Not Git, but GitHub... single or multiple repositories, GitHub-style documentation, etc.

  • 3
    Depends on what you're asking
    – random
    Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 0:45
  • suppose it's a question about github-style docs, or repository organization. Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 0:55
  • 6
    This site would be perfect.
    – user164207
    Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 4:11
  • 5
    @JackManey - Perhaps your comment was only intended to be funny, but in all seriousness, there are legitimate questions to ask about GitHub best practices that I would prefer to have answered by fellow SO-ers (SE-ers) as opposed to someone in GitHub's customer support department.
    – rinogo
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 1:13
  • 1
    @MarkHarrison, While Quora has an undue hatred within SE community, objectively speaking it's a good site for GitHub questions.
    – Pacerier
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 0:00
  • I'm going to try for a Git.SE beta Commented Oct 14, 2018 at 7:13

4 Answers 4


Generally, Stack Overflow is fine, but as random pointed out in his comment, it depends what is being asked:


GitHub is certainly a tool commonly used by programmers, per the FAQ. I like to think one of the best ways to decide what to ask is to first observe what is being asked and answered well by the community.

(This should also explain why things that are popular for the wrong reasons, that are opinion pieces rather than science, are deeply problematic at SE.)

Since you specified

suppose it's a question about github-style docs, or repository organization

That implies it could be opinion-y, or a bit too specific to GitHub's own peculiarities. Overall though GitHub is so overwhelmingly a programmer site that some opinion and/or specificity to GitHub is likely to be OK.

  • What about programmers.SE? Why would stackoverflow be more appropriate instead of programmers.SE?
    – Pacerier
    Commented Sep 17, 2015 at 23:46
  • 3
    Jeff, github is not a tool, it is a service. Is it not?
    – n611x007
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 10:17
  • 3
    Nathaniel Ford makes the point that a SaaS will change often and in an unversioned manner: which will render the answer incorrect over time: Future users of S.O. will find that the information quickly becomes bad ... [GH] doesn't get to decide to offload their forum here repeating that and the answer is now wrong, so even though it was well received it is now not useful.
    – n611x007
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 10:18
  • I have a question about billing that I cannot find answered anywhere. I assume this does not fit StackOverflow. Commented Feb 28 at 12:25

And it turns out the GitHub guys concur with Jeff! From the announcement where they shut down their Google Groups group:

After three glorious years, we're shutting down this Google Group next Monday, May 9th, 2011.

You can always contact Official GitHub Support by emailing [email protected] or visiting https://github.com/contact

As for unofficial help, we recommend Stack Overflow: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/github

  • 4
    There're many projects/sites that offload their support to SO. This does not automatically make those threads on-topic.....
    – Pacerier
    Commented Sep 17, 2015 at 23:48
  • 1
    @Pacerier Nathaniel Ford's [meta.stackexchange.com/a/225906/188599](point) aggrees with yours: doesn't get to decide to offload their forum here. and says the web service change often and in an unversioned manner ... the information quickly becomes bad
    – n611x007
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 10:23

If you're referring to the Web interface, then certainly WebApps.SE. WebApps.SE deals explicitly with web applications as accessed by users of the application. If you're referring to Git, or SSH, as end user applications on your own system that merely access GitHub servers then certainly Super User. If you're referring to an API, or integration with GitHub by way of something like OAuth -- then probably Stack Overflow. And, lastly, if you want to get away from them and run your own clone or start a centralized Git endpoint then perhaps Server Fault which deals with server administration.

Stack Exchange has a high learning curve. To figure this kind of stuff out it usually takes a lot of use. If you ask in the wrong place and the moderators don't like the question and catch it within an arbitrary time frame, your questions may be migrated. That's no problem. Don't forget you can always read the specific site's FAQ by clicking FAQ at the bottom of the screen. The FAQ will tell you what is on-topic and not on-topic. As a last resort, you can always send a quick e-mail to [email protected] and ask them for an authoritative decree.

As of now there are only 92 sites on the Stack Exchange network to choose from. It's probably worth it to just take a day out and read all of their /faqs.

  • 5
    i would say don't bother e-mailing team@stack. there is no such thing as an 'authoritative decree' for this type of thing. even if whoever reads that email says yes, the community can vote to close or flag to migrate.
    – Jeff
    Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 3:37
  • 2
    @Evan, The FAQ does not tell you what is on-topic and what's not. What it does is provide vague guidelines that may determine what's on-topic and what's not. Which is exactly why you stated SE "has a high learning curve", because tacit rules are not codified.
    – Pacerier
    Commented Sep 17, 2015 at 23:54

Currently the GitHub support refers to the GitHub Community Forum:

Please feel free to ask questions and share ideas with GitHub experts in the GitHub Community Forum.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .