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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 would be an ...
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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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What tag to use for the unlicense?

There is a tag unlicensed-code though that is: Code which has not been published under a license and can be used only under regular copyright law. Is there an appropriate tag to use for questions ...
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More site name brainstorming - Part II

Today, we had a visit from Tim Post to discuss our potential name change. After a meeting at Stack Exchange and some discussion in a chatroom, we've nearly settled on our site name: Free & Open......
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Flagging bugbears

Yesterday, I flagged a post because it was off-topic. The flag was declined by Zizouz212 on the basis that the help center says it's on-topic. The help center says no such thing. Then when I flagged ...
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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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The Quality Cleanup Initiative: Improving our quality

There have been a few discussions among the community concerning the direction of quality standard that this site has in place. As a result, we need to start creating a standard of quality, and most ...
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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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Shall requests for “free stuff” be on-topic as long as it is free stuff for open source?

I voted to close this question as off topic: Free mailing list provider for open source projects? Looking at the votes, it looks like we've a hung jury, so I'll take it to meta. I gave this as my ...
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What should the Tour's '(Don't) ask about' section contain?

In the tour site there is a section 'Get answers to practical, detailed questions'. There are two lists: 'Ask about...' and 'Don't ask about...'. These lists can now be edited by the appointed ...
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Can we change “open source software” to “open source” in the placeholder text?

status-deferred - we're planning on getting this done, but we'll do it when the CMs come around to change our name - they can do this at the same time. When I go to ask a question, I see the typical ...
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What should our site-description be?

We have mods now, that can change a lot of things, among them the site-description in the tour. It currently reads: Open Source Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people organizing,...
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[tag:development], what's it for?

We have a good number of questions tagged development. I don't really get what it's for. The tag wiki explains Use this tag for questions regarding the development of open projects. So what are we ...
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Is this question really off-topic?

While looking at some closed questions to generate some stats, I came across this question. It asks how to apply a Creative Commons license to a blog post. It's been closed as off-topic: not about ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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How do I ask for a license recommendation?

I want to ask a recommendation for a license to apply to my open project. How do I ask these sorts of questions?
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Legal principles and a generic 'XY' problem

It seems to me that some questions here suffer from an 'XY' problem resulting from fundamental legal principles. Copyright and patent law is civil, not criminal, law. Unless countries start passing ...
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Are registered users still “audited” with captchas?

I had asked a question earlier, and when I clicked the button to publish the question on the site, I had been hit with a captcha "in order to make sure I'm not a robot." A couple thoughts about why I ...

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