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As we know magento is an E-commerce platform and user might ask related questions. I can only one new proposed site in stackexchange is directly related to E-commerce. Should we not classify such question as off topic until E-commerce launch?

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Good question! I think this is exactly the kind of thing we're going to have to iron out here in order to make this site truly useful and tailored to the Magento world.

I would say that if it does not relate directly to Magento in some way, it shouldn't be allowed. So for example a question like:

What's the average profit margin earned by eCommerce retailers?

I don't think should be allowed. Although we all care a lot about eCommerce, I think part of the reason we should be strict with this is that opening up this site to all things Magento (merchant-facing, developer-facing, marketing-facing) already casts a pretty wide net, so we'll need to be careful not to dilute it too much.

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  • Yes, the primary focus of the question should relate to Magento directly. Keep that laser-tight focus on your subject. The scope of this site should not extend too much into other more-generic subjects which just happen to share a common interest in this community. This site is about the subject of Magento and related modules. It cannot reasonably become a place to ask more generalized e-commerse or other industry-related questions. Jan 23 '13 at 19:12
  • @Robert Agreed - this Magento SE, not eCommerce SE.
    – Adam Moss
    Jan 25 '13 at 12:06
  • Though I would love to see a question regarding the query within Magento to calculate our average profit margin...
    – Chris K
    May 24 '13 at 6:40
  • Funny thing is, I totally just asked a question yesterday that would probably fall under this category: magento.stackexchange.com/questions/4064/… - haha didn't even realize it when I posted it. May 24 '13 at 14:29

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