According to the tour, to be part of this community, we should limit ourselves to asking questions about the "software that powers the Stack Exchange network" and about questions related to using this software. Is this correct for 2024?

From the https://meta.stackexchange.com/tour, copied a few moments ago:

Be part of the community that decides how the sites work

Ask about...

Any question that has to do with the Stack Exchange family of communities is fair game.

  • Specific issues with the software that powers the Stack Exchange network
  • Real problems or questions that you’ve encountered using this software
However, you shouldn't ask about...

While we discourage opinions on our main sites, questions here are likely to generate discussion and involve opinions. That's okay!

  • Anything not directly related to the software that powers the Stack Exchange network
  • Questions that require the expertise of a specific Stack Exchange community - these should be asked on that site's meta instead
  • 10
    I feel like there’s really something else you’re wanting to ask about here, but you’re asking it in a roundabout way. What are you really getting at? Is there something going on the makes you think this site isn’t about SE software? It isn’t clear what you’re asking. Commented Jan 15 at 17:40
  • @ThomasMarkov Thanks for your interest. Unfortunately, the software and the community that "powers" this "site" aren't well suited to... well, I don't know how to express this in such a way that is understood and well received by the audience of this place. Because of this, I try writing in a different way than I did in the past here. I'm a learner; if something didn't work for me in the past, I'm open to trying different things and appreciate the feedback a lot.
    – Rubén
    Commented Jan 15 at 17:44
  • 6
    it feels like there's some underlying issue this question is trying to ask about without asking about it. Is the point really the emphasized "software" bit at the end? is the question whether or not "software" is correct anymore? something else?
    – Kevin B
    Commented Jan 15 at 21:14
  • Excuse my presumption, but when you say "...questions related to using this software..." are you referring to issues related to the platform's community culture? Commented Jan 16 at 3:19
  • @AugustoVasques I just paraphrased "Real problems or questions that you’ve encountered using this software"
    – Rubén
    Commented Jan 16 at 3:23
  • 5
    What is the point of this XY question? Please clarify via edits, not comments.
    – philipxy
    Commented Jan 16 at 3:38
  • 3
    You know what we are talking about.
    – philipxy
    Commented Jan 16 at 3:45
  • I'm not. If you don't want to help, it's OK.
    – Rubén
    Commented Jan 16 at 3:53
  • 2
    It's not that we don't want to help you, please understand that as you are an experienced user of the platform, including a mod of one of our Q&A, we had the expectation by asking you in the comments your respective answers would be reflected in edits to your question clarifying the problem. Commented Jan 16 at 14:35
  • @AugustoVasques Thanks for replying. Please excuse me that I'm not a mind reader. So far, comments aren't clear to me about what the commenter is suggesting to be clarified in relation to the question's content. Your comment also looks to be biased based on whatever you have learned or think about me instead of focusing on the post content. Remember that feedback on questions and answers should be focused on the post, not on the user who has posted it. Also, remember that posts should not contain meta-commentary.
    – Rubén
    Commented Jan 16 at 14:43
  • 4
    @Rubén Your question is obtuse and you are being obtuse in your comment replies. Just tell us why you’ve asked this question. Commented Jan 16 at 14:45
  • 4
    @Rubén Your question becomes much more answerable if you ask 'Can I ask about <specific thing> here?' instead of 'is this broad generic description from the tour still valid'. I guess loads of users here have seen enough and are guessing this is yet another attempt at dragging webapps.se drama over to meta.se, which the regulars here (including me) are (understandably and in my opinion righteously) getting tired off. 1/2
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Commented Jan 16 at 14:49
  • 2
    @Rubén From the help center article How do I ask a good question?: “Be specific If you ask a vague question, you’ll get a vague answer. But if you give us details and context, we can provide a useful answer.” Commented Jan 16 at 14:55
  • 3
    If it is not such an attempt, it shouldn't be too hard to just make it a 'Can I ask about <specific thing>?' question. If it is such an attempt, it has no place here. Take it up on WebApps meta or directly contact the CM team, as at this point they're really the only ones with enough power and knowledge to sort this out for you and everyone else involved. Remember to ask them specific questions too though. 2/2
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Commented Jan 16 at 14:56

1 Answer 1


Any question that has to do with the Stack Exchange family of communities is fair game.

IMHO, that's the important sentence; the two bullets below are just examples of that, and not meant to be a complete coverage of what's on-topic here. That is as true in 2024 as it was when Meta Stack Exchange was created still called Meta Stack Overflow, though I wasn't around at that time.

  • I don't disagree; I would still like to see more answers. P.D. for newbies: I might change the accepted answer if there are more answers.
    – Rubén
    Commented Jan 16 at 14:55

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