Questions tagged [scope]

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

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What kind of questions about development tools are appropriate for Stack Overflow? [closed]

I use Emacs, and so I monitor the Emacs questions (mostly as a way to learn, I can't answer most of them) and Emacs is pretty customizable. But I imagine that other development tools are filled with ...
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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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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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Programming environment: Outside scope of Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Today I asked a question about which PHP install package was best for an Apache-based PHP web-development environment. This seems straight-forward enough, and I believed it to be well within the ...
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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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Stack Overflow questions about virtualization tools

I have been wondering what to do about questions that are solely about Amazon EC2 or VMware's virtualization products that don't have anything to do with actually developing for them. Example - this ...
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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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Can I no longer ask about what technology exists? [duplicate]

I've recently had two questions closed because they are not constructive or subjective. In both cases I was asking for specific information and while perhaps more than one answer would be valid, they ...
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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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How is the decision made to add a new Stack Exchange site?

I want to know how the decision to start a new Stack Exchange site is arrived at. What are the things considered before a new site is approved? Why are there multiple sites for one set of things? ...
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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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Should virus or illegal-activity related questions/code be allowed? [duplicate]

I've seen posts pop up every once in a while on virus coding, and I went to flag them, but I didn't see a category under which to do so. After further investigation, I've had no luck finding rules ...
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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 ...
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Youtube video questions and Google Business map [closed]

Can I ask Youtube video questions and Google Business map question in Stackoverflow ?
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Why are beta sites limited to just three standard off-topic reasons?

Graduated sites may have up to five standard off-topic reasons. Why are beta sites are limited to three? Is it because "you ain't going to need it"? That is demonstrably false for Code Review — we ...
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Finding the location of a town in Russia - where to post

About 20 years ago I travelled to Russia and stayed in a community about 50 miles outside of Moscow. I can remember phonetically how to pronounce the place but I cannot find it geographically, and ...
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Where can I ask a question about harmfulness/benefits/control of an indoor insect pest?

Is there an appropriate place to ask a question about harmfulness/benefits/control of an indoor insect pest? I keep looking at https://gardening.stackexchange.com/ but it's outdoors. Is it appropriate ...
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Is there real life convergence to a perfect collection of questions?

Utopia I really like the conceptual idea of building a perfect collection of questions and answers for a topic. Of course, that is an utopia - a motivating one, if you ask me. The idealized life ...
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Can SE sites have the code analysis in its scope? [duplicate]

I'm asking if the SE sites or new proposals could have code analysis in its scope similar to Code Review, or it's against Stack Exchange rules? One example of question is here, which was closed as ...
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Is it on topic to ask about how Stack Exchange implements a certain feature?

Is it on-topic over here (or any other SE site) to ask how Stack Exchange implements a certain feature? For example, how do SE show 'linked questions' - do they make a 'note' in a database every time ...
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Why do I see questions regarding other Stack Exchange sites on here? [duplicate]

From my understanding... doesn't every Stack Exchange site have its own meta? I sometimes see questions about other Stack Exchange sites. Is it because SO is one of the first ones? What exactly is the ...
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Where are questions about the HTTP specification on-topic?

Where would questions about details regarding the HTTP specification be on-topic? I have found two questions so far that fit the bill (the first one being mine, and the reason I started this Meta ...
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Where to ask Careers questions, Stack Overflow meta or Stack Exchange Meta?

There are a lot of Careers questions in SEMeta popping up. When Careers is placed as a branch of Stack Overflow, isn't Careers more affiliated with SO, instead of SEMeta? Aren't StackOverflow Careers ...
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Is it acceptable to bend the question guidelines for a popular question?

I am trying to get this question re-opened: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/141039/what-are-the-biggest-unsolved-problems-in-reinforcement-learning?noredirect=1#comment269588_141039 The ...
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Is there going to be an SO flavor for gamers? [closed]

Joel keeps suggesting such a site in the SO podcast, and imho it would be a perfect fit for the platform. Apparently Jeff wants it to be part of superuser.com. Isn’t the gamers’ community large ...
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Which site answers questions on Google services?

