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The issue in these three cases is different from almost every other proposal. Most sites will get launched a week or two after 100% commitment. There are a few things we need to do to prep a new site, such a establish the URL, pick the favicon, and so on. But proposals for SO in other languages require significantly more preparation to do right. The good ...


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Documentation involves writing, but it isn't writing. It's interviewing, collating, taxonomizing, maintaining, fixing, updating, expanding, pruning, and more. The writing aspects of technical writing and documentation surely are on-topic at Writers.SE. But everything else? I wouldn't think so. Writers.SE's Tour says the following is explicitly off-topic: ...


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Title: Technical Communication URL: techcomm .stackexchange .com I was fond of "Documentation", but this covers everything a technical writer and technical communicator does. The URL is a well-known abbreviation for this subject, and it's the name of the career and what the curriculum was called when I studied in this space.


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Limit the proposal to coding/programming only, and it will be closed as obvious subsets of both Programmers.SE and Stack Overflow. If the scope does not include significant areas of interest to just the open-source world (licensing, hardware, DIY projects, robotics, whatever), then it really doesn't need to exist.


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Business-speak discourages experts (unless they are experts on business/marketing). Moderators will be probably the broadest part of the site audience, and most of moderators simply don't see themselves as "community managers" unless they specifically put a thought to it. The title should draw attention immediately, sink in as something simple and well-...


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Full name: Moderators Common shortcut: Mods Domain: moderators.SE


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I don't believe so. The original change came about from a potential branding collision with another Stack Exchange product — but upon further reflection and discussion, it was decided that "Technical Communication" better captured the broader expert/professional/academic audience for which this site is targeted. "Technical Communication" is a well ...


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"Open Source" isn't just a licensing ideology; it's also a movement with organizations like the Open Source Initiative (OSI) whose members tackle issues like how to promote and encourage the use of open source software. There's also issues like licensing, enforcement and interpreting proper use, distribution, organizational challenges, etc. Bits and pieces ...


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There is a degree of overlap in which questions will be on topic for each of the two sites. This is not necessarily a reason to combine them into one site. There are many SE sites that have overlap, or even where one could reasonably be a strict subset of the other. What distinguishes a topic as being suitable for a separate SE site is its community. While ...


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When I started participating at Stack Overflow three years ago, I knew very little about programming, and all I could do was posting questions to get help. Similar to your description, I was unfamiliar with the many different tools and languages. At that particular time, I didn't feel I was being of much help to the community because I could barely answer ...


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I'm looking forward to participating in this group! Thanks for putting it together. That said, it would be easier for me to recruit my colleagues if you broaden the description to include post-secondary CS teachers. The current title of this group, "Computer Science Educators," implies that all CS educators are welcome. The description, however, restricts ...


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Moderation may be misleading since the actual definition of moderation is "The avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one's behavior or political opinions". Of course moderators themselves express moderation, but moderation also applies to many other aspects life not covered in this SE. Moderators is much more clear about what the site is about.


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Edit: Already implemented this change: Documentation: Proposed Q&A site for information developers, technical communicators, writers, programmers, engineers, and others interested or engaged in documentation. Edit2 (site name changed from "Documentation" to "Technical Communication"): Since the name of the site has changed, there have been a ...


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Your thinking seems a bit backwards. Stack Overflow is the most successful, most popular site for programmers. It is about the 50th largest site on the web. With over a half million PHP questions on Stack Overflow, it has also become the best resource for PHP users. So what you are asking is to now remove PHP questions from that site — making Stack ...


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When I hear "moderator", I still think of those moderated mailing lists, where the moderator had to approve your email to the list, or put a lock on you if you abuse the list. So in that sense (and this is probably a very common one, even not just mailing lists - forums, etc) a "moderator" is kind of like a guard, or policeman - very little to do with ...


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IMHO this is 2 separate but related questions masquerading as one, and these questions are so related (by the nature of open science) that I'll add a third (since it's already been asked): Q1. How do "open source" products (e.g., content (e.g., analyses, images, publications), data, software) relate to the practice of open science? Open science is ...


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Yes. If StackOverflow can answer questions like "How to do x in Bootstrap/Jquery/Django/etc?" then this documentation.stackexchange should be able to answer "How to do X in Sphinx/AsciiDoc/DITA/etc?"


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No. Discussion is not what the Stack Exchange model is about. The model is about questions and their answers. Any such reference requests would be off-topic in the same way that proofreading is off-topic on ELU and ELL. Such requests invite opinions and not definitive answers. The denizens of Stack Overflow are perfectly capable of providing references to ...


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I don't see how it could work. Those have two separate audiences. Open Source is the community of developers, who create software together, independent of companies and government. They are not scientists. They do not conduct any researches. Some of them may be scientists, but they may be also travellers, historicians, linguists etc. It's like boat ...


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Full name: Community Building, Common shortcut: Community Domain: community.SE


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I 100% agree with this suggestion to change the branding. Why is there a UFO? Why is it called Area51? The question has "status-planned" which "Indicates that a change in functionality has been considered and received positively, and work on it is either in progress, or will begin soon." It is not at all intuitive for new users, as to why the proposals page ...


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Documentation isn't easy to pigeon-hole ... but I know it when I see it. The profession includes people whose job it is to explain how things work at a deeper than superficial level. We write to inform, not persuade. We explain. We write clearly and concisely eschewing unnecessary adjectives and adverbs. Kurt Vonnegut said "Technical writers are trained to ...


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The title of your question is a bit confusing, I think. To answer the question in the body, "yes, these are appropriate questions for the site." In essence, the Stack Exchange system is a large technical support community for a specific subject.


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Technical Communication is much more than documentation. Changing the name to documentation will reduce the scope drastically.


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Unfortunately, a Stack Exchange-style Q&A is not the solution to this type of problem. This is a variation on a theme of questions asked many many times in the form of: "Can we get a community together to solve the on-going issues around {X}?" The intended operation of an SE site depends heavily on gathering an audience around a very specific area ...


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It's actually quite simple: If it's a spreadsheet program running natively on Windows, macOS, Unix or any other operating system for a computer, it's on-topic on Super User. Microsoft Excel is one of their most popular tags The operating system may have its own site in the network, e.g. Ask Different for macOS, and Ask Ubuntu. Those are acceptable places ...


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I'm afraid you might be right here. "Building" will not be the primary scope. Building communities would be on-topic but the primary subject is interacting with existing communities. And communities shall be understood in a very broad and loose sense here. The complete corporate staff can be considered a community for Internal Helpdesk. All users of ...


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