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Are historical questions on topic?

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 ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often!

Note: This post is identical to this one on Vi & Vim stack exchange I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Meta.Tex.SE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question&...
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Isn't this question too broad?

The following question: How do I attract new programmers? has been closed as Too Broad and then reopened. I argue that it is far broader than How do I structure my project in an inviting way? which ...
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Should we allow "What's the difference between <license A> and <license B>" types of questions?

Do we find them on topic? There are sites out there dedicated to do this comparison and are able to visually display it a lot better than we ever can. Perhaps a single canonical explaining how to ...
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What should we name our chatroom?

The default was Open Source, I, on a whim, changed it to The MIT License. Let's let the community decide, how should we name our chatroom?
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Are questions on hosting platforms on-topic?

I found this: How can I recover content from an open source project host that has shut down? It seems to be asking about how to recover information from a hosting service that has fallen. It asks ...
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Free Software in the description, please?

See this post on area51. To some people, there is an important distinction between Free Software and Open Source Software, at a philosophical level. I'm not really interested in having that fight ...
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How far into legal questions do we stray?

Questions like Can I change the caps to lowercase in licenses? and Do software patents for common formats (gif, mp3, h264) apply globally? are legal questions that impact open source software. To ...
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Are getting started questions relevant here?

Now that we have this network, I'm sure there'll be newbies coming in asking questions like, How do I get started with Mozilla/KDE/etc? or How do I start contributing to project xyz? I guess ...
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Will "software" be an implicit tag for every question not categorized in another way?

Prior to the beta launch, there was discussion of whether this site would be limited in scope to open source software. The strong consensus was behind an answer that argues: If the scope does not ...
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Is open source limited to software?

In open source, are we talking only about software, or also about other things? There is free documentation (GFDL, Creative Commons), open data (already has its own Stack Exchange site), open recipes....
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