8 votes

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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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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Tour => Allowed or denied? Getting help in selecting software for a given task. Allowed to ask? Or against site rules?

The on topic help page is quite explicit about it (I bolded the relevant part for emphasis) - you're asking for a recommendation for Open Source software, which won't be on topic here: if you would ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do we need clarification of "Open Source" in the help page?

As far as I can tell, there is indeed a community consensus on basing our definition of FOSS of the four freedoms and the OSI definition. It can be helpful to make this more clear in the help pages. ...
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Question about choice of a crowdfunding site

Questions about off-site resources and recommendations (in this case, a crowdfunding site) are explicitly off topic. In fact, there's even a specific option in the "close" dialog for such questions: ...
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What's wrong with this GitHub code ownership question?

I was the one that though this discussion is not off topic. The rationale is that code ownership gives the owner the ability to grant the essential FLOSS permissions such as free (as in freedom) code ...
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Are Source Visible Questions On Topic?

curiousdannii has done a good job explaining that this site is about the FLOSS community, including history, philosophy, and cultural norms. We accept licensing question only insofar as they fit in ...
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Are Source Visible Questions On Topic?

This site, from the very beginning, has always been about the Free and Open Source movement, as marked out by the Free Software Definition and the Open Source Definition. We allow questions about the ...
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4 votes

Are non-software-related questions about open licenses on-topic or off-topic?

Anecdotally, questions about Open Hardware and Creative Commons licenses tend to be well-received here as well. As of now, there are about 150 upvoted questions on Creative Commons. Your question ...
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Is questioning the philosophies of the FSF, OSI, CC, etc. allowed here?

In other words, are people allowed to ask questions about the philosophies of the FSF, OSI, CC, etc. from the position of disagreement? Yes, but ultimately this is a Q&A site that seeks to ...
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Would the question "what if the license is refused" be on-topic?

From your question, it smells like this would be suitable for Law Stack Exchange.
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Reason to close "how to" question?

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 ...
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Are questions about project organisations and their processes welcome here?

I haven’t participated here in a while, but I would say yes; it seems to me that this is a variant of how communities collaborate together to produce, distribute, market and sometimes monetize these ...
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Is it on-topic to ask how free/libre/open a product really is?

I like this kind of questions. "Open Source" is a very wide term, and it's often useful to break it down to the details, whether for a regulatory need, personal interest, or just for fun. My vote is ...
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Reason to close "how to" question?

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 ...
Philip Kendall's user avatar
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Do we need clarification of "Open Source" in the help page?

There seems to be a pretty decent consensus and support for this, so I went ahead and did it. I've edited both the help center and the canonical "How do I ask for a license recommendation?" question, ...
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How to request the formation of a wiki?

Such kind of open ended questions are simply not a good fit for the Stack Exchange model, no matter how they are phrased. Your question was closed because it asked for some resource, true, but your ...
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Would this question about motivation for open source work be on-topic here?

Some kinds of questions simply do not fit the Q&A model that Stack Exchange is built for. Questions that are asked on the network need to be somehow answerable, which includes requirements such as ...
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Availability of open source software for particular field of interest

I think that would come under our existing close reason about off-site resources: Questions that ask for off-site resources, or for a recommendation of an open source service or product are off-...
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Questions about the history of an open source project, but not about licenses

Linux is "Copyright 1991 Linus Torvalds" but the earliest version on kernel.org is from 1993, where can I download earlier versions if there is any? Off-topic. This asks for an external resource, ...
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Asking a question about an open source dataset of digitized correspondence

When voting to close a question, we actually have a specific reason that would apply to such a question: Questions that ask for off-site resources, or for a recommendation of an open source service ...
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Is questioning the philosophies of the FSF, OSI, CC, etc. allowed here?

Yes, I think taking help in understanding the justification behind philosophy and in building strategy for solving a major practical problem would be encouraged as far as it is: Framed in a ...
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Are questions about project organisations and their processes welcome here?

I'll add my 2 cent's worth as an outsider. I'd certainly like it if there were a place on Stack Exchange for this type of question. I'm not 100% sure it should definitively be here on this SE site, ...
Philip Couling's user avatar
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Would the question "what if the license is refused" be on-topic?

From What topics can I ask about here? You've come to the right place if you have questions about: understanding, applying, and complying with Free & Open licenses [Other items omitted] So yes, ...
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