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Off-topic reason restricts to software

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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Floss Foss to become Floss?

Let's make foss become floss!
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What should our site goals be?

Other than to strive to provide the best answers within our determined scope, we should be goal-free. Overarching project-wide goals are not beneficial to being a great Q&A site. The quality of ...
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Can we rename dual-licensing to multi-licensing?

Technically correct, but 'dual-licensing' is (I think) the commonly used term.
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Free Software in the description, please?

Just so that there is some history here (cause everyone loves history, right!) The term "free software" is older, and is reflected in the name of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), an ...
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Free Software in the description, please?

This site is not solely about software. I'm rather partisan of keeping it simple. Definitely keep “Open Source” as the site name. Mention somewhere in the description that this includes all free/...
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Tag [license] or [licensing]

This subject space is better expressed as licensing. Question about a specific license might pick a narrower 'license' tag, but when folks are talking about licensing concepts in general, it wont be a ...
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Tag merge request: derived-works, derivatives, derivative-works

Let's keep derivative-works and make the other two synonyms. It is the clearest and searchable out of the three. The other two can still function as redirects. If something gets tagged with a synonym, ...
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Can somebody make a licence → license tag synonym?

Since no one on the site has the 1250 reputation required to suggest a tag synonym (And no one would have for at least a few more days). Your best bet would be to flag for moderator attention, and ...
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[tag:development], what's it for?

The extended tag wiki gives us a little more information: The development of open projects must take into account a number of things, including financial and human resources. I'm thinking this tag ...
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What should our site-description be?

I really dislike starting with 'organzing', but can't really explain why... here's an alternative based a little on my wording for the on-topic page. $SiteName is a question & answer site for ...
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Create a help/on-topic page specific to this community

I'd like to suggest a different approach than what I've seen on most sites: rather than just having a list of topics I think it would be wise to first define the core topic which this site is about. I ...
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Should [copyleft] and [share-alike] be synonyms?

They aren't exactly the same terms, share-alike is broader. Copyleft includes the content to be free, while share-alike only demands sharing under the same terms, even if the term itself are non-free. ...
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Custom close reasons for this site?

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 ...
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Free Software in the description, please?

Free/Libre Software and Open Source software are two groups which overlap rather a lot, but not entirely. Any software licensed under the NASA Open Source Agreement is Open Source, but not Free. The ...
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Free Software in the description, please?

Free software is the beginning of discussing the phenomenon as a concept (free software/open source software was existing before but wasn't noticed as such). The term open source was coined later and ...
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I don't like [free-software]. I like the definition though :)

It's not a very populated tag (4 questions) and they all could be changed to -definition IMO. I currently see no reason not to merge.
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Revisiting custom close reasons

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 ...
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Revisiting custom close reasons

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 ...
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Tag [license] or [licensing]

To me they seem to be used for the same thing. Even if there were a subtle nuance this doesn't seem reflected in usage. Maybe redirect one to the other?
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Free Software in the description, please?

I think we should definitely have "free" as well as "open" in the title and/or the description, and ideally also "libre". This site is not about free/libre/open software and not about free/libre/open ...
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What should our site goals be?

I'm going to tangentially answer this question. Instead of defining goals for the site, I'd like to talk about the spirit of this site and the kinds of questions I would personally like to see here. ...
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What should the Tour's '(Don't) ask about' section contain?

Any reason we shouldn't base it on the on-topic page? I've made this community wiki, so (after discussing in the comments) edit this if you think it can be improved. Ask about... real ...
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Create a help/on-topic page specific to this community

Basically in general... Any question related to licensing libre/open source projects Any question related to the marketing of libre/open source projects Any question related to the organization and ...
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Custom close reasons for this site?

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 ...
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Should [copyleft] and [share-alike] be synonyms?

Yes. The concept behind them is exactly the same. We already have cc-by-sa for one of the licenses, we don't need a tag just for the clause. I haven't seen any, but I'm willing to add more in if they'...
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Off-topic reason restricts to software

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 ...
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Revisiting custom close reasons

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 ...
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Should [source] be eliminated?

Ask, and ye shall receive! The question didn't make sense really, and the only one that it really applied to was your first question, which is closed anyway. So it was a dead tag to start.
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Custom close reasons for this site?

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 ...

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