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Questions tagged [scope]

Use this tag when examining what is on-topic or off-topic, and why.

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What to do with a question on a technical problem that isn't actually a problem?

I ran into this old question today that made me wonder what to do. The OP asks about a problem in his XSLT (trying to count some nodes) and says the result is incorrect. It turns out however that both ...
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Where should I ask about “punching hole into RFID card”

So I have this question about: "How to easily and safely punch hole into RFID card". I have this 125khz RFID card and I would like to punch a hole in it so I can have a thin string go through it, ...
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Must we censor discussion that may be grounds for blacklisting in other countries?

Some sites discuss information which is illegal in certain countries. There is always a risk that such countries will block the Stack Exchange network because of this. I would like to clarify that ...
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Asking engineering questions at Stack Exchange?

Actually I am coming from an engineering background in mechanical stream, and I find most of the questions discussed here are related to IT. Will I be getting answers if I ask questions related to a ...
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Stack Exchange Site “Where to ask this?” Guidance

A common response to many questions on Stack Exchange sites is along the lines of, "This question belongs on [another.stackexchangesite.com]." Hopefully it's phrased nicely, etc., but that's ...
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Why do people persist in complaining about the code of conduct set for this network?

TL;DR: With so many platforms that provide chat rooms for people that can be made private, why do people persist in complaining about the code of conduct set for this network? This post is for ...
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How do I know if Stack Exchange is the right place for a specific question?

Given that this is a meta-site, is this the right place to ask questions about asking questions on Stack Exchange? Case I am currently looking for input on a topic related to trading / swaps of a ...
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Why are discussions discouraged on various SE's but a staple of their corresponding Metas? [duplicate]

Background Stack Exchange sites and their metas do necessarily serve different purposes, as depicted on the "What is Meta?" page: Meta has required tags. On the main site, we ask that you ...
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Does Stack Exchange have an ethical responsibility to address global discrimination and marginalisation?

1. Stack Exchange has a Problem There's been a commotion on Stack Overflow since the latest blog was posted. Too many people experience Stack Overflow¹ as a hostile or elitist place, especially ...
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How to post a question when wanting to pass on information as opposed to ask a question?

When wanting to post on meta to facilitate communication for example: Educating people to flag spam and not vote to close It can be a challenge creating a question and in some instances, the answer ...
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Do we avoid questions about current events that have a limited life?

RPG Stack Exchange, along with a few other older sites, have this bullet point in our on-topic FAQ: We don't want the information on our site to become obsolete, and so we try not to ask ...
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Where can I ask about coding style? [duplicate]

I have a question about coding style / indentation and alignment, and I don't know where (or if) there is a Stack Exchange site suitable for that. I only figured that it would not be an o.k. ...
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Are user suspension and user deletion discussions on-topic for per-site meta?

Users will be suspended sometimes by the moderator team due to various reasons. But there will be some enthusiastic users who are very much interested to know the reasons behind the suspension of a ...
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Where do I ask: Could Angular regarded as JavaScript templating?

I have a simple question, and I do not want it to be off topic on Stack Overflow, because it does not have a code issue; it is just a conceptual question. The question is: Is Angular regarded as a ...
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Update the help center to indicate Stack Overflow Careers questions are off-topic

Currently the What topics can I ask about here? page on Meta Stack Exchange says: If your question is about: Stack Overflow Careers (Employers). Questions for Stack Overflow Jobs should go ...
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What is the difference between the “scope” and the “on-topic” tags on most child metas?

In most sites I participate, their child metas have simultaneously two seemingly similar tags: scope and on-topic (or off-topic, on-topic-ness, off-topic-ness). Is this redundant? If yes, shouldn't we ...
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Questions about environment-saving organisations, etc

On which Stack Exchange site can I ask questions about search engines like Ecosia?
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Where to find the topic scope of a Stack Exchange section/site?

I think that each Stack Exchange site (e.g., "Robotics", "Stack Overflow", ...) has their own explanation of the topic scope - what is allowed and what not. But where to find it? Sorry I can not see ...
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Why do CMS sites exist?

Is there a reason why CMS-scoped sites, like Drupal Answers, WordPress Development, Joomla and Craft CMS, are not folded into Stack Overflow, Server Fault, etc.? These sites seem to cover areas that ...
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Helping users of the Terraform open source project find the right Stack Exchange site

I'm one of the team of people working on Terraform, an open source project (commercially backed by Hashicorp, my employer) that provides a declarative machine language for describing the configuration ...
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Is a link-only answer on a per-site meta with a link to the same question on Meta Stack Exchange acceptable?

I came across this answer on Meta Super User which is a link-only answer to this question on Meta Stack Exchange. The question on MSE is asking exactly the same thing as the question on MSU, so both ...
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Has our policy towards political discussions on SE sites changed?

Traditionally SE site users, moderators, and CMs have discouraged political conversation on main site posts, meta site posts, comments, and site-specific chat rooms. Recently, SE's CEO shared a ...
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Link for descriptions/rules/pertinents of the Stack Exchange on each one?

I bounce around a few Stack Exchange sites to ask questions, mostly pertaining to technology, and sometimes I ask a question that is off-topic and I get some negative feedback and/or the question gets ...
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Why doesn't the homepage of SE sites explain what the site is for?

I finally got tired of scrolling through the site list and created a note to remind me. My goal is to not post questions to the wrong community. I find deciding between Super User vs. Stack Overflow ...
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Winter Bash hat questions on Meta Stack Overflow?

