I'm concerned about questions that have little to do with GIS but they involve somehow getting server or database software to run. Typical examples ask for help in communicating with servers, such as
just to name two that appeared this morning. There are hundreds more such examples.
The FAQ is no help: unlike other FAQs, it doesn't say what the subject of this site is, it only says whom it is for:
The Geographic Information Systems Stack Exchange is for cartographers, database administrators, geographers, programmers, and anyone interested in or using GIS professionally.
As such, these questions fit in because (presumably) they are asked by programmers "using GIS" in some capacity. I recognize that these questions are valid and important to people working in the trenches implementing GIS-like apps on the Web and other networks. (Indeed, I often vote them up because many of them are well and clearly posed.) But are they really about GIS and are they really sufficiently specialized to be posted here rather than on some other SE site like SO or SU or Webapps? Wouldn't those other sites yield more answers quicker?
There are so many such questions here that, IMHO, they clutter this site and distract from questions and discussions that would interest a wider group of "cartographers, ... and anyone interested in or using GIS." I'm developing a suspicion that this intense yet peripheral focus may be limiting the appeal of this site to the millions of actual cartographers, geographers, and GIS programmers who should be consulting it regularly.
What should be our policy? What is this site about, really?