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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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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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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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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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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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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 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'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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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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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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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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2018: 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, in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can someone explain why this question is off topic?

My first question was closed for the off-topic reason, but I'm not sure why it's off topic. Before I posted the question I searched and saw other questions about old windows operating systems, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...