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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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Let's make foss become floss!


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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 questions and answers does not increase through soul searching for goals, nor by having them. Overarching project wide goals can be detrimental to being a great ...


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Technically correct, but 'dual-licensing' is (I think) the commonly used term.


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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 organization founded in 1985 to protect and promote free software. The term "open source" was coined in 1998 by a group of people — the founders of the ...


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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/libre/whatever-you-want-to-call-it software. And explicitly declare debates about terminology off-topic and have moderators kill them in the bud.


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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 good fit. You don't need both tags. You should have one tag and text completion will guide them to the right fit. licen → licensing


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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, the master tag gets shown anyway.


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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 hope that one of the Community Managers see it. Looks like the managers hath heard our prayers.


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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 was created with regards to the overall development of open projects - including all of the aspects you mention above and possibly some others. However, as a ...


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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 people producing, distributing, marketing and monetizing Free and Open projects. This site is not limited to software, but also covers art, literature, hardware, ...


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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 think it's important to state that except in the rarest of questions "open source", "free" and "libre" are considered synonymous ...


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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. best example are the two share-alike cc-licences. cc-by-sa is copyleft while cc-by-nc-sa is non-free and therefore not copyleft. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...


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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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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 WTFPL and the CeCILL License v2 are approved by the Free Software Foundation, but not approved of by the OSI. This lack of approval doesn't necessarily mean ...


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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 while it has many merits, free software does to. Mentioning it would not only acknowledging the heritage, it would also clearing up confusion of users, that may ...


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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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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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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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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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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 content. It’s about free/libre/open licenses and licensing, and maybe to some extent even the free/libre/open culture. But the kind of work (software, music, ...


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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. OpenSource.SE's primary purpose is to connect people who are interested in (and have questions about) FLOSS with experts and veterans of the community, the ...


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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 problems or questions that you’ve encountered the history and philosophies of the FSF, OSI, CC etc understanding, applying, and complying with Free & Open ...


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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 management of libre/open source projects ... Anything that's libre/open source. Also, we allow: Questions on the history and philosophies of the FSF and the ...


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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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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're suggested :) Probably copyleft. It's a broader tag, and encompasses share-alike. If they're this way round, we can simply merge the two, and copyleft will ...


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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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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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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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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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