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I asked the question about how automate documentation of a website by taking a snapshot, but it was closed as off-topic. Can someone help me understand why?


why were similar questions (here) (here) and (here) not closed? I would understand if my question had been closed as a duplicate but not why it is off-topic.

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closed as off-topic by CRABOLO, rene, gnat, Doorknob, Martijn Pieters Jan 21 '15 at 22:17

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question pertains only to a specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. Questions on Meta Stack Exchange should pertain to our network or software that drives it as a whole, within the guidelines defined in the help center. You should ask this question on the meta site where your concern originated." – CRABOLO, rene, gnat, Doorknob, Martijn Pieters
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

The question has nothing to do with programming. What you're taking a screenshot of is irrelevant.

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But it has to do with documentation, which is a step in development. – David LeBauer Dec 1 '10 at 21:55
SO is about development, not the development process. – Michael Todd Dec 1 '10 at 22:01
@Michael are these questions okay here or should I move them to programmersSE?…… ? – David LeBauer Dec 1 '10 at 22:05
@Michael the distinction between development and the development process is not clear to me. For example, it seems that questions about emacs keybindings are more about the process than development itself? – David LeBauer Dec 1 '10 at 22:07
The distinction is arbitrary at best and is going to depend upon who views your question at the time it's posted. I, for one, would not have voted to close any of your questions; to me, they're borderline at best, since they don't directly relate to programming, but they're not something I'd immediately kill. I was merely suggesting what may have been in the mind of the individual who closed the question that you initially referred to. (There are both blessings and curses with leaving things up to "the community".) – Michael Todd Dec 1 '10 at 22:21
@David, again, the reason for taking the screenshot (creating documentation) is irrelevant. The question would be effectively the same if you wanted to take a screenshot of a video game high score, or a word processor error message. Thus your question is not unique to programming. Michael really got it right with "There are both blessings and curses with leaving things up to 'the community.'" (Try Super User, by the way.) – Pops Dec 2 '10 at 4:17

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