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Are we creating too many the different stackexchange sites?

i read other questions regarding this but i need more clarification so thats why i started new thread

I am feeling that having too many SE sites wasting more time , at least for me:

  1. I asked question of linux , shell in SO and they migrated to unix and linux In in So and i usually get answer in less than 5-8 mins but there i had to wait for 2 hrs. Although some will say that go to help desk if u need urgently buy till SO is my help desk and working more than good

  2. Someone was saying that its better to diff sites so that persons which r more expert can concentrate only on that . But i think for that requirements , tags will work very fine. I agree cooking and Linux are differnet thing but programming , linux , windows all can come under one site. othwise soon you have to have as many sites as number of tags

  3. usually every IT person knows windows , linux , computer. Although person may be working currently in one field , but he may be the master in other fields as well .He can answer many fields . so for that person , how many sites he will asnwer. We may be depriving some users from his technical knowledge . Although may not always true , but there r chances.

  4. last things is If SO owner want to have diff sites thats ok , but if someone is asking in SO , it should stay there

Its like same like when i used to categorise ebooks in computer . intially it was 5 folders but then i used diff subjects and then i had 30 folders and the i never searched from there , rather i find internet good

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    Please clarify "clarifictaion" :) Apr 22 '11 at 5:49
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    You're about the 400th person to say this, only the 399 people before you were considerably easier to understand Apr 22 '11 at 5:50
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    SO is not a Help Desk! Apr 22 '11 at 5:51
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    Any links to those ques
    – Mirage
    Apr 22 '11 at 6:10
  • @Wether so it means if it is , then every effort will be made not to make it
    – Mirage
    Apr 22 '11 at 6:13
  • good point, though I don't know what the correct solution is. If a question is about Unix, it should be moved to Unix site. The problem is that SO has larger community, so that question maybe answered faster here Apr 22 '11 at 8:36
  • Indeed, @Wether is right. And any question that might turn the Stack Exchange sites from being a good resource of questions and answers into some help forum, will (should) be deleted. But that would apply to all sites, no matter if it were one big sites or a collection of many specialized sites.
    – Arjan
    Apr 22 '11 at 10:22
  • @Arjan whitespace before punctuation ha ha looks u have done lot of report writing
    – Mirage
    Apr 22 '11 at 13:59
  • Well, @Mirror, it not only looks odd (and to me even careless), but also makes regular web browsers think they can wrap a line there.
    – Arjan
    Apr 22 '11 at 14:06
  • @Arjan actually till now MS Word had been helping me this ;)
    – Mirage
    Apr 22 '11 at 14:42
  • Might be suitable for other languages, @Mirror51, but even in French it's not used for commas and periods, though they use some sort of whitespace before some other punctuation. I've never seen it in any English dialect though.
    – Arjan
    Apr 22 '11 at 14:48
  • @Arjan u r right , i will be careful next time
    – Mirage
    Apr 22 '11 at 17:21
  • Okay, then I will complain about the "u r" and the lowercase "i" next time! ;-)
    – Arjan
    Apr 22 '11 at 17:22
  • roflmfao.. We are all arguing over such trivial things like grammar here. I'm going to save a copy of this page and read it everyday after work for the next 3 days. The good laugh will be very stress releasing. Thanks. :)
    – Mugen
    Nov 26 '11 at 16:41

The StackExchange sites are deliberately verticals, based on interest/knowledge areas. For example, I would not want questions about how to configure linux for a desktop filling up SO, even if I knew the answer (which I don't).

Having a tighter focus allows knowledge experts for (or people interested in) each area to see and answer your question quicker if anything.

There is perhaps some debate over the level of granularity there, though - with some kind of overlap pehaps between superuser, ubuntu and apple, for example; but if you consider the entire set of stackexchange sites, the decision to divide is pretty obvious and sane.

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    Plus, though I don't really like the separation between SU, Ask Ubuntu, Unix.se, Apple.se and all, even then: asking on topic questions on one of those will not likely get it migrated to one of the others. But surely posting an off topic question on SO will put your question in the hands of those who vote for migration. If one's question then ends up on a lower traffic site, then one cannot really complain about that, I think.
    – Arjan
    Apr 22 '11 at 10:42
  • i think SO, SU, SF were enough , all others are variations of it
    – Mirage
    Apr 22 '11 at 14:13
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    @Mirror really? English? Parenting? DIY? Apr 22 '11 at 16:35
  • i was talking bout computer stuff only.
    – Mirage
    Apr 22 '11 at 17:18

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