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Currently, where should we ask any OS related question?

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I was looking at site proposals. I noticed lot of people including me were proposing for a site where we can ask any OS(Linux, Windows) related question. But, currently there's no site in Codidact where we can ask any OS related question. So, would moderator suggest to ask question somewhere in Codidact? or, they will say to keep patience until they finish work on it?

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There is no community for such Qs yet. FoggyFinder‭ 19 days ago

Codidact's model in general seems to be that individual communities are islands in an ocean of possible questions. There's no goal to pave the entire ocean; if you have a question that isn't on one of the existing islands, your options are to try to get an island to form beneath it, convince an existing island to extend out to it, or go away. Island formation happens via Site Proposals. Island extension happens in the Meta category for that community. Anything else gets downvoted. r~~‭ 18 days ago

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Both of these proposals are popular.

At the same time, most of our communities struggle with user activity so we can't go launch "ghost towns" left and right. Some of the most recently launched communities are very inactive.

So here's an idea:

Why don't we merge the two above proposals into a single "power user" site?

With the Codidact category system, there's no obvious reason why Linux users need their own site. We can afford think outside the box - we don't have to launch a new site for every flavour of the same topic like SE has to do since they don't have categories.

This new power user site could for example have the following categories:

  • General Q&A
    (anything goes)
  • *nix
    (including Linux with all distros, all Unix versions)
  • Windows
  • Mobile
    (maybe split in Android and Apple?)

Optionally the site could also cover office suites, proposed here: https://meta.codidact.com/categories/10.

If the site then turns super active in a distant future, we can split it up in more specialized communities at that point.

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there's no obvious reason why Linux users need their own site. Actually, I wasn't requesting for only Linux. I was requesting for OS where OS includes Mobile, Linux, Mac, everything...! Maybe, something like power site ~ I am not sure Istiak‭ 18 days ago

@Istiakshovon‭ No I get what you are requesting, I'm just saying that the linked proposal doesn't really make sense since that proposal wants a community for Linux users only. Lundin‭ 18 days ago

There's no point in joining two undersized communities together just to get a whole one if their members don't naturally overlap. Do you have relevant interest/expertise in all of these categories? Do other people? r~~‭ 18 days ago

@r~~ Linux users is a subset of power user. There's a 100% overlap of the Linux proposal with the power user site. Why wouldn't they overlap? I have expertise in some of these categories but I don't see how that's relevant. Lundin‭ 18 days ago

Sure, you can define a ‘power user’ set that includes Windows power users and Linux enthusiasts, but what would those two subsets have to say to each other? Why would they overlap? People who do have expertise in both Windows and Linux can be members of both communities, but I think the majority of people ultimately settle on one or the other. And the sorts of questions potentially applicable to both—application questions, hardware questions—are likely to need different answers per OS. r~~‭ 17 days ago

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Codidact currently has no place to ask OS-related questions, unless they are niches that happen to fit into one of the existing sites.

Yes! I know that, that's why I am asking the question.

Then I fail to see the point of asking for suggestions where to ask such questions ("suggest to ask question somewhere in Codidact?") when you already know there is no place to ask them. What other possible answer were you expecting?

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Yes! I know that, that's why I am asking the question. Even, I had read that question where Monica was saying to fit OS into one of the existing sites. I had answered on that question also Istiak‭ 18 days ago

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