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Are technical (not gameplay) questions about retro games consoles still on-topic?
18 votes

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 ...

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What's up with the emulation questions lately?
16 votes

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 ...

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Moderator Bans Using "Father"
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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 ...

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Retrocomputing golf
16 votes

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 ...

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Are questions about upgrading/repairing/extending retro computers with contemporary technologies on topic?
15 votes

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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Is this site heading in the right direction?
14 votes

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 ...

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Could this site change its title to retro and micro computing?
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11 votes

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 ...

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Is asking for an article from an old computing periodical on-topic?
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Yes It's retro, and computing-related. We've got questions asking for manuals and documentation; I don't see how this is different. Ignore the diamond, please. Look at the vote counter instead. I'm ...

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Are questions about how to build legacy software on modern systems off-topic?
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To contrast with Raffzahn's answer (since you always need at least two points of view!) I think these questions should stay. Getting software running on modern operating systems is no different to ...

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Should the Famicom and NES tags be synonyms?
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The tags famicom and nes should be synonyms. They are two different versions of the same console; zx-spectrum covers both the ZX (English) and Inves (Spanish) versions of this machine, for example.

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Venting about an opinion-based question
10 votes

To start with: there's a difference between list questions and opinion-based questions, even though we traditionally use the same close reason for both. This is due to most list questions being ...

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Is it RCSE policy that you must register and maintain a single name to participate?
8 votes

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 ...

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Should it be assumed that hazards about CRTs, PSMPS internals etc are known to all readers?
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I think we should try to minimise our site's casualty rate. Scary bold warnings at the top of answers, and just before dangerous parts of how-tos is within our ability, so I think we'd be stupid not ...

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Is PATA considered retro?
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PATA is on-topic PATA should be considered on-topic for the following reasons: PATA is obsolete. It was created in 1986 (so it's not new), and was superseded by SATA in 2003. Around 2007 chips began ...

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Call for Community Promotion Ads
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Arqade Well, it took five days but I think it was worth it. This 16.8KB PNG image is 600x500 pixels, so it will display crisp, high-quality pixel art even on Retina displays. I haven't written an ...

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Never a user suspended. What can we learn from you?
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7 votes

Everyone here is nice. The absolute worst behaviour ever has been minor rudeness and snark; in fact, here's my helpful flag entry for one of the worst incidents I've ever seen: I've edited it to ...

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Shouldn't the Title of a Question Be Handled as Such or Rather Not?
7 votes

No Title case makes things stand out Title case should be used when you're trying to make something stand out and grab people's attention, such as in a bold newspaper headline. As we've already got ...

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Should we wear hats this winter?
7 votes

Yes. It is very important for user profile pictures to stay warm this winter, especially in the air-conditioned server room.

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Accepting Nominations — Who should moderate this site?
7 votes

Notes: I am nominating myself because I think I would make a good moderator. I like helping out around the site, even without a diamond, and I'm not a moderator elsewhere so can dedicate more time to ...

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Can I ask a question about how to maintain/fix components on a vintage Mac?
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Yes. See the maintenance and restoration tags. For cleaning-related questions that aren't about repair, please prefer maintenance over restoration, though it's fine to use both tags.

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Are questions about seemingly old design patterns (typically used on older systems) on-topic here?
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In general, I think so. However, the specific example you cited seems a lot like the UNIX "everything is a file" philosophy applied to application code. This feels timeless to me, so I'm not going to ...

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What is the policy on questions depending on links to third party sites?
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This is a tricky one. I think the easiest solution is to go with our usual link policy, and require the question to be fully understandable without the link. This requires providing some sort of text-...

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Did I do something wrong?
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6 votes

Disclaimer: This is an official answer (at least, as much as I can make it) because having an opinion is hard and I'm lazy. Technically, no. You wrote an answer that took from multiple sources, and ...

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Is there a format for blog posts?
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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 ...

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Why has nobody ever been awarded the Generalist badge?
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Generalist Badge Implemented says: One thing the badge doesn’t say, is that there must be at least 200 questions in all 40 of the top tags before this badge is awarded to anyone. That’s why you won’t ...

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Are advertisements on-topic?
5 votes

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 ...

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Why are we so unfriendly to novices?
5 votes

It's not just novices. We have some documentation here on meta describing the site's norms and expectations (e.g. scope), but our culture has drifted since then. Our unwritten rules have drifted, and ...

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Are list questions OK again?
5 votes

Our Diamond Moderator votes are binding. We simply can't vote to close normally on questions; if we want to leave something to a community decision, the most we can do is try to mitigate the damage. ...

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Should all titles be in the form of questions?
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5 votes

Ideally, yes. When titles are questions, they're more likely to actually describe the post. Looking at the related pane of this very question will demonstrate that. However, there are cases in which ...

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Are questions about devices such as the new Commodore 64 Mini on topic here?
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5 votes

I don't see why not. We've had questions about software emulators and they've been well received. Questions about technicalities about the machine (like flashing it to do other things) wouldn't be on-...

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