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A "Super user" like community to include Q&As about software applications usage

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Update: launched


We have currently several questions that do not seem to be very welcomed on Software Codidact (example).

I think that many of these questions are interesting, but they do not seem to fit within the software (programming) community. However, they will fit in a "Super User" like community dealing with the usage of software applications, not programming them.

Should we define such a community and ideally migrate all (almost) offtopic questions from Software Codidact?


Feedback to comments. I was thinking more of a community related to software applications usage more than OS tweaks, so "Software Applications Codidact" sounds well for me. This should include office applications + others or only others if we want a separate community for office applications.

Another option would be to have a broader community to encompass both system tweaks and application usage which might be named "Power User" (it sounds great IMO).


Edit from the community team: There's been a lot of discussion in various places about the need for something like this community. We're planning to proceed, even though we don't have a lot of people signed up here specifically, because we think it has broader interest.

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Just to throw out another idea: why restrict the scope to use of software? The scope could also include the use of PC hardware and use of other consumer electronics. With different categories. A lot of trouble-shooting software questions will be borderline hardware questions.

Also, similar to how office suite questions on the Software Dev site are borderline between on-topic and off-topic, the same scenario exists on Electrical Engineering when it comes to use of electronics questions. If this site allowed questions about the use of consumer electronics, the EE community would benefit from that.

So with this proposal, the emphasis of the site would be that it is (power) users asking questions.

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Test questions:

  1. My workplace is using Zoom, and I'm struggling to figure out how to do ABC. I've tried approaches X, Y, and Z, and none of them have worked.
  2. I've installed Tor browser and run into problem DEF while trying to browse site GHI. As far as I can tell, there's no way around it. Any recommendations on Firefox extensions to allow for secure browsing while I browse GHI?
  3. I don't like my current mail client because reasons. What mail clients do you recommend I try instead?
  4. I'm trying out a new OS. What are some good resources for a beginner?
  5. I'm having [extremely intricate but well-detailed] problem with [obscure software]. Any solutions?
  6. I would like to do LMNO with my iPhone. Is this possible without jailbreaking?
  7. Which is better, Mac or PC?
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Summary: I'm breaking this out from this answer so it can be voted on separately. It sounds like we have consensus, but it's a little hard to tell.

Power User Codidact is a community where computer enthusiasts (power users) ask and answer questions about software and hardware usage.

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Based on provided feedback I will wrap up the proposal in this answer:

The name

Power User Codidact

Backers / contributors

This is the list of users that seem to support this community (did not manage to talk yet, they are deducted by me, feel free to add/remove).

High-level description

Power User Codidact is a community where computer enthusiasts (power users) ask and answer questions about software and hardware usage.

On-topic

MS Office a subset of Google's G Suite that includes Docs, Sheets, etc Libre office and open office WPS office Zoho office, etc.

  • questions about the usage of communication applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Discord.
  • questions about office applications such as MS Office, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Libre Office, and Open Office (examples)
  • questions about command-line interfaces (example)
  • questions about browsers usage (e.g. tweaking some setting lead to page display issue on a particular web site)
  • questions about the usage of e-mail clients
  • questions about operating system usage (settings, trying a new OS etc).
  • questions about any software application (even more obscure ones), as long as enough details to reproduce the issues are provided (OS, software version etc.)
  • questions about software recommendations? (to be discussed if a separate community makes sense)
  • questions about computer hardware usage. This includes video games and consoles
  • questions about personal networking (i.e. home networks)

Off-topic

  • questions about software development
  • questions about video games, unless they are related to the infrastructure (i.e. issues with using a gaming console)
  • questions about usage of Web applications, sites, or services such as social networks
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There's been a lot of discussion here and on other proposals and questions about this idea. We want to launch a general "software users" community where questions about applications, OS settings, cloud-based tools, etc will all be in scope -- the broad approach we also took with Software Development. We're working out some details to bring back here, but I wanted to let folks know we're not ignoring this.

The support for a separate Linux community is clear, so even though Linux questions would also be on-topic on a general software-users community, we're not going to overrule the Linux community's desire for a separate place. A Linux community can have scope beyond the actual use of the software, because it's part of an open-source ecosystem, and those questions wouldn't fit on "software users".

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Note: Please see also How should we approach our (non-developer) software community proposals?. We are trying to work out how this proposal interacts with others.

Please use this post to indicate your interest in helping to build this community. You can either edit this post (if you have the edit ability on Meta) or comment and someone else will edit it into the post.

Please indicate if you expect to be a casual or more active participant. If you anticipate primarily asking or primarily answering questions, please indicate that. If you have particular expertise, either in the topic as a whole or specific areas, please say so. We're asking these questions so we can get a sense of the community being built and whether there are important gaps.

  • A few people are listed in this answer.

  • I'm dumbfound this isn't already up and running! I'll definitely be active. I have loads of questions and issues on software! — DNB

  • Sign me up! I'm dumbstruck too why this hasn't been launched already! Who DOESN'T have issues or questions with software? — Technologically illiterate‭

  • I have at least 80 questions? I'm stipulating a number so that you know you'll be seeing many questions from me! - Chgg Clou‭

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There's an existing proposal for an "office suite" site. Seeing as this seems to be a broader subject that includes such programs, should we close that proposal as a duplicate of this one? Same question goes for the AWS proposal, currently closed as a duplicate of what's now Software Codidact.

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