update: Due to our imminent launch, I've published the FAQ

Quite simply, what should it contain?

Answers: Put headings in either bold or

Third level heading format

with answers as normal.

We should probably decide what to put in our FAQ before we launch. We can customize the part that says "Apple - Stack Exchange is for power users of Apple hardware and software." - nothing above or below. We can use HTML. –  Kyle Cronin Dec 2 '10 at 3:34
I've removed the faq and featured tags as this was useful at the start, but the FAQ is not in production. –  bmike Apr 11 '13 at 16:36

2 Answers 2

Here's the Super User FAQ:

Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about ...

  • computer hardware
  • computer software

and it is not about ...

  • videogames or consoles
  • websites or web services like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress
  • electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer
  • a shopping or buying recommendation

... then you're in the right place to ask your question!

We could just use this as a guide with tweaks for our site. Here's an example:

Apple Stack Exchange is for Apple enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about ...

  • Apple hardware
  • Apple software
  • other Apple products or services

and it is not about ...

  • Apple Developer Programs or programming, with the exception of AppleScript and Automator
  • installing or using Apple operating systems on non-Apple hardware
  • a shopping or buying recommendation

... then you're in the right place to ask your question!

We need to flesh out the two sections a bit more, but it's a start.

I don't think enough of a consensus on hackintosh questions was ever reached to call it out specifically in the faq. Plus we haven't really had problems with that anyway. Otherwise, looks pretty good to me. –  Robert S Ciaccio Dec 12 '10 at 12:34
@Kyle - re programming we should add bash/other shell scripting as simple ones are off topic on SO –  Mark Feb 6 '13 at 10:45

Summarise the overlap/distinction between Ask Different and Super User

To seasoned users of both stacks, the overlap/distinction may be obvious.

Newcomers might appreciate a more upfront one-line summary (amongst FAQ) helping them to deciding which stack will be most appropriate for their question.


At http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/1491219#1491219

I guess that I should promote Ask Different, whilst maintaining awareness of Super User and the overlap.

Adapted from my line at http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/1491276#1491276

A user might view iPad as a computer, but Super User (for computer enthusiasts and power users) prefers iPad questions elsewhere, because iOS was primarily phone-oriented.

Now that Lion is out, help promote Ask Different! (2011-07-20) encourages questions "no matter how silly", which is, I guessed aimed at seasoned users who know where to draw the line with silliness :-)


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