Questions tagged [scope]

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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 small/home network questions be asked?

I have just asked a question on How to assign different static IP addresses to the same machine depending on its OS on a network? I read from this meta answer https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/28230/...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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What to do with post-split-offtopic answers to ontopic questions?

Many answers to still on-topic questions (i.e. about SE besides SO) are offtopic now (after the split) as they express SO-centric positions. What should we do about them; flag and delete? Flag the ...
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Where to ask questions about Catia (CAD software)? [duplicate]

Where can I ask questions about Catia ? (for those who do not know, Catia is a very powerful 3D CAD/CAM/CAE drawing software)
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Is Bash on-topic or not? [duplicate]

I am currently writing a Bash script, and I found the exact answer to my programming question here: How can I list files with their absolute path in linux? Note that the question I used is currently ...
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Why does Stack Overflow focus on programming questions? [closed]

Why does Stack Overflow focus on programming questions? It has so many sites listed on the footer of the site. It confuses me.
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Why was my question closed and down voted, but not this one [duplicate]

Recently, I overreacted over a question ban thanks to this question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21531621/ada-vs-pascal-for-general-and-systems-programming (Question Deleted), but I was ...
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Is a question about terminal behavior on-topic here?

I was about to flag this question about modifying terminal behaviour as off-topic because I thought it really belonged at Ask Ubuntu (or Unix & Linux, since the issue actually applies more ...
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Where can I ask a question about color models and color matching?

I have a color matching question, it has to do with programming but it's more about finding an algorithm to render a weird color model in RGB space, and it's kind of an open-ended question. I guess ...
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Stack Overflow doesn't work for me anymore; where should I look instead?

As an architect and team lead, many of the questions I'm interested in are comparisons of technologies, or accounts of how well a particular technology or methodology works in practice. And almost ...
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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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Is this the right site for a question about session detection?

I'm not sure where on which Stack Exchange site to ask this question. I think this Stack Overflow is the wrong site, but I'm not sure where it should go. I see some specific answers that are related ...
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Are questions about the use of ssh keys on topic?

I asked a question about cpanel and ssh keys generated in puttygen. I've deleted it now, but high-rep users can see it at: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21712535/how-can-i-import-a-pair-of-pub-...
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Are questions about the use of cpanel web interface on-topic? [closed]

I asked a question about cpanel and ssh keys generated in puttygen. I've deleted it now, but high-rep users can see it at: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21712535/how-can-i-import-a-pair-of-pub-...
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Is this question OT or not? [closed]

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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Is Stack Overflow the right place to ask a question about code efficiency?

I posted the following question on Stack Overflow: Efficient Intersection and Union of Lists of Strings There is disagreement as to whether it is on- or off-topic. The concern is that my code ...
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Are “what language…?” questions on-topic? [duplicate]

The phrase "what language" in a title tends to be followed by one of: "is this?" (code snippet) "should I use for X?" "is X programmed in?" See "what language", "what languages" I'd argue that (1)...
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Did SE change its Q&A format to just-another-Internet-forum?

The “TL;DR” is at the bottom of this posting, which reads: So did SE change its Q&A policy, is Sound Design a failed beta, or are there just different rules there than on all other SE sites? ...
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Drawing more attention to */help/on-topic on the “Ask Question” page

I'm using StackOverflow and other StackExchange sites for 4 years, I'm a casual user: if all my googling fails, and inescapably got stuck with something, I'll ask, accept and go away when done. I ...
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What kind of question should be asked on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

If there are websites for each topic/field separately e.g. Linux and Unix, askubuntu etc., then what type of questions should be asked on stackoverflow.com? I am asking this because once my question ...
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Should programming for unsupported operating systems be considered on-topic?

For example, questions specific to Windows 2000, or where the question explicitly says that the answer must apply to Windows 2000 as well as to later versions. I'm inclined to say they should be off-...
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Should lecturing be allowed? [closed]

I've been finding Stack Overflow an indispensable tool, but I've noticed that too many (in my opinion) answerers take the opportunity to deliver a lecture on what is (in their opinion, but usually not ...
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Is it ok to ask if a summary of a subject is correct [closed]

In the process of learning a subject it happens, quite often, that I would like to post a summary of my understanding to get feedback from the community. Is that acceptable? I do not feel ...
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Can I ask questions about things like Question2Answer or Rainloop Webmail on Stack Overflow?

I have some questions that I want to ask, but I don't know if it's going to be closed. So I am asking if questions about Rainloop Webmail or Question2Answer are allowed to be asked and if it's going ...
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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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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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Where should I ask questions about diving?

Not long a got I finished my course, and I'm excited to get started (Scuba diving and free diving). And now I have questions like: What equipments is better for __? How can I reduce amount of air I ...
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Academic vs Real World Problems

Problems can be categorized into 2 groups: Academic problems Real world problems Solutions to academic problems are "pure", "preferred", "correct"... Solutions to real ...
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What is the difference between these questions and are they valid questions for Stack Overflow? [closed]

Here is a question, which I asked, that is voted to be closed because it was not considered a valid question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/19748999/why-does-a-stream-need-to-be-obtained-in-...
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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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Can I ask a question about problems with my IDE on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I'm having a problem with my Netbeans IDE and I'm not sure if I can ask about it on Stack Overflow. Can I ask question about problems with my IDE on Stack Overflow?
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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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Would it be considered off topic to post a question here that was ignored on Stack Overflow

I recently posted a question about how to get return information as a post with Google open id, and due to the bulk of questions that are also posted, I got no response. This has happened on several ...
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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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Is there a different standard for Christianity.SE?

Stack Exchange is not the place for conversation, opinions, or socializing. This is stated as a rule valid for every SE site. Since most of Christianity is based on interpretation of the bible, how ...
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Is there a description of Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow sites?

I frequent Stack Overflow a lot and there are many questions that get downvoted because they don't fit in the "Code only" question format. There are many users who will immediately downvote people for ...
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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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Where is the best place to ask my question?

I am a little stuck, and don't want to get shot-down by asking the wrong question on the wrong area! I want to ask Is a sitara ARM9 running embedded linux is powerful enough to decode and play ...
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Does my question really need to be welcome here? [duplicate]

Stack Overflow is great at enlightening people with things that really matter, and our hearts are grateful after all these recent years of light. But it's definitely wasting huge potential by using ...
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Would Lego Mindstorm projects be off topic?

Would it be appropriate to ask about Lego Mindstorm programming questions? If you do not know, Mindstorm uses a drag and drop programming language to use in Lego robots. I am wondering because since ...
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Can I use this site as a brainstorming/voting site? [duplicate]

I lead a team of 600 people in over 70 countries. I often would like their input on one of my ideas and I don't want to use a survey because they tend to limit creativity by requiring a choice among ...
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Third party API off-topic?

I recently stumbled across a question although poorly written as well as lack of detail, is borderline on-topic, though from a response given by an 80K user I am unsure whether it is on-topic anymore ...

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