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It's mentioned already on the [help/on-topic] page but it might be also worth adding to the tour page.

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I think it's a good suggestion to show a short summary of the most important criteria for posts being on topic there. It may help stop some of the obviously off topic questions (educational, home networking, etc).

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The Tour is really about an overview of how to use the site, and it actually says:

Looking for more in-depth information on the site? Visit the Help Center

The Help Center is the proper place for that sort of site specific information.

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    On many other SO pages the "Ask about..."/"Don't ask about..." section is more detailed than here. Have a look at e.g. superuser.com/tour. – phk Oct 3 '16 at 10:11
  • @phk, the Super User Tour page to which you link doesn't seem any more detailed about what is, or is not, on-topic for that site than the Network Engineering Tour page does. Both the tours seem nearly identical. The last time the NE What topics can I ask about here? page was updated, it was put here, on Meta, for a vote, and the community agreed to what is on there now. – Ron Maupin Mod Oct 16 '16 at 4:47
  • Again, I'm specifically talking about the "Ask about..."/"Don't ask about..." section of the tour page. On networkengineering.stackexchange.com/tour you just have e.g. "Ask about... Specific issues with network engineering" and "Don't ask about... Anything not directly related to network engineering" while on superuser.com/tour you have "Ask about... Specific issues with computer software, hardware or networking" and "Don't ask about... Issues specific to corporate IT support and networks". – phk Oct 16 '16 at 12:52
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It happened in the meantime and it's quite detailed:

Ask about...

  • Specific issues with network engineering
  • Real problems or questions that you’ve encountered
  • Operating, maintaining, purchasing or managing an enterprise / service provider network
  • Planning or designing an enterprise / service provider network
  • Model or product line features and differences
  • Lab scenarios involving on-topic equipment
  • Tools used by network professionals
  • Servers operating as a router/switch/firewall
  • Design or theory of protocols used to operate a network (IP, TCP, routing protocols, STP, etc.)
  • Content delivery networks
  • Production troubleshooting or problem resolution
  • Physical infrastructure (standard color coding of cables, types of fiber, etc)
  • Implementing and enforcing network security or policies

Caveats:

  • Networks must be under your direct control (if the network is not under your control you will not likely be able to provide the information required to answer your question)

  • Hardware that has a paid support option from the manufacturer (enterprise/provider class products, some small business class devices) Not all questions work well in our format. Avoid questions that are primarily opinion-based, or that are likely to generate discussion rather than answers.

Don't ask about...

  • Anything not directly related to network engineering
  • Questions that are primarily opinion-based
  • Questions with too many possible answers or that would require an extremely long answer
  • Residential/home networking
  • Consumer grade products
  • Installation, configuration, or use of applications not generally considered to be tools used by network professionals
  • Configuration or operation of computers/servers not directly related to networking
  • Education, certification, or homework
  • A network under someone else's control
  • Product, service, or learning material recommendations
  • Configuring an application or device to work on the network
  • Protocols above L4 in the OSI model (e.g. HTTP, FTP, etc)
  • Bypassing network security or policies
  • Historical trivia that does not allow for a concise and non-subjective answer or is trivial/irrelevant to modern networking

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