Questions tagged [scope]

How this site should be used; whether a given subject is on topic, etc.

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Making a site for professionals

There are already a million places on the internet where you can type simple car maintenance questions and get a bunch of teenagers telling you some random nonsense that they have no reason to know ...
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Are driving questions on-topic?

Is this site specifically for maintenance and repair, or are we going to allow questions about driving practices?
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does the ban on buying advice apply on mechanics?

I know on other *.stackexchange sites, buying advice is strongly discouraged. Installing Xenon headlights in 2004 Chrysler Sebring I looked through the faq for mechanics and did not see that same ...
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Are small engines on topic?

Are small engines such as found in many lawn care tools on topic? Lawn Mowers (Push and Riding) Back pack blowers Weed eaters Tractors (not so small)
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Is tractor maintenance on-topic?

There's a related meta question (Are small engines on topic?), but that's more about small engines. How about questions on maintenance of compact tractors (not lawn tractors -- I'm thinking about >20-...
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Are vehicle modifications within scope?

Clearly the title says "Maintenance and Repair". Would it be reasonable to include in this scope 'modifications', which are technically neither 'maintaining' or 'repairing' a vehicle?
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Are body repair questions on-topic for this site?

This is brought up by a couple recently closed questions. Scratches - both light and deep How to remove a small dent in the front door of the car? Although these are closed for reasons under ...
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Are boat trailers on-topic for this site?

For example, how to wire a boat trailer so it will tolerate salt water, or replacing hub bearings. There's no motor but this is closely related to what you find in a car.
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Should Radio/Audio questions be off-topic?

Rory had said he would mark this question as off-topic: Radio stops playing when I change volume There have been questions answered about audio in the past ... I'm not seeing as why this is off ...
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Should this site be broadened to “Mechanical Maintenance and Repair”?

One of the choices made in the design of stackoverflow was to unite all programming languages in one Q&A site. The reasons, as I understood them, were the following: programmers often have ...
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Are Non-Vehicle Questions Off-Topic? Suggestion for Similar Communities?

Looking around it seems you allow non-("cars, trucks, and motorcycles") motor vehicle questions. But what about other mechanic problems that are related to non-vehicles? For example lawn mowers, weed ...
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Are RVs in the scope of this site?

I have an older motorhome that I want to maintain myself. Are questions about that vehicle appropriate for Mechanics SE? Here are some examples to consider: Why don't my house batteries get charged ...