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Custom ROMs aren't a special topic: they're relevant to Android, so a question on custom ROMs is allowable and encouraged, as long as it fits the other criteria. One of those is that it should be a specific question answerable with facts. Questions that solicit discussion or opinions are discouraged simply because they don't fit well with the question-and-...


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There could be a couple of reasons for this. If you have a specific question in mind that you'd like an explanation for then feel free to point it out and I (or someone else) can take a look, but off the top of my head a few possibilities would be: If the question's last activity is attributed to Community♦ and there are no edits/modifications, then it's ...


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Covered here http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/qa-is-hard-lets-go-shopping/ but the TL;DR version is: Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he can eat forever. That is, teach people how to evaluate android hardware -- don't spoon feed them specific recommendations that will be obsolete in 12 months.


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The reason I opted for a single expansive answer is because there are really only two core things involved (most of the time): Get USB Debugging enabled. Get the Factory Reset option enabled. Likewise, these generally involve the similar sub-steps — trick a browser window into opening, trick Settings into opening, maybe create another user account, ...


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On SE sites, you don't mark the question as solved – but you mark the answer as solution, so it stands out and can easily be identified by other people with a similar problem. The exact details are described in our help center: What should I do when someone answers my question? with a link to accept the answer and How to accept an answer.


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You could offer a bounty. Two of the possible canned reasons seem applicable, I would think: Current answers are outdated The current answer(s) are out-of-date and require revision given recent changes. Or simply: Draw attention This question has not received enough attention. Starting a bounty will put the question on the "featured" questions ...


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It's a problem all over, not just here. Not five minutes ago I voted to close a programming question on Web Applications. And how about all of the "how do I fix this non-programming Android issue" questions that have been closed on Stack Overflow? (And believe me, there have been a lot more of them than development questions here.) There are any number of ...


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In this case I think you should feel free to ask a separate question since the devices obviously have different features for this. Bonus points if you link to the existing question and mention why you're asking the new one.


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These questions are not considered to be within our scope: Please note the following topics are expressly off-topic here: ... Questions asking the community to find or recommend something for you (a device, app, ROM, website, etc), including what to buy and where to buy it They were determined to be too problematic because they generally ...


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As with the CyanogenMod nightlies, or any "pre-beta" ROM, they should be closed. The problem, whatever it happens to be, is probably not widely applicable, and is likely to be fixed in the short term. That makes the question virtually useless for future readers. Just close them.


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No, it's not possible. If you're concerned that a Moderator might act on your flag in error, you can always flag again using the "Other" option to explain the error, but I would recommend against that. Trusted users (> 10k reputation) can see some flags, but not the custom flags, so your explanation won't reach them. Moderators can only dismiss all flags ...


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No, you should ask Google. We can only help you with end-user questions, not speculate about Google's internal decisions.


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As others have noted, there are other forums out there that would probably be more appropriate. That said, if you had a problem that you fixed yourself, there's no reason you couldn't post the problem as a question and then answer it with your solution. Other people might find it useful and you may find that there was alternative (and perhaps better) ...


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It depends a little. IMHO it is clearly on-topic as long as it is user-oriented (and not development-oriented), even it might be a "power-user's terrain". And even more on-topic if it's clearly something Android specific (as you've already indicated, many commands are "a little different", e.g. not all options are available to them). But as you've asked for ...


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"Is there a App for X?" type questions are off-topic. Therefore asking for app alternatives is also off-topic. See the section off-topic on this help site: Please note the following topics are expressly off-topic here: Recommendations, like "Which phone is better?" or "Can you suggest an app that does X?" But if you phrase your question like "...


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I'd say it's fine. Wanting your services consolidated is a perfectly OK criterion for potential solutions, as is not using a web app. Things to note: "Is there an app" is discouraged; you'll get better answers with "How can I" anyways, even if you know they'll all mention apps. We can't help you if you want us to provide info on how well the iOS version ...


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I think you're right that these questions add no value to the site. They're almost never fixable by users, and we do seem to get a lot of them. I've tried to reduce their number in the past by adding to the cyanogenmod tag-wiki a note about nightlies and about how to get bugs fixed faster; also by adding a comment like "don't use nightlies" to such questions....


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It might be valuable to expand our current question to include version numbers. The "gingerbreak" exploit has been fixed in newer versions of 2.3, for example. I think having a separate question for each device would get out of hand, however. That list has 50ish devices, which would basically mean 50 times the upkeep if they were split up. I do ...


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In my opinion, this is a fine idea for a "cannonical question". It does come up rather regularly and the solution is generically the same regardless of the device (root, install a Google apps package and/or a ROM that includes them). My suggestion would be for the question to be entitled something like "Google Play is not pre-installed on my device, is ...


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If you can make them distinct questions that don't really rely on each other, I'd post them separately. If the questions are naturally follow-ups to each other and may be irrelevant/different/etc. depending on how the other questions are answered, post them together. If your question is really "How do I root the Nook Color?" or "How can I use the Nook ...


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I agree that there is little value in questions that are specific to a nightly ROM builds. I think it would be a good idea to have a policy of closing such questions. We want questions (and answers) for the "long tail", not questions (and answers) which are only helpful to the Asker in the here-and-now. To that end, a canonical question and answer here on ...


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Since this is 3.5 years old I don't remember exactly what happened, but this was part of an effort to consolidate duplicates into a single canonical question. The older question you point out specifically limits itself to Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, and we wanted something more general. You can see from the other duplicates listed that there were ...


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As you can see following your link, the answer is No: "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 answers and spam and become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve. In ...


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First, we apologize for the embarrassingly long time that it took for an official reply to this. We do, in fact, make a point of reviewing feature requests on all sites weekly and escalating ones that we think are good ideas and easily implemented to the developers. Please don't think your request fell on deaf ears. While this looks like it would be ...


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I think you ought to split each question up, that way it makes the process of choosing the correct answers easier.


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I would say not. Hardware modding doesn't really have anything to do with Android the platform, and would generally be generically about cell hardware than specifically Android hardware. It also doesn't match the expertise of most of our users. From its topic description, the Electrical Engineering SE might be host to a subset of such questions.


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Following approach may be considered: Make a new question (henceforth as OQ). This question would serve as an index with entry for a device and that being hyperlinked to a relevant answer on the same page. The question may or may not be made a community wiki. Decision of the community shall take priority. Let users post device specific answers to OQ. If a ...


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No. If we took that kind of question, we would end up having to create an index of every device and custom ROM there is. Not only that, we'd have to update it with new versions and to replace dead links. There's no way we can maintain that big a collection of links. For this reason, such questions are always closed as a duplicate of Where can I find stock ...


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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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There are some questions which follow this template: Can you tell me what is this icon in the following image that I received from my son/daughter/wife/friend.. ? Followed by some low resolution image (which gives us virtually nothing relevant in Google reverse image search) and sometimes they don't even bother to upload one. I think specially this ...


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