We're nearly 8 months into our beta phase, and we probably should aim for graduation this year. One of the steps involved is laying out our acceptable questions in the main FAQ clearly.
As this recent meta question notes, our FAQ is empty in the "What kind of questions can I ask here" section. While generally what can and cannot be asked is quite clear from the site title and scope, there are some corner cases, and it never hurts to educate the user a bit more about what's acceptable and what's not.
I've made a first pass at improving it, as you can see here based on previous meta discussions. Clearly, it's incomplete, but should serve us well till we finalize it. However, this requires community effort, and I'd appreciate if everyone could pitch in on improving it and adding parts to it if necessary
I've reproduced the contents below in a CW answer so that others needn't type it out again. You can simply edit it to add/improve the language. Some points to keep in mind are
- It needn't capture everything! I feel that my first pass is too long and it should be trimmed. Perhaps do away with the second layer of bullets? Condense them into the main bullet?
- It should be clear and cover the scope pretty well. We can always point them to questions tagged faq here on meta (there's only one now).
- If you disagree with someone's ideas/edits (barring minor corrections/grammar/typos, etc.), don't simply delete it and rollback changes, leading to an edit war. Instead, post a new answer stating your objection. If you think the disagreement is fundamental and requires a more thorough discussion, then open a new meta question.