Most of the discussion for what was on/off topic by this community took place early in the life of the community before many of the currently active members had joined us here. While there have been a number of discussions in the years since, most of the changes have been more along the lines of clarifications than actual changes in policy.
Over five years have passed since our community joined the SE network of sites. In that time, our community has graduated from beta, continued to grow and changed. The professional networking field itself has changed in this time. Reasons for early decisions were based on how to best serve our community as well as users/visitors/guests to both our community and the wider SE community. These reasons may still be valid, but they may also no longer apply.
We as moderators thought this may be a good time to allow the community to take some time to re-evaluate those early decisions to get a sense of what will best serve our community today and into the future. This may be include both topics that are currently off topic that you believe should be on topic or topics that are currently on topic that you feel should be off topic.
How to contribute to this question. If these rules are not followed, your contributions may be modified or deleted to fit within the rules.
- In all things, keep in mind the purpose of the community: Network Engineering Stack Exchange is for asking questions about professionally managed networks in a business environment. Let this help guide your contributions and voting.
- Answers should be limited to a single topic to be voted on and a statement that it "should" or "should not" be on topic.
- Reasoning for the topic to be on/off topic should be carried out in comments or preferably in chat. If you post your reasoning with the topic, votes may reflect people's agreement with your reasoning rather than whether they believe it should be on/off topic.
- Please check back frequently and vote on answers. An up vote would indicate that you agree the topic should be on/off topic, a down vote would indicate that you believe the current policy should remain as it stands.
After giving some time for the community to contribute answers and votes, topics the community has indicated they feel strongly should be changed may have follow up meta discussions to define the scope of any such changes. Keep in mind that just because a topic is voted up does not necessarily mean it will result in a change and before any changes are made, a follow up discussion on the topic would likely take place.
We look forward to the community's input in this process.
For reference, if you haven't seen it (recently), our Help Page covering topics.