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We thought about this the first time the topic came up (and went to private beta). This isn't the first time we've examined the idea of a site primarily focused on sex, intimacy and sexuality. While it is textual Q&A, pictures and stuff do make for easier explanation, so it was a concern that several raised, and that was raised internally, long ago. If ...


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Both answers so far tackle the practical matter of things, I'll give my two cents why it shouldn't be limited: Underage people do practice sex. Even if they don't, there's nothing wrong with learning how bodies work; I can hardly think of something that is inappropriate for a minor in that regard - we don't publish pornography. I understand though that some ...


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We have a similar issue on Mi Yodeya, the Judaism SE site. For a host of reasons, we don't want to give or appear to be giving personal advice on Jewish practice, as a rabbi would. As a result, we have a strong policy to that effect: Like Wikipedia, this site makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer professional (particularly rabbinic) advice. ...


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This is really a discussion for the community who is actually going to build this site once it is created, but here's the gist of it — If this site makes it to beta, it is reasonably safe to assume this site will contain frank discussions stemming from largely clinical questions involving sexual activities between consenting adults. If you are ...


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Yes. The site is for education. If you can act in a mature manner around the topic of sexuality and have a learning attitude, I think you're good. Tangentially related: If you're worried about being “only 15”, consider that legal age of consent ≤ 15 in many places. It's deeeefinitely OK to be interested in sex and sexuality at your age. Thanks to user ...


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Personally, I would find a site that hides content behind a curtain like that an embarrassment. It's not going to happen if I have anything to say about it. Will this site be safe for work?


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I'd say that the definition should include any animal that will be harvested as a companion. What I mean by "harvest" is in terms of what the final product is. This includes breeders and caretakers of animals that aren't currently pets but will one day be pets. Breeders and caretakers don't keep animals as pets, but knowing how to care for these animals ...


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Mostly people pick up on medical issues that require professional assistance pretty quickly... (e.g parenting.stackexchange.com). So explicitly banning health questions would not appear to be that beneficial. Also some medical questions such as flea/worm treatments for dogs are well known and the discussion of product alternatives or timing would be ...


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Coffee and Tea should not be combined, as the advantage of focus would immediately be lost. The major components of coffee include: Bean Selection Roasting Grinding Brewing Finished Beverage Of those major categories, the only potential for overlap is in the brewing section. Pour over and French press methods can be used for both. Espresso, however, which ...


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It's definitely not too narrow, but the breadth might not be immediately obvious. I have no doubt that this site will gather the momentum it needs to get out of private beta, if it manages to sustain itself through commitment. You've got: Thousands of various kinds of brewing contraptions that aren't always intuitive to use Hundreds upon hundreds of ...


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It's a site on the Internet, if minors want to find something, they'll find it. Besides they could do much much worse than a textual Q&A site with voting.


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I don't know where you are coming from. But where I live (Austria in European Union) you are taught about sexuality in school, starting at the age of 6. The topic is chosen according to the age of the children. Younger kids learn what the differences between a boy and a girl are, and what happens when a woman gets pregnant. When kids are in the age where ...


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Great question, and I'm glad we can sort this out now early in the proposal. If we consider the field of medicine, there are many specialties, such as radiology, cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology and so forth. I don't think questions that only a cardiologist can answer however should be off-topic on the medicine proposal. The medicine proposal will ...


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The beer, coffee, wine, tea, cocktails, and other liquid-drinkers' site? Personally, I doubt very much that we would be able to find a passionate and engaged community to rally around a subject called "beverages." That is just my opinion. There's a point where you're just piling on the subjects into a catch-all room just to hit the numbers… and the ...


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I think a strong policy against questions seeking legal advice, or answers giving it, is important. I don't think the two policies you suggest necessarily achieve that. For example: I was served with a writ of attachment. I live in Vermont. How many days do I have to answer it? This would be barred by your policy. If a person living in Vermont was ...


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As long as they are pet snakes, frogs, lizards, etc... then yes they are on topic. Questions about snakes, frogs, lizards, et al in the wild would be off topic. The key would be the pet aspect.


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What isn't a "life hack"? Good question, but has no answer. Alternatively try to answer: What isn't "math" and/or "philosophy"?) (and remove all other forums of SE ;) What space would "life hacks" fill? Yes the sites you mentioned cover a part of life hacks. However, there is a sort of questions which don't fit on the sites you mentioned. Examples: How to ...


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Proposal: Stack Overflow Considering the large number of programming languages and frameworks with their own features, is it feasible for the community to have a wide enough member/knowledge base for any question (with the exception of Java and maybe C#) to receive a detailed response (that couldn't be obtained from a quick web search)?


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This site has been in the top five sites by progress and in the hot sites for months now. It is really not reasonable to close it now, just when it is about to go into private beta. There is a restart of this site called "speculative science". As far as I know, it has approximately the same scope as this site (What if), but it has another name. Renaming ...


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Thank you for raising this question. I think it's an important question to consider, for any new Stack Exchange site, and in particular where there's overlap as you describe. That said, I think it really does make sense to have this be a separate site. Here are a few reasons to think so: Sexuality is actually something that is afforded relatively little ...


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I can only speak for myself, but I think "social skills" misses the mark. To me, "social skills" sounds like it's all about how people interact publicly in a social setting. But using the word "social" in this context leaves out a lot of the interpersonal relationship stuff… which was the essence of what lead to this expanded proposal in the first ...


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A problem I note in the questions is that the majority seem to be self-help questions, which are a particularly dangerous breed of question: They act, implicitly, as medical advice. That alone is a legal nightmare and Cognitive Sciences doesn't allow them for that reason. Questions are expected to be about general research into specific matters, now "how ...


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Counter question 1: How many people on StackOverflow are not professional software developers and how bad do you believe their impact is on the usefulness of the site? The answer to this question does not depend on the importance of the subject or the potential danger to people seeking information. Counter question 2: How much bad advice is given by ...


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I think it would be beneficial to include Tea. It broadens the user base without going too far. Often, but not always, people interested in coffee are also interested in tea, but are not always the same people. Including Tea in the proposal definitely widens the user base without widening the scope of the site to all beverages. I think it would remain ...


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Absolutely. This SE has enough followers, all it needs is people to upvote a few more questions.


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I'm not sure if you have a different impression of what "PUA" means, but the idea that interpersonal relationship advice can only come from those who fancy themselves experts in neurolinguistic games and shallow manipulation is exactly why this subject will never make a successful community. Folks asking for Dear Abby -style advice may never actually make ...


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Not really, we should not aim for such a thing. Anyone should be welcome to join and take part by either asking or answering, and nobody should make any assumptions. Everything should be based on the content itself, not the one who posted that content. (i.e. votes, replies, flagging) This is true for every Stack Exchange site/community, be it old and big ...


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This site will contain frank discussions stemming from largely clinical questions involving sexual activities between consenting adults. As long as the crux of the question is about the subject of sex and intimacy, it will probably be okay. But as a pragmatic matter, if questions start to delve too far into the subject of porn, it will likely be off topic. ...


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To address your first bullet, we could consider adding the following feature to the site. It would require the system to acknowledge "locale" tags, but this by itself would get people to realize that the site isn't just about one place.


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The "about me" section is freeform and would be best suited to describe the vast array of sexual preferences out there than any list we could on the site itself. It'll be up to the site's community to define what they want to do... Although I personally wouldn't expect a lot of people to be super into describing the gory details of what they're into in a ...


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