Related: Raspberry Pi itself vs. specific OS issues

It seems that you guys have a sizeable overlap with Unix & Linux and Ask Ubuntu. Basically, a large chunk of software questions for RPi are on-topic on the other site as well. Migrating all of them may result on your site becoming much less active, questions-wise.

To be clear, by "overlap" I'm talking about questions and topics which are on-topic on both sites.

So, how do you plan on dealing with this?

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We are in danger of migrating every question about software. The whole point of the Linux kernel is to abstract away the hardware, and therefore, no question about software is necessarily about the Pi. If questions are asked here and are applicable to a significant proportion of Pi users, then we should keep them here.

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    After all, if all questions are migrated away, there won't be enough questions to sustain this site, so it won't be there for RaspberryPi users at all. Jul 11, 2012 at 8:57

I've been thinking about this issue and I have to agree with Alex Chamberlain for the most part. We should take a stance similar to [Ask Ubuntu][1].

Ask Ubuntu FAQ

We welcome questions about:

  • Using and administering Ubuntu, including official Ubuntu derivatives.
  • Running third-party applications on Ubuntu.
  • Development on Ubuntu.
  • Services provided by Ubuntu
  • Any question not mentioned below or here are great! There are no "dumb" questions!

This is not the right place for:

  • Linux Mint, Backtrack, and other Linux distributions (try our friends at Unix & Linux Stack Exchange).
  • Bug reports (How do I submit a bug?).
  • Issues with the next version of Ubuntu (Ubuntu+1) (More information about Alpha and Beta release issues).
  • Shopping Recommendations

Basically if your question is about or happens on the Raspberry Pi it is on topic.

  • OT: Isn't Mint a Ubuntu derivative? Jul 11, 2012 at 16:17
  • @AlexChamberlain Haha. I have no clue. I'm assuming they say that because even still it differs from Ubuntu and certain stuff isn't the same.
    – user46
    Jul 11, 2012 at 16:18
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    @AlexChamberlain Mint is a third-party Ubuntu derivative. Ask Ubuntu only deals with official Ubuntu derivatives. Jul 12, 2012 at 0:41

Self-answered so that the objective question and my subjective views are kept separate for voting. Feel free to put forward your own views in answers

On chem.SE we deal with overlaps (with Physics and Bio) in the following manner. It looks like it could address the situation here as well.

Note that you may want to discuss this with U&L community members as well.

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