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I suppose admins can track down who made what edits to the page "What topics can I ask about here?" that every SE site has (example page from webapps.stackexchange.com).

Is it also possible to track down why certain edits were made, i.e. what the decision process was behind defining the scope of each site? For example, does one admin propose an edit (with a justification?), followed by a review process where other admins comment and approve?

Why I ask: I'd like to understand the decisions/discussions that went into defining the scope of specific sites. For example (but not limited to) webapps.stackexchange.com

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    It's usually on the site's meta. In this case, meta.Webapps. – Mast Jul 9 at 8:27
  • @Mast Any user can express any opinion on the respective site's meta. But my question is about what the admins do after that: is there a review process among admins for edits of that page, etc. – root Jul 9 at 8:32
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    You asked: "I'd like to understand the decisions/discussions that went into defining the scope of specific sites." Those discussions are often on the site's meta (and moderator-chatrooms, of which us mere mortals see no records) and there's usually a discussion before a decision. Often enough the decision is on the meta as well, but this could hugely differ between sites I imagine. – Mast Jul 9 at 8:35
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    Having been through it at least twice, it starts in beta and never. ever. ends. – Journeyman Geek Jul 9 at 8:36
  • If you want to find the revision history of that on-topic help page you can use this SEDE query. Under posttypeid = 7 a couple of different contenttypes are cobbled together but you can find that text in the query among the texts for the tour and the election page. – rene Jul 9 at 10:42
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Finding when the help/on-topic page for a site was edited, and by who, is easy to do for the moderators of that site, because there is a History button that they can see beneath it.

The process of scoping a site will be similar but different for every site. It will likely involve many formal per-site Meta Q&As and possibly many informal chats.

If you decide which site you wish to investigate, then I recommend starting with that site's Meta, to see if you can uncover when and why a particular part of its scope came about.

If you are seeking to modify the scope of a site then start by asking a question on that site's Meta.

In general, the moderators of a site will only edit the help/on-topic page of their site when the community of that site appears to have reached consensus about whether its scope needs to be modified.

As an example of how often the help/on-topic page gets edited, I just looked at the one for a 10 years old site that I moderate, and it has only had 8 revisions.

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As I already mentioned on Meta Web Applications...

Maybe you should learn what was the process followed to create Web Applications. This should take you to learn about https://area51.stackexchange.com/, then to https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/57?phase=definition

Related How can I propose a new site?


Besides the link provided in the other answer, other links were "greasemonkey" is mentioned in the context of the site scope

The criteria that I apply is

  • If the question is about a user-script that is centered on modify / interact with an specific web application the question might be on-topic

  • If the question is exclusively about the web browser extension (i.e. how to install / uninstall it) the question is off-topic and might be migrated to Super User.

  • If the question is about HTML/CSS/JavaScript and it's not centered on an specific web application it might be migrated to Stack Overflow

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