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Should we discourage phone model tags in non-phone-specific questions?

I've found several question which is tagged with the phone model of the poster, but the tag does not help describe or classify the question. Example 1 2. In those question the tags serve no other ...
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FAQ: “What kind of questions should I NOT ask here?”

I'd like to reword the Android.SE FAQ a bit to clarify what kind questions should be asked and what kind of questions should NOT be asked. I'd like to follow Superuser's FAQs format. This thread is ...
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You need the bourgeois blues

I touched on this before, briefly, in Matt's Moderator Pro Tempore announcement... This is a great site, but it's... got no middle class. There are only a tiny handful of users with more than 2K ...
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FAQ: “What kind of questions should I ask here?”

I'd like to reword the Android.SE FAQ a bit to clarify what kind questions should be asked and what kind of questions should NOT be asked. I'd like to follow Superuser's FAQs format. I'll start a ...
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Are Android programming questions for this site or Stack Overflow?

Stack Overflow already has lots of questions regarding Android programming. Should this site try to stick to questions about using/owning an Android device, rather than developing for it? Or is the ...
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Major design updates are now live!

Today we moved the site's CSS to a newly refactored LESS system so that it's easier for us to fix SE network CSS bugs globally and launch new features in the future! The updates also allow us to use ...
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Shopping recommendations

Example: https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/2434/selecting-the-right-android-phone Is this really the kind of question we want to encourage here? I mean, is "I need a phone with these ...
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Should we revisit our “How do I root X?” policy?

Edit: The changes have been implemented. Individual device rooting questions are encouraged, though we want answers to be complete -- covering all Android versions. The big rooting question now ...
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It's tablet week!

Earlier this week, we kicked off a "Topic of the Week" series, and this week is tablet week! How it works: Each person who asks a question about an Android tablet will be entered into a drawing to ...
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Manufacturer tag cleanup

We have tags for individual device manufacturers. This makes sense because there is the occasional question that covers multiple/all devices from the same manufacturer. However, they are often ...
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Half line answers — what would be the best course of action(s) to deal with them?

The following image shows an answer posted for the question How to change the density (DPI) for specific applications? The answer didn't even cover half of the line. Anyhow, I flagged the answer as ...
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How to stop users from posting development questions on Android Enthusiasts?

Everyday I see too many development questions coming up on AE. Users are responsible for this but they are not to be blamed entirely for to any new user AE seems to be a site related to "Everything ...
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Are questions looking for apps on topic? As in: “I need an app that does XYZ?” or “I want a widget that does ABC”

The FAQ doesn't currently discuss shopping. In the faq question: FAQ: "What kind of questions should I NOT ask here?" there is an answer that says that shopping recommendations are not ...
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Where to ask for app recommendations?

I want to ask recommendations for apps for a given purpose, e.g., managing bank account information. I know my questions won't fit the main site. Where can I have more luck for these questions, within ...
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Should the FAQ section on off-topic questions be clarified?

I marked this question as off-topic and was overridden by Al as indicated in the comments. I'm not questioning his decision as a mod at all (Al and I are totally cool! I swear! lol :-D), but I think ...
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Let's revisit the “stock” vs. “vanilla” tagging, shall we?

I noticed that vanilla exists currently as a synonym of stock-android. I know there was a request to merge these tags previously: Merge stock, stock-android, vanilla; define "stock-android" ...
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New Design Launched

Hi all, Thank you for your helpful design input. As you can see, the new design went live, this means Android.stackexchange has officially graduated and is no longer a Beta site. Congrats! If you ...
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What does voting mean and why is it important?

Android.StackExchange is a site managed primarily by the community. Reputation is a general measure of engagement with the site, and as a user's reputation goes up he or she gets more privileges to ...
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Can we refrain from answering with lazy guesses or opinions?

I have been reading a lot of "answers" that are merely someone's opinion or lazy guess. If someone asks a specific question and you don't know the answer with authority then don't answer. If you ...
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What Old(er) Unanswered Questions are Still Relevant Today?

Please answer if you've asked or if you see an unanswered Android question that you think is a good question today and will remain a useful question in 6 months. Once we identify a few, we'll ...
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Merge stock, stock-android, vanilla; define “stock-android”

vanilla, stock and stock-android are being used interchangeably, and belong lumped together under "stock-android." Also, I took it upon myself to define stock-android but folks should weigh in about ...
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Carrier tag cleanup

We have tags for individual wireless carriers. Some carriers have exclusive devices for their network, and virtually all of them customize Android to add their own software. (Euphemistically known as "...
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What's the intended purpose of the 'radio' tag?

