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The description for this site reads, "Proposed Q&A site for those using, extending or developing emacs." As I understand it, that last bit means questions about actually contributing to the emacs project. It seems like all of the example questions are about using and configuring emacs though. Are questions about developing emacs itself be on topic?

Proposal: Emacs

  • Would be nice to talk about the code base itself as well, like how its structured, What's a Lisp Object, C Object...
    – c-o-d
    Sep 17, 2014 at 22:05

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There are no example questions about contributing because the vast majority of Emacs users are not contributors to the core. I see no reason why we would exclude such questions as off-topic, they're certainly about Emacs.

That said, most "questions" I can think of about developing Emacs are more subjective discussions than objective questions. And those most definitely do not fit here. Discussions are for mailing lists.

A few reasonable questions (which I would consider suitable):

  • How can I submit my package for inclusion on Gnu Elpa?"
  • I've improved a built-in function, can I submit for inclusion into Emacs?
  • How is a lisp ojbect implemented in Emacs-lisp?
  • I concur, although for contributors it might be better to use the mailing list. For common questions I can see this fitting well. Sep 18, 2014 at 13:12
  • @JDavidSmith True. And TBH, I don't foresee many questions being asked here on this topic.
    – Malabarba
    Sep 18, 2014 at 13:27
  • sure, there is no difference in extending emacs in C/Lisp or installing a third party plugin.
    – chen bin
    Sep 19, 2014 at 1:47

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