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Questions tagged [scope]

Questions and discussions about the scope of android.stackexchange.com.

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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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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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Development Questions: where to draw the line

This is a followup to Matt's question Questions that are on the fence between development and power use In that question, there is a general agreement that we "keep a big tent" and allow some types of ...
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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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Should unethical questions be closed?

Following this question, someone wants to "trial for ever" by tricking an app with false date/time. Of course that's unethical (but not illegal, we have closed a few "obviously illegal" questions). ...
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Clearly-written app recommendation questions are borderline on-topic?

From my experience, a lot of software recommendation questions could have been on-topic, had they dropped the word "I want/Is there an app". So in general, a question like this is off-topic: Is ...
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Should we handle questions about Ubuntu for phones?

Ubuntu announced at CES their plans to release a version of their operating system for phones. As it turns out, one of the first phones they intend to officially support is the Galaxy Nexus - an ...
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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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More Discussion on the Scope of Android.SE

I'd like to see more discussion on the scope of topics for Android.SE. We have established that the site is for "enthusiasts, power users, and regular people too using the Android operating system" ...
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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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Is Google Glass within this site's scope?

(Mostly prompted by this question: How to upload images onto Google Glass device and view them?) Are questions regarding Google Glass on-topic for Android Enthusiasts? Google Glass at Wikipedia It ...
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Are absolute newbies welcome?

I see that the site is for enthusiasts and power users. But are absolute newbies welcome to ask beginner questions? I hope I'm not completely in the wrong place, I meant newbie programmers.
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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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Is this a good Stack Exchange site (or is there one) for questions about the Samsung Gear S3?

I've recently purchased a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, and already I have some questions I'd like to ask of experienced users. However: I am aware that the watch's OS is Tizen-based, not Android. My ...
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“Where can I find X ROM” questions should be treated like shopping questions

...because that's what they are. Granted, there's not a "store" but it's the same idea as "where can I get the cheapest Android phone". If nothing else, it's someone trying to crowdsource their web ...
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Can SE make tags that block a question from being asked if the tag is used?

I was thinking recently about how often this site gets questions related to android development that are instantly closed (because they are off-topic). And I thought of how the meta sites require a ...
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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 questions on Kindle Fire on-topic for Android?

AFAIK the Kindle Fire runs on a custom version of Android - would questions on these be on-topic when it's released? (I ask this mainly because because there was a question on Kindle Fire on Super ...
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Questions about Android Accessories on topic?

I have a troubleshooting questions for a smart bracelet I've purchased, and would like to ask here. I don't see in the Tour that it's strictly on or off topic. The device interfaces directly with my ...
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Are questions regarding the Android L developer preview on topic?

Google released a developer preview of Android "L" Wednesday at their I/O conference. Is that developer preview on topic?
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What should we do about questions involving other operating systems on Android hardware?

This question is pretty terrible, IMO: Can I use dual boot in my Android mobile phone? I want to know is there any boot loader modifying tool for android so that I can use my cell as dual boot....
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Hardware-based questions are on-topic?

Are the hardware-based questions are on-topic for this site? As I personally think that this site is for Android OS complexities and not for the hardware on which the OS runs. Have a look on these ...
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Is there any difference between “Android-independent” and BOT (in the recommend closure reason selection list)?

When I vote that a question should be closed, there are (as of April 2017) 5 options. The 2nd reads "Question is Android-independent) while the 4th reads "Blatantly Off-topic". I can still recall a ...
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Off-site resources off-topic?

One of our VTC-reasons reads: Questions asking us to find or recommend an app, device, ROM, accessory or off-site resource are off-topic for Android Enthusiasts as they tend to attract opinionated ...
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Are Android apps running on Chrome OS on topic?

The main question I have revolve around functionality and is there a way to activate pagedown in Android apps on Chrome OS. Not sure what people would ask maybe compatibility questions. Are Android ...
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Can I ask questions like “How to do X in application Y”?

For example I want to ask the following question: How to move items up and down in a Winamp playlist?
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are non-android, phonemodel-specific questions appropriate here?