I saw a few Winter Bash hat questions on the Meta Stack Overflow. Should these questions be moved to the Meta Meta? It seems like they are more on topic here because hats are available across all ...
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Is it okay to put a short hint as a comment? [duplicate]

Writing an answer as a comment at Stack Exchange is considered as troublesome, but sometimes it is not possible to write an immediate answer (due to lack of time/ knowledge), but it seems useful ...
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Who interprets the rules about questions such as they can't be too broad, unresearched or subject to opinion? [closed]

On Mathematics Stack Exchange, Burak asked the following wonderful question: What are some counter-intuitive results in mathematics that involve only finite objects? The question is clearly ...
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Is there a home for a question on calculating cost of using Storage as a Service?

There is a lot of hype being generated by the distributed storage solutions: Maidsafe Storj Sia They (supposedly) offer low-cost storage, and also pay for people to share their storage for others to ...
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Site scope issues where community opinion is divided and there is no consensus?

On SE site XYZ, there is a Meta question asking if questions of type ABC are in scope (the answer is not obvious from existing site policy or help pages). Community is about evenly divided, with ~50% ...
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Where can I ask about how to deal with Magento hacking and security?

Recently my client's Magento store was hacked and I want to know more information about this Magento hacking. So where should I ask questions about Magento hacking, Information Security or Magento?
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Does “topic” have a special meaning on Stack Exchange, and should it?

Often on at least some Stack Exchange sites you see people equate "topic" with any and all qualities of a question, answer, or comment, rather than just their topic in the usual English sense. ...
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Which site to ask about downloading a package using apt-get?

I'm not sure where to ask this question. My questions have been removed from Stack Overflow (which would be my first assumption as to where this question should go) before because they are not ...
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What's the consensus on asking questions phrased to fit the scope, but invites answers outside the scope?

Basically, the title is the whole question here, but let's break it down just to clarify my intention. Is this considered acceptable when a question is unintentionally inviting answers outside the ...
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Could there ever be a Stack Exchange site that would be willing to answer any question? [duplicate]

Obviously not all questions can be considered questions of the criteria of one of the existing sites, and while Area 51 is allowing users to create new sites to help fix this, I feel that it will ...
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How can we better support questions like “What technical details should a programmer of a web application consider before making the site public?”

What technical details should a programmer of a web application consider before making the site public? This question, and its answer, are pure gold. It's highly-informative; it speaks to an issue ...
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Should “this thing” be a new SE community or a tag in an old one? Are there guidelines for the scope of StackExchange communities?

One cannot help but notice that StackExchange communities have widely different scopes. For example, SO encompasses a large variety of software engineering subjects with questions on every level, ...
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How to ask the elusive “good question” without becoming “primarily opinion based”?

The text for "Primarily Opinion Based" is, across all SE sites: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost ...
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Mobile network related questions

Is there a SE site where mobile networking (GSM, LTE etc.) questions related to mobile services can be asked? I have a specific question to ask: Do mobile operators usually offer SLA (service-level ...
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Is splitting Stack Exchange into tiny sub sites really the direction we should be taking?

Didn't someone already ask that? Yes, something like this has been asked and I'll provide a link for you right here, before you have to go looking for duplicates: Why is Stack Exchange split into ...
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Are questions on Jobs (formerly Careers) off-topic at Meta Stack Exchange?

From Careers Unificintegration: Jobs on Stack Overflow it appears that the Meta site for Jobs (formerly Careers) is now Meta Stack Overflow but I do not recall that being written here on Meta Stack ...
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Is Meta.SE the right forum to ask about specific wording's fit with “be nice” policy?

We have general guidelines to the "Be Nice" policy, but they seem more along the lines of Supreme Court's famous "I know it when I see it" - which leads to supreme unhelpfulness to someone who is ...
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What is the right place to ask questions about the SmokeDetector?

SmokeDetector is a bot which is run on several sites. (I think that it is run on the sites from SO trilogy all sites - in Tavern on Meta, AskUbuntu, Math.SE, English.SE, maybe some other sites.) It ...
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Should the SE network become a repository for all possible questions in a given category?

So, I may have gotten into a bad (good?) habit of turning to the relevant SE site whenever I have a question - I barely even google things anymore. I've become accustomed to if I have a specific ...
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I never actually get help on Stack Exchange? [closed]

Based on my experience on this website, the only answers I see on this are answers to questions that easily could have been answered by the asker himself if he actually had knowledge of how to use ...
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Is it inconsistent for an interdisciplinary question to be on topic in one site but not in another?

A religious question, "Christianity, Judaism, and Islam worship the same God?" is on topic in Islam but not Christianity or Judaism Is this seeming inconsistency common on Stack Exchange? I can ask ...
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Please allow on-topic questions [duplicate]

Eliminate rules regarding question types. Asking for advice or opinion is sometimes the most valuable information one can receive - especially if a person is about to go down a long path that ...
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When in a specific SE site, could there be an easy way to see that site's manifesto?

A significant part of traffic on any SE site consists of people (often newbies) asking questions which are outside the scope of the site, which are then closed for being "off-topic". Unfortunately, it ...
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Is my question appropriate for Stack Exchange? If so, where should I ask? If not, where else can I ask? [duplicate]

My question is this: What is it like working in the IT security field and what skills are required? I was looking for a "career" site but there doesn't seem to be one so I thought instead of the ...
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Difference between the Cross Validated and Data Science SE sites?

The site description of Cross Validated says: Cross Validated is a question and answer site for people interested in statistics, machine learning, data analysis, data mining, and data ...
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Make the Tour more helpful to existing users

The background Being a member of many SE sites, the first place I go is the Tour. E.g. I recently joined Lifehacks, so I read the Lifehacks Tour. However, once you know one SE site, you'll find that ...