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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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Nope. KaiOS is a proprietary fork of Firefox OS, which is fairly modern; certainly more modern than what's currently on-topic. KaiOS is on-topic on other sites (I believe Super User), but it's not a Retrocomputing platform. If we make microcomputing on-topic, then basically everything is on-topic.


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Migrate it to Worldbuilding where they are used to answer open-ended hypothetical but science-based questions: Where could you obtain neon/argon in 1931 Las Vegas? How would one develop a transistor in a medieval setting What would be the best way to get clean, drinkable water in a medieval city?


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Sigh. Some of my own questions... Did the Apollo Guidance Computer really use 60% of the world's ICs in 1963? Please support your answer with references, rather than speculating. Origin of "arithmetic" and "logical" for signed and unsigned shifts Please support answers with sources, rather than speculating. Why were relays ...


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I don’t think so. As much as I usually support broadening the site’s scope somewhat, I think this would be too much of a stretch. For the kinds of devices this site usually focuses on, they tend to be relatively simple, target power users/‘prosumers’ and have an architecture that, if not fully open, then is at least common knowledge and ‘easy to keep in your ...


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I recommend merge to m68k. While it may be mysterious to the uninitiated, it is quite clear and common for anyone familiar with 1980s CPUs (e.g., I don't recall ever doing any real programming on anything in the m68k family, but I instantly know what it is.) Google searches for both currently show the proper Wikipedia article as the top result.


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I'm not in a position to decide policy at this moment, so I'll just provide some of the background information. If you are a model user, this pattern of account-creating doesn't cause many issues for moderators. More account numbers to keep track of, more scary warning messages to ignore, but that's about it. The only issue I can think of is other members ...


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Note: This is not, and never happened to be "Computing History". Wikipedia definition of Retrocomputing (I tend to disagree with Wikipedia from time to time, here I don't): Retrocomputing is the use of older computer hardware and software in modern times. Retrocomputing is usually classed as a hobby and recreation rather than a practical ...


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Stackexchange permits all users to maintain multiple accounts. It is if those accounts vote for each other or otherwise abuse the reputation system that moderators and/or staff will intervene. It is also not compulsory to register an account. If you don't wish to register, you can participate as an unregistered user. THe main benefit of registering and ...


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There are two issues here. Firstly, one can produce an argument for misbehaviour obtaining any badge. It is a feature of having badges and isn't really a major problem. Once people have the badge, they tend to stop. The more important issue is rolling back edits in order to keep unpleasantness on the site. I've seen this done on a few sites across SE. It ...


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clone has a very clear and different meaning. Think IBM PC clone as the prime example - a computer that is itself retro that mimicked (to varying degrees of compatibility) another computer of its time. Yes, you can "clone" a retro computer today with either retro or modern hardware (or even a simulation in software), but that is something entirely ...


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If we’re to ban such questions, it would be good to formulate an actual criterion, other than the Potter Stewart test, that distinguishes them from allowed questions. For example, I don’t think would be fair to ban questions about certain devices merely because they are based on mechanical principles rather than electronic logic: this would cover history ...


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Although it hasn't happened on this site, there have been times when I answered a question and only later after some thought decided to vote to close it. What's more common is that I write an answer and later find out that the question is a duplicate, in which case I vote to close it as a duplicate. I think it is not an issue to close questions that you've ...


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Good catch. I can see no compelling reason to keep them separate. If others agree, they can be merged.


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The line good game console questions lies between what are bugs in software and what are techniques used on older consoles to wring more out of them. Some of the later PlayStation games wrung a lot more out of the console, the way clever programming got Wolfenstein 3D to run on the SNES. I think that the closed question was a poor question about software ...


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I think definitely, for the DS. Architecturally, the DS belongs to the era of making BIOS calls for division and trigonometry; modern handhelds have system calls to the kernel instead (though they generally have dedicated instructions for division and trigonometry). It has more in common with retro devices than with the 3DS, at least when the 3DS isn't in DS ...


