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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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In my personal opinion, I would draw the line at the PPC/x86 changeover. Others are, of course, free to disagree and discuss. To me PPC Macs running the earlier OSX versions fall into the same category as Amigas with PPC accelerators, PPC BeOS machines, etc, all of which I would consider part of the retro scene, as they go beyond simply being obsolete and ...


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Certain reputation-gathering actions are exempt from the 200 per day cap. The most common one is the award of bounties. Any bounty received is not counted towards the 200. However, in your case, this isn't the reason. You had a question migrated here from Superuser:- Why did SMARTDRV have to be started with /x when DOS started?. This had already acquired ...


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When you write blog posts, please keep the following things in mind: WordPress supports "categories". These are a little bit like tags. Use them as if they were. If you're writing something big, use Read More tags (<!--more-->). These prevent people from thinking "it's long" and abandoning it while, if used correctly, enticing them to read further ...


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Not just Retrocomputing, other sites too. Without knowing the inner workings of Google, which are doubtless not made public, we can't be sure. However, it is clear that Google ranks all StackExchange sites highly. Search for a solution to a problem and you will get a listing of relevant SE questions. So, it is very probable that Google recognizes the true ...


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Without having seen any questions, I would speculate the answer is no — not on topic. There are several discussions describing the scope and purpose of this site, but I will refer you to one of the answers I posted here: What constitutes retro? I defined retro as computing systems which are …not considered contemporary to what is modernly ...


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The Research Assistant badge is awarded for editing tag wiki bodies. Edits of the Usage Guidance don't count. This is a common question, the badge list on the site doesn't make this clear. Looking at your example of ibm-pc, I see in the edit history that you have edited the guidance (and Wizzwizz4 approved it in review on June 25th 2016) but that there is ...


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The criteria is that the tag needs to be eligible for badges. According to this post, a tag needs to be used on at least 100 questions in order for tag badges to be granted. Our most popular tag, hardware, has been used 73 times.


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Done. In general, the best course of action is to ping a moderator in chat – or failing that, raise a chat flag. All network moderators would be able to help you with this. (Though meta's never a bad bet; the three Retrocomputing mods get notified when a question goes up here.) If you want to prevent a room from being automatically frozen or deleted, posting ...


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A few possibilities: Sounds like you've got multiple accounts. You can request to have them merged using the contact form at the bottom of the page. It could well be a software issue. Comments use some fancy AJAX-based system that doesn't work on some of my devices; make sure your browser supports HTML5 and ES6. Your account has no restrictions that might ...


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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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Not directly. However, history is for: History of computers, digital electronics, hardware manufacturers, and software developers. If the thing being promoted was one of these (and qualifies as retro), I think the question would be on-topic.


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You don't have insta-delete privileges; only ♦ moderators have that privilege. (And authors can delete their post singlehandedly, but that's not the case here.) Did my vote happen to be the one that pushed the vote-count over the necessary limit I think so; that limit is three (except for questions with a high score, which again is not the case here). But ...


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Blame the review queues for the disputed flags. For the declined ones – or, at least, those I've looked at – you've flagged answers that do answer the question, like this one: Question: Which tools were used to create the C language? Answer: TMG was […] used […] to write […] B […]. This answers the question (imo), because B was made into C incrementally; ...


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Thinking that a question is not valuable is not a valid reason for deletion. I see no reason for the question to be deleted. Thank you for your concern regarding the quality of the site as a whole, that is appreciated. However, the general rule is to delete questions only if they are off-topic (or spam of course). If you wish to delete this particular ...


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Would it be better if you now modify the original question to include the clarifications, on behalf of the questioner? This seems more in keeping with the intent of comments, which are not meant for extended dialogue. This would make it much easier for anyone reading the question in future to understand without having to read through the chat or the comments....


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We're still in Beta Beta sites don't have migration paths. It'd be good to have a list of sites we often migrate to for when we graduate (but we're still sorting out our scope in some areas so that's a while away). If you want to migrate a question somewhere else and it is off-topic here, check to see if it's on-topic on that site and then flag the ...


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Take a look at this blog post: https://stackoverflow.blog/2010/10/21/when-will-my-site-graduate/ Moving a StackExchange site out of beta status depends mainly on two things. Having enough questions A site's questions drives all of the other mechanisms of StackExchange: answers, votes, reputation, moderation, and so on. It puts the site on more search ...


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Acording to other name tags, there shouldn't be an Amiga-Shell tag at all. A shell is something that each and every OS provides in some way. For a good reason there is no Windows-Shell, Atari-ST-Shell, Atari-800-Shell, MS-DOS-Shell or Unix-Shell tag, but a tag for each of the systems/OSes plus the Shell tag. Tags are meant to help finding stuff, that means ...


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To log out of any StackExchange site, click on the "hamburger" icon in the top right of the screen. There you will find the log out button. As you note in a comment, the guide to formatting is on the Main Meta here. Like any text editor, you can put in line breaks and tabs once you know the tricks. Some sites have additional formatting features, specific ...


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I mean, it certainly works. But the best way is to post some messages every so often so it never gets frozen in the first place. Alternative methods of notifying a moderator include, but are not limited to: Flagging one of your own posts (use sparingly). Posting a comment on a moderator's post. Finding a chat room a moderator is in and pinging them. If we ...


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I'd say no. Tags are intended as a multi dimensional system. If we define special tag for each and every OS and each and every component thereof, the system of tags turns into a single dimensional set categories, removing any synergy in searching - beside being bloated as hell.


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Sorry; this is my fault. I posted this link before HTTPS was deployed across the Stack Exchange network. At that time I often used protocol-relative links so that people who were using HTTPS would be given HTTPS links but those using HTTP (obviously for a good reason) would be given HTTP links. At this time I was largely using chat through HTTP, so didn't ...


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This is an old link. A little while ago, StackExchange changed from using http to https to improve security. At the same time, addresses of the per-site metas changed from meta.site to site.meta. Your browser is just warning you that you are following a link to an older http connection from an https connection. Some other StackExchange sites have ...


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As Chenmunka already explains, one may only speculate about Googles working. But one point is clear, items toward the top of a page are more likely to get a higher score than the same word combination further down. Another known parameter is the length of a the text block the searched word(s) are in. A longer block results in a higher placement. I guess ...


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Comments on Stack Exchange in general are treated as second-class citizens. This is not my observation, this is something that's been repeated multiple times by the founders and developers and is even mentioned in the tag wiki on meta sites. The core of Stack Exchange is a Q&A site: people post questions to problems they have, and people post their ...


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Yup. I'm just going to go ahead and unilaterally rename it now, since it's so easy to revert. amigashell → amiga-shell 8 revision history entries, 6 questions and 3 "favourite tag" entries were adjusted, so the impact won't have been too big.


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I've found an answer to a question that was closed as being off-topic. Since new answers aren't possible I left a comment on that question stating what I'd found. Sounds like a good way if one realy feels the urge to add something. If at all, after all, the question itself is deemed off-topic, thus any answer may be as well. To see the comment though you'...


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The author of an answer is never offered as popup. Only other who have written comments. But as wizzwizz4 mentioned, he will be notified anyway.


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