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What is on-topic here and not on Writers?

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 ...
warren's user avatar
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Awaiting proposal approval — but we need another name!

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 ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Should (could) "Technical communication" be changed back to "Documentation"?

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 "...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Without being a tech writer, how much can I help this site?

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 ...
codeaviator's user avatar
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Does "focus on K-12 teachers and parents" mean that question about university-level teaching will be out of scope?

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-...
Dan Leyzberg's user avatar
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Is there not a spreadsheet exchange?

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 ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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How should we craft the site description for "Technical Communication?"

Edit: Already implemented this change: Documentation: Proposed Q&A site for information developers, technical communicators, writers, programmers, engineers, and others interested or ...
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Are documentation-related technical support questions on topic?

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?"
Adam Michael Wood's user avatar
7 votes

Could we get rid of the ufos and 'area51' type of branding please?

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 ...
Nike Dattani's user avatar
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Using the site for discussing technical content

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-...
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What is on-topic here and not on Writers?

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 ...
VermontWriter's user avatar
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Are documentation-related technical support questions on topic?

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 ...
David Vogel's user avatar
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Should (could) "Technical communication" be changed back to "Documentation"?

Technical Communication is much more than documentation. Changing the name to documentation will reduce the scope drastically.
Sejal Parikh's user avatar
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Can I make a site for proposing changes to the world?

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 ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Site Scope / Name Conflict at Documentation/Technical Communication

I see your point, and understand your concern. Somehow, this reminds me of the Programmers vs Software Engineering dilemma. While It's true that many of the example questions posted so far are ...
codeaviator's user avatar
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Does "focus on K-12 teachers and parents" mean that question about university-level teaching will be out of scope?

I think we should remove the words declaring a focus. The description includes the "All backgrounds, levels of teaching experience, and familiarity with CS are welcome." It is the community that ...
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Is there a seven day minimum between betas?

Sites launch on Tuesdays. There is not, to my knowledge, an authoritative explanation of why it's Tuesday. But it's apparent that Stack Exchange activity is lower on weekends, which is not good for ...
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Should (could) "Technical communication" be changed back to "Documentation"?

I am smelling more vagueness because, Writers Stack Exchange community are willing to change their site name from 'Writers' to 'Writing'. They already claims this: We're about the product and the ...
Karan Desai's user avatar
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Why is there no shopware site proposal?

Most platforms do not have their own community, only the largest ones (SharePoint, Salesforce, Wordpress, Magento) do. 1,500 questions is not a lot; while there are smaller sites in the network, none ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Should this still exist?

That's not a proposal, it's a live site One that's been around for over 8 and a half years ... or about 7.5 years longer than you have been ;) Pretty sure SE management knows it's low-traffic, and ...
warren's user avatar
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Promote Agriculture & Farming

Create Community Ads on relevant other sites like this one for the literature.se on English.se. Appropriate SE sites could be gardening, sustainable living, anything to do with cooking, plants or ...
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Does "focus on K-12 teachers and parents" mean that question about university-level teaching will be out of scope?

Just one more point of consideration: K-12 is totally meaningless in a large part of the globe. From Wikipedia: K–12 comprises the sum of primary and secondary education. It is used in the United ...
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How should we craft the site description for "Technical Communication?"

Documentation is the best of all the not-quite-right options. I like "Tech Writing," personally, because I think of myself as a "Technical Writer," not a "Documentation Writer" (or "Documentarian" - ...
Adam Michael Wood's user avatar
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Why has at least one question been unlinked from this proposal?

It shows up for me. Can anyone confirm?
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Proposal for a site about Virtualization

You don't need to open a discussion about it (although it may help shape the proposal, and it's not a bad idea to do so) - just create a new proposal on the Area 51 main site and start shaping it up. ...
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What is on-topic here and not on Writers?

Writers.SE is not a place people are likely to look for information on the much wider subject of "documentation" which has become increasingly hard to even define due to it's cross-functional and ...
David Vogel's user avatar
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What's the best way to spread the word about this proposal?

Don't know the "best" way, but one way is to reference it in your StackOverflow profile, and maybe other community profiles. We need the attention of people active in online communities. That is how ...
vacip's user avatar
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How should we craft the site description for "Technical Communication?"

NOTE: At the time I'm writing this answer, the site description is currently: Proposed Q&A site for information developers, technical writers, programmers, and engineers engaged in ...
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How should we craft the site description for "Technical Communication?"

I feel that the title of "Documentation" is perfect. It is succsinct and descriptive. It is more inclusive than anything with "writer" in it could ever be. The description of the site seems well ...
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