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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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Should the batch file programming questions be moved from SO to SF? [on hold]

I'm going to put this question out for people to review as I've gotten into a discussion with another member concerning the 'legitimacy' of the existence of questions regarding batch files on SO. ...
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Should we flag questions that are not programming related? [on hold]

Should people flag posts that are not programming related, or just add a comment saying such? The big red box and text "flag with care" makes me question whether or not this is appropriate use of ...
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Can you ask questions about batch scripting?

According to the about page on Stack Overflow, it is a Q&A site for programming. From what I've heard, batch is not a recognized programming language, neither does writing a batch file count as ...
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Are non-programming SE sites less in line with the “Stack Exchange spirit”?

A user on another question I posted wrote (slightly précised): it's easier to keep professional in a programming related site, other sites tend to "try too hard" and fail, latest is the dating/...
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Why Such discouraging and limiting policies for opinion based questions? [duplicate]

I have observed several times, whenever I ask something that relates or compares two things, moderator puts it on hold saying that it will invite chatty discussion. But why are there such policies? ...
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English Language and Usage vs English Language Learners

I can't believe that no one has ever asked this. I really want to find a duplication. From "What topics can I ask about here?" of: English Language and Usage (ELU): Word choice and usage ...
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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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Are antagonistic viewpoints welcome on SE?

Christianity.SE is IMO very different from other SE sites, because its subject is religious, and thus very prone to antagonistic viewpoints (like mine). I obviously expected my opinion to be not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Stack Overflow vs Code Review vs Software Engineering vs Codegolf [duplicate]

Whenever I want to post a programming question, I'm tempted to post it on all four of the above SEs. What's the difference between them? The FAQs I find too skim.
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Where is the appropriate place to solicit framework-selection advice?

I've seen many questions, of varying quality and specificity, soliciting advice on selecting PHP frameworks closed.* And I've see others that remain open (and have even enjoyed a handful of upvotes). ...
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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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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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Is Stack Overflow a good place to ask Photoshop questions?

Is Stack Overflow a good place to ask Photoshop questions, or is there another site in the Stack Exchange family for those questions?
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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 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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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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Ask question about road map of learning technology in SO [closed]

Can I ask questions like "What should I learn? Which resources should I read/study? In what order?" for specific development? I want to ask this on Stack Overflow because it is the most popular site ...
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What is the scope of questions regarding theoretical computer science rather than practical problems?

I have faced/seen closed questions (very recent example here) whenever the question relates to something other than very specific programming errors, installation, some data-structure, algorithm or ...
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Is game development no longer relevant on SO due to the creation of Game Dev SE? [closed]

I have noticed recently that people at Stack Overflow usually move questions related to game development to Game Development SE. So are questions related to game development no longer appropriate at ...
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Questions on UML and other modeling languages

What is the best place on Stack Exchange to ask specific questions about the proper use of notations used in UML and other modeling languages? This question might seem like a possible duplicate of ...
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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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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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asking a question about software licences on Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I find it ironic that the gpl tag has 794 questions. I am curious though as to where someone can go to ask "developers" questions on the GPL especially since tons of lawyers don't know how to read ...
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Job application questions - are they valid? [closed]

A few of the questions from a quiz in our job application process have been appearing on Stack Overflow - direct copy/paste from the questionnaire. None of the "flag" categories seemed to fit and I ...
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Interview questions on SO [closed]

I don't like interview-questions questions. When I see those words, my finger gets itchy for the 'not a real question' radio button. However, I'm prepared to be persuaded that my attitude is in need ...
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Are questionnaires permitted on Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

Is it OK to post a questionnaire on Stack Exchange sites? I'm currently working on a project at my uni and need some empirical information about workouts. I want to explain more about the project, ...
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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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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 can I ask questions about payment gateways or implementing billing myself?

I just moved to Brazil and I'm in the process of starting a new company. I'm having difficulty finding a payment gateway that offers a cost-efficient, integrated solution with monthly recurrent ...
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Database admin questions belong on a sister site, not SO, right? [closed]

I see a wealth of system administration questions about database servers (performance tuning, backup, recovery, re-indexing, etc). I suspect that these should be on serverfault.com not stackoverflow. ...
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Where should I ask “X”? [duplicate]

If I'm not sure what Stack Exchange site to ask a question on, what's the recommended protocol? Do I ask the meta-question here on meta.stackoverflow.com? It looks like there are several "Where should ...
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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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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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Where is the most appropriate place to ask a question about hosting providers?

I would like to ask a question about developer's experiences with different Windows Dedicated Server hosting providers. Assuming that my question is technology-specific, and worded as objectively as ...
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Where to post questions asking for expert opinion?

After my lie down, I posted this question on SO. As I suspected would happen, it got moved to programmers. Unfortunately, the kind of people I'm interested in getting answers from (litb,skeet et al - ...
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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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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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Is there a place for questions about HTML semantics or accessibility?

I'm wondering where (if anywhere) to ask questions about HTML semantics and/or accessibility. Examples: What is the correct way to semantically mark up a form? When should definition lists be used? ...
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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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Where should Google Refine / OpenRefine questions go? [duplicate]

Google Refine is currently moving to GitHub and being renamed to OpenRefine. The community is looking for a place to host Q&A (currently maintained in a discussion list). Google Refine already has ...
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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 ...