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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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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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On-topic list is too hard to find in the new help center

The On-Topic section is really the core of what defines a site. In the former FAQ sections, it was prominently placed and easy to identify. Now in the Help Center, it is buried half way down and 3 ...
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Is “making the internet a better place” still a useful or relevant test for individual questions?

I've become weary of hearing this phrase. I'm not completely convinced that it was ever truly useful, but if it was, I think that it has long since outlived its usefulness. To be clear, I sincerely ...
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Why is “The Definitive C++ Book List” question allowed, but other book recommendation questions are not?

Why does this question get a pass, but I can't ask my own book recommendation question? Can I ask my own book recommendation question in a way that is acceptable to the community, like the C++ book ...
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Is Stack Overflow a central store for tutorials?

I ask this question because of the following questions: this and this. The same user asked those questions and immediately answered them. I know that there's no problem in answering your own ...
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StackOverflow is not your Programming 101 Teacher [closed]

I would like to help my fellow professionals and amateurs more on StackOverflow, but it's become impossible to find questions worth spending time on beneath the inundation of "teach me to program" ...
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“Software tools” in FAQ is too hazy [closed]

I notice people frequently complaining on Meta about closings of not programming related, but programming tool related questions. The closings, to me, are usually perfectly rightful, but the FAQ ...
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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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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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Is there any official Google support in Stack Overflow? [closed]

Today I flagged this question as off topic. It's to do with deleting service accounts from Googles Cloud console. This looks like an admin issue to me, and certainly not a programming question within ...
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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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On which site are LilyPond questions on-topic?

LilyPond is a music typesetting system and markup language. The internal parts are written in lisp and the user interface is influenced by the TeX syntax. So, are questions about this system on-topic ...
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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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Is there a place to get the textual overview (what is on-topic) of all sites?

Between: Which computer science / programming Stack Exchange do I post in? Does Stack Exchange have an Economics section? and other random guidance I've found by perusing the "on-topic / off-topic" ...
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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 should I ask a question about using Wolfram Mathematica?

Should I use the Math SE beta or Stack Overflow? Or if Stack Exchange doesn't have an appropriate site, where should I go? I like Stack Exchange, though.
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Should Mozilla use SO or an installation of an SO clone?

As part of making communication between Mozilla contributors better, we're talking about adding a instance of OSQA to have a stackoverflow-like environment for Mozilla-specific Q&A. But now we're ...
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Why do programming environment questions always get closed?

Why are questions that help you setting up the coding environment not allowed? I have asked some and seen some from others and all of them are closed. This post tells a story of a question of this ...
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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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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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Are book recommendation questions acceptable on some sites but not others?

For some time now, I have told folks on Stack Exchange that book recommendation questions are off-topic throughout the Stack Exchange network, citing this blog post. Book recommendation questions ...
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Answering beyond the question's scope

Is answering beyond the scope of the question a valid thing? Or should we just stick to the question asked and ignore any potential bugs which might be present (of course OP is unaware of that, as of ...
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What is our policy towards posts that contain religious or spiritual references?

Lately, I have begun to stumble upon answers where the person would thank Allah for having their problem solved and assert that Allah is great and merciful. Sometimes they even talk to each other, ...
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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 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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What's the policy on 'Convert my SQL to LINQ' questions? [duplicate]

I'm seeing a lot of questions recently along the lines of, "Convert this SQL query to LINQ for me" followed by a copy/paste of a SQL query. I've started voting to close when I see these under "Must ...
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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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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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Project Management, Software Design and Human Factors should be within the Scope of Stack Overflow [closed]

I have noticed an annoying trend on Stack Overflow that anything not directly related to programming, the actual act of programming, is closed. See this question: What should the penalty/response for ...
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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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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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Are too many Linux programmers' questions migrated away from Stack Overflow?

In Linux and UNIX environments there's a blurry line between programmer APIs, and aspects of the system which are accessed by system administrators, particularly around '/proc' and '/sys' filesystems. ...
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Where can I post code for others to review?

In which section of Stack Overflow (or the Stack Exchange network) can I request a code review from my peers, or ask them to tell me what errors might be in my code, or help me to optimize it for ...
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Is Stack Overflow becoming a site for syntax and library questions only?

In a fairly basic question on state machine handling, I was surprised by a comment suggesting the CSTheory.stackexchange.com site - partly because I wasn't aware of the site, but mainly because this ...
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Are GameSalad and other visual programming “languages” on topic here?

Are tools like Scratch, Alice, and GameSalad considered on topic? I see in a lot of questions users saying in the comments that the question is too simple for the site, since it is for "experts", and ...
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What fate for historical [code-golf] questions? [closed]

Long ago, code-golf was ruled on-topic on Stack Overflow subject to certain limits. Then we entered the Stack Exchange 2.0 era, and CodeGolf.SE was born to provide a home for these and related coding ...
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Request for Official Clarification on Proper Location of Meta Questions for SE 2.0 Sites

On meta.webapps, Robert Cartaino ♦ says This meta site (meta.webapps) is for question about the operation and administration of this site (webapps.stackexchange.com) specifically. Any ...
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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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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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What is StackExchange's policy regarding “where should I ask this question?” type questions?

I have asked questions on Stackoverflow that were simply moved to a different StackExchange site because someone deemed the different site more appropriate. Yesterday I asked this question on ...
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Questions which are too simple: is this one reasonable?

Stack Overflow: in java what is the syntax for commenting out multiple lines? I understand that we're okay with people asking easily Googleable questions on SO. I normally overlook easy or lazy ...
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Is asking to identify hack code on-topic?

The specific question I'm referring to is this: Was my site hacked? It caught my eye because of the title. Well, that could be just about anything, probably poor server security which wouldn't even ...
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Should SO allow “give me some feedback” questions?

So I ran into a question where someone asked if we could give him feedback about his new PHP MVC framework. I couldn't decide whether to close it or not. On one hand, SO seems like a good place to ask ...
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Can we please have a ruling about Emacs questions on Stack Overflow?

It would be great if we could decide which Stack Exchange site Emacs questions may go to. A recent Emacs site proposal was closed on the grounds that it was redundant. However since Emacs is both ...
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How can a noob ask questions about “how to start with this cool stuff”?

I want to express my doubts and disappointments that I get from Stack Overflow. I am a programming beginner, and I believe there are a lot of people out there who face the same problems as me. Often,...
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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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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 this question OT or not?

IMO, it is, but if it isn't, I'll vote to re-open. https://stackoverflow.com/q/21316065/438992 (Please don't downvote it; I'm just trying to get the right thing done regardless of whether I'm right ...
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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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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 ...