Should questions about the history of the open source idea or open source projects be on topic? The closest I've seen to one is How could using code released under CC0 infringe on the author's patents? 1, originally titled "Why wasn't CC0 approved as an open source software license?", which seemed like a good one. A historical answer isn't necessarily necessary for it, but an answer would have to take into account the arguments regarding potential approval/rejection/withdrawal.

1 The title has been modified, which may have given it a different tone.

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They lend variety to the things we talk about - we have a lot of licensing questions so far - and they're directly related to open source.

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    Do note the current amount of licensing questions doesn't indicate it's a good thing to have that many licensing questions.
    – Mast
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 21:15

Yes, they should be.

Reasoning behind certain decisions in the past can help people build their knowledge on certain topics, and if it is related to open source and licensing, then I don't see a problem with it.

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