I was performing a quick edit on this question and decided to see if we had a radio tag available since I know I've seen other questions around about streaming radio stations and such to devices. As ...
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Help needed in the [applications] tag

The applications tag is only supposed to be used for questions that are about Android applications in general. Unfortunately, that hasn't always happened. Here are a few of the misuses: the ...
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A Kindle Fire Giveaway… Let's Discuss

We will have 5 Kindle Fires to give away over the course of a week in the near future. Android blogger AndroidGuys will help us promote this campaign. A rough draft of the promotion: AndroidGuys asks ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you started:...
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How To Ask Android Questions The Smart Way

I'd like to ask a question on Android Enthusiasts. Can you give me some advice about how the question should be asked?
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What's the deal ForceClose.com? [closed]

So what's the deal ForceClose.com? (that should be read with a Seinfeld impression) But seriously, it appears to be the same thing as android.stackexchange.com. What's there relation? Was it built ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Design ideas for Android.se Site

Hi all. I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, ...
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Are “What Apps Should I Get?” Questions Appropriate?

Are questions that belong to the category "What Apps Should I Get?" appropriate Android Enthusiasts? How about if they're asking for specific apps, such as "What are good RSS aggregator apps that ...
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URL shortener clean-up project

For the most part, URL shorteners should not be used here. Their primary benefit—fitting long URLs into artificially scarce text spaces—is of no use here. The Question and Answer spaces are plenty ...
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Can the FAQ be expanded in terms of what's on topic?

I've been trying to figure out if a particular question I have is on topic, and haven't been able to find much in the way of guidance. I found the question, Should the FAQ section on off-topic ...
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Would you be interested in Ice Cream Sandwich week?

We did something similar on Philosophy, where we designate one philosopher each week, and each person who asks a question relating to that philosopher will be eligible to win a prize. It's gotten a ...
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It's Audio Week!

This contest has ended. There was a separate prize pool for Android Guys users. The winner from that pool is dev0, for this question. The winner from the broader community is ProjectJourneyman, for ...
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Gameplay questions within scope?

(Prompted by this question.) Games are big on Android. They're a huge category on the Play Store, and the Play Store app shows Games at the same level as Apps (as well as Movies & TV, Music, ...
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What should our new off-topic close reasons be?

The new rework of the close vote system has rolled out network-wide, which brings with it a handful of changes. One of these is that we can now define up to three sub-reasons and modify the default ...
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Design mockups for final site theme

Thank you for your help on the design brainstorm session. Below are the mockups for the final site theme based on some of the ideas we talked about. (please click on images to see the full resolution ...
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Is “What is an app that does X, Y, and Z?” a valid question?

Just another angle at defining the fuzzy boundaries of things here. Say I'm looking for a Books app with barcode scanning and GoodReads integration, is asking whether one exists and what it is on ...
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Kindle Fire Contest: Winners Announced

We have 5 Kindle Fires for giveaway to 5 Android.StackExchange users who best answer one or several particular unanswered questions posed on this site. The Rules: Leave an answer at one or several ...
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What are Android-independent questions?

The question is dead simple. What are Android-independent questions? If that's a broad thing to answer, then alternatively, how do I identify that a question is Android-independent? There are some ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, November 5th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for ...
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Old questions w/o answers and low view count

Every now and then, I run what I call a "housecleening task", walking the "unanswered" questions and see which I can answer, which are not answerable, and which might be closed. My actions are ...
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What should we do with generic hardware questions that are clearly relevant to Android users?

We currently have this line under the off-topic things in the FAQ: Android-independent phone questions, such as "Does Carrier X have prepaid plans?" I think that specific example is ...
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How can we spend some effort on improving our overall activity?

When chatting in Tavern on the Meta, someone said this: 10K views, no votes on question or answer. Typical for Android site. That message really hit me by heart. It's a grassland full of grass, ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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How can we ensure that users include relevant detail when asking a question?

A lot of questions are posted in which there is a bare minimum of information and someone almost always comments and says to add details such as Android device, Android version, etc. This fine but it ...
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Should we merge mobilephones with cellphones?

I don't see any difference between mobile-phones and cellphones. Should we merge them? :)
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Questions that are on the fence between development and power use

Clearly questions like... "How do I register the someThingTechincal() intent within the framework by daisy chaining the java.tree before I compile the MySQL class..." ...are off topic and ...
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Recommendation for questions pertaining to a problem specific to a nightly build of a ROM

How does the questions limited to the scope of a nightly build of a ROM are helpful to site in long-run? There are questions we receive that are more or less specific to a nightly build of a ROM. (In ...