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Proposed wording: off-topic: This question does not appear to relate to open source, within the scope defined in the [help]. (Changed wording in bold - the final close reason will not require bold.)


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What are "external resources" questions? You've likely seen questions being closed for asking for external resources. Basically, they ask for anything that is located off-site. So what do we consider to be an external resource? An external resource is... An open source library, media object, or service A recommendation for an open source library, media ...


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I never claimed that my code would be open-source... That's the crux of it. This site doesn't deal in anything that's not free/open-source, and we can't do recommendations for non-free/non-open licenses (or custom licenses). That's why your question was closed; ultimately, unless you want to change it completely to ask for an open-source license instead, it ...


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status-completed 3 November 2015  This close reason has been added and is available to use. Here's one that I made for license recommendations: Examples: Need free / open source software licences for specific requirements Matching Licence Model Questions asking for the recommendation of a license must include sufficient information on the ...


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status-completed 3 November 2015  This close reason has been added and is available to use. Here is one for questions that ask for external resources (i.e. Software, Hardware and Website recommendations). Examples: https://opensource.stackexchange.com/questions/1938/where-could-i-find-some-free-copyright-pictures-for-my-professionnal-website Sites ...


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Here is one concerning License Recommendations: Questions asking for the recommendation of a license must include sufficient information on the desired effects, the context regarding the current details of the project itself. Questions that do not include relevant information, or are unclear, will make it difficult to make a well-informed answer, and will ...


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Both questions can be answered with sociological studies. The question should clearly state that this, rather than opinions, is expected. Both questions are primarily opinion-based as originally asked, but that can be fixed by an obvious edit, which is preferable to closing the question. Instead of asking “is X so”, make it abundantly clear that the question ...


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I tend to agree. These questions, as long as they're well-written, can quite easily be answered with a bit of research and linking in some facts and studies. That inherently makes them not opinion-based, because although it is possible to express an opinion in response to them, it is also perfectly possible to answer comprehensively and objectively. That ...


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Is there a way I can write blogs on medium but still have those version maintained on github. There's a tiny chance that this could be asking about the licensing of the Medium site and whether it would allow cross posting, but... Or write them on Jekyll github pages and have them post to medium? This shows it's a technical question, and therefore off-...


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Proposed wording: off-topic: This question does not appear to be about open source concepts, within the scope defined in the [help]. (Changed wording in bold - the final close reason will not require bold.)


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One which immediately comes to mind concerns maintaining the neutrality of this site. There are numerous groups in the open/free movement (FSF, OSI, CC, Apache, etc) which often differ on ideological grounds. Whilst the organizations themselves appear to work together without too much friction, sometimes their members/followers can be a little overzealous ...


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I voted to close as too broad. I don't this this question is too opinion-based. It is to some extent, but it's rather towards the kind of “constructive subjective” questions that work fine — inspiring answers that explain why and how, inviting answers sharing experiences over opinions, more than just mindless social fun. But it is far too broad. It covers ...


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Over on Photography, we not uncommonly get what sounds like a very similar situation around graphical editing tools (Photoshop etc): "Photoshop is used by photographers, therefore my question about Photoshop is on-topic". How we deal with this is exactly how you'd expect: if the question is actually about photography (e.g. "How do I use Photoshop to remove ...


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Questions that ask us to recommend Free/Open software, libraries, media, services, or other resources are off-topic, because in general no one will be able to find what you're after faster than you can yourself. For help finding what you're looking for, please see our list of websites where you can search for these things. The linked meta page will contain ...


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I fear that never closing a question if it: asks for an open source license asks for a recommendation asks for justification is going to produce a lot of questions of the form: I want to use an open source license with the requirements A, B, and C, it must also impose restriction X (where X may be some arbitrary restriction on type of use, type of user, or ...


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TL;DR: Any license recommendation question that asks for an open license is on-topic. Example 1: I'm looking at open-sourcing project X, and I need a good open source license to do it under. The requirements are X, Y, Z, and it needs to be A and B. What is a good license for this and why? This question: asks for an open source license asks ...


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Questions that directly ask for a non-open license specifically should be off-topic. Likewise, if questions demonstrate good intentions to have an open license, they should be on-topic, even if the requirements for the license would require a license that is non-open. That being said, if a license demonstrates lack of complete understanding (not knowing the ...


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In my draft on-topic description I thought of two things which may be common enough to warrant custom close reasons: if you want to know how to use some software, or how its code works if you would like recommendations for Free/Open software or media Unless we come up with a bunch of others I'd suggest we add these at the beginning (possibly combined). If ...


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