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Are “Where are they now?” questions on topic?

I'd like to know "what happened next" to some well-known games authors and personalities from the 1980's UK home computing industry. Are such questions on topic, or as the facts will undoubtedly ...
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Restoration and maintenance?

Related to my previous question on this subject, it seems we have another synonym of cleaning and maintenance: restoration. These tags are evidently being used for the same thing: the most recent ...
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The scope and on-topic tags should be synonyms

On Meta Stack Overflow the off-topic and on-topic meta tags are synonyms of the scope tag. I propose we merge our on-topic meta tag into scope. I'm not sure if this should be tagged as discussion or ...
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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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First blog post is live

Granted, this machine isn't as old as a lot of those that we discuss on the site, but it's older than I remember it being! Anyone have any feedback or care to share a story? https://...
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Can I ask and answer questions related to the Infinity Game Boy Color source code?

Recently, Affinix Software released the incomplete source code for their Game Boy Color game Infinity. Most of the source code and graphics is licensed under Noncommercial Creative Commons except 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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Can the leaked AmigaOS after-3.1 source code be referred to?

Last year there was been a widespread leak of AmigaOS's source code after released version 3.1. Are we allowed to refer to files in that archive (say, by writing a file's path in the archive)?
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We have got a blog!

The Retrocomputing Blog is now live! Thanks to our volunteer bloggers for committing to the blog and Automattic Inc. for hosting it, we have been able to launch our very own blog! We have some ...
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What video game consoles are considered 'retro?' [duplicate]

Some answers to this are easy: NES/Famicom, PS1, Game & Watch, etc. However, as time rolls forward, the lines between getting older and retro are becoming more blurred for a lot of video game ...
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Should we have a close reason for a problem that can no longer be reproduced or a simple typographical error?

On Stack Overflow, we have the following off-topic close reason: This question was caused by a problem that can no longer be reproduced or a simple typographical error. While similar questions ...
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How could we get more people to come to the site and post?

The Retrocomputing Stack Exchange is very inactive sadly. How can we make more people join this site? Maybe we could post on different social medias and even on some other retro-computing forums.
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We're dropping to ~1 question per day

Checking our Area 51 page, question activity has nearly dropped to a standstill, just over 1 question a day. How can we encourage users to continue to ask more high quality questions and encourage ...
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What should we do about (potential) copyright infringement?

This doesn't concern plagiarism, nor does it concern material that a DMCA take-down notice has been submitted for. It just concerns copyrighted, attributed content. A few weeks ago, we had our first ...
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Can I ask questions about TempleOS and HolyC?

The Temple Operating System has been around in one form or another since 1993 (as TPMOS, FreeDOS, HOPPY, etc). Without commenting on the ridiculousness of all this, would TempleOS and its language, ...
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Would ROM hacking be on-topic?

This poor soul started a proposal which I believe is bound to die from lack of interest. Meanwhile, we had some pretty in-depth questions with even more in-depth answers about programming the "retros"...
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Retrocomputing Software Development Process/Methodologies

I'm curious to know how the software development process has changed since the dawn of the first personal computers. As a current software engineer, I use tools such as Jira and Pivotal Tracker, and ...
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Computing History SE

I was looking through Area 51 recently and I discovered the Computing History proposal. Well, not exactly... I already knew about it (and followed it) before this site launched. The topics are so ...
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Are questions about calculators on-topic?

I recently asked a software recommendation question for a TI-83 series emulator and TI-Basic interpreter. Are questions about calculator hardware, software, and programming languages on-topic for ...
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Is asking for the title of a retro game on-topic?

Firstly, I'd like to say that I've just discovered that this new SE site exists and I'm very excited! There are a few games that I played in my childhood that I would like to play again but I don't ...
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Questions about spare parts

This question Where can I find an external 8-inch floppy disk drive? Raised a couple of issues for me while I think it's just about on topic (given the age of hardware and difficulty ) it does leave ...
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Is repair/maintenance/upgrading of pinball machines on-topic?

I own a pinball machine (Williams Earthshaker, from the 1980's). Is asking questions about how to fix it or maintain it on-topic here? Part of me thinks it's not, because it's not really about "...
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Let's be careful with that dictionary (Websters or Oxford)

Re: the edit to this question. This is less of a question, and more of a suggestion that we remind ourselves to not overdo the editing when it comes to the many and varied ways English is written. ...
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Retrocomputing - Will the site survive?

In looking at the stats for this site on Area51, it looks like we have a lot of areas classified as "Needs Work." I think this site fills a gap in the Stack Exchange offering, and I do hope it ...
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Should we get a blog?

