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Absolutely this is on-topic here. 'Nough said.


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Motorcycle questions are on-topic here - in fact we have some very knowledgeable Motorbike people here (@DucatiKiller in particular)


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There should be no worries about car care questions ... even washing the dirty beast. I think questions of the sort are specifically on target and on topic for this SE site. IMHO, it is definitely covered under the "maintenance" aspect of the site and it's about a motor vehicle. What more could you ask for! Ask away! One small caveat is do not ask for ...


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The electric-vehicle tag has been around since 2011, so I'd suggest it's been on topic since the beginning.There are (as of this writ) 10 questions on the main site which are tagged by electric-vehicle In my eyes, it's directly on topic. It doesn't have to be powered by gasoline or diesel to be on topic here! Just has to be a motor vehicle of some sort ... ...


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I say NO. A counter-example to the absorption proposed above: https://askubuntu.com/ and https://unix.stackexchange.com/ These sites are overlapping to the casual viewer. To the dedicated enthusiast, they are dramatically different. This is the key point in my mind: Broadening the scope of this site does not add immediate value. For example, check the ...


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Yes, electric vehicles should be on-topic. After all, hybrids have been on-topic here for a while, full electric is just the next step in development. They are motor vehicles that carry people - it is just that the motor is electric rather than internal combustion. There are many features of electric vehicles that are common to internal combustion ...


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I agree that: mechanics.stackexchange.com is a site for people who repair vehicles. If you're going to define professional as "somebody who repairs vehicles for a living", though, I think that's the wrong contributor to chase. That kind of professional is not likely to come here as part of their day job. They don't have time to ask a question and wait ...


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I this is covered squarely by the second paragraph in the FAQ: Questions related to the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and their accessories, internal combustion engines, even in applications other than automotive so long as the question is related to engine or engine accessories. I think that, based on that paragraph, most of your ...


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Well, motorcycle is a motor vehicle, so the "Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair" community is the place to go. We have plenty of motorcycle questions here.


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If you go back and look, you'll notice that when I answered that question three years ago, I mostly focused on helicopters (out of that long list of all possible vehicles) as an example of "out of scope." The big problem that I saw there was that the information isn't transferable. Discussions about the Jesus nut can be super fun but won't really assist ...


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In the past these types of questions have been allowed. For instance: Lawn tractor, difficulty starting in cold weather Can an ignition coil melt-down? Craftsman push mower won't start after hitting stump Is it OK to run a trimmer without the plate-filter support? ( Also look under the small-engine tag.) From my point of view, these questions are ...


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Worth noting here that the SU FAQ specifically excludes buying recommendations: that's to forestall "What's the best X / what X should I buy?" questions. There's a blog entry that explains this: Let’s say the question asker provided all that information. Fat chance, I know, but let’s pretend for a moment they did — and we were able to provide the perfect, ...


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Most of the questions here are "my current car is broken?". Well, yes, they're going to be: https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic "What are the key differences between a model A and Model T ford?" An open-ended question like this is hard to answer definitively. For example, what makes a difference "key"? A more specific (and yet still "...


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Let's not, I don't think those questions should be on topic. Those questions fall into the same problems as price-shopping assistance, they will become obsolete, and they are unlikely to help anyone else. I think we do need some sort of information you have mention in the How to Ask portion of the help section for all questions. There are way too many ...


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We actually have an information security Stack Exchange where this is entirely on topic. We wouldn't detail how to break security controls, but we will be able to answer questions on securing these systems, implications of successful attack, risk profiles etc. Visit security.stackexchange.com


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I don't believe there would be any issue with this. If it has to do with engines and mechanical, whether to fix, design, or otherwise, I think you're golden.


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I'd say yes and for the same reasons you cite - most of my questions have been aftermarket in one way or another. Even if they don't fit well with the Q&A portion of the site, the chat will have something to say on the topic. That said, if I see "which rims iz da most dope, yo?", I'm voting it down. :-)


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I believe if your question is related to installation or repair of an entertainment system into a vehicle then it would be on topic. If the question is related to buying advice or operation of the entertainment system that would be off topic.


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My immediate thought is that many (if not most) of the casual visitors we have here are soley interested in fixing their car. Therefore, they're likely to overlook a 'machinery' site as they wouldn't expect it to give useful car-fixing information. IMHO The words "Motor Vehicle" in the title are key to bringing in new visitors. That isn't to say questions ...


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The FAQ states Questions related to the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and their accessories, internal combustion engines, even in applications other than automotive so long as the question is related to engine or engine accessories The Mars rover has nothing to do with the repair of motor vehicles.


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When in doubt, you're always welcome to bring up this sort of question in the chat: The Pitstop When it comes to questions, though, I try to filter my own questions on: Is this question possible to answer at all? For example, is it possible to put hands on data or an original source that can answer the question. Or is the issue too amorphous, ...


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I have 3 things to say about this: sometimes, you don't want to repair a broken vehicle, you want to repair a broken design. When repairing a broken design, sometimes, it's just easier to build your own completely from scratch. sometimes, especially on older vehicles where parts are getting scarce, it's easier (because of availability) to "upgrade" a ...


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I have a tendency to feel similarly regarding questions related to various cars or other vehicles. how can you identify a real Shelby Cobra from a replica, and what are visible differences between a 1956 and 1957 Corvette? If those types of questions for car enthusiasts are off topic then why isn't this question off topic? It's subjective in many ways, ...


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My interpretation is that we have enough mechanically-inclined users who can provide answers, but we're not getting enough questions because frankly people don't have technical questions about their cars that often (unless their cars are British-made). I don't regard this as doom for the site. I think you're pointing out that we need to grow the ...


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The help section states Questions related to the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and their accessories (emphasis mine) This question is definitely on topic, it's a factory installed accessory, so to me there is no question. Not saying that an aftermarket radio would be off topic, just trying to say that anything that comes installed from the ...


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To my mind, any specific problem you have whose solution involves you, the asker, actually picking up a tool and using it on your vehicle is welcome here. I'm coming here to read and ask about doing the work; whether it's strictly "repair" meaning "get my car back to operational condition" isn't the important factor in my opinion. A modification is just a "...


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I suspect it depends on the method of propulsion - if they have a petrol engine, and the question is about that, then it's not really any different to other small-engine questions, and we've decided they are on topic. Questions about electrically powered cars, or the control systems, servos etc are definitely off-topic IMHO though. Of the current SEs, they'...


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This is my opinion, so take it as you will ... I get what you would like to do, but really, does it add anything to the site itself? I understand in your eyes it would make the site more attractive to others. That is your opinion and you are welcome to your opinion, just as everyone else is welcome to theirs. To me (yes, my opinion), it really doesn't ...


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Absolutely. Opinion Based. Even when judged by a qualified professional (with insurance) in person, it's still "opinion based". There's no way an external picture can truly reveal how much cord damage has been done. Some pictures of chips and small cuts are a lot less intimidating than others, but where to draw the line? Being a forum poster with an ...


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I'd say that was more a question for the chat...


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