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I'm hunting for the right place to ask questions about open-source project organisations and their processes (not their products). For example the organisation Debian. I first asked on Unix & Linux here but it seems the mod's view is that it wouldn't be on-topic there because its not about using the software.

After reading here What topics can I ask here:

Open Source Stack Exchange is a question & answers site about Free and Open movements

I'm not totally sure if distributors fall under the definition of "movements" or are otherwise acceptable.

Offering an example question:

"Are developers with no prior experience as a package maintainer allowed to publish their own software through Debian?"

I'm looking for the right place to post organisational questions about open source projects that rely on volunteers such as Open Community. There's an obvious line to be drawn where software is developed entirely by corporate employees and happens to be published as open-source for commercial reasons.

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I'm not speaking as a mod, here, just as a user. It seems to me that some such questions can be on-topic, but a bright-line test is hard to come by, and it seems likely that a case-by-case approach will be needed.

I agree that questions about wholly-commercial enterprises would be automatically off-topic.

Questions about big community projects and their policies (eg, Debian) might well be on-topic, but we expect people to have done their own research before posting here, so questions about the formal policies are less likely to be on-topic than questions about the practical application thereof. Something like "I've written a parser for Q-based widgets and I'd like to get it into Debian. I've put myself forward as a maintainer (link to application) as per (policy link), and waited the required X weeks, but I've not had any response. Have I misunderstood any important element of the procedure? If not, is it common to need to agitate harder to get approved as a maintainer, and if so, how best to do that?" might well, it seems to me, be on-topic.

Small community projects we're unlikely to be able to shed much light on. I'd've named a few, but I don't want to offend, and I think we all have a favourite project run by a single principal author, with a small coterie of regular participants; questions like "Why won't John P. Author accept my patch?" are unlikely to get good answers, and so are likely off-topic.

Questions about commercial-led enterprises with a formal community participation route, such as Fedora development, might well be on-topic.

In all cases, factors I'd weigh when making an on/off-topic call include the nature of the project, the likelihood of any good answer here, and the amount and quality of prior research done by the OP. Write a question with those points in mind and I'd be surprised if it got closed perfunctorily.

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I haven’t participated here in a while, but I would say yes; it seems to me that this is a variant of

how communities collaborate together to produce, distribute, market and sometimes monetize these projects

which is listed in the topics that people can ask about here.

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