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There are two ways to generally ask questions of this nature. The Good and the Bad. How NOT TO ASK questions that may require an app recommendation: "What is the best {category} app?" "List of apps that do {some function}" or, closely related: "Is there something that does {some function}" "What is an alternative to {some app}?" These questions are ...


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The Help Center page What topics can I as about here? has the following sections: Recommendations, like "Which phone is better?" or "Can you suggest an app that does X?" Shopping advice and suggestions, including what device to buy or where to buy it This is because shopping questions have no one definite answer, and as such are a bad fit for a ...


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As mentioned on the Help Center page titled "What topics can I ask about here?": Please note the following topics are expressly off-topic here: Developing/programming for Android (please ask these questions on Stack Overflow) Marketing your Android app or doing market research Issues with the Google Play Store (or any other app marketplace) ...


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Afraid this would be considered off-topic by most users, as you already guessed. I'd suggest checking with our charging tag-wiki first (especially the "Chargers/Cables" section), and cross-check with questions using that tag. If you weren't able to solve your issue that way, an acceptable approach would be asking for criteria (not chargers directly) – along ...


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Emulator questions are on-topic, as are questions about android-x86, so I don't see why this wouldn't be. It may be too early to tell.


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This question has been asked multiple times at Meta Stack Overflow for a variety of projects/tools/libraries. (Here's probably the definitive question and answer: Is it okay to use Stack Overflow as the support forum for a product or project? ) Part of the problem is that there's a good chunk of "support" that falls outside of the realm of what Android ...


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Is it a good idea? Yes and no. StackExchange is application-neutral, so unlike support in your own forum, people may and will recommend to use another app instead of yours even if the question title contained your application specifically. Therefore, questions that refers to a specific application may be generalized so it may be answerable with other ...


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I'm really of two minds on these kinds of questions. On the one hand, I can understand their basis as an "Android question" in that we do handle hardware stuff on a regular basis here. From that standpoint, I think a canonical CW question is probably a good idea since the answer to the vast majority of these questions is "Sorry, nobody's done this yet." This ...


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I think they're a direct result of the "anti-shopping" policy. We don't want people asking "what's the best X". For the most part helping people help themselves is a good thing, and pointing someone to a site that reviews hardware and/or apps gives them such a tool. But I think you're right. All too often it's a situation of "I do not know how (or I am too ...


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I don't think it's necessarily off-topic, but you're less likely to get a good answer here than there IMO. It really should be a bug report. The portion asking whether anyone else has the issue would be off-topic (polling), but presumably you care about the solution more than the prevalence. Asking where to find it would also be off-topic.


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I think the conclusions we came to about the official emulator apply here: Questions that are on the fence between development and power use In short, I think we should support end-user questions about it. I think this would extend to installation troubles as well, just like we do with drivers, rather than pushing them to Super User. As Al notes, we can ...


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It's not for us to judge people's relationships, so in cases like this, I'd prefer to "look through" to the Android question, and ignore the context completely. The most frequent example of this kind of question is the "inaccurate location history" question, for which we have a canonical question. If the core of the question is about whether location ...


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I'd start with this: ... as the problem at hand has been fixed ... Yes, if you solved a problem yourself, you're always encouraged to post a self-answer (and accept it if appropriate). The goal of Stack Exchange is to build a library of knowledge to help not only the question asker, but more importantly, all future visitors to the sites. Therefore any ...


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As requested by OP: Mentioning clearly in the question ( possibly prefacing so that knee jerk closure flags are not triggered) with a text on lines of This question pertains to a problem that is a legacy issue carried over from stable versions and not a specific behaviour of nightly builds This ought to prevent: Flagging / closure of the question ...


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Asking about feasibility and how-to is fine. Asking for experiences is polling, though, which falls under Not Constructive. We generally close such questions. Slipping it in as "How well does it work as a phone?" should be OK, though.


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background I've had my question (http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/31918/how-can-i-sort-filter-and-tag-files-images-in-android-ics-4-0) closed until I rephrased it from "which app should i use to do X" to "how can I do X". As I pointed out in the comments there, the question itself didnt change one bit - just the choice of words. Still, one of the ...


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Well, you know, there are such things as on-topic questions that no one can answer. Or, more accurately, the person who can answer just hasn't visited the site. A well-written question with the right keywords will certainly draw websearch traffic, so it's only a matter of time until we get an answer (we hope). On the other hand, dozens of "how do I ...


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