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It would seem that the consensus is "no" to having programmatical interactions with third-party plugins as on-topic. The grounds for this answer seem to be that knowledge of said plugins would be needed. However by putting them out of bounds such questions have nowhere to go but back to SO. That they are readily answered which suggests that the required insight does exist within the wider developer community but causes confusion as to why WordPress questions are still on topic for SO. I have a proposal that might solve this.

Would the community be willing to get behind a proposal for a mixed WordPress SE focused on coding for and with WordPress and associated frameworks (such as third-party plugins); a sort of WordPress hacker's QnA (in the most positive sense)?

Such a site would draw away most recurring discussions of third-party plugins and provide a migration path for many off-topic development questions. WordPress hacker's QnA could deal with doing weird things in edge case scenarios with third-party content while this SE could remain pure WordPress development which is what the general community desire seems to favour. Moreover, there would be less need to have SO carry the load with quite so many WordPress specific questions.

Less confusion; more Q and A.

With support from this (established) SE community, WordPress hacker's QnA could take a whole bunch of (what I imagine are) annoying issues away. The degree to which not-on-topic areas are on topic in the new SE could become someone else's problem.

TL;DR: Would you get behind a SE that covers things that are partly or wholly off-topic here?

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    The Area51 SE is free to submit new site proposals. Please read their FAQ but I don't