Our help center for don't ask is pretty generic. I have some opinions about out of scope questions. Is there a way to adjust the help center with a better "out of scope" test? Would that reduce the chances of History = landfill?

(We have this problem on PM:SE as well - is this a problem across all sites? Do people ask questions about meerkats on the python stack exchange? Is History special?)

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    Well, I did notice this morning someone posting a question that was 100% unabashedly economics on the politics site. Thinking about it, the fact that the two were equated in the poster's mind should be a huge red flag ...
    – T.E.D. Mod
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 14:52
  • @T.E.D. Just imagine if there was a history of economics question on history of science! Commented Dec 2, 2017 at 18:02
  • @axsvl77 - That would be dismal
    – T.E.D. Mod
    Commented Dec 2, 2017 at 18:21

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As near as I can tell from poking around through our help center and meta.so, the only page in the entire help center that is moderator editable is the on-topic page. So if there's something we want tweaked, it would have to be phrased in a way that allows us to put in there.

Thinking about it, this might be a good place to link in our Why did I get a downvote? meta question we are constantly referring back to.

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    ?? Really?? Only one page? That does explain a lot. Do you think it is worth the effort to try to edit that page? I'm a jaded, cynical old coot and I suspect that the people using H:SE as a landfill aren't reading the page, but if there are younger, more optimistic types out there I'd be willing to try to propose something.
    – MCW Mod
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 14:54
  • @MarkC.Wallace - We've edited it before to clarify things. In fact, I think I'm going to do it right now to make the "Its not about ... mythology" entry link out to the Mythology site.
    – T.E.D. Mod
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 14:57

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