Are questions about specific open source projects on-topic? I mean questions like:

  • Why is project X the way it is and not other?

  • Where can I get support for project Y?

  • Why did project A split into B and C?

I know these would be better answered by particular projects but (1) there may be users/developers of those projects here too and (2) sometimes a view/opinion from "outsider" is valuable too.

  • Please guys, the wording is similar but the questions are not dupes.
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 13:33
  • @Zizouz212 I'd say it's a duplicate of this question
    – overactor
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 14:56
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    @overactor I agree with that
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 15:15
  • For the sake of giving my thoughts, here's my nickels (I know, in the comments)... The site is not customer support, therefore, if I'm asking Why does this do that, it would be horrible. Half of us don't know, and more than half probably don't care. Go ask the maintainers and contributors themselves. I don't mind having questions that ask for rationale, because they concern the organization and development of open projects, which is in our scope.
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 15:49

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My 2 cents about this: I think questions about specific projects can be on-topic, if they are related to the openness of the project or the open development model.

To your questions in particular. #1 and #3 seem opinion-based to me. #2 seems to have no connection to the openness of the project.

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