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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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Startup and freelance are clearly two different domains. Startup sounds to be more inclined towards a company, whereas freelance is a really small number of member team (probably 1) job. Longterm freelancing of huge project might turn into a startup. But I guess, startup would have another big domain of questions referring investments, hiring, accounts, ...


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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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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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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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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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This is a necessary part of our evolution. The nuances what what makes good Q&A (in the context of a Stack Exchange site) are still too subtle to open a site without a core groups of experienced Stack Exchange users. Without the guidance and community infrastructure of this core group, the site would likely run as poorly as the 2000+ sites that were ...


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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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When a site proposal reaches 45% commitment, it undergoes a series of checks to ensure that it's ready to move on as-is. It eliminates the last-minute gotcha issues that can prevent a site from going into private beta even though it's 100% committed. During this check, Robert (along with the rest of the Community Team, and with help from CHAOS) put a lot ...


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Quoting from the Area 51 FAQ: Ask real, expert questions We want you to capture the moment that plumbers feel when they look at Plumber Overflow and say, "Whoa! That's my kinda site!" On a site about plumbing, there are 200 easy plumbing questions, and they've all been asked 100 times on other sites. Don't suggest questions like "How do I unclog a drain?...


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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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The initial proposal Freelance Workers was landed incorrectly I guess in the Life section, and hence it didn't receive the proper attention and support from the exact community. The new one Self Employed and Freelance Workers falls under Professional category and is the right place where it should belong. Atleast, it would receive the due comments, ...


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Rather than focus the time to discuss a mechanical merger and figure out who is for or against, why not sate yourselves for now on what is already on-topic for Libraries? Feel the merge potential, rather than talk about it. You don't need the merger for approval to ask on the site. Might as well ask now rather than waiting for Digital Preservation to launch. ...


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A semi-related field that many Digital Preservation people might be interested in is Genealogy & Family History That proposal is (as I write this) very close to getting into Commitment Phase and, even if you don't want to follow or commit to it, it can use your upvotes on some of it's questions that have scores just under 10.


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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'll second Grace Note: if you think expanding the scope of Libraries would benefit the site, push for it now. Ask (good!) questions about digital preservation. Be prepared to defend your position on Meta.Libraries. If anyone tells you “we shouldn't expand the scope now, but maybe later”, don't listen to them. Expanding the scope is best done early, not ...


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You might want to consider adding more DP content to the Library and Information Science Stack Exchange too.


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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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I totally agree. Actually I think this proposal should be renamed to something in the value of Freelancing, self-employed & Independents MARKET So it includes a whole community that deals with independent collaborators on a daily basis.


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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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Thanks Gilles! I would add that the fixity question does also get down to brass tacks and ask how and when one should an organization go about checking fixity. I can't tell you how many times I see folks asking these kinds of questions and I would love to be able to point to a thread where that one has been hashed out. As Digital Preservation is an ...


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Well, apparently coworking is: Coworking is a style of work which involves a shared working environment, sometimes an office, yet independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization. Typically it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who ...


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Understanding Scope The scope of Moderators and Building Social Networks does not end at the implications of the titles, but also includes the Proposal Descriptions. Let's take a look at both: Moderators: Proposed Q&A site for people building and managing digital communities: moderators, user-relations admins, channel operators, helpdesk, ...


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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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