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Questions tagged [discussion]

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Can we please stop downvoting off-topic and duplicate questions?

Folks: When someone's question gets closed as duplicate, off-topic, or similar, that's sad enough for them. We don't need to add insult to injury by also downvoting the question to give them a ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Delete duplicate questions

A confusion and duplication of questions is generated when looking for answers to questions about the Open source Software on the forum. This question is to admin to ask him deletion of duplicate ...
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How do we feel about answers presented as comments?

I don't want to start linking examples (because that's pointing a finger) but there is a definitely a (small but enthusiastic) group of users here who routinely answer questions in the comments field. ...
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Has Open Source Stack Exchange Failed?

It's been over a year since Phillippe asked this question, and if you look today, 90% of the questions on OSSE are still technical questions about licensing. Certainly licensing is part of Open ...
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Copy-pasting old Stack Overflow questions

A user has been copy-pasting old Stack Overflow questions that were cleaned up there and are too old to be migrated here. Here's an example: What license has jai_imageio ? (jai imageio) How should we ...
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Is it ok to take suggestion on an opensource project idea?

There're many opensource projects shut down because of less attention, less need, duplicate, and other reasons. People might want to take an opinion of others if it is worthy to spend time on any new ...
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Was I wrong to roll back this edit?

I rolled back this edit. There were two reasons. Firstly, the included text is not relevant, because it refers to modules compiled into a program ("if you were to incorporate them both in a larger ...
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Thanks to Mnementh! Also, what?

I understand from the edit history on our moderators pro tem post that we've had a (partial) changing of the guard. Let me start by saying that I know nothing about what's happened; but I think that, ...
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Is 'zealot' not nice?

Is using 'zealot' in a comment a violation of the be nice policy?
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Please re-open question “Does anyone curate a list of boilerplate terms-of-service?”

My question Does anyone curate a list of boilerplate terms-of-service? has been put on hold. I would like to counter the issues raised, and ask for it to be re-opened. I am also open to suggestions ...
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New tag: [developer-certificate-of-origin]

The Developer Certificate of Origin is a well-known (citation needed :D) mechanism, used when you need extra reassurance that contributions to a project are permitted. Unfortunately, some of the ...
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Reason to close “how to” question?

This question looks off topic to me. The problem is, I can't quite figure out what to put as the closure reason. It seems to me that "how do I do things with this tool that just happens to be open ...
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On-topic here? “Should I contribute to a (kind of) abandoned project, or continue my own?”

If this type of question is a good fit anywhere I suspect it's a better one here. Do you guys want it? Should I contribute to a (kind of) abandoned project, or continue my own?
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Are Source Visible Questions On Topic?

I ran across this comment on the main site. This site is about projects published under a license that meets either the Free Software Definition or the Open Source Definition (which are nearly ...
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Is it on-topic to ask how free/libre/open a product really is?

Is it on-topic to ask how free/libre/open a certain product is? While it’s often easy to know for software, it’s typically not so clear for hardware that ships with software. For example, think of a ...
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Would OpenSource like some other reposted SO questions?

Last year, someone on Meta.SO posted this request to save a perfectly good SO thread about licensing. SO has a LOT of these types of questions which are decidedly off-topic. But they're still some ...
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Should [source] be eliminated?

source has only three questions in it, all of which are over a year old, and two of which are closed. I'm thinking that source should either be eliminated, or defined as a synonym of source-code. ...
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Beyond licensing

I feel that one of the main draws of Open Source Stack Exchange are discussions around licensing. These are of course essential to free and open source software but they are not all of it. How ...
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How do we feel about pedagogical questions?

By pedagogical question I mean an artificially-constructed question posed by a community member in order that he or she can then write a discussion, of the particular points raised by the question, in ...
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Winter Bash 2016 is almost here - do we want to participate?

Like last year, I have an email from Stack Exchange, telling me that Winter Bash 2016 is ready, and will start on 19 December. Because previous years have seen such a positive response, the default ...
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Should answers be in first person or second person?

On most other Stack Exchange sites, answers are in second person. For example, if you ask a question of the form "Can I...?", your answer will be of the form "Yes/no, you can/can't, because you...." ...
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Rename “stackoverflow” tag to “stackexchange”

I noticed that a "stackoverflow" tag was recently added. I believe "stackexchange" would be better. Following the recommendation in How to rename a tag? I ask for a moderator with sufficient ...
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Keeping the community safely in the clear for legal issues

This is a bit of a follow up from this Open Source meta post. You don't have to read it, though you can if you'd like some background - but everything is covered here as well. I also meant to write ...
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IANAL/TINLA - you what? Let's de-acronymize ourselves

R U RLY NT A LWYR? PRVE IT! PPL MAY NT UNDRSTND SHRT ACRNYMS LIK DIS! IANAL, TINLA, I<3OS! AAMOF, N BTW, WHT M I DOIN? OMG WHT M I SYIN? WL, THX THX TQ FOR LSTNING! Translated as... Don't worry. ...
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Disputed post at SO, but it'd be great here

This post at SO is currently being disputed. Short story: it was linked from a FAQ at Programmers. It got deleted at SO. I pointed it out to the poster at Programmers. He's now asked for it to be ...
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365 1/4 days folks!