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My thoughts: An on-topic question needs to involve computers, plus obsolete technology. Possible tag: telephony Questions about the use of computers with obsolete telephone technologies. Analog phone wiring (including party line) is off-topic. Modem/data questions are on-topic, as they involve computers. But analog voice calls are off-topic. ISDN is on-...


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Such a post wouldn't be appropriate on the main site. We have had questions about meetups in the past and all have been closed and deleted. This has been discussed before... Clubs/meetups: in scope? and the consensus is that they are off-topic. You are right that we don't have community ads, because we are still a beta site. You could try putting community ...


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I don't think the question is off topic. The problem seemed to be that DosBox isn't designed to run Windows, which is a problem with DosBox, and therefore with the modern software environment. However, the user asking the question can't be expected to know what the answer is. In general questions about running Windows 95 on modern hardware should be on topic....


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This answer is specific to ISDN. Please up-vote this answer if you think ISDN is on-topic, and down-vote this answer if you think it is off-topic. @alephzero wrote: ISDN is far from "obsolete" in the UK. It is still used by more than 1 million UK businesses, and the biggest telco (BT) still offers new ISDN line rentals. However it is planned to ...


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I don't remember what I was thinking while I was writing that. Fortunately, I do remember that I was trying to populate a large number of tags, so the rest of the wording provides enough information for me to deduce my thought processes. For questions regarding MS-DOS, the Microsoft Disk Operating System. This tag wiki excerpt doesn't really give much ...


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Emulation should be considered on-topic. Of all the places on StackExchange, the Retrocomputing site is the one where retrocomputer and retrogaming emulation experts and enthusiasts would be most likely to be watching. Over at the Retrocomputing proposal at Area 51, our problem is that our questions per day is way too low (3.7 per day as of this writing, and ...


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In theory, this is a great idea. In reality, discoverability on SE is low. For example, I participated along with the top DIY SE user in creating: https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/168564/first-time-changing-switches-and-outlets-receptacles-anything-special-i-shoul but it turns out to be almost impossible to find when you actually want to refer to it. ...


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We have lots of specific "programming language" tags, and mostly-interesting questions to go with them, for example a spate of FORTRAN (not Fortran) questions from a few weeks back. Where is the boundary between questions about programming versus questions about programming languages? If someone's trying to write new SNOBOL4 programs, say, why not ...


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I think that we need to reach a verdict on each topic separately, because some things are obviously in scope, and other things are obviously not. Age has something to do with it, but retro computing is not only about age. Because new products are coming out even in recent years that are compatible with the popular platforms from the past. Windows 7, off ...


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Different people may have different cut off period for retro; this PlayStation game is from 1997. However, I suspect that several people are voting to close because the question is not very high quality, rather than down voting instead. Questions can be off topic and good quality or on topic and poor quality. I suggest the question is poor quality because it ...


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As far as old Windows versions go, I'm inclined to say the following: Windows 2000 / ME - Yes Windows XP - Maybe Windows Vista - No I say "Maybe" for XP, because I think retro stuff comes with a certain amount of memory fading and feeling of rediscovery when you try using it again, and XP doesn't quite have it just yet, whereas I barely ...


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No, you shouldn't incorporate them into yours, unless they are simply suggestions to improve your own answer. Each answer should stand alone. In community wiki, this enables each answer to be commented upon separately and clearly. Also, of couse, to be voted upon separately - even if the votes aren't racking up reputation, it allows separate discussion and ...


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Moderators have a lock we can place on questions to prevent additional answers from being posted. Wiki Answer Lock this post to encourage users to edit existing answers. Remember to remove unnecessary answers and to mark questions and their answers as Community Wiki posts. (Note that Community Wiki etiquette changed a few years after this text was written, ...


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Well spotted. The tag wiki is clearly wrong. All reference to batch languages should be removed.


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