I am slightly worried that the subject of "Tor" alone will not create enough (good) questions to condone a independent SE site. It seems to me that Tor might be better discussed using a "Tor" tag on the proposed Privacy site. I could be wrong about this but it seems some other people have the same concern. In a different discussion, @Hjulle said (in comments):
Do you believe that just Tor will be able to produce enough questions to keep this running in the long run?
Yes. Tor changes all the time, with new releases, features, research, etc. I don't think we would run out of questions.
It could be true that the ever-evolving nature of the Tor software and privacy in general will cause new topics to pop-up all the time. My concern with this though is that this will likely cause many older questions to become invalid, probably quite quickly.
I use Stack Overflow frequently. Questions about programming languages and code construct are relevant for a long time because language specs don't change often. When they do change, we just introduce a new tag (e.g.
java-7). If a question like this gets no attention for a year or two, it doesn't matter because it can still likely help someone, maybe someone who is working with older tech But, I find that the questions about programmer software (e.g. Visual Studio or IntelliJ IDEA) become out-of-date quickly as the software changes. When new releases come out, either new answers need to be created to older questions or new, similar questions appear just because the old answer doesn't apply to the new version. Unfortunately, software-based questions seem to be much more volatile. Here are some examples of (IMO) problematic questions/answers about software:
On this site, when someone asks "How can I test the Tor configuration to prove that my setup is secure?", how will we make sure that the answer(s) are relevant 1 month, or 1 year later?
Here are some possibilities:
- use tags (e.g.
- delete questions if they are no longer valid
- down-vote old, out-of-date answers and add up-to-date answers to get voted up
- leave them alone; maybe someone is using an older version and the info is still applicable to them?
Are there any other good SE sites which focus purely on frequently changing software products? If so, what can we learn from them on how to combat this (perceived) problem?