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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 ...
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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 ...
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Do we want to focus on just Programming projects?

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 ...
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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 "...
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Isn't this already on-topic on programmers?

"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 ...
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What is the potential overlap between Open Source and Open Science?

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, ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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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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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 ...
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What is the potential overlap between Open Source and Open Science?

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 ...
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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?"
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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 ...
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What is the potential overlap between Open Source and Open Science?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Where are the example questions?

One of the problems may be scope definition. There are 6 questions that are closed and/or have a vote total less than 0. Currently there are 6 different questions with 10+ vote scores. To me that ...
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Do we want to focus on just Programming projects?

I think you may be touching on the differences between "open source software" and "open source development." I would suggest open source software might cover topics related to types of open source ...
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What coding topics will this site address?

One thing I can imagine is questions about how to modularise specific programs as much as possible. Something that is necessary in open source more than anywhere else. Building on the example of ...
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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" - ...
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