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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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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....
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Should [datageneral] have a hyphen?

Similar to Should the ti99 tag be changed to ti-99?, should datageneral be replaced with data-general for consistency, or is there a stylisation (like apple ][) that I'm not aware of?
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How to handle Questions that have already been asked in other stack exchange groups?

A question (Did blowing into an N64 cartridge really affect whether or not the game would run?) came up in Retrocomuting that as been already answered in a different Stack Exchange area (in Arcade/...
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Answerer reverting good-faith edits

I asked a question (What is between the sectors of floppy disks?) and received a few answers, one excellent one from someone whose English is not perfect. Someone edited the answer correcting many ...
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Where to ask this question

I wonder when and how a context switch was first introduced. Is that welcome to ask or is there some better place to find out?
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Tagging: “identify-this-game” versus “identify-this-program”

So, this software-identification question just came up. We've got identify-this-computer for hardware, and identify-this-game for games, but nothing for identifying software in general. Do we want a ...
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Are old standards still in use on-topic?

Standards like EBCDIC and CGA are on-topic. They are considered retro and are largely obsolete today. However, a consensus about standards that have not stopped being used has not been reached. Case ...
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Are x86 programming questions on-topic?

Do questions like these belong on Retrocomputing? How to write directly to video memory in MS-DOS? Why the "jmp" instruction is not working? It looks to me like questions like this should ...
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sixty eight thousand 68000 tags

The title exagerates slightly but I've noticed there are three tags dealing with the Motorola 68xxx series motorola-68000 - four followers, seven questions mc68000 - two followers, one question m68k ...
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Is the [history] tag meaningful?

I noticed that we have a history tag, described thus: For questions concerning the history of computers, digital electronics, hardware manufacturers and software developers. This seems awfully ...
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Sharing knowledge

I have recently made a few games for the Sinclair ZX80 with 4K ROM (mostly unexpanded, but some requiring as much as 2K of RAM) - would it be acceptable to share what I know so far about programming ...
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We're a year old!

It has been a year since the site's first day in Private Beta. Six months ago JAL proposed that we should have aimed to double our activity in the time between then and now. Let's see what we've ...
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How can I get tag badge progress to show up on my profile?

On Stack Overflow, the reputation section under my Profile -> Activity shows my progress towards my next tag badge. But on Retrocomputing, this section is blank (since I just hit 5k to earn my last ...
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Are questions about terminology on-topic?

With technology comes technological jargon. Often, this is not written down and so is lost to antiquity; when it is used in written work the definitions are crucial to understanding the sentences in ...
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Should “Which original retrocomputer OS's are still maintained and updated today, for original hardware?” be a community wiki Q&A pair?

Which original retrocomputer OS's are still maintained and updated today, for original hardware? This question is based on my upvoted comment here. To me, this is a list question. Answers would ...
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Can we add ibm-pcjr and tandy-pc tags?

Could we add the following tags? Either as parent tags or synonyms: ibm-pcjr (or, would ibm-pc-jr be better?) tandy-pc
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Is retro software still in modern codebases on-topic?

Softwares like Internet Explorer 3 and Photoshop 1.0.1 are on-topic. They are considered retro and their codebases only partially resemble the modern versions. However, a consensus about software that ...
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Is XP considered retrocomputing yet?

It's time to seriously think about this. Windows XP is almost 15 years old, and is the last operating system to run pretty much any 9x software. Sure it uses the NT kernel, but it's so old that it ...
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Do we want legal questions?

I see that Is it legal to download ROM images from shared or internet archives? has entered the CV queue. Do we want legal questions on Retrocomputing? We have this issue on Stack Overflow all of ...
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Retrocomputing golf

I really quite like the Code Golf challenges on Stack Exchange, but most of my answers to date have been for the Commodore 64 as I live in a PHP world and like the escapism/limitations of certain ...
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Should the Famicom and NES tags be synonyms?

