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There already is a Cryptocurrencies site. The problem is that it's called Bitcoin, not Cryptocurrencies, so users of anything but Bitcoin don't realise their questions would be on-topic there. From their tour: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies is a question and answer site for cryptocurrency enthusiasts. It's built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange ...


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Creating a 'slush pile' for miscellaneous questions goes squarely against the purpose for which Stack Exchange was created. Our goal is not to create "general sites" for technology or anything else. Instead we create very specific sites for each community's area of expertise. See About Stack Exchange. That's why instead of allowing questions on any topic, ...


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I'm concerned that including other anonymizing networks, such as Freenet and I2P, will make the site too broad. As it is, the site would include Tor and any solution which use Tor in some way, such as Orbot, Orweb, and Tails.


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Traditional localization typically entails offering one site, where the 'chrome' (or user interface elements, help text, prompts, etc) is available in multiple languages. As I looked into how other sites were offering support in multiple languages, this was the predominate way to do it. Many still have the 'countrycode.domain.com' available for search ...


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SO? Programmers? You can't. Unsurprisingly, my opinion hasn't changed since that Meta.SO post, because the state of existing sites hasn't changed significantly. Let's review them: Stack Overflow: Theoretical questions linger unloved, even get closed (what, no code?). Questions get closed as non-constructive because they're about science and not technology. ...


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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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It isn't enough to simply fill a room to create a productive Q&A community. We build sites around groups of experts in very specific fields. You can't simply start gathering up smaller groups of people in peripherally-related subjects to beef up the numbers. That might satisfy the mechanics of Area 51, but it doesn't build a successful collaboration. If ...


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There are two parts to this, and neither is as hard as it sounds. 1. Questions About External Morality As with any subject of Stack Exchange, it is generally assumed that the target community are those who purport to be following (or at least interested in learning about) veganism. So in that context, it is entirely defensible to close any question that ...


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I can't think of any reason why a proposal for vegetarianism would be restricted to "natural" products. So-called "unnatural" products are still vegetarian, after all.


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The SE model works well by attracting experts. In short, how do you attract experts on (by definition) the broadest possible topic in the universe?!


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Why sould you like to draw any lines here? Artificial Intelligence is about computer based reasoning, Norvig AIMA book includes many problems, algorithms and discussion which could be called "banal" and calling them "not part of AI" would be rather bad idea. In fact, any kind of artificial intelligence question could be more or less fitted to: cross ...


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Yes, Veganism should be expanded to include Vegetarianism. Previous attempts create a vegan only site have failed. Widening the scope should improve the chance of a successful launch.


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The thing is that Stack Exchange sites are generally defined by an audience and what they approve of/want to here. A good read would be the blog post on the Ubuntu/Linux ‘schism’ or the many answers Robert wrote addressing this problem. When it comes to programming, if you know one language you often have an easy entry into another. You can read a question ...


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"So how will the lines be drawn between questions about reading a book on your phone and doing non-reading stuff on your "E-reader"?" Off the top of my head, I imagine the following questions would be allowed: Questions about devices marketed as an e-reader. (This would include Kindles, Nooks, etc.) Since the device is (by nature of its primary purpose) an ...


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The proposal was originally just for Veganism (not just the diet aspect), but after discussion we decided to expand to include Vegetarianism due to many (but not all) overlapping aspects. If we included non-Vegetarian diets such as Pescetarianism, we may as well include all other diets like Paleo etc. It would be too broad, so the line is drawn and ...


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Astronomy & Astrophysics has now been extended to clearly include observational astronomy, solar astronomy, planetary sciences, stellar astronomy, galactic & extragalactic astronomy, and cosmology. Hopefully this proposal will now be broad enough to capture the attention of people in any of the astronomical areas, without being too broad, and without ...


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If it's a general question about said piece of software, then probably not - but if it relates to astronomy in some way and there's a good chance the expertise needed to answer it would be on this SE site, I think such questions are perfectly valid.


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The scope should is all area of CS at all levels. So yes your understanding of being a CS counterpart of Math.SE and Physics.SE is correct. And no I don't think this proposal will damage cstheory, in fact it should even help it because there will be much less off-topic low level questions on cstheory, as they will be posted on the new CS.SE. Also, nobody is ...


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First of all, artificial intelligence is a much broader term than machine learning. While at the same time Cross Validated is not about machine learning, but about statistics (while machine learning is a field in the intersection of computer science and statistics).


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Possibly… but probably not in way you are implying. I think calling a conventional programming syntax a "language" in the context of this subject space is playing a bit fast and loose with the metaphor. If you want to include anything that uses a type of syntax to communicate ideas, architectural diagrams would be on topic; so would algebraic systems,...


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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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Esperanto is different from almost all other constructed languages in the one respect that the Esperanto community is mainly interested in using their language. You may want to talk a lot about other conlangs, but you want to talk in Esperanto. Communities of other conlangs also often have the strong need to delineate their conlangs from Esperanto (with ...


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After thinking about it, I would say yes. First I thought no, because of the reasons you mentioned, but there are questions that regard the combination of apps and readers. Examples for this could be whether reading the same book on multiple devices (e.g. cell phone and tabled via an app and the ebook reader) is allowed by drm or how the reading process can ...


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I'm not sure what you are asking about regarding "limitations", but you can read the 'faq' to learn about the process: Area 51 FAQ To submit your proposal, go to the listing page (http://area51.stackexchange.com), pick a category to the left, then scroll to the bottom and click "Propose a new site". Please let me know if you need anything further.


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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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With over 3,000 members tracking the dita-users list, the community around DITA is large and demonstrably growing. That list has been useful for discussions that inform as well as for sharing some specific answers to questions. However, those nuggets of knowledge cannot be easily identified, vetted by community process, and indexed for ease of finding and ...


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If you want to talk about ML, using the term "AI" instead is so vague that it is misleading. Machine learning is basically a series of tasks (clustering, classification, reinforcement learning, etc) unified only by the fact that they are types of statistical inference. In contrast, artificial intelligence encompasses much larger swath of problems -- ...


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No. Book recommendation questions have a tendency to invite multiple subjective answers and fall under the "primarily opinion-based" close reason which applies on all sites: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, ...


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DITA definitely needs a site of its own, as the specialization technology that is the core concept of DITA does not exist in any other XML format. The fact that it is XML "just like DocBook and TeX" basically states that all of today's software formats should be handled in the same site. Various XML standards have emerged exactly because of the vast ...


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I think it would be an acceptable question, particularly since so many different vendors use DRM, and, as I understand it, it is acceptable to remove DRM when it is for the purpose of personal use. I think it would probably be a great source of information for people who have digital libraries essentially useless to them because they require using a device ...


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