The state of this discussion is that Windows Mobile should be off topic. Can we have the FAQ updated to say that?


Per The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta, one of the important things that a beta community should do is work on their faq.

So, yes - the faq can be edited. But rather than just sticking a single item there, it would be beneficial for this community to work on tailor the faq to make it your own.

2. What should our FAQ contain?

Much of the FAQ will be somewhat boilerplate: "be nice," "how to create an account," "how to ask questions" -- it's all pretty static. Even the sections about "what kind of questions should I (not) ask here?" comes primarily from the Definition phase of Area 51.

But the questions you want to discuss in meta are those issues specific to your site that need to be mentioned in the FAQ.

Take the Super User FAQ as an example:

Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about …

  • computer hardware
  • computer software

and it is not about

  • videogames or consoles
  • websites or web services like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress
  • electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer
  • a shopping or buying recommendation

It took us almost a year to figure out the list of "we want these sort of questions" and "we don't want these sort of questions" on Super User. Area 51 gave you a head start but you should also be working out other FAQ-related issues specific to your topic and your community.

  • What have you found the best format for this question is? Should we make a single Community Wiki question that can be edited to add official decisions, and it will be merged into the FAQ when it has critical mass? Should each answer be a proposal, and the comments be the discussion?
    – user131
    Apr 27 '12 at 18:15
  • @Joe: Because nobody else seems to be jumping on the Top 7 questions, I'll be posting some of them. As for the format it doesn't really matter as we're still very very early, the thing is that we want discussion going on. In a few days we can create another meta question for a draft FAQ, then near the end of the public beta we can work towards a more real FAQ (which can still be adjusted later). The amount of Windows Mobile question is very low, so it doesn't pose a big issue, but I kind of agree that we have to work to get it out of the FAQ around the start of public beta. No need to worry... Apr 27 '12 at 20:18
  • @Joe: As you are already fitting in a on-topic / off-topic style, I'll minimize my paragraph about the answer format so they are more likely to take over your style. :) Apr 27 '12 at 20:21

It also needs to be removed from the about page and the welcome text on the main page:

This is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for enthusiasts and power users of Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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