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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 help ...
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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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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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Commercially-available modern computers with retro characteristics?

What retro-style systems are currently being sold commercially? I'm specifically excluding emulators (including C64 mini/maxi), fantasy consoles, etc. I'm only interested in real hardware (including ...
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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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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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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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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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Are legacy OS's on modern systems on-topic?

Is it considered on topic to ask about non-supported (legacy) operating systems on modern computers (like a computer manufactured a few years ago)? For example, this question: Recently, I ...
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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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What constitutes "retro"?

Every community has it's own opinion on what constitutes "retro" - more than x generations ago, more than x years old etc. Whilst it's very subjective, and the subject of much debate, will there (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Would a "disk operating systems" tag be beneficial?

Especially on the older micros, the term "disk operating system" could be seen as having more to do with "disk operating" than with "operating system" since they didn't typically provide features we ...
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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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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 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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2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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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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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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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Never a user suspended. What can we learn from you?

I'm more active on a few other sites, but I wish to learn from sites that are doing particularly well. I noticed from these: 2018: a year in moderation 2019: a year in moderation that mods have ...
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Did I do something wrong?

I recently put up a question about how each byte in the PMD-85's video RAM is used. I got two answers, which while informative, didn't quite give me exactly what I wanted. Raffzahn's in particular ...
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How is it "opinion-based" to ask about the fact that all current emulators "suck" when it actually is true?

I tried asking this yesterday: How is it possible that video game console emulators perpetually suck? Actually, I asked it earlier in the day, but it was mysteriously "memoryholed", as if ...
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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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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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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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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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Where to ask question about setting up modems for BBS access

I have a collection of old computers, some of which have modems and I want to try to connect them to the /r/retrobattlestations BBS: http://bbs.fozztexx.com/ I think it would be way more fun to have ...
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Moderator Bans Using "Father"

The original question was... (Title) "Father of Assembly Language" The C Programming Language was originally developed by Dennis Ritchie who also co-designed the Unix operating system with which ...

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