I haven't found our site's "mission statement" yet, so consider this another step in developing one.

Will we consider questions about collaborative development in general to be on-topic.

Although this type of development is common in many endeavours, it - and the problems it entails - is particularly relevant to Open Source development and all new developers need to come to terms with it.

Some topics I foresee:

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Yes, as long as it is also about open source development. We can't have people coming along and asking us about developing their proprietary software merely because we allow collaborative development questions. There has to be some aspect of open source in there too.

Essentially, all this means is we just don't close collaborative development questions unless they're off-topic for some other reason.

  • Thanks for adding. I kinda missed the open source relationship. :)
    – Zizouz212
    Jun 25, 2015 at 18:10
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    How do you enforce the "as long as it is also about open source development" part of this? Proprietary software can be developed collaboratively within an organization.
    – Andy
    Jun 25, 2015 at 18:21
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    @Andy: If there is no strong indication the question is about a proprietary project it cannot be distinguished. And it doesn't matter. Even if the asker uses it for proprietary development, most other readers who will benefit will use it in open-source development.
    – Mnementh
    Jun 25, 2015 at 18:45
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    Not only that, but enforcement will come through flagging and review queues. And mods once we elect them.
    – Zizouz212
    Jun 25, 2015 at 19:07

Collaborative development should be on-topic. As per the site baseline on Area 51:

Open Source

Beta Q&A site for people organizing, marketing or licensing open source development projects.

Collaborative development environments are a part of the organization of an open source project. By that, they should be on topic. The items in your list all fall under one of the three categories in this baseline.

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