I recently asked here if I could ask a certain type of DIY question. It received a score of -3 and was eventually closed.

My question: isn't the purpose of Meta to make sure that I ask correct questions in SE?

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    But you didn't ask where you could ask a DIY question, you just asked a DIY question straight off. If you'd asked "where can I ask the following question..." you'd have got a different result. Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 20:57
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    It's not a DIY question. It's a question about a chair that a novice Do It Yourselfguy wants to try.
    – rbhat
    Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 21:30
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    You've missed the point. Whatever the question you need to phrase it as "where would I ask.." and not just launch into it. On top of that you called it a 'DIY question" above. Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 21:35

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Each site in the network has its own per-site meta, e.g. https://diy.meta.stackexchange.com/. That's the correct place to ask whether you could ask a certain type of question on that specific site, and it turns out you already did: Can I ask how to build a chair I saw on the web?. Those questions are off-topic here, because we really can't answer that; there might be some users here who are familiar with DIY.SE, but they are few and far between.

A similar type of question which is on-topic for Meta Stack Exchange are so-called 'site recommendations'. If you need help to find the right Stack Exchange site for your question, you can ask here and tag your question . We'll try to do our best to find the right site, but our opinions by no means guarantee that the question will be welcomed there.

  • Besides, there's good site-recommendation questions and bad ones. Just because something is on-topic doesn't make it a good question.
    – Mast
    Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 16:08

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