Ripple is a new peer-to-peer system that allows for money transfers. Should the questions about Ripple be handled on this StackExchange, or should new one be created just for the system?
My recollection is that this SE was supposed to be broad enough to cover crypto-currencies generally. However, the current FAQ seems to be narrower, even saying "a cryptocurrency or technology derived directly from Bitcoin such as Namecoin". Personally, I'd like to see this SE broad enough even to cover centralized systems like MintChip if there are interesting questions about them.
I'm not exactly a disinterested observer here, being one of the folks working on the new Ripple system. It is not as similar to Bitcoin as NameCoin is. However, it is much more similar than MintChip.
Bitcoin and Ripple share these similarities:
They are both built around signed transactions.
They both have a public record of all processed transactions.
All their system state is public.
Neither's design requires a central authority.
Because of my conflict of interest here, I'll defer to what others decide.
While Ripple is not a system derived from Bitcoin, nor does it share all of its characteristics, I think the questions about Ripple should be on topic for this StackExchange as we are also dealing with a decentralised peer-to-peer approach to currency.
Bitcoin.stackexchange.com appears to have been misnamed as the scope of "allowed topics" is much wider than bitcoin.
I think Bitcoin and Ripple are different enough that they should be split if the volume warrants it, but similar enough that they can be combined if it does not. At the moment, the latter is the case, but that may change should both continue to grow.
If staff wanted a simpler name for the forum (avoiding extra 'and other crypto currencies') in the title then I see no reason for further objections. The decision may have been unfortunate but it is what it is now.
Other similar forums don't have limitations like : only compiled programming languages are allowed, just because some individuals don't like interpreted languages. Or believe that non-SQL database is not a real database or are in direct competition with their preferred database (and thus possible advertisement ploy).
Users should be trusted to be able to filter by tags.
Finally, if I am buying Bitcoins for XRPs and have some questions that may involve a commercial entity, that should hopefully be tolerable even to Mr Ansgar.
Bitcoin is still rocket science to 99% of the people. There are possibly thousands of questions about Bitcoin people might ask that are not yet answered here on this SE. Despite that, I keep running into a Ripple related question or an answer mentioning Ripple.
Most new visitors to this SE will have googled a question related to Bitcoin. If the purpose of this SE is to educate the people about Bitcoin then I'd say that anything not directly related to Bitcoin should not be here.
It feels like this site is being used for marketing purposes by people related to Ripple right now.
This site is abused by ripple marketing team