The reason for closing LibreOffice proposal seems to be quite weak - as there are tons of other existing SE sites which do overlap a lot with superuser.

  • Can you name one?
    – Verbeia
    Jul 7 '12 at 13:47
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    apple, ubuntu, webapps, sharepoint, windowsphone? If SharePoint has its own site, why libreoffice shouldn't have one? I doubt the SharePoint has more users or communities-users than LibreOffice. Probably the only thing agains LO, would be that there are already many other websites with LO/OO-users.
    – sorin
    Jul 7 '12 at 14:24
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    @Sorin: The WindowsPhone proposal doesn't overlap with SuperUser, as SU explicitly states that smartphone questions are off-limits. SharePoint is an online web applications framework, thus taking it well outside the bounds of SU. Also, "Apple", Linux, and Ubuntu are all much larger than LibreOffice (not that I agree on them being separate). Jul 7 '12 at 20:23
  • Actually the Apple site includes iPhones etc, which are off topic on SU. And the unix/Linux site includes server admin type questions which are off topic on SU (but on topic on ServerFault). So I don't think think you have any good examples except the Ubuntu site.
    – Verbeia
    Jul 7 '12 at 22:14
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    I recently proposed a "Microsoft Office" site. It might be worth exploring if we can broaden it to "All Office Suites". There is distinct overlap in some areas.
    – user88642
    Jul 29 '15 at 2:20

The important point is not whether these sites overlap with SuperUser but whether they overlap completely. If there is evidence that a significant body of questions that would be off topic on an existing site, then the proposal could get up without being closed. But in the case of LibreOffice or any other office product, I cannot think of any question that would not be on topic on Super User.

The examples you gave in comments all had significant spaces of questions that are off topic on SuperUser, except for Ubuntu. Considering the momentum behind the formation of that site, I think that StackExchange management were willing to make an exception. But just because they made one exception doesn't mean they will keep making it. And unless you can show that a LibreOffice site will be as active as the Ubuntu site, I don't see why StackExchange should make an exception for LibreOffice as well.


I would like to see LibreOffice re-opened since at the moment the SU solution doesn't really convince to work. I've made a quick check and it seems people just ask their LibreOffice related questions all over the place. This is probably since it is not that obvious to the common solution seeker to start their quest on SU. enter image description here

In my opinion the problem is that SU is just covering to many topics.

I mean, apart from that the LibreOffice community seems to have taken matters into their own hands with creating their own SE flavored platform. Which is OK and serves the purpose much better than SU, IMHO. But there's nothing like the matured SE expert environment and being a huge SE supporter I of course would love to be it a part of the extremely skilled SE community.

  • Btw there are plenty question which aren't even tag'd "LibreOffice". Jul 28 '15 at 17:00

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