CRTs, PSMPS internals etc are known to all readers?

See various questions about CRT replacement, where the original poster shows neither awareness or unawareness of the hazards involved. Should it be assumed everyone will be safe by virtue of their ...
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Does Retrocomputing want to be featured as a place to go for identifying retro games on Arqade?

Hello Retrocomputing enthusiasts, I'm Robotnik, an Arqade (Gaming SE) moderator. Arqade's community is currently in a bit of a re-invigoration effort, and a part of that is improving our FAQs and ...
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Am I able to ask questions about retro computing yet?

It seems that this part of the stack exchange still isn't fit for purpose. Okay so there may be an exaggeration somewhere in there, but I think there is still a lot of truth in there.
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We're Getting There!

Just wanted to call out the fact that our Area51 stats are moving in the right direction, with only our question rate remaining the sticky part: What I find particularly interesting about this site ...
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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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Manufacturer tags

I just posted this question: How can I open an IBM G50 CRT monitor? and tagged it with IBM, as personally I think there may be people out there who have expertise with particular brands and may want ...
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Should we have retro-coding questions on Retrocomputing?

It's sad that old programming languages are not widely known enough on stack-exchange. So no one is able to answer these particular questions. I believe it would be a great feature for this site if we ...
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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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BASIC tags: Dialect or Machine?

This question is tagged with atari-basic, but is actually about different dialects of basic on an atari machine. My understanding was that the foo-basic tags were for different dialects, and the ...
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“Any question is a good one for 48 hours.”

Could we make it a rule that any question asked in good faith will be allowed to stay open for at least 48 hours? This would give honest retrocomputing-related questions that don't adhere to Stack ...
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Questions that turn out not to be about retrocomputing

The question Connecting Computer to GameCube Controller Port seemed at first glance to be on-topic for this forum, since it related to the Game Cube hardware and NintendoSpy, a program that reads/...
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Slippery Slope in Action

Not long ago a question about how CRTs are installed in TV sets slipped thru without being marked as OT. It took just tree days for the next question about TV signal interpretation. Where the first ...
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Shouldn't the Title of a Question Be Handled as Such or Rather Not?

We already had the question about titles to be questions in itself. This is somewhat related, as it's about titles to be titles - or with less words: Should titles be written in title case or ...
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Are we encouranging answering duplicate questions?

I'm referring to Why is the Intel 8086 CPU called a 16-bit CPU?, which is being on HNQ now, just one month since Why was the Sega Genesis marketed as a 16-bit console?, which I see as essentially the ...
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What should our definition of “duplicate question” be?

So far, we haven’t closed many questions as duplicates (more precisely, we don’t have many questions closed as duplicates which haven’t been deleted), and we haven’t decided how we want to handle ...
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Are list questions OK again?

So the mother of all list-questions was just posted: What LISP compilers and interpreters were available for 8-bit machines? Not only explicitly asking for a list, but with the extra twist of asking ...
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Do we want list questions?

We have had a few questions recently that have been somewhat broad, essentially asking for a list. Two in particular: What early home computers have more than one CPU, where both could be used by the ...
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Is this site heading in the right direction?

Wikipedia defines retrocomputing as simple as Retrocomputing is the use of older computer hardware and software in modern times. (emphasis mine) Browsing through the list of current questions ...
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Is asking for an article from an old computing periodical on-topic?

As a case in point, I am looking for an article from an issue of PCW from 1982 (but I don't know which month) which related to generating mazes/dungeons using pseudo random seeds, what I think are ...
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Are questions about upgrading/repairing/extending retro computers with contemporary technologies on topic?

This relates to a question that was asking for technical details and support on upgrading/repairing non-working floppy drives with a modern GO-TEK in an otherwise retro PC. Some discussion came up ...
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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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Should all titles be in the form of questions?

The title field, by convention, indicates the question being asked. The body field may also contain questions, or elucidation on the question. However, many questions have titles that are not ...
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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 technical (not gameplay) questions about retro games consoles still on-topic?

I thought that this was clear-cut, as outlined in the answers to Are retro gaming consoles on-topic?, but Why can't special controllers or accessories be used with Super FX games? has gathered ...
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Are questions about historical web APIs on topic?

After rene suggested our site for "historical curiosity" questions on Meta Stack Overflow's It's time to bury [digg], I started wondering whether Digg's API would be on-topic for Retrocomputing. No, ...
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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 its editor, but the general handling of such changes. The question change initiating this is just a great example for the issue ...
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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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Lately some questions have asked about things which didn't actually happen

Here on Retrocomputing.SE we've lately had more than a few questions (including some of my own) about Hey what about this idea, did that ever happen? What if instead of doing it this way, they had ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions about how to build legacy software on modern systems off-topic?

I recently asked a question on how to build an old version of the Game Boy SDK on a modern system: How can I build Gameboy Development Kit 2.1.5 on a modern Unix/Mac platform? Yesterday, a user has ...
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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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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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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 ...