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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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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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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 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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Should the ti99 tag be changed to ti-99?

For consistency, I think the ti99 tag should be changed to ti-99 and ti99 should be a synonym for it. What do you think? When you look at other tags, you see a trend of "computer-model". Such as ...
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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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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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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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Please [Enter Image Description Here]

When someone attaches a picture to their post, the SE system automatically attaches a tooltip Enter image description here, inviting the poster to give some alt-text for the image. These tips are ...
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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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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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Is there a logo for this site?

I haven't seen anybody asking this. I just went to check some statistics about the Retrocomputing site and one of them featured a cloud of StackExchange sites, each one with its logo with a size ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Promoting retro appropriate sites on SE Retro

Many SE sites have a place for "community ads" on the right-hand side. SE Retrocomputing itself was promoted on SE Electronics (and possibly others.) It can also be a place for non SE sites of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...