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I am trying to sort out a design problem before proposing a new site.

Problem: there are two main flavors of questions one would ask on the new site: technical and functional.

They are distinct yet related. Technical would always deal with programming, i.e. code. Functional would always deal with system functionality, i.e. discussing options offered by standard system configuration: flips, switches and radio buttons.

Assigning a tag or category would work only partially. Why partially? Because it would be important that technical and functional questions are not displayed together, in the same list.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Jeff

P.S. See attached example.

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    I'm slightly confused with this question. The only question categorization system that SE provides is tagging, so "Because it would be important that technical and functional questions are not displayed together, in the same list." won't be feasible if both type of questions is on the same site. Individual user can ignore tags to hide the questions from the list, but I don't think that's what you want? Otherwise you might want to have 2 separate sites instead. – Andrew T. Apr 12 at 4:31
  • Give your examples it looks like there are probably existing SE sites where you could ask and answer your questions. I would look for those sites before considering a new proposal – James Jenkins Apr 12 at 17:22
  • Thank you James and Andrew. Andrew: what I had in mind were old-style forum sites, where users click on topics which interest them. Since that is not possible on SE, which is fine, users would simply use "watched tags" feature. Challenge will be instructing users to tag questions correctly. But I think platform itself will take care of poor tagging (making posts less prominent by down-voting). James, my proposal will be about enterprise software which is very popular but fairly obscure to general public. I think its own SE site would make sense. – Jeff Apr 13 at 13:12

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