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Are technical questions about specific software that happens to be open source on-topic?

Let us say I have a question about an open source project that looks something like: Hi! I am a newbie user of XYZ. So, while I was referring to XYZ's API doc, I couldn't understand what function ...
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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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Are NC & ND Creative Commons licenses on topic?

Creative Commons produce a family of related licenses. Most of these are Open licenses (not recommended for software) and are clearly on topic. A couple are not Open, but are very closely related to ...
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Make the site about Open Information!

Note: I understand this is very long, but be sure to read and understanding everything in this post. Alright! Day 6 into the beta, and we're about to introduce a new addition to the scope! The ...
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Do we want to allow specific questions?

Following this comment, do we want questions to be general, and helpful to as many people as possible, or do we want to also allow more specific questions that help smaller groups of people? I'm ...
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Off-topic reason restricts to software

The off-topic close reason suggests only software is on topic, which the community appears to disagree with, both on Area 51 and here on Meta. off-topic: This question does not appear to be about ...
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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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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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How to encourage questions about anything but licenses?

I've gotta say That I was reasonably excited to see this proposal go into beta, but to date, it's been mostly nothing more than licensing questions. I was hoping for... something more. What other ...
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Where is [old arcane project] now maintained, maybe as a fork under another name?

Imagine a highly-specific open source library whose website has disappeared, or has been abandoned. Is it on-topic to ask whether the project still lives somewhere else, maybe as a fork under another ...
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Should we just allow open source?

In the question Are NC Creative Commons licenses on topic? I argued that the NC-clause of Creative Commons (and ND for that matter) isn't conforming to Open Source (while CC-BY and CC-SA are). But in ...
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Create a help/on-topic page specific to this community

Being a good SE-citizen I looked at help/on-topic before asking my first question here, to find that this page is just about void of useful information. A basic summary of what is and also is not on ...
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How do we neutralize the site to be more accepting?

We've seen many issues so far on the issue of neutrality between things such as: the Open Source Initiative; the Free Software Foundation; Creative Commons and more; Don't get me wrong, the issue ...
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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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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 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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Should questions pertaining to open knowledge be in scope

Recently, How can I trust Wikipedia, if everyone can change it? was asked. I feel questions like this pertaining to open knowledge should be in the scope of this site (even if it isn't necessarily now)...
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Are questions about collaborative development on-topic

I haven't found our site's "mission statement" yet, so consider this another step in developing one. Will we consider questions about collaborative development in general to be on-topic. Although ...
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Are questions on getting your project “blessed” on scope?

This question was closed How do I make sure my installer doesn't set off virus scanners? as a dupe of How to give evidence that an open-source project is reputable? Personally, I think ...
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Are FAQs on-topic?

This question is asking a question that can easily be answered by reading the resources from the well known resources (FSF and OSI). I think such a question is a FAQ regarding Free Software and Open ...
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Are questions about the licences of popular open source projects on-topic here?

I have a question I want to ask about the license of Ruby (MRI), and what portions of the project it covers (specifically, I'm wondering whether or not it covers bundled gems which are distributed in ...
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Would major FLOSS announcements be on topic?

To scope this question, I stress the word major in the title. If we want this site to be the first resort for people looking for general information about open/free projects and content creation, it ...
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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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Do we want to allow question about specific open source products?

Differences between Firefox and Iceweasel is a question that isn't directly about open source, but rather about an open source product. This is not exactly included in our scope as it is, but could ...
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Is it OK to reproduce questions from other open source websites?

I was looking for a source of potential questions, found one, and asked it. Then I recognized a lot of the other questions on this page (and don't bother, they're all gone now :) The site itself is ...
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License recommendations

Intro: Contrary to popular belief, recommendation questions can work well on Stack Exchange. See for instance Software Recommendations, where questions and answers are of high quality. QUESTION: ...
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Do we want recommendation/shopping questions?

Question in question: How to keep open source projects up to date This question is asking for software recommendations that is commonly utilized for version control (though doesn't mention "version ...
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Questions that only arise in an open source context

I'd like to see discussion following this comment: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is more about the personal security of the user than open-source in general, although ...
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How is photographic licensing off-topic?

How is Google able to relicense their photos on Google Streetview, which may contain copyrighted content? There's the question: It's +2/-1 and the answer is 0/-1 According to this, we allow ...
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Are questions about specific open source projects on-topic? [duplicate]

Are questions about specific open source projects on-topic? I mean questions like: Why is project X the way it is and not other? Where can I get support for project Y? Why did project A split into B ...
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Should we rethink software recommendations?

I've written an answer down below, that properly expresses my viewpoints. It can be found here. I while back, there was the following question: Do we want recommendation/shopping questions? The ...