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What topics can I ask about here?

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

If your question is not specifically on-topic for Retrocomputing Stack Exchange, it may be on topic for another Stack Exchange site. If no site currently exists that will accept your question, you may commit to or propose a new site at Area 51, the place where new Stack Exchange communities are democratically created.

How do we define Retrocomputing?

Retrocomputing involves the restoration, preservation, history and maintenance of computer and gaming systems of yesteryear. Questions are welcomed on how to use or preserve computing equipment that is no longer manufactured or supported by the manufacturer.

Hardware, including peripherals and Software, including operating systems and applications are in scope.

Questions about persons and specific computers are also welcome (identify this computer, where and/or when can this picture have been taken).

What should I avoid asking?

  • Questions about modern, currently supported computers are off-topic. This includes questions about earlier versions of a current machine or OS.
  • Questions regarding writing code that emulates retrocomputing features may be better asked on Stack Overflow.
  • Questions regarding configuration of emulators on a modern computer may be better asked on Super User.
  • Questions regarding emulation on specific machines may be better asked on other Stack Exchange sites. For example: Raspberry Pi, Ask Different, etc.

What's on-topic and off-topic on Stack Exchange sites is determined by community consensus. This page is a summary of that consensus, but is not exhaustive. For more information, see the [scope] tag on Retrocomputing Meta.