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How much does it matter that an answer actually answers the question?

Oftentimes I come across an answer that reads something like On a related note, this other thing happened in the same decade on a completely different computer than the one you're asking about. or ...
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Why is the user profile different here?

In most of my sub-exchanges, when I look at my profile the leftmost box has a graph of your rep changes. That box does not appear here in retro, instead there is a simpler box. Any reason why? I ...
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Are questions about devices such as the new Commodore 64 Mini on topic here?

Title says it all. Are questions about devices such as the new Commodore 64 Mini on topic here? It seems like an interesting device, but mainly seems to be a C-64 emulator running on an ARM chip. And ...
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We need to write the FAQs

It's been a long time. We need to get started on those faqs because it's way overdue. So how about this? Post an answer with some FAQ ideas. If it seems worth the effort, post a question-answer pair ...
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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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Moving out of beta?

It may be a good idea to refine the site, as I'm kind of unsure of the policy decisions you've made here (in meta), Consider filling out these two FAQ's (which is pretty routine on SE), https://...
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Is Intel Itanium on-topic here?

Intel Itanium is probably more-or-less "legacy" now, like the z80 or m68k not what you expect to see inside a computer that's in current mainstream use. That's the impression I got. But it's rather ...
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Is this comment a good or at least representative reflection of this site's collective attitude?

I was curious about something I saw in an article about a historical computer, and while the problem has mathematical aspects, it seemed at the time that Retrocomputing SE was a better choice than ...
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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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Is the 'Anoying Robot' broken?

Usually the 'Annoying Robot' function posts new questions on 'The BBS', but there has been no anouncement of new questions since May 25th. Any reason to know about?
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Why is it that sometimes using @name doesn't work?

There's a thread on BBC BASIC. One user posted an answer. I wanted to ask a question about this, and tried to use the @name tag to ping them. Most of the time when I do this a little tag pops up with ...
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Tag request: product-key

Because a product key or a Certificate of Authenticity was more common with old operating systems or software, the tag product-key would be a good key to add. The excerpt it could have: A product ...
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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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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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How do you log-out of retrocomputing ?, and, there are problems with the text-editor for writing questions?

How do you log-out of retrocomputing ? and, There are problems with the text-editor for writing questions, it does not allow you to satisfactorily put line-breaks and indent text how you want it, ...
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Tag request: video conversion

A lot of a questions here are related to converting the video output of an old console or computer to a newer monitor (VGA/HDMI, etc.). I'm thinking it would be good to have a tag specifically for ...
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Is SCSI considered to be retro?

Inspired by the recent PATA discussion, it occurred to me that deciding whether SCSI was on topic or not would be a highly relevant point to consider. SCSI has been used in machines since the 1980s, ...
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What reputation level is necessary to create and edit tags?

The Privileges page seems to be out of date in regards to creating and editing tags. My reputation is over 3200, and I still cannot create a tag on my own. Note that I can submit a new one for someone ...
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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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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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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 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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Is asking where an obscure filesystem was used on-topic?

While chatting about data recovery, an obscure filesystem has come up. It has a MBR partition ID (maybe?) — but while it appears in those ID tables there is never any indication of where it came from ...
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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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Community Wiki Usage

This is a response to the mod comments on this now-deleted answer: @JAL That's not what Community Wiki is for. Although... perhaps asking Chenmunka to add the clarifying information to the existing ...
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Feature suggestion: How many minutes from the 40m are left to wait?

For new users, these 40 minutes are the 40 minutes of death. That is an exaggerated nickname, but I adapted it from "BSOD". 40 minutes of hell could also be their name. It would be useful, if the 40-...
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Is the [ussr] tag useful?

Over one and a half years ago, the ussr tag was created, and put on What soviet computer used trinary bits?. It makes some sense on this question, because this question is actually an identify-this-...
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Should we wear hats this winter?

Hats are traditionally worn to stay warm by user's profile pictures during an event known as Winter Bash. During this time, the weather in the Northern Hemisphere (where the Stack Exchange ...
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Are questions about data recovery on-topic?

This question is inspired by Retrieving text documents from a 2.0Mb/2.0 HD floppy disk?, which has attracted close-votes for being off-topic. Do we consider questions about data recovery on-topic? ...
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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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Is this a security issue or “just one of those things…”?

I saw this item in The BBS chat room and clicked on it: A window opened up with a google security message (I'm using Chrome on OSX): I understand I can override by going to ADVANCED and saying "ok", ...
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Repeated Questions Pondering Around a Topic

(caveat: Although the trigger here are questions of a single user, this is not about him or the things he want to learn) Over the last weeks a multitude of questions have been asked pondering around ...
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Do we want syntax highlighting?

Whilst browsing answers to my question about randomness, which has largely gathered software algorithms and code examples, I noticed that not one of the code blocks has syntax highlighting. I couldn't ...
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Are programming questions on-topic?

Is it on-topic if the programming question is specific to a retro computer or CPU? Examples: Apple II, or Zilog Z80. What about an obsolete, platform-independent OS or programming language? Examples: ...
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Can we add ColecoVision and SG-1000 tags?

I'm surprised we don't have a ColecoVision tag. I would like to request that be added (or, how can I add it myself?). I would also like to add the SG-1000 but I'm up for suggestions on that. At ...
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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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Do we need the Interfaces tag?

We have recently gained the tag interfaces. This appears to be just a meta-tag with its current usage. There is just one question tagged with it at the moment, which is more concerned with backup....
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Should [datageneral] have a hyphen?

Similar to Should the ti99 tag be changed to ti-99?, should datageneral be replaced with data-general for consistency, or is there a stylisation (like apple ][) that I'm not aware of?
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How to handle Questions that have already been asked in other stack exchange groups?

A question (Did blowing into an N64 cartridge really affect whether or not the game would run?) came up in Retrocomuting that as been already answered in a different Stack Exchange area (in Arcade/...
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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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Where to ask this question

I wonder when and how a context switch was first introduced. Is that welcome to ask or is there some better place to find out?
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Why am I not making any progress toward the Research Assistant badge?

I have submitted several tag wiki edit suggestions, which have been approved. From a quick look at my revisions history, there's compression, sales, energy-efficiency, xwindow-x10, xwindow-x11, 8088, ...
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Tagging: “identify-this-game” versus “identify-this-program”

So, this software-identification question just came up. We've got identify-this-computer for hardware, and identify-this-game for games, but nothing for identifying software in general. Do we want a ...
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Are old standards still in use on-topic?

Standards like EBCDIC and CGA are on-topic. They are considered retro and are largely obsolete today. However, a consensus about standards that have not stopped being used has not been reached. Case ...
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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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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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How would this question be received if I asked it?

I wonder about early processor such as 4-bit microprocessor. Specifically I would like to know about the instruction set and see example program. I found one link about it but I didn't find any ...
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Is the [history] tag meaningful?

I noticed that we have a history tag, described thus: For questions concerning the history of computers, digital electronics, hardware manufacturers and software developers. This seems awfully ...
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Sharing knowledge

I have recently made a few games for the Sinclair ZX80 with 4K ROM (mostly unexpanded, but some requiring as much as 2K of RAM) - would it be acceptable to share what I know so far about programming ...
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We're a year old!

It has been a year since the site's first day in Private Beta. Six months ago JAL proposed that we should have aimed to double our activity in the time between then and now. Let's see what we've ...

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