I'm new to Stackexchange. I assumed that I can ask general questions on the main site but this doesn't seem to be the case. I have to first choose a group or specific Stackoverflow site before I can do that? Or am I just not seeing the button? I looked on the entire site but can't find any. I'm only familiar with sites like Quora where you don't have to necessarily choose a specific group. Can anyone help me? I wanted to ask a question about when people first new the effects of lead and its protective properties on valves. Which means I need probably some very old mechanics that had their apprenticeship in the 50s or 60s. How should I proceed to get the best answer?

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    Each site within the SE network has its own scope. It is on the user to find the correct site and then take the tour and help center per site to see where a question could fit. Before posting make sure the question hasn't already be answered by using the on site search and then use the guidance in How to Ask to make sure your question gets well received on the correct site. When in doubt you can ask a site-recommendation question here on Meta. Read its tag wiki for what we need to be able to answer.
    – rene
    Commented Jun 23 at 18:47
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    Slightly related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/139125/…
    – rene
    Commented Jun 23 at 18:59

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https://stackexchange.com is not a question-and-answer site, so it doesn't include a Ask Question button.

https://stackexchange.com describes the Stack Exchange Network of question-and-answer sites.

Contrary to question-and-answer platforms like Quora, the Stack Exchange Network doesn't allow questions about any topic, only about the topics related to the scope of each Stack Exchange Network site. To ask a question, first, you should find if there is a site for the question that you would like to ask. For this, you might look at the list of sites at https://stackexchange.com/sites.

  • Thanks a lot. I noticed that apparently I have to first choose an appropriate subsite right? Something that seems to fall in line with the question I have. Thanks anyway.
    – EbonyPope
    Commented Jun 28 at 17:53

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