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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 ...
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Site tour page talks about unicorns and daisies instead of OSS

Why is the sample question in the site tour page about unicorns and daisies? Everywhere else uses a sample question from their site (to my knowledge).
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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 ...
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How frequently should I say "I am not a lawyer"?

I have seen people add "I am not a lawyer" and similar disclaimers on this and other stacks. Personally, I wouldn't take legal advice from someone unless they said "I am a lawyer (and my hourly fee is ...
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Should [copyleft] and [share-alike] be synonyms?

Both copyleft and share-alike have the same characteristics. Share-alike is obviously also the name of a CC license component. Reading the tag wiki, it seems they refer to the same thing. Should ...
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Stay Bright! A wake up call to moderators

I'm starting to get a bit of the heebiejeebies of the recent communications of our moderator team. https://opensource.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/641/stay-bright-a-wake-up-call-to-reviewers, ...
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What, exactly, are moderators doing to review reviewers?

In a recent meta post, which has since changed dramatically so many comments are no longer on topic there, a moderator said a few things that I feel need to be discussed. The following quotes are ...
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Would a translation tool recommendation question be on-topic?

One of my projects uses software developed in-house to gain translations from the community. It's functional, we're fully translated in 8 languages and partially translated in another 11, but I'd like ...
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What are the criteria for which a name will be considered acceptable?

Tim Post (Director of Stack Overflow Communities) has visited this site before to help us with the issue of choosing a site name. He and the other staff had ruled out the 'Free & Open' name, but I ...
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Q&A migrated here from Open Science private beta is 404-ing

Following the failed beta of Open Science, several Q&As were migrated to other suitable SE sites. One of my Answers was migrated to Open Source, but when visiting this Q&A I see a page not ...
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Revisiting major FLOSS announcements

In the question Would major FLOSS announcements be on topic?, it was decided that they aren't. However, the top answer also suggests that Meta might be a better venue for such things: Another note: ...
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Is on-topic humor appropriate?

I've just posted an answer that includes a link to an XKCD cartoon that is closely related to the topic. Is it appropriate to include such humor in an answer?
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What urgent matters do we need to resolve?

What this post is for Some issues we face as a community are more urgent than others. We can ask meta-questions about them, upvote those meta questions and the mods can feature some of those meta-...
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What should our site goals be?

After some small amount of discussion on this meta post and here in chat, I have a question for the community here. What are our goals? As a Stack Exchange site, we're here to answer on-topic ...
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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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Did I manage to post an answer twice, or what?

Am I in danger if a project component is relicensed? A few times in my SE history, I've gotten tangled up in a particular oddity of the editing UI and ended up with a duplicated answer. Did I do that ...
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Discussing scope overhauls with Programmers SE

Earlier today, a few moderators (myself included) had a chat about site overlap and scope reform across various sites. Before I continue, let me make note of a highly related post: Revisiting what is ...
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Concern over unilateral and arbitrary retagging

The tag wiki is an important part of the information architecture of a SE site. It provides a dimension of navigation, and makes information about a specific topic findable by searching for the tag. ...
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More site name brainstorming - Part III

In episode 1, we discussed changing the site name. A pretty much consensual answer proposed Free & Open. In episode 2, it was revealed that there is no longer a consensus. The proposal for “Free &...
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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 ...
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