For example, which (if any) of these questions are appropriate? These questions are specific to android phones, but not android-related. Questions about Droid spec Questions about connecting Samsung ...
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Discussion on the Google Stack Exchange proposal

There is a Google proposal in Area 51. It was proposed on December 11th so it's still quite new. It's scope is currently defined as: Google web apps, desktop software, and Android and Chrome OS ...
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Are specific model/service provider questions appropriate?

e.g. I want to ask a question if anyone has more details or has seen any update on when Sprint will be rolling out 4G to New York. This is because I have an EVO 4G, which is an android phone. But ...
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Android Wear and scope

So, Google has announced Android Wear this week. For those who don't know/don't have the time to read: it is a smartwatch but this one should be compatible with ALL Android powered phone and is ...
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Are carrier-specific questions appropriate in AE?

How should we divide the line between questions that are more about specific carriers rather than Android? An example question https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/4490/prepaid-cards-for-the-...
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Are questions related to specific malware on topic?

I am new to this site. Can I ask questions specific to a given malware in Android here? For example, How did so and so malware infect my phone? What steps should I take to protect my phone/to remove ...
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Purchasing questions

Are purchasing recommendations allowable? Here's an example: Joe wants a new Android 3 tablet. He asks a question that says: I'm in the market for a new Android 3 tablet. I want one with a 1GHz ...
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Are app specific questions appropriate?

Are questions like the following appropriate? "I'm using application X, can you tell me how to do Y with app X?"
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Speculative questions - what to do?

For example: https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/3060/android-lte-phones-available-in-the-pipeline (Not picking on the questioner. I've seen several such questions; this is just the most ...
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Content provider questions

How do we feel about content provider questions, such as Streaming video to Android? That one's a bit on the border -- it's useful for users to know whether they can stream video as well -- but ...
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Are deep technical details on topic here?

I posted a GPS-Question and got a very good answer to it. But - I am interested in further technical details about this topic. The answer hints that "The details of that are well beyond the scope of ...
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Are Freedom and Lucky Patcher on topic for this site?

Continuing the question about ethics, I'm worried if Freedom and Lucky Patcher, two "obviously unethical" apps, one of which allows free in-App Purchase by hijacking app's traffic to Play Store while ...
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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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Should Google Play Store questions be on-topic?

Case in point, this recent question https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/47582/published-android-app-on-playstore-and-my-email-is-now-disclosed-to-scrappers This question was closed by ...
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Asking questions about the command line

Is this the best site to be asking about the Android command line? Because many of the commands are different than on my Unix-like system.
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Should I direct my users to this site for support questions?

I am considering the idea of directing user questions about my open source app to Android Enthusiasts. In the past, some questions have been already asked about the app, but one was also closed as ...
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Asking about finding the right charger for my device

If I was to ask about finding the right charger for my device, would that be off-topic? The help center says: The following topics are expressly off-topic here: ... Questions asking the ...
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Is an app recommendation in an answer acceptable?

The Help Center says that asking to recommend an app/service/ROM is considered as off-topic, but is it acceptable to recommend an app in an answer, for a question which does not explicitly ask for an ...
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Are questions asking for app alternatives on-topic?

Basically, I found an application that fits my use case but I do not like it for certain reasons. Can I ask for similar apps on this site?
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Are Questions Regarding The New Jolla Smartphone Applicable?

Are questions regarding the new Jolla smartphone running Sailfish OS applicable here at Android Enthusiasts ?
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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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Does questions related to Tasker considered as out of topic?

Questions about solving problems with Tasker like: How can I achieve this with Tasker? Tasker does that instead of this. How can I use this Action? etc. Are these questions considered as out of ...
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Is this an Android developers' forum, or just end users? [duplicate]

I'm just getting starting on Android development. I'm using IntelliJ. Is this a good forum for development questions, or is it more geared towards system and end users? Trying to decide whether to ...
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Installing Android on non-Android device questions

So we seem to get questions every now and then from people who want to know about running Android on devices that originally came with some other OS (normally some flavour of WinMobile). Normally we ...