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There are some levels to this... Which of the following question types do we accept and which do we reject as off-topic?

  • Recommendations for which web app software to install - not technical questions, just recommendations about features etc (such as this one)
  • Questions about how to enable certain functionality in a web app installed on their own server
  • Questions about technical issues with installing a web app on their own server

I'm pretty sure we should rule out the last one, but not so sure about the other 2...

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Things have changed since this question was first asked.

  • Recommendations for which web app software to install - not technical questions, just recommendations about features etc

    Definitely off-topic.

    If they can meet the requirements of Software Recommendations, it might be on-topic there.

  • Questions about how to enable certain functionality in a web app installed on their own server

    It might be on-topic. If it's about using some functionality as a user, it's probably okay. How to add a tag to a post in WordPress, for instance, is going to be pretty universal, and it's a pretty widely used app. A bigger problem for this is that for apps that aren't used by millions of people, it's unlikely someone who can answer the question will ever see it.

  • Questions about technical issues with installing a web app on their own server

    Definitely off-topic. Depending on the issue, Webmasters, Super User, or Server Fault, might be more appropriate.

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This might seem like a thin line, but for me it's the same as the distinction between Super User and Server Fault.

If the question is asked from a professional perspective, i.e. you built professional Wordpress installs, it's off-topic for this site.

If it's for your personal blog, than it's on-topic.

However, I think the questions should be about using the web app, so even if it's your personal blog, it shouldn't have anything to do with the underlying structure (i.e. the server)

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I think the first two would be quite relevant here, given the nature of this site. In my view the self-installed bit shouldn't matter, as it's a web app all the same. The first item on the site's FAQ seems to indicate this, although a little less explicitly.

The third question, being of a technical nature, would be more suitable at ServerFault.

  • I agree, but I see some move to close questions for self-installed stuff... I even did that a bit myself to start with. Just wanting clarity - I think we should include them, but keep the questions to be from the advanced user as opposed to the administrator perspective - although this line will be a fine one to tread. – x3ja Jul 12 '10 at 1:32

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