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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

I didn't realise it was Zizouz212's imminent departure that was driving the election. Thanks a ton, Ziz; you've been carrying that load, with aplomb, for a long time. Thanks also to curiousdannii ...
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Thanks to Mnementh! Also, what?

Standing (sitting?) moderator here. For what it's worth, neither Zizouz212 nor I knew about this change until it happened either - I took a look at the admin dashboard on Friday and, lo and behold, ...
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Has Open Source Stack Exchange Failed?

I'm going to address a few points in your question individually: Certainly licensing is part of Open Source, but it's frankly a small part, and in addition few attorneys post on this site so ...
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Why don't you want to moderate for Open Source?

Let me flip the question round: how will the site be improved by an election? MadHatter and apsillers do an excellent job moderating the site in my opinion, and I see no evidence of disruptive ...
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Beyond licensing

It's a tricky question, because we have to keep to our topic - related topics that apply equally to completely proprietary software development don't belong here and should be asked on other sites. ...
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What are the canonical questions we've discovered?

These are the questions we have identified as canonical: Can I license my project with an open-source license but disallow commercial use? How can free and open source projects be monetized? What ...
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How do we feel about people asking for off-site contact?

I feel it is not appropriate to suggest in your answer to continue the discussion in private. On the one hand, the question asker loses the public scrutiny of the answers, which is an important aspect ...
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Is it on-topic to ask how free/libre/open a product really is?

These questions are on-topic IMO, but if the asker doesn't show effort in trying to answer it themselves then the questions will deserve to be downvoted, possibly even heavily downvoted. For example ...
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Let's evaluate our progress!

Mic test... Hi! Even though I'm not actively using opensource.SE actively lately, I do surf by occasionally and I think it's doing well. To address "are we getting discovered by the outside world?", ...
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Winter Bash 2016 is almost here - do we want to participate?

Of course! Everyone loves hats. Richard Stallman in his Saint iGNUcius Avatar by Devashishsethia
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Delete duplicate questions

I'm not entirely sure what you're asking here, but I'll take a shot. In general, we don't delete questions that have been marked as a duplicate because they serve as signposts to the answer - this is ...
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Perceived inconsistency between question closing argumentation and help center topic specification

It's also worth reading the help page on what you shouldn't ask. Inter alia, it says If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much. Your question is already ...
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Are source-available licenses off-topic?

The canonical source for what's on topic is the help center page "What topics can I ask about here?", which should always reflect the community's current consensus on what's on-topic. In this case, as ...
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How should the [open-source] tag be used?

This looks like a meta-tag, at best. And as you mentioned, virtually every question on this site should about open source anyway, so it would be pointless. Burninate it!
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Why don't you want to moderate for Open Source?

Moderation, on any website, is thankless, unpaid work. Your every action may be subject to the community's scrutiny at any time. If you do your job flawlessly, the community will scarcely know that ...
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How do we feel about pedagogical questions?

Right at the top of the Stackexchange tour is this: We build libraries of high-quality questions and answers, focused on each community's area of expertise. It seems to me that pedagogical ...
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Keeping the community safely in the clear for legal issues

Do "IANAL" acronym-style disclaimers even do anything? Are they effective? Meh, I'm not a lawyer so I can't evaluate this properly. Some material I've read suggests that the problem is not (solely) ...
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IANAL/TINLA - you what? Let's de-acronymize ourselves

I think we could even go further: could the opening page of the board simply say that none of the questions, answers or comments should be considered as legal advice even if they may look like it. And ...
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Let's evaluate our progress!

I'm a new user of this SE site, so I'll share some first impressions. The quality of answers is great. I have read a few already that have surprised me positively. The speed is also good. I posted a ...
Fernando Gutierrez's user avatar
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Has Open Source Stack Exchange Failed?

Certainly licensing is part of Open Source, but it's frankly a small part Perhaps, but it's a confusing part, whereas coding, testing, and packaging are common to all software. I think that those of ...
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How do we feel about answers presented as comments?

As Andrew T said in a comment: "When shouldn't I comment? [...] Answering a question or providing an alternate solution to an existing answer; instead, post an actual answer (or edit to expand an ...
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Can we please stop downvoting off-topic and duplicate questions?

Fundamentally, people can downvote how they choose to. Downvotes are one's own to use as you see fit. As long as you're not falling afoul of voting fraud rules, there really is no policy on what you ...
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Can I quote parts of a GPL license?

This isn't a license thing, this is a copyright thing. It is perfectly fine to quote any copyrighted work as long as the quote is reasonably small, as determined by the context for which the quote is ...
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Can I put my inventions here?

As others have commented, the short answer is "no". To quote the Help Center, the scope of the site is: Open Source Stack Exchange is a question & answer site about a group of related ...
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Would this question about motivation for open source work be on-topic here?

Essentially, this question boils down to the fundamental question of free software: "Why open source it?" (or alternatively, "why free?"). There are plenty of different answers to that, but the ...
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How technical can questions about forking a FLOSS project get?

Mandatory disclaimer: this is my personal opinion, and represents no one but myself. I think your question draws the border in the right place. You have an action plan (or several optional action ...
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Perceived inconsistency between question closing argumentation and help center topic specification

Mad Hatter has already gone through much of what I would have said here, but since I'm the one who closed the question, I'll add my perspective. I closed this one because of the nature of what it was ...
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How can I make my closed question on-topic?

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 ...
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Is questioning the philosophies of the FSF, OSI, CC, etc. allowed here?

Yes, but this is not a place for arguments or discussions, or for discussing the views of particular people. Questions must be objectively answerable and have a clear scope. This is almost universal ...
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Are questions about project organisations and their processes welcome here?

I'm not speaking as a mod, here, just as a user. It seems to me that some such questions can be on-topic, but a bright-line test is hard to come by, and it seems likely that a case-by-case approach ...
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