https://opensource.stackexchange.com/questions/1973/edting-jasper-server-community-edition-code-and-distribute was put on hold as off-topic because it "asks for support for a specific product". Relevant meta-discussions are

Does this question "ask for support for a specific open source product" as examplified in the second meta discussion? More importantly, is it on topic?


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This question is not asking for support of a specific open source product, and is on topic.

This site should be a site where you can ask questions if you run in to a question about open source, and get a good answer.

This question is about a person who is unsure how the open source license he received for some software works. They have a specific question about a specific license of a product. That's a beautiful, near perfect fit for our Q&A format. It's what this site should be about.

If we reject questions like these because they are too specialized, we close of the opportunity for people to ask questions about specific license interactions, and severely limit our usefulness - possibly even our reason we're here.

Not everyone is interested in abstracts and general situations. Some people just want to know whether they can do licensing thing X when they have a product with open source license Y. Those people should receive a proper answer here.

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    I wholeheartedly agree here. We can't only accept 'generic' questions: we'll just push ourselves into a royal mess. About that specific question though, I personally would've closed that as 'Unclear what you're asking'.
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 1:05

raises hand and waves it in the air

I put this question on hold as off-topic because it seemed to me as though it was specifically asking a question about Jasper Server Community Edition, and whether a certain thing could be done with it.

Now maybe that's a problem, or maybe it's not. Up to you lot to decide that. My humble opinion is that it would be better phrased more generally - for a generic AGPL-licensed project rather than Jasper Server.

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    I don't think we should genericize (this is a word now) such questions. For us freetards it might be easy to see how the generalized answer applies to the specific question, but the asker isn't - at least that we have any indication of - interested in the general case. The asker is interested in the particular case of how the licensing of Jasper Server interacts with distribution of an end product. We should respect that distinction and answer the question that is asked. Not the question we believe they should be asking. Referring in that answer to a more general answer is fine though.
    – Martijn
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 9:59

I voted to close it as unclear, not off-topic. While generic questions (as in, specific licenses, but not specific products) are more reusable than specific questions, if it is edited to be given enough clarity I think it should be reopened. But while it's being edited it could also be made generic too.

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