Within the Stack Exchange structure is there a place for discussions and general sharing of information?

In addition to specific questions and their answers I'd love to have a place where I can learn what tools folks are using and see open-ended discussions but SE doesn't really seem to include that. Am I missing something?

A couple of examples that currently active:


These are certainly interesting discussions in their own right — roundtable discussions which are fun to bandy about with your colleagues; they may even be educational — but frankly, this isn't what we do.

Take a look at the new /about page that lays out the purpose of having this site in the first place:

About Network Engineering SE

We get a lot of requests to use Stack Exchange as a way to vote on a variety of other… stuff. Sharing your favorite regular expressions (or your favorite Python modules or books/blogs/tricks/tips/etc) would certainly make for an interesting compilation. But questions that elicit open-ended contributions, discussions, and debates can't really be properly "answered" in this type of Q&A format. That's actually by design.

We're not suggesting these questions should never be asked anywhere. Some questions actually need the type of discussion and collaboration you seek; there's nothing wrong with that. But these questions are simply better suited to a threaded discussion forum. There are certainly plenty of them on the Internet — it's simply not what we do.

  • That's what I thought, just wanted to be sure I wasn't missing anything. Thanks May 17 '13 at 2:07

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