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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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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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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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Vote appropriately to set the lines of our scope

As many members of the community were concerned that the scope was too narrow and that many questions were veering towards a particular topic, some members of the community have now started to draw ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do we want questions about "What are open source alternatives to X"?

I've seen the following question: https://opensource.stackexchange.com/q/219/40 And I wanted to have this particular policy discussed early. Do we want question like: "What are open source software ...
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Is [Software X] open source, and if yes where is the source code?

My job involves a lot of searching and evaluating software. I routinely have to find out whether a piece of software is actually 100% open source, and sometimes it is more difficult/tricky that it ...
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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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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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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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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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