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Does using the phrase 'open source' in a question make it on-topic?

This is the flip side of Questions that only arise in an open source context Consider this question: Do you need a degree to become an open source developer? (which I am using simply as an example) ...
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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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Is the relicensing tag useful?

I think it would be useful to have the tag relicensing. Like we agreed for license-compatibility, I think it is better to have one tag like this than using two tags like license and license-change (...
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Should we have separate tags for license versions?

We currently have gpl, gpl-2 and gpl-3 tags. Is it useful and helpful to have these tags, or should we stick to only one tag for all versions. If we shouldn't, then can we make them synonyms? A ...
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Are licensing posts going to dominate Open Source?

After looking in the "Tags" page on the main site... I've noticed that out of the top 5 tags, 3 of them are licensing tags (license, creative-commons, and licensing)... The top tag on the site being ...
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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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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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How much should we allow editing of closed but answered questions?

This question is prompted by Are there consequences of publishing software under a free or open source license? The original version of the question related to the "free as in speech" analogy and ...
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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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How to avoid political wars?

In chat it was brought up, that the site tends to become political. While I don't think that's the case I may overlook the things, so I ask how the community stands towards it. Also, how should we ...
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How can we get more experts into the private beta?

A few days ago we all agreed that the quality of our questions and answers could use some work. Many of us have been hard at work to fix this, and I feel like we've definitely broadened and thus ...
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How do we avoid “free as beer” vs “free as speech” confusions?

I saw a question about the categorization of "free software", assumed that the author means "free as beer" and answered it. The author commented that he meant to ask about the "free as speech" meaning ...
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Questions about demographic imbalance

I noticed a down vote on Do open source projects have better or worse female participation than proprietary projects?. As my comments there show, I think this question is both important and answerable ...
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Are questions that concern the public outright opinion based?

I've seen a few questions in the close review queues, as well as just by browsing around the site. There's been a rise in close votes: as Primarily Opinion-Based. Here are some examples: Is it ...
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Present your cases for a [case-study]!

Should we allow case studies? For example, should we look at the practices and results that other organizations or projects have taken, and sort of make case studies out of there. I'm proposing that ...
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Do we want to shy away from gender-specific terms where possible?

I was reading How to deal with a very productive contributor who wants to steer the project in a different direction? and noticed that all pronouns in it were male. Now I'm not 100% sure if this is a ...
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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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How comes the most popular question from the definition phase got closed as too broad?

During the definition phase, the highest voted example question of this site proposal was: What's the difference between the MIT and the BSD license? with 19 upvotes and 1 downvote. Naturally, ...
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The title of Open Source should be changed to Open License

The current name of this site is "Open Source" the current scope of this site is 80% licensing and maybe 20% open source. The current name does not fully depict what this site answers. As your answer ...
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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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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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Floss Foss to become Floss?

As in many questions, floss and foss were deemed to be similar, if not the same (the difference being technical). Should we make these tags synonyms of each other?
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OSI and Open Source SE

According to this Area 51 Discussion Post, the Open Source Initiative was contacted regarding the use of their logo. In the end, the OSI was interested in promoting this site, hoping to use it to ...
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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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Is [license-compatibility] the same as [compatibility]

I was approving edits in the Suggested Edits queue while I came across this: https://opensource.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/268 I approved it due to the description, we have a new tag. ...
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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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When will it be appropriate to start electing/appointing moderators?

While the site has only been open for a couple of days, although I still think we could discuss when you think we should elect moderators. I think in roughly a week when the dedicated users have had a ...
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When will this open to the public?

When will the Open Source Stack Exchange open to the public? Will this be a quick process or will it be a while before this happens? How will it work?
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What time is Stack Exchange in?

I reached my reputation cap for today and was wondering when it will be tomorrow.. I know it is not the same time as where I am now!! If anyone could tell me the timezone that would be amazing!
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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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How many of us regularly contribute to open source projects?

I use open source software, and I am interested in becoming a contributor, but at present I am not. I think the best expert level questions will come from people who have regular experience at working ...
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Is this meta tag on topic & in scope?

On this meta site, we have the tags on-topic and scope. These would appear to be redundant. Could we set one as a synonym of the other?
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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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Bad questions, or bad understanding?

I noticed that from this post that we have a substantial amount of questions closed... We have 84 questions And 180 answers Pretty good, isn't it? Of the 84 questions, 21 are closed at the time of ...
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Red Project, Blue Project, Small Project, Large Project? What's the Point?

I noticed these tags: large-project and small-project What's the purpose for these? P.S. Can we have puns for tag questions here too? (With this one, I tried...)
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What are our main risks of not getting to public beta?

Although it seems like we have only just started, in private beta years we've been doing this a long time. How are we doing? Is there anything that we should be doing but are not yet? Are we doing ...
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Are tag posts really “deleted”?

I've started writing tag wiki's, but I'm getting this: That's the only thing on the page. The link is fine: http://opensource.stackexchange.com/edit-tag-wiki/70 I haven't had any problem editing ...
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Please Write Tag Wikis

We're in the phase of the site where almost everyone can create new tags. However, there's an important part of a tag that often gets missed out when they get created: the wiki. I have a rule for ...
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What should our reference policy be?

There are some things that are common sense. For example, it's pretty clear that if someone licenses a software program with a free license, then a person using the software has certain freedoms ...
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Community Promotion Ads [duplicate]

We recently entered public beta, so we need to get word out to the rest of Stack Exchange about Open Source Stack Exchange. One of the best ways of doing this is with Community Promotion Ads. Here is ...
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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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What's our not-so-secret blurb?

Now that we're growing really big, getting lots of questions, and plenty of really amazing active users, we should start spreading the word! From 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: Imagine ...
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Tag [license] or [licensing]

I've noticed that we have two tags which essentially seem to mean the same thing: [license] and [licensing]. Which one should we keep? Or is there maybe a subtle distinction which might make it worth ...
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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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Can somebody make a licence → license tag synonym?

The UK spelling of the noun is "licence", and US "license". The standard for Stack Exchange seems to be US for tags: What should the standard spelling be - British or US? Please could someone with ...
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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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