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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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Is computing history inherently on-topic?

Are questions about the history of computer systems on-topic, even when there's no intent of running them now? This site is about retrocomputing, not about computing history. But computing history is ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Tag: “apple” or “apple2”? “apple2gs” or “appleiigs”?

It's early, but we already have both "apple" and "apple2" tags. My thought is we should use "apple2" for anything related to Apple II, as the old 128K Macs are very much retro. I'm not convinced we ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are identify this questions on topic?

I have an old mainboard here, which runs, but I don't have a manual or documentation for the jumper settings. Would a question to identify and document this board be on topic?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New [trs-80] tag conundrum

In response to the questioner's concern, I just created a tag for [trs-80]. (See Did Radio Shack initially attempt to get a monopoly on commercial software for the TRS-80 Model I?) He specifically ...
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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 “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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Are questions asking for modern hardware to interface with old hardware on topic?

A while ago I asked this question on hardwarerecs stack about what kind of USB adapter would let me ATA Secure Erase a PATA hard disk. I still have never found one, and the good people over at that ...
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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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Is PATA considered retro?

I have been making the assertion that PATA is on-topic, but it turns out that there isn't actually much (or any) consensus to back this assertion up with. Are questions about PATA, with no other ...
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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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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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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 ...