The page "What topics can I ask about here?" mentions "Greasemonkey scripts".

My question: Is there some publicly available information about the decision process of mentioning "Greasemonkey scripts"?

Why I ask: I'd like to understand the decisions/discussions that went into defining the scope of this site.

2 Answers 2


They are first mentioned here: Are questions about browsers accepted as long as they are related to using a web application?. I wasn't there at the time, but it seems a logical extension from bookmarklets.

Of course, questions about programming a Greasemonkey script are a better fit for Stack Overflow, and if it's more of a generic JavaScript / HTML / CSS problem I'd definitely consider them off-topic. An exception might be made if the problem can be solved by 'intricate' knowledge of the web application being scripted.


Maybe you should learn what was the process followed to create Web Applications. This should take you to learn about https://area51.stackexchange.com/, then to https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/57?phase=definition

Besides the link provided in the other answer, other links were "greasemonkey" is mentioned in the context of the site scope

The criteria that I apply is

  • If the question is about a user-script that is centered on modify / interact with an specific web application the question might be on-topic

  • If the question is exclusively about the web browser extension (i.e. how to install / uninstall it) the question is off-topic and might be migrated to Super User.

  • If the question is about HTML/CSS/JavaScript and it's not centered on an specific web application it might be migrated to Stack Overflow

  • Both questions you linked to were asked after Greasemonkey scripts were mentioned here. However, I ask what has lead to that mention, i.e. what happened before.
    – root
    Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 7:49
  • @root please edit your question to clarify that you are looking only the initial discussion(s). Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 16:03

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