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Posting a question asking for feedback about a licensing tool

Several users ask licensing questions related to open source software. As faculty member and a software engineer researcher, I propose an open source tool that helps OSS developers and user better ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Why don't you want to moderate for Open Source?

A few weeks ago, we announced to the Open Source community that we had trouble getting the necessary number of nominations to hold a competitive election. We hoped that this would start a conversation ...
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Does [commercial] and [monetization] tags have too big of an overlap for them to be merged?

Background: I have asked How can free and open source projects be monetized? (2015) back when we had no idea what to do with our tags, and [monetization] was created since that felt like the tag that ...
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Insufficient nominees for moderator election: What happens next?

Stack Exchange’s position is that every site has a team of moderators to operate in our network. Currently, this community is being moderated by apsillers and MadHatter, who have been doing an ...
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2023 Community Moderator Election

The 2023 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2023 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection [closed]

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Open Source Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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Announcing a “Graduation” election for 2023

Summary: Open Source Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on October 24, 2023, as your “graduation” election as a result of having lost your beta label a while back and a ...
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Asking about a possible license violation when I'm not sure what the rules are to begin with

I may have found that Debian, Ubuntu, and Homebrew are not properly honoring licenses for dependencies of statically-linked compiled binaries — but it's also possible that I'm misunderstanding the ...
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Asking a question about an open source dataset of digitized correspondence

A couple of months ago, I asked the following question on Open Data (Beta) SE: For a research project, I am currently looking for datasets that consists of large amounts of e-mails, text messages, or ...
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How do we feel about minor "fixup" edits?

I'm noticing quite a lot of minor "fixup" edits recently, often in questions that are many months old, or more. My personal feeling about minor syntax/grammar/layout/spelling fix-ups are ...
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Should ChatGPT- and similar AI-generated content be banned?

There has been discussion about this at the network level, but at this time there is no network-wide policy, and individual sites are encouraged to develop their own policies. It has already cropped ...
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Are non-software-related questions about open licenses on-topic or off-topic?

Are non-software-related questions about open licenses on-topic or off-topic? Example: If I use a CC-BY background music track in my video on YouTube, is it enough to give credits to the musicians in ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Custom Badge Icon idea for Open Source SE

I've recently noticed that some other SE's have custom icons for their badges, for example Sci-Fi Stack Exchange has the Rebel Logo from Star Wars as thir custom badge icon: I was thinking that it ...
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Tour => Allowed or denied? Getting help in selecting software for a given task. Allowed to ask? Or against site rules?

I've been a user of stack-exchange sites for more than a decade. I usually take very much into consideration the "Tour" section and what can be asked and what not before posting to a site I'...
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Are questions about project organisations and their processes welcome here?

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 & ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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How do we feel about people asking for off-site contact?

I've noticed recently some answers where the author of the answer suggests that the Original Poster contact him/her offsite for further discussion. I'm not sure how I feel about that, myself. On the ...
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Open Source is leaving beta

Management has been reviewing all of the sites that are currently in Beta to determine which sites are ready to lose that label and join other graduated sites on the Stack Exchange Network. Based on ...
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Is questioning the philosophies of the FSF, OSI, CC, etc. allowed here?

This site's Help Center says: You've come to the right place if you have questions about: the history and philosophies of the FSF, OSI, CC etc ... I'm sure that throwing softballs like "How ...
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How should the [open-source] tag be used?

This site has an open-source tag, but I'm struggling to understand how this tag should be used; it has no tag excerpt or wiki, but that's not a problem unique to this tag. As every question on this ...
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No [programming] questions here!

I think we should burniate or rename the programming tag. It has 4 (think about it! Only 4!) questions, all of which have been tagged with other tags. Does it describe the contents of the questions to ...
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About asking the team searching question on the opensource SE site

I have seen the tour page of opensource.stackexchange and want to know: Based on below photo,am i right that my question, is related to the community communication section? (Moderator's note: the ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Refining question to not be a duplicate - status of old version control revisions wrt licensing

I have a question regarding licensing. There is one question that asks essentially the same thing, however, I'm not satisfied with the answers given. Can you help me refining my questions so that I ...
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Would the question "what if the license is refused" be on-topic?

Background: Here in Germany there were some trials on court which Microsoft lost: Certain license terms (in the EULA) are void and therefore can be ignored by the user. Because the laws are the same ...
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How can I make my closed question on-topic?

I have a question about my Open Source Stack Exchange post: License for almost-open-source code This question of mine was closed, with the reason, "... does not appear to relate to open source ...". ...
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What are the canonical questions we've discovered?

We've created, appointed, or otherwise identified certain question/answer pairs that are the canonical answer for certain problems. These are answers where the community has said all it is going to ...
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Is it time for a list of canonical questions?

I notice that the "How do I make an open-source licence that forbids commercial activity" question came up again, as it does from time to time: Open source license for limited use Links to ...
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Are source-available licenses off-topic?

I just recently gave an answer on this stack exchange mentioning the relatively new, source-available, but not (strictly) open-source, Commons Clause License. The original question asks if it is ...
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2019: 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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Don't we get a "2019: a year in moderation" post?

Shog9 has been posting posted titled "2019: a year in moderation" in all the meta sites (e.g.: MSO's, MSU's) with some interesting stats about how the main site is (self-)moderated. We seem to have ...
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I found a question that contains an answer that is weak and/or may be wrong. Should this question/answer be moderated somehow?

I found a question that contains an answer that is weak and/or may be wrong. should this question/answer be moderated somehow? Here is the question I found: opensource.se: Is it allowed to ...
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Perceived inconsistency between question closing argumentation and help center topic specification

Scenario I appreciate the substantiation for the close vote. It leads me to recognize, in my opinion, a discrepancy between the close vote argumentation and the list of topics as specified in the ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Open Source's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank him for volunteering,...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Summary: Open Source Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on September 16 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on ...
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How technical can questions about forking a FLOSS project get?

In brief: I have some questions around forking a FLOSS project. They tend to start with a question of etiquette ("what's the right thing to do?"), but then stray into more technical areas ("how do I ...
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Do we need clarification of "Open Source" in the help page?

Following a discussion in the comments field of this question, I'm beginning to think that we need to clarify topicality in the help page. For some time now I've felt we'd developed a community ...
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How to request the formation of a wiki?

Was about to add an answer to my question from yesterday, with a bunch of bullet points given on various IRC channels I was perusing in the last 24 hours. Wiki of arguments for open-source business? ...
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Would this question about motivation for open source work be on-topic here?

What is the incentive for curl to release the library for free? (screenshot) was asked two days ago in Stack Overflow. In brief, it got an answer from the author of curl, made it to Hot Network ...
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Can I put my inventions here?

I have 100s of inventions that has been sitting. Rather then letting them die with me can I put them here for review? Maybe someone else could make use of them?
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Can I quote parts of a GPL license?

The GPLv2 header states: Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc. 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute ...
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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, in ...
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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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