Disclaimer: I'm obviously biased due to my long-term involvement in Bitcoin.
I am in favor of narrowing the scope, and based on comments and close votes by some of the more active contributors here, I believe there is sufficient mass for this. My reasoning is that people come to the Bitcoin stackexchange for questions on Bitcoin, and (mostly) low-quality ...
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 ...
It seems clear to me that questions about alternatives that are as similar to Bitcoin as Namecoin are clearly on-topic here. I think comparisons are inevitable to far-less-similar systems, and I think those are also clearly on-topic.
But I don't know about a question about details of e.g. the Open Transactions system. To the extent that the bitcoin ...
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.
In my opinion, a security relevant and trust demanding software like bitcoin, justifies that questions about the developers are allowed.. So I'm in favor to allow questions about the developers, if they
don't provoke an debate, have an clear answer
are related to the development somehow
don't get to personal
If anything, I think this proposal should've been shortened to "Crypto-currency". I'd appreciate Robert explaining why it was changed back to "Bitcoin", which seems to me to have a significantly reduced scope.
The Area51 example seems like kind of a gray area to me. The questioner wants to interface with bitcoind, but the question itself could apply to any JSON-RPC interface. It's unclear whether those who voted it off-topic meant "all questions involving programming are off-topic" or "this question is off-topic because it's only tangentially related to Bitcoin"....
I was one of the people that recommended that the scope be enlarged to all crypto-currencies, but not all "alternative currencies". I think all crypto-currency questions are pretty on topic. I guess we will cross the bridge about what to do with the site if bitcoin is eclipsed by a different cryptocurrency if/when we come to it.
I agree that we should narrow the scope of Bitcoin.SE. If you look through questions that are tagged as altcoins, you'll notice that many are left unanswered, and many are also fairly low quality questions.
I would suggest that we don't narrow down the topic too far. I think we could take an approach similar to what Bitcointalk.org does - to also allow ...
I just stumbled across some additional text that could be changed for better clarity:
An Eth-related question was posted on Bitcoin.SE.com, and then migrated to Ethereum.SE.com. If you follow the link to the (now migrated) question, it includes this text:
This question came from our site for Bitcoin crypto-currency enthusiasts.
Here is a screenshot of ...
I would say occasionally
Using an analogous situation, if this site was about HTTP and someone was asking questions about HTML then the question would be clearly off-topic. HTML has little to do with HTTP other than using it as an efficient transport mechanism.
What is making OT appear on-topic is that it currently sees Bitcoin as being the most efficient ...
Questions about the developers are some of the most frequently asked when I talk about Bitcoin. Closing threads of this nature only prolongs the amount of time it takes for people to find answers...
It's counter-productive to obscure this information when it is one of the most commonly asked questions!
I certainly agree that questions about the devs should be allowed, but only to a point. If someone really wants to don the tinfoil hat that is their prerogative, provided they do their own research somewhere other than this site.
The question you cited in your question was closed not because it is irrelevant or because questions about the devs shouldn't/can'...
Are questions about other crypto-currencies on-topic?
Not any more.
Since about 1st July 2019 the scope has been narrowed to Bitcoin only.
Proposed Timeline for Scope Change
Proposal: Narrow topic of Bitcoin.Stackexchange to questions applicable to Bitcoin
I'd say that this is mainly off-topic because it simply concerns hardware more than crypto currencies. The fact that he plans to mine a cryptocurrency is irrelevant in this question and not important. There is no mention of mining as well...
I think it's fine to ask questions like "Is it true that...?", if you want evidence to confirm or refute some claim. But with the usual caveats:
Volume: Please try not to ask a gigantic number of questions in a short time. Prioritize those that are of broad interest, or have unusual features that need specific expertise; don't just ask a question for ...
There are stack exchanges sites such as ethereum.SE.com, which have a scope that is restricted to Ethereum. There are some other altcoins that have sites in Area 51 as well. The Bitcoin.SE.com site includes altcoins, because at first it was the only cryptocurrency SE site, and so of course it would make sense to allow altcoin questions.
Now, years later, ...
Yes, because it is factually answerable, and the answer will stay the same, such questions can be a good fit.
However, such questions may be answerable by a simple websearch, so it would probably make sense to ask only if it is harder to determine than that and then explain what previous research has been done, and that it was unsuccessful.
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.
Making this site about other crypto-currencies was proposed, and I think it is very valid:
It will open up the site to more people.
It will broaden the perspective for the development of each form of crypto-currency.
Effect on World Economy if Bitcoin Was Adopted
What would the effects be on the world economy if several million people around the world would utilize the Bitcoin currency for their daily transactions? Would you expect the GDP to grow faster or slower and why?
I would say this is on topic, as an answer would cover fact-based, technical differences between a wallet and an exchange. The question relates to Bitcoin and crypto, and does not require opinion based answers.
Is Performance Really Important When Choosing a Language for a Trading Bot
The C programming language outperforms interpreted languages such as Python or Ruby, but when it comes down to programming productivity, it is much easier/faster to write a Python program than a C program.
Considering that I want to write a trading bot, what would be the most ...
Bitcoin SE is an end-user site (much like Apple and Android SE). It should not become a support forum for developers.
There may be an edge case where a developer can ask about particular use case of Bitcoin to implement a client, but technical support questions will need to go to one of our technical forums (such as Stack Overflow).
It will become ...
Re: David's recent question - https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/1274/is-this-google-account-the-real-satoshi-nakamoto - I voted to close, I think this is getting a little close to speculation and irrelevance. Especially when it is clearly just a troll account.
Flow is right. Bitcoin is highly dependent on the skills and ethics of the developers. Questions that are otherwise on topic but also relate to people like developers who have significant influence over bitcoin should not be arbitrarily ruled out. Linus arguably has less influence over the Linux kernel than some of the bitcoin committers do over bitcoin, ...
OK, looks like there's already a good way to do this -- but not on a beta site!
Flag the question
Select "It should Be closed for another Reason"
Select "Off Topic"
Select "It belongs on another Stack Exchange Site"
Then it gives you a choice of a few alternatives which seems to be automated based on keywords in the question or something.
I don't like to really consider other sites and overlap when talking about what's on-topic during a beta. Well, I consider them, but I don't like ruling out questions purely because another site would accept them.
A resounding theme here is, pure hardware might be interesting to people into crypto currencies, but if the question has nothing to do with ...