Yep. It's been one year folks. Three hundred and sixty-five days. And add a quarter. Or add one. I can't remember if this year was a leap year or not :P So... Since we need questions... Wait this is ...
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Spam upvoting, just wanted to let mods know

While I haven't been active, whenever I click on one of the Stack Exchange sites I can't help but look at my rep changes. Anyway this is what I found. I thought I should point out that it seems ...
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Can I edit these two questions to make them more generic?

A user asked this question (question 1) about licensing, authorship and ownership relating to using code from StackOverflow and GitHub Gists/Issues in an R package to release on CRAN. I suggested ...
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What's wrong with this GitHub code ownership question?

There's this question that I noticed got a close vote: Does the owner of the github repository own the copyright to the code? Someone left a custom close reason: I'm voting to close this question ...
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Let's evaluate our progress!

Since Community site self-evaluations were shut down last year, there hasn't been any replacement for them, which leaves it down to us to evaluate our own progress. Therefore, I propose that we do ...
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Where to ask these questions about recommending a project?

But I have to ask this anyway, I had a question other day "Which open-source download manger project is now popular/on the rise/looks promising?" Because I wanted to start contributing, then I asked ...
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Availability of open source software for particular field of interest

Are questions about availability of free and open source software for particular field of interest on topic? I mean questions like "Is there FOSS for controlling the Space Shuttle?" and more generally ...
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Questions about the history of an open source project, but not about licenses

A major specificity of open source projects is that most past events are public, it makes them interesting to the point that it is starting to get attention from anthropologists and historians. ...
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Legal questions and jurisdiction

I've seen a couple of legal questions (mostly related to copyright) on this site, none of which specifies the jurisdiction they ask about. Since even basic concepts about copyright have vast ...
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Advertising Open Source - Community Ads for 2016

It's 2016, and the new 300px-wide sidebar has just rolled out network wide. When that's complete, graduated sites around the network will start to run new community ad cycles. To be ready for them, ...
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Why was this question reopened by a mod?

This question was reopened by a mod recently; it had been closed as duplicate for 3 months. I can see no changes in the question nor the question linked as duplicate, so what warranted the reopening?
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Asking questions about promoting open source software

I've read the on-topic guide for this site, but I'm curious if asking a question like "How can I promote my open source software that does X" could be on topic here? I'm wondering if this would be an ...
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Do we want both proprietary-code and closed-source tags?

Curiousdannii remarked in chat that we have both the tags proprietary-code and closed-source. Their use seems to be very similar. Should we have both, or can we merge them in to one? An NGram search ...
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Winter Bash 2015 is upon us! Are we in?

I've got an email from someone on the Stack Exchange team. It tells me that Winter Bash 2015 is ready, and will start on 14 December. Since there has been such a positive response in previous years ...
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What's wrong with “External Resources” questions?

So one of the proposed custom close reasons is for external resources questions. It seems to be pretty widely agreed-upon that asking for external resources is a bad thing, and the close reason has ...
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Are questions that ask about interactions of open source licenses of specific products on topic?

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". ...
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Where can I find Free/Open software, libraries and media?

This site doesn't allow questions that ask us to recommend Free & Open works such as software, libraries, media, or services. There are a few reasons why these are not constructive questions: ...
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Revisiting custom close reasons

The top two reasons have now been implemented. You can check them out in the flag dialogs! We remember status-deferred over here: Custom close reasons for this site? Sites have the ability to have ...
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Are questions asking for the copyright status of something on topic?

This question was recently asked. It asks about the current status of copyright of a certain work. It was closed fairly soon after it was asked for being off-topic. Now, it seems to me that this is ...
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I don't like [free-software]. I like the definition though :) [duplicate]

We've got free-software. Use this tag for free software, defined as computer software that gives users the freedom to run the software for any purpose as well as to study, modify, and distribute ...
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How do we improve our stats?

Looking at our report card on Area 51, I see the following numbers today: 1.7 Questions/day 100% Answered 98 Avid users 1670 registered users 2.1 Answers/question 138 visits per day. The first and ...
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Receiving migrations: A community curated guide on what to do

Open Source has been getting some migrations from a few sites lately, and many community members have taken notice of them, and received them with open arms. I myself noted a few confusions, and ...
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Can we make tags have “license” in them?

Some tags like the gpl and mit are awfully short. For someone not knowing much in licensing, they will look ambiguous. Of course, this is clarified in the tag excerpts themselves, but the aesthetic ...
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To stop [licensing]… What?

We love licensing. Maybe, too much. So much that we've got 125 questions in the licensing tag! What more? We've got 13 tags dedicated to license related stuff. Sounds like a little much. Let's take a ...