I noticed that we have a nes tag but do not have a famicom tag. I recently asked a Famicom question (What is the Famicom "Pulse Line" of games? How many games are part of this line?) and ...
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Empowering Community Reviewers

I feel that this question was closed too hastily by a moderator as being too broad. I realize that this site is in beta and the moderators want to keep a fairly tight rein on how the site develops. ...
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Are “Identify This Console” questions on-topic?

Hear me out, I'm not asking about questions like "What Xbox is this?" There are a various console clones (such as "Famiclones") that have been produced in across Europe and Asia, especially in the ...
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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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My question, being very broad, attracted a lot of answers

I recently put a question up about computers that had more than one CPU. In hindsight I see this question is very broad, and that's why it has attracted a lot of short answers. And so it has been ...
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Do we have a generic “Composite Video to HD/Upscaling” question? If not, would it be a good fit?

Seeing Commodore 64 to modern TV on the front page today reminded me of an earlier question, Can I hook up an Atari 8-bit computer to a flat-screen tv. Should we have a generic RCA/Composite ...
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Are questions about modern re-implementations on-topic?

There is a question about rendering overtype in HTML that's on-topicness has been questioned. In the comments Leo B. asked the following: Food for thought: would a question about a way to reproduce ...
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What topics can I ask around here?

We've closed quite a few questions as "off-topic". This close reason references the Help Center's on-topic page. This page is currently near-empty, and provides no information as to what is on-topic ...
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What is this “Can you help?” message above the answer box?

I was looking at a new question on main (Where and what was Haunt.bat? A game pre-loaded on a c1992 PC) and saw this message above the answer box: What is this message? Was it added by a mod? I don'...
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What can I do with my [insert machine name here]? Questions

So this question regarding the Apple II got flagged as off topic for being too broad and primarily opinion based. I agree with that, buut I also feel like it'd be pretty cool to have a list of crazy ...
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Raspberry PI? Should questions about it be allowed, and should it get a tag?

Just discovered this beta, it looks right up my alley. I'm wondering users can ask questions on the Raspberry Pi, as it can be used to emulate older hardware.
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Do we want hats?

After reading a meta post on Software Engineering about opting-out of Winterbash 2016, I figured I'd ask the community here. This will be our first chance to participate in Winterbash, but it is an ...
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Are questions about very early computing devices on topic?

I am thinking about the machines envisaged and built by Charles Babbage and contemporaries. These are general-purpose computing devices which are not current. Are questions about these systems on-...
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Are questions about the Supercard (CF/SD/Lite/Rumble) for GBA and NDS on-topic?

I recently found my original Supercard SD for the GBA and Superkey, which allows for the playback of GBA and NDS ROMs on the original Nintendo DS. To play any games on the actual hardware, one must ...
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Should this suggested edit have been approved?

Suggested edit in question To me this edit contains additional information that should be added in a comment, not an edit to the answer. As it stands, this edit makes it seem like wizzwizz4 added ...
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How to tag questions about processor instruction sets (machine code)?

After asking two questions that are each missing this tag, and not knowing what to name it, I have brought this to meta. What should the tag used for questions about the instruction sets of processors ...
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Happy 6 month-aversary!

Retrocomputing hit 6 months old today, congratulations to everyone who continues to participate. Here's to doubling our activity before we hit 1 year old! Today also marks the first day users can ...
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Call for Community Promotion Ads

As this answer to the question How should we promote our site? seems to be well received (please keep adding answers to that question by the way). Here is a follow-up question: What should our ...
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How should we promote our site?

Let's face it: our site has pretty low activity at the moment. We have fewer than 200 visits per day, and our questions per day has dropped to less than 1. However, we've answered well over 90% of our ...
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sega-genesis and sega-mega-drive should be tag synonyms

I recently created the sega-genesis tag for this question. As per Robotnik's comment, I think a sega-mega-drive tag should also be created and made a synonym of sega-genesis.
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Tweet Bot/Twitter Account for Retrocomputing?

Some Stack Exchange network sites have a twitter account which tweet recent or hot questions, as see on the site list: The timeline on the post then shows that the question was tweeted by that site's ...