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On stackexchange.com/tour the sample question is very unscholarly and hypothetical. I don't think it is on-topic on any community here.

Should we have something like that on the tour page?

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The question was changed on other domains.

  • Related ? – Arulkumar May 25 '17 at 14:55
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    @JasonC cat gifs ... – rene May 25 '17 at 15:21
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    Huh, a Lifehacks-specific question on the main site tour. Not fair. – Jason C May 25 '17 at 15:21
  • It is an official meme (and the very first one posted). – Peter Mortensen May 26 '17 at 6:42
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TL;DR - can't see any bug or problem here.

stackexchange.com is the portal of the whole network. This is not a Q&A site on its own.

So, being "on topic" is not relevant there.

As can be seen here, unicorns are a very popular meme in Meta Stack Exchange, hence in SE in general. So it just fits for choosing as a sample question which should not target any specific site.

Each site can choose its own sample questions (i.e. the site moderators can), so really can't see any problem with this mechanism.

  • (Popular in MSE ⇒ popular in SE in general) is a fallacy. (Popular in MSE ⇒ appropriate on a public-facing tour page) is also a fallacy. There's other factors at play but very little in this answer actually applies. – E.P. May 25 '17 at 18:23
  • @E.P. well, MSE is the "front" of SE, in a way. Hard to explain, but think this is valid claim. – Shadow9 May 25 '17 at 18:55
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    That's... kinda putting the cart before the horse in a way - MSE is the back end of SE, not the front, always has been, always should be. OP pointed out it's unscholarly, which it is, but this answer goes off in all sorts of tangents. Not that it matters, though, given the accept, beyond the observation that just because the MSE bubble-chamber has decided something is fun, it doesn't follow that all of SE agrees. – E.P. May 25 '17 at 19:03
  • @E.P. well this goes beyond comments, guess we better discuss this in chat if you want. You know where to find me, or new room is always an option too. :) – Shadow9 May 25 '17 at 19:10
  • Note: this same sample is the one used if a site hasn't yet chosen its actual on-the-site question yet (or doesn't have any that qualify). So it's not just SE. You may want to mention that specifically and explain why that doesn't change your point. – Nathan Tuggy May 26 '17 at 1:02
  • @Nathan yeah, you mean it's the default sample question, I'll try to see how I can mention this in the answer. Thanks! – Shadow9 May 26 '17 at 20:07

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