I participated in the original discussion of this topic, and this morning I read your whole argument with bngtlrs about it, which I assume spawned this meta discussion. Since that time this issue has arisen again in a different question. So here is my input.
Although the maxim proposed is a good one, I urge that it only be used as a guideline. There will never, and should never, be a de-facto description of questions that will be closed. We must judge questions on a case-by-case basis.
It is clear that we have an question overlap with Unix and Linux, however we need to think more carefully about what questions should be migrated (which I will elaborate on later). It's becoming apparent that not all Unix questions are off-topic and it is difficult to find a clear cut-off point.
Let's take a few example questions. These don't fit with the proposed maxim, but remain open.
- http://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/931/how-do-i-install-an-os-image-onto-an-sd-cardHow do I install an OS image onto an SD card?
- http://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/282/why-do-i-have-to-sudoWhy do I have to `sudo`?
- http://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/782/how-do-i-install-distccHow do I install distcc?
My conclusion would be to not be quite so heavy handed with the close votes. When considering potentially off-topic questions several factors need to be considered, and these cannot be identified by the use of one principle.
Therefore I propose that before casting a vote to close, you should consider:
- Will this question help future Raspberry Pi users?
- Is this a question of a genre we wish to see more of?
- Will this question be more answerable here than elsewhere?
And if not, then finally;
- Can this question be reformatted in a way that will make it apply to the above points?
In addition to this, think of the user asking the question, if the user appears to be a valuable commodity to this site, should we be redirecting them to a different one? The last thing we want to do is build bad relations with users, which I believe may have happened a couple of times due to hasty voting.
- Is this a user we wish to see more of?
- Could this user benefit more from us, or from another SE site?
I am making this answer community wiki. Please discuss, and if you feel points need to be added or taken away then the change can be made here.