We have a number of questions tagged with , , and/or .

Is this really the best site for these questions? Okay, granted, AWS makes it really easy to spin up and provision servers using a web interface, but are they really web applications in the same way that Gmail, Twitter, etc. are?

I don't think so.

Compare to the same categories on Server Fault:

They have thousands of questions, a large portion of them with answers, compared to the only handful of questions here, most of which, if not closed, still aren't answered.

Even Webmasters seems like it'd be a better place:

There they've got dozens of questions, with a lot more votes and a lot more answers.

Look at some of the ones we have:


Just because there's a web front-end doesn't make it on-topic for web applications. We don't accept questions about router configuration, and almost all of them use a web front-end. Except for maybe one or two exceptions, I don't think any of these questions belong here.


I'd also prefer not to turn off the spigot unless we have another place to send them. Can the Moderators here check in with the Moderators at Server Fault and/or Webmasters to see if they want AWS questions carte blanche?

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    It seems that the proposed Practical cloud computing, if it can get off the ground, would be a perfect place to send these. – ale Sep 28 '16 at 18:49
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    We keep getting more of these, and they're more about server config than using an app. We really need to make this happen, but it'd be nice to get a bit more discussion here. – ale Sep 30 '16 at 16:44
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    Just noticed that SuperUser are explicitly directing AWS questions here. – John C Dec 22 '16 at 0:36
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    I have presented this to them meta.superuser.com/questions/11991/… @JohnC. – jonsca Dec 23 '16 at 8:37

Added the status of each of the questions mentioned in the question

Look at some of the ones we have:

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    "it's just that the tool happens to use a web interface." Isn't that true for a lot of things? Google calendar is a calender tool that happens to use a web interface. There are other interfaces, such as the android app. I think the last question is about using a web application. – Shelvacu Oct 11 '16 at 17:49
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    The above comment is more appropriate for the question as it's the source of the criticized statement. – Rubén Oct 11 '16 at 20:46

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