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I have a bag full of questions about common practices regarding submissions to the Apple AppStore approval team regarding OS X and iOS apps.

Would SO be an appropriate place to ask these? They are mostly rule-formulations and "red-tape" problematics, not as much technical problems.

If not, would the Apple.SE site be fitting for these?

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From your description I would say "certainly not SO". I don't know of an SE where it would fit. Others might have better suggestions. –  Bart May 4 '12 at 15:53
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I don't believe there is any SE site that will address these. Apple is the place to ask, they are the authority (and yes, them being so secretive is no help at all). –  Oded May 4 '12 at 15:55
    
@Bart I would agree. SO is for questions directly about programming itself, as opposed to things related. –  Andrew Barber May 4 '12 at 15:56
    
User Experience can help you with some of Apple's published Human Interface Guidelines and making an app have a suitable UX but app store approval itself isn't on topic. –  Ben Brocka May 4 '12 at 15:59
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Maybe try Ask Different apple.stackexchange.com/?as=1 But Apple's policies are not transparent, so you may have to discover by doing. –  Scott Wilson May 4 '12 at 15:59
    
This is a similar question asked a little while ago: where should I ask questions about submitting my app to the app store? –  Brad Larson May 5 '12 at 14:09

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I don't think so. I suggest you commit to the App Stores proposal and help it become a site!

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Beyond Matthew's suggestion about backing the App Stores proposal on Area 51, most of the developers I know tend to gravitate toward the Apple Developer Forums for questions like this. They have a specific forum for App Store questions that is frequented by Apple engineers. The signal-to-noise ratio and overall traffic is lower than you'll find on Stack Overflow, but for now I'd say it's the most appropriate place to ask.

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Those questions would not be on topic for Stack Overflow, as they are not questions about programming, or (software) tools used by developers. By questions about programming, I mean questions about code to write, or a library/framework to use for a specific purpose.

Ask Different explicitly defines those questions as off-topic.

and it is not about ...

  • Apple Developer Programs or iTunes Connect (including iAd and the iBookstore)
  • programming, with the exception of AppleScript and Automator
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