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Q&A How should we approach our (non-developer) software community proposals?

We have some software (but not software-development) proposals: "Superuser-like" community for software applications office suites Linux Are these three separate, distinct commu...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Wicket‭

#1: Initial revision by user avatar Monica Cellio‭ · 2021-01-24T21:05:08Z (over 3 years ago)
How should we approach our (non-developer) software community proposals?
We have some software (but not software-development) proposals:

- ["Superuser-like" community for software applications](https://meta.codidact.com/posts/278833)

- [office suites](https://meta.codidact.com/posts/277548)

- [Linux](https://meta.codidact.com/posts/276824)

Are these three separate, distinct communities, or should any of them be combined?  Office suites strike me as a subset of the kinds of software applications that would be in scope on the first, and the line between OS and software application can get a little blurry on Linux.  (I mean, most of the things you can run on the command line are *also* software applications; they just usually don't have GUIs.)

For our [Software Development](https://software.codidact.com/) community, after much [discussion](https://meta.codidact.com/posts/276139), we created a single community instead of several different ones based on the domain or language or specific discipline within the software-dev world.  Codidact is still a small community (or set of communities), growing but not growing super-quickly, and we felt there would be more power in a shared space.  If someday a single community is too large to function, we can spin off more targeted communities if that's what people want.  We've planned for that from the start.

Should we bring these three proposals together?  Are operating systems different enough from applications that Linux should stay separate regardless of what we do with the other two?  Are we comfortable with a single "software users" community (better name needed) where you can ask questions about Firefox, Excel, Google Docs, iBooks, Android apps, cygwin, git, or vim?  And about environment variables, file permissions, admin tools, yum, WSL, or VPNs?

How much overlap is there in the communities that form around these three topic areas?  Is there benefit to working together?