I originally posted this question on Super User. It then got migrated here. This surprised me because I thought Web Applications was for people who are creating web apps, using their API and that sort of thing, whereas my question is in the realm of "Is there a web app I can use (as is) to do X?".

The question is: Is this difference between what I thought Web Applications was for and what it is for common amongst "outsiders"?

And as a side point, if it is, would you know?

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    Each site has an FAQ that will explain its purpose/scope at the top of it. Oct 17 '10 at 19:49
  • @rchern: If a person gets as far as the FAQ they are outside the scope of this question. With a growing number of SE sites, you can't expect people to read every FAQ and in this case, failed to look far enough when my first glance seemed to indicate that it was for something that wasn't anywhere near what I was looking for. I'd guess I'm not the only one to make this error.
    – BCS
    Oct 17 '10 at 20:06
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    When a user first visits the site or isn't logged in, they see 2 things: Welcome to Q&A for power users of web applications -- check out the FAQ and Web Apps is a collaboratively edited q&a site for expert and advanced users of web apps Oct 17 '10 at 20:15
  • @rchern Ok then, which is true: that this site is for power, expert and advanced users or that the original question belongs on web-apps? They can't both be true because, regarding that question, I'm uninterested in anything that requires anything resembling a power users, so either the headline description is overly narrow or the question needs to be migrated off web-apps as off-topic.
    – BCS
    Oct 17 '10 at 20:59
  • I think each and every SE site says it is for power users. I agree it isn't necessarily the best description, but that's beyond me. Oct 17 '10 at 21:38
  • StackExchange websites are aimed at experts, and once we have them, the other users will just come
    – Casebash
    Oct 21 '10 at 4:54
  • @Casebash: Is a beginner web-app question closer to a general app question (super user) or an expert we-app question (here)?
    – BCS
    Oct 21 '10 at 5:02
  • It depends on the questioner
    – Casebash
    Oct 21 '10 at 11:11
  • While it may be for experts, we do need more basic questions to get new users on here. Experts only have a limited amount of questions
    – Ivo Flipse
    Oct 22 '10 at 20:53

Web apps is for consumers of web applications. That consumption might be directly via the application's own web site, or through an API.

For web development questions you want Stack Overflow

For web management questions you want Webmasters

For web server questions you want Server Fault

  • While that answer the question that was in the title, it doesn't address the question that I was asking. (Edited title to correct issue.)
    – BCS
    Oct 17 '10 at 20:09
  • @BCS What is the issue ? The main one ?
    – phwd
    Oct 17 '10 at 20:27
  • @phwd, the issue I corrected was the tile not reflecting my question. The main point of this question (the issue I'm wondering about) is wondering if the intended audience for Web-Apps and who it appears to be for at first glance match.
    – BCS
    Oct 17 '10 at 21:36

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