I recently asked a question related to a certain WordPress setup, and was put on-hold with a statement that this is a third party question that is out of scope.
I think this should be changed. WordPress' power is because of the use of its Plugins and they play an integral part in it. If we cannot ask questions about those plugins, than we are eliminating a very high number of valid and helpful WordPress questions.
I think this policy should be removed, just due to the nature of WordPress. I am not sure what the reasoning is behind banning such questions.
After reading the comments here, and after reading the details in the link provided by toscho, I conclude that this problem/debate is never going to to be resolved, not anytime soon. There will be always people on either side of the fence with both valid or invalid reasoning (depending on which side of the fence you stand).
Anyway, I got to think, maybe there is another solution; and this is what I came up with:
- Create a new sub-subdomain, plugins.wordpress.stackexchange.com, that will only focus on questions related to WordPress plugins (It does not have to be the sub-subdomain I suggested, but something along those lines, just a space for this type of questions).
- All questions in that new space are only related to WordPress plugins, with some available tags being the names of those plugins.
- Restrict questions in that space to plugins-specific questions. Those should only be about plugins that already exist. If you have a plugin development question, then that should be asked at wordpress.stackexchange.com
This way, we separate the plugins-related questions from the plugin-development questions; and wordpress.stackexchange.com remains the way it is for purists.