We have now got a blog. Please volunteer and post any suggestions on the new post; this post won't be checked regularly. The original text is kept below for completeness. Blogs are very interesting ...
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Moderator Pro Tempore Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Which is better: [intel-8080] or [8080]? Do we need both?

I noticed that we have two very similar tags: intel-8080 and 8080. They are tagged on all the same questions (3 total by the same author, see Are my questions about the 8080 family of processors and ...
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Is current use of retro technologies on topic?

The recent disclosure that floppy discs are still in widespread has already prompted one question How long will floppy disks maintain data integrity?. That question, being about the integrity of the ...
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When should I add multiple answers?

I recently asked and self-answered a question on main What was the first arcade game to use a microprocessor instead of discrete logic? In the comments, discussion started on what the definition of "...
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Can we please review the pending edits in the suggested edit queue?

I've edited a bunch of tag wikis and excepts since I've joined the site all of them are still sitting as "pending edits." Can some high-rep users please go through the review queue and review these ...
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Cleaning and maintenance?

The cleaning and maintenance tags are both used for cleaning, and both used for maintenance. It seems the only reason for this is that the site doesn't know they are similar, and doesn't suggest them. ...
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Do we need the CPU tag?

The tag cpu appears to be just a meta-tag with its current usage. There are four questions tagged with it at the moment, of these three are also tagged with the specific CPU that is relevant to the ...
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Are my questions about the 8080 family of processors and software on topic?

I'm writing an Intel 8080 emulator and I have a few questions about the 8080 chipset, but I want to make sure they are on-topic before posting on the main site. They are mostly arcade machines which ...
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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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Accepting Nominations — Who should moderate this site? [duplicate]

Ideally Moderators are elected by the community, but until the community is large enough to hold a proper election, we will be appointing three provisional Moderators to fill those roles. We need ...
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Clubs/meetups: in scope?

Are threads like this one about clubs/meetups on topic for the site? It's so far off from my concept of a "retrocomputing" SE site that I've got no idea what to think about it, but it's clearly not ...
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To burnate, or not to burnate?

I have found a couple of tags that look too much like meta-tags: computer: has been used once, where the question is also tagged zx-spectrum. (Retagged) color: both times used with display: maybe ...
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Are retro games on-topic?

Retro gaming consoles are on-topic, so it makes sense that retro games should be too. In proposal some people voted against games though, so I'm asking to make sure we agree.
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Tag: [macintosh] or [apple-macintosh], [amiga] or [commodore-amiga]

Continuing in the theme of the Apple II tag discussion... We went with apple-ii because that's how the computer is referred to, but most people say "Macintosh" rather than "Apple Macintosh", ...
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How to decide whether to post a question on retrocomputing or on some other Stack Exchange website

Other Stack Exchange websites cover a wide range of possible questions one can ask about computers: software recommendations: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/ questions about running/using ...
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Are history of software, technical concepts or other not touchable computing-related things on-topic? [duplicate]

Do we want to have questions involving history of software? What about software development i.e. retro programming languages and compilers etc? Should we restrict any question types in this topic? ...
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Would new machines built with old parts be on-topic?

It seems obvious enough that questions about an Osborne 1 computer would be on-topic here, but what about new machines built using old 8-bit microprocessors? There are still computer kits available ...
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Is the history of companies/people related to computing on-topic?

Do we also want to support questions that are not about hardware or software, but about a company or person that was important in the history of computing? For example one could ask stuff about the ...
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How to render tags for the Amiga Workbench? Include or exclude the version number?

There is already a question using the tag workbench1.3: Change Amiga Shell keyboard layout in Workbench 1.3 (Yes, the tag in the current form would likely have to be changed to workbench-1.3, but ...
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What constitutes “computing”?

Related: What constitutes "retro"? Which kind of machines and software do we consider on topic? Are programmable calculators part of this site? What about electronic typewriters (some of ...
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Tag Discussion: coco or color-computer

Which tag should we use on the main site for the Tandy/Radio Shack Color Computer?
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Are retro gaming consoles on-topic?

Should questions about retro gaming consoles and related topic (their hardware, games and so on) be on-topic? I tried to find an answer in the help, to no avail.
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Sigh… we already have [c64] and [commodore-64]

How do we ensure that the initial "land-grab" of tags goes smoothly without introducing redundant tags?
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Are hypothetical questions about device I do not own (any more) on-topic?

Let's say I owned a pretty retro device some years ago, but it broke beyond my repairing capabilities and I trashed it. Would it be still on-topic to ask e.g. how I could have fixed a specific error ...
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What should we name our chatroom?

I get it. It's the second day in private beta and this questions shows up out of nowhere. I understand this question might be slightly early, but this is a question in the real essential questions for ...