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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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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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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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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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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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Is emulation on topic?

I think we should discuss whether emulation is on-topic, and in particular these three cases are substantially different and probably deserve different treatments: Usage or recommendations of ...
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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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Are emulator questions on topic?

I am having trouble with getting the PDP-8 emulator to work properly via simh on my Ubuntu 18.04 machine. Are emulator questions on topic for Retrocomputing?
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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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Why are we so unfriendly to novices?

Retrocomputing has struck me, over the last six months, as being particularly unfriendly to novices. It's now reached the point where a new user (both to RC.SE and SE in general), probably a non-...
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nitros9 (modified clone of retro OS) - on topic?

I want to ask a question about using nitros9. Nitros9 is a modern clone of the original OS-9 operating system used on the coco3. Nitros9 is run on both vintage coco3 hardware, and on modern ...
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2019: 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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Are questions about mechancial calculators & -computer, sliderules etc. on-topic?

It seems that questions about electronic calculators are on topic - but in the linked answer another questions is raised: What about mechanical calculators? I'd like to extend this question: Are ...
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Can I ask a question about retrocomputing accessories for repair recommendations?

Recently, I managed to break my TRS-80 tape recorder. And, I was wondering if its ontopic. Before I ask, (to me it seems obvious, but I want to be safe than sorry for generating any downvtotes) Can I ...
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What is off-topic about this HxC Floppy Emulator question? Can it be made on-topic?

The question "What are the differences in system support between the various HxC Floppy Emulator hardware options?" has three votes to close as "off-topic." (There's also one "too-broad" vote, which ...
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Is a new “retro” design in scope of this group?

I am following a project called the Commander X 16, a Commodore 64 inspired machine based on, but only somewhat compatible with it. My question: Is such a retro inspired development in scope of this ...
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Are questions about bugs in retro games on topic?

This question is sparked by the following three questions: Why does the Minus World exist? Why do parallel universes exist in Super Mario 64? What is the cause of Trent's circuit board strategy? All ...
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Should tags only apply to on-topic aspects of a question?

There is a suggested edit to apply the windows tag to Formatting a 720K floppy disk over USB fails with Windows 10. Windows 10 isn't on-topic, but it is Windows… Should we apply tags about non-retro ...
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Change rule preventing “[q]uestions about earlier versions of a current machine or OS”?

To quote our help centre: Questions about modern, currently supported computers are off-topic. This includes questions about earlier versions of a current machine or OS. If interpreted strictly ...
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Is “what is DMA and how does it work?” off-topic?

The question "what is DMA and how does it work?" is currently on hold as off-topic, showing that at least five RCSE users believe that it is. Is it really off-topic? If so, why? In particular, what ...
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Should we rename the [game-cartridge] tag?

Currently the only tag we have related to cartridges containing software in ROM is game-cartridge, with the following description: For questions related to cartridge-based games and applications ...
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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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What tag for Kyotronic 85 / TRS-80 Model 100 / Olivetti M10 / NEC PC-8300?

We currently have five questions about the TRS-80 Model 100, four of which are tagged trs-80. That tag lumps them in with a large number of questions for unrelated (except for the nameplate) and very ...
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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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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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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 ...