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The scope of each site is determined by the community. Scope is a fluid, constantly-changing thing, and new meta discussions brought up by users can change bits and pieces of it over time, with the result decided by community consensus. Each community is independent from the others, and as such, they can shape their scope in whatever ways they want. Physics ...


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It's fine to not actually be a genius. But at the end of the day you're expecting people to spend their time solving your problems and a minimal investment in time on your end is nice. I've also had situations where I was stuck with a problem for an extended of time, googled and found a perfectly clear answer on SE. Someone did the research, and solved my ...


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You accepted the premise of the question verbatim, but the answers explain why that is entirely incorrect. Legitimately asking folks to flag or close questions which are <quote> "easily Googleable" is not a thing. It grew from one of our early (unfounded) policy discussions that took on a life of its own… until it devolved to the point of ...


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This was only applicable for that question specifically, as it was meant for a request for clarification, not let's fight some more about the policy. This is how request for clarification threads seem to work (I'm not a usual lurker on MSE, I might be wrong). You can post a question on the policy, this is on-topic. In fact, there are many questions on the ...


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You seem to have read that sentence out of context. This post here is the place to talk through that. For ease of voting and responding, please limit each answer to one specific concern. However, note that debating the core of the new rule ("please use stated pronouns") or the validity of people's identities or gender expressions is off-topic, and ...


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You're essentially asking for a scope change. Just blacklisting/banning the tag won't help; users will simply use other tags (such as the country they've found the rock in, or even random tags) for their questions. Scope changes should be discussed on the site's own Meta and Idea - make identification request posts off topic and I've had enough. Let'...


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I think the biggest disconnect you're having here is that chatrooms on MSE aren't really... intended... for anything, beyond random chatter. There's one "main" chatroom on MSE, and that's the Tavern. A bunch of people hang out there; sometimes some staff do too; it's also the place if you want to talk about this site, Meta Stack Exchange. Other than that, ...


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It isn't so much that only actual problems are allowed, it's that actual problems have certain characteristics, and questions with those characteristics make better, more answerable questions. Here's a major difference: When you have an actual problem, you are doing something, and things are happening as a result. There are specific symptoms that frame ...


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Yes, there's a list of sites where you see the taglines, e.g. Stack Overflow is "Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers". Of course, that's not nearly detailed enough, and therefore all sites have their own version of the Help Center article What topics can I ask about here?. To quickly go from one site's version to another, you only need to ...


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Yes, but not this Meta. Questions about contents (including reviews) on a site is totally on-topic on its per-site meta, in your case, Meta Stack Overflow. Well, this site also starts with "Meta", but not the right place. But at least I'm glad that you know there's something called "a meta site" for issues like this.


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In my opinion, a question about Stack Overflow for Teams should be asked on Meta Stack Overflow unless it affects multiple network sites. So these questions should be considered on-topic: Unable to delete a non-Stack Overflow profile while in a team /users/integrations/slack/<user id> leads to 404 on other SE sites And such questions would be ...


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This is a perfect question for Philosophy Stack Exchange. Ivan Illich was a philosopher, and a founding member of the "deschooling" movement. Questions about his thoughts and ideas, and how they interact with other philosophical schools of thought, are perfectly within the scope of Philosophy.SE. The question(s) you've presented here are pretty well ...


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As the design lead on Stacks, I agree with @MEEisJohannGambolputty’s answer. I’m happy to discuss Stacks just about anywhere on Stack Exchange and its meta communities, especially if we’re introducing bugs :) Stacks powers each new feature at Stack Overflow, and will get used more as we continue to refactor old views, so it’s totally appropriate to discuss ...


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It doesn't matter. Either is fine. The Discussion Zone (Area 51 meta) was originally intended to be a place for individual communities to discuss their proposals. It didn't make sense to start harassing folks with a proposal to go to this entirely different system (meta.stackexchange) to ask a question about the software or the broader Area 51 process ...


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Can I ask a very specific question that answers only needs "yes" and "no"? Technically there's no way to answer just yes or no, since there's a minimum number of characters required for an answer. Because it is too specific, the answer may only need yes or no.The answer is simple but the question can help others understand the process. That's probably ...


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actually i can't understand what can be the relevant sites for my questions There's a list of Stack Exchange sites here; also, [i]t's often helpful to go to https://stackexchange.com, enter some terms in the search bar in the upper-right, check out the sites that show up in the results, and read their help pages. (source) If you're still not sure, you ...


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It absolutely should be avoided as much as possible. Great questions are concise and self contained. The wider implication of a question that relies on an external source to be answerable is, should that source go down, it would be difficult for someone else to replicate what was talked about, either for a new answer or with a similar question. A post ...


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That description is also mentioned in the Tour: Operations Research Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for operations research and analytics professionals, educators, and students... [boilerplate text omitted] and the global site list: Operations Research Q&A for operations research and analytics professionals, educators, and ...


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Each community creates its own rules for what's on topic and that generally starts with a meta post as has already happened here. If the meta question gets enough upvotes you can start flagging such questions as off topic and your site's moderators will likely start agreeing to respond positively to such flags. Is 4 upvotes enough on the question though? ...


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You are not normally required to prove that it is an actual problem you're facing, just as you're not required when you're asking something in real life. Common sense often dictates this; asking on SE sites is vaguely similar in rules of conduct to asking people in real life. However, that also means that if a question gets seemingly bizarre, if it sounds ...


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A site's "on topic" page is the best place to learn what sorts of questions are on topic or not. Here are a couple of examples: Meta Stack Exchange English Language Learners Science Fiction & Fantasy Chemistry Parenting These pages have site-specific content about what's on topic and it can be edited by the moderators on that site to be clear about ...


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Go to the per-site meta on whatever site you were banned on and ask about the reviews that got you banned. Review bans are specific to the site they occurred on and would probably be closed here as "only applicable to one specific site".


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Yes.     OK, that would be too easy. You just did, and it's a valid Meta question. Of course, just Yes or No would not constitute an answer; a decent answer will explain why the answer is yes or no, just like this answer attempts to do. Concrete example: one of the top 25 questions on Stack Overflow. Its first revision is a Yes/No question: ...


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Oh, sure, if they are ideas about the Stack Exchange network, it's fine. That's where a discussion is for. The usual criteria for subjective questions still apply, though in my experience they are more relaxed than on main sites. Also, try to fit your idea in a Q&A format, instead of providing a self-answer in the question itself. FWIW, I didn't downvote ...


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As it's written in the help center it's probably too condensed and should be explained better. There is no "not based on an actual problem" close reason as far as I am aware. Therefore the statement in the current form is likely not consistent with actual usage. I recommend a reformulation based on the content of the other answers by fixer1234 and M.A.R..


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I guess a fundamental issue with working out where these questions go is - they feel that they're about the person not the philosophy and implementations of them. I don't really feel unless you're Ivan Illich or someone whose field of study is about the person not just the writings of the individual in question, these questions can't be answered. This rules ...


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In my opinion, a question is on-topic here on Meta Stack Exchange, when it is about the application of the design system in the software that powers the Stack Exchange network. This means a question about a bug in the design system is on-topic when this bug occurs in the Stack Exchange software. A feature-request is on-topic when it has something to do with ...


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Can you ask such a question? Well, technically, the system won't stop you. It wouldn't be a very good question, however. Answers can't just be, "Yes", or, "No"; they don't meet the minimum character limit. The bigger issue is that such a question is going to be of strictly limited utility; confirming your understanding of an issue or concept isn't going ...


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