Which SE site should I ask questions about Google services, especially Gmail?
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On which Stack Exchange site should I ask about where to buy items?

I wanted to buy a wireless headphone and I have a couple of questions to ask about it. On which site should I consider posting my question?
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Is Ethics a valid tag for Stack Overflow? [closed]

I have seen questions of all kinds on Stack Overflow, many have something to do with sofware development but never seen an ethics tag?! Kind of weird. Is this kind of question allowed of what to do ...
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Intercept certain tags to support sites which are born from Stack Overflow?

IMPORTANT: the difference between this proposal and others previously posted: the proposal is addressing only those technology tags which have their exact SE sites already. The complete list: ...
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Where do should I post questions asking for subjective recommendations (i.e. of tech books) [duplicate]

On which Stack Exchange community site (if any) may/should I post a question requesting a subjective recommendation of "the best" X? (In my case, the X is "book explaining the architecture of the ...
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What is the status of HTML/CSS layout questions on SO? [closed]

What is the current status of HTML/CSS layout, and/or web design questions? Are they fully allowed on SO, or are they still expected to go to Doctype? Yes, I know this is the same as the CSS on ...
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Do we have any policy around posting “your question is wrong” content? [duplicate]

I keep seeing this more and more (and on sites other than SO): A question is asked about a practical problem People post comments (at best) or even answers (even worse) that are eloquent, highly ...
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A question I asked on unix.SE was migrated to SO, but it was about targeting UNIX/Linux in particular, not algorithms or the like generally speaking

The question in question was this: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/26804383/getting-started-writing-a-concurrent-application-on-linux-unix It is about software development, but it will ...
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Is it a good idea to have an identical topic (plant identification) on both GL and Biology?

I am an active participant on Gardening and landscaping, which allows plant/fungus identification under the tag [identification], and there are currently 455 questions with this tag. I've also been ...
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When can I feel comfortable to ask a question? [duplicate]

I always have questions! I keep a notepad with me most all times to jot down sudden ideas and thoughts that I can delegate away. When I go to looking at my notepad of things I'd love to know more ...
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Where should I ask this question which is possibly Programmers.SE/Webmasters.SE related? [duplicate]

I heard someone say that I should never open links in new windows or tabs, because this will confuse the end-user. I've seen my mother do this several times - she tries to click the back button (even ...
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Where should I ask a question about teaching English as a 2nd language

I have a question about teaching English as a second language. Is there any Stack Exchange website on which this question can be asked?
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Questions about sound mixers

I have a question which is basically purely about sound mixer, it's draft is below. I'm not sure whether it can be posted on any of the sound-related sites. There is: sound.SE, but they seem to ...
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Should SE sites be a little more holistic?

This question is closely related, but I don't think it's a dupe. The OP asks why SE sites have to be so focused, but then seems to propose that there be one master website under which all SE topics ...
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Where should SSRS/Report Builder questions be asked?

I asked a question, Default Sort Order for Groups in Report Builder, regarding sorting below, placed it in the category Reporting Services (SSRS) and it was closed due to it not being a "programming ...
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Where can I ask questions that are too stupid to be asked on StackOverflow? [duplicate]

Sometimes I get downvoted for basic programming questions and people tell me to read a textbook. What type of question is simply too basic for Stack Overflow, and is there a site in the network that ...
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Are questions about the Stack Exchange phone apps on topic for Meta.SE?

Where should Meta questions relating the Android/iOS apps be asked? Meta Stack Exchange? Do they need any other attention than adding the appropriate ios-app or android-app tags?
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Why is meta.SE the meta site for careers.SO?

Tag careers is quite active and recent "accepted" questions suggest that questions about careers.SO are ontopic here. This is supported by the fact that the footer on careers.SO links to meta.SE. I ...
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How can I know which question should be asked on which Stack Exchange site?

I have asked some questions on stackoverflow.com and programmers.stackexchange.com and they closed and down-voted due to off topic. Now how can I consider that which is the best network site to ask ...
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Why was my question about platform software closed as off-topic?

I asked a question about recommendations for website software recommendations. It was closed as being off topic and not related to web programming or web software. My question was specifically ...