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When starting out, I would like to keep this definition as open as possible so we don't start off by flogging unsuspecting users with some pedantic definition of retro… at least until we see an actual encroachment of those "we didn't really intend this" problems in actual practice. I like the general concept of Retrocomputing according to Wikipedia. ...


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Usage of emulation software should only be on-topic to the extent that it's related to retrocomputing. For example, "I can't get SimCity to play sound in DosBox" is on-topic because it has a corresponding non-emulated question: "I can't get SimCity to play sound on my IBM-compatible". However, "I can't get DosBox to play sound on Windows 10" is off-topic, ...


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I think we should be inclusive of computing history questions here, there's no other real suitable place on the network and there's plenty to be learned from the history of various companies that can give insights into the hardware designs etc.


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Yes they are. They perfectly match the description in the current highest answer in the linked duplicate question and there are quite a few of them already posted on the main site like this one: How can I rejuvenate Game Boy contacts?


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Yes There's no clear distinction between a games console and a home computer. The NES, for instance, was alternatively marketed as both a computer and an entertainment system in various markets, and it ran BASIC. As such, technical questions about the Atari 2600 are just as useful as technical questions about the Commodore 64. Attempting to arbitrarily ...


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No. As much as I like Programming Puzzles and Code Golf, this site is not the place to ask such questions. They are not a Q&A site, and we are, which is a big indication that the scopes are different. Your proposed challenges would be on-topic for PPCG. If you write it well enough, you can only accept answers from languages that were created within a ...


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Regardless of what technology is being used to modernize/repair/upgrade an otherwise clearly retro computer, I would assume any question relating to this is on topic for this site. Modernizing a retro computer with modern technology is, in my opinion, preservation of that computer. Even if modern technology is only used to make it more convenient to exchange ...


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If a question doesn't interest you, ignore it and move on. Different people have different opinions about what they want to see on this site. There is a significant amount of questions about old games and gaming consoles. I have absolutely no interest in that, and personally feel those questions belong on Arqade. However, I just let those questions go. ...


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As a moderator on StackOverflow (where we suspend people a lot), I can say that Retrocomputing is really different. On StackOverflow, we often see desperate people trying to make their project work/cheat on their exam/assignment and getting their questions closed/downvoted to oblivion, just because the questions are bad or contain "URGENT" or lack ...


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You can note that there are 116 other questions about emulation in this site and the majority have not been closed. There is an example here that is still open What is it with DS emulation being so slow? The problem isn't with what you are asking, it's with the way you are asking it. Focus your question more, give only the details required and try again. The ...


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The BBS Predictable, huh? But you'll have to agree it's very retro, and is probably more relevant to a wider range of people than "talk", though it doesn't go back as far.


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The way tags have been traditionally used on other sites (including this meta) is to have a hyphen: apple-ii for questions about the Apple II apple-iigs for questions about the Apple IIgs apple for questions about Apple, the company (not sure if on-topic) This allows searching for tags in a clear manner, with wildcards. For example this search for [apple-...


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It's still got 5+% of the desktop market share. Regardless of how old it is, I think that pretty well disqualifies it.


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Context The question received twenty five moderator flags. At least twenty of those were directly related to the controversy caused by this title wording; I haven't had time to count them. This was also a Hot Network Question at the time of the event. (Hello, future people!) TL;DR I think I was justified in my actions in this specific case, however I do ...


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We have a tag for this (old-hardware-adaptation), for which none of the questions are closed, so the consensus appears to be: Yes


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The last time something like this was asked was almost three years ago. There was almost overwhelming support for history questions being on-topic during the very first few days of the site's existence. A couple of months later, however, there was a Computing History proposal on Area 51. A question was asked about what to do about it, and there was much ...


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In many cases, half of the correct answers are in the comments, not to mention valuable information which usually much more interesting than the question . They shouldn't be. I generally only read comments to see if they make the question clearer, and I make one when it could help improve the question. Anyone who thinks they have a correct answer should ...


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Keep flagging these as Rude or Abusive (when they are), and closing them (when they're off-topic). The system isn't used to this kind of troll, but it should kick in soon and automatically get rid of the questions as they appear. If you think there's an on-topic question hidden in there somewhere, please edit the question. Even if the posting user's acting ...


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I think [brand-model] is preferable to the shorthand version for tags. We should create this synonym c64 → commodore-64 Equally apple2 → apple-ii And so on. As for why: this is how tags are traditionally used, consider we do this by default with status-completed, status-declined, &c.


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I'd say it's off-topic. On the one hand, such meetups are of interest to retro enthusiasts (so as you say, it's not totally unrelated). On the other hand though, answers to this question would have a limited geographical scope, and probably a short half-life — some meetups are long-lasting, but many aren't, and the information on them tends to move around ...


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My opinion is no, I do not think questions which attract "lists" of answers are constructive and should be considered off-topic. I will say this: If the community believes these questions are on-topic, then the posts should be locked and a Community Wiki model should be used. See The Definitive C Book Guide and List and The Definitive C++ Book Guide and ...


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Raffzahn is a machine. Long, detailed, annotated answers from a broad background. A great asset to the site. Grats Raffzahn!


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I’d argue that Windows 2000 questions are prima facie on-topic. Quoting Robert Cartaino’s “foundational” answer to What constitutes "retro"?, Retrocomputing is the use of older computer hardware and software in modern times. Following that premise, I would consider a retro-system as anything that a reasonable person would not consider ...


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It should be inherently on-topic as these types of questions are on-topic for our site. But these questions should be made sure they are not like: When was {product} first released? or In what year was the most retro machinery bought and etc. I can't think of good examples so I'll let the community post some history questions and decide for ...


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This issue was raised during the proposal process. While I don't generally consider Area 51 discussions binding, the top answer seems reasonable and well-regarded: I Don't see any reason why it shouldn't be for certain types of questions. I'd argue that questions about particular games and how to beat them etc do not fit. Questions about developing ...


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The key is, where are the experts? If your question is specifically about retro hardware or software, ask here. If your question is about generic hardware or software that's useful to interact with retro hardware or software, but can also be used for many other things, ask on a site such as Super User, Stack Overflow, etc. For example, suppose you're ...


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Yes Parallel SCSI was used and commonly found in retro computers like the Amiga, the Atari ST, the original Apple Macintosh series among others retro workstations. The SCSI Parallel standard was standardized in 1986 which is pretty old by today's standards However... We there is now newer SCSI standard that uses serial connections and differ drastically ...


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This looks like a classic case of miscommunication between a user, the community, and a mod. The mod didn't do anything wrong. A situation was diffused in the quickest way possible. The original poster didn't ask the question incorrectly. A Woman's perspective? I've discussed this situation at length with my girlfriend who is a fellow lover of ...


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