Questions tagged [scope]

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

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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? [duplicate]

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? [duplicate]

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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Network Engineering vs. Server Fault

This kind of relates to Server Fault close reason text but in a direct and global way: What's the difference between these sister websites (1) (2}? In my opinion, they might not be unique enough for ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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 of a ...
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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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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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Which site answers questions on Google services?

Which SE site should I ask questions about Google services, especially Gmail?
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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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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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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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Question about PayPal support [duplicate]

I've had a PayPal account associated with my main e-mail address for years, but I didn't create this account. For this reason I don't know the details like secret questions and stuff like that and I'm ...
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Discussion Forums? [duplicate]

(Reposted + Modified from AU Meta) One of the great things about the Stack Exchange network is the ability to ask a question and get it answered. No fluff, no frills, nobody saying "Me too." However,...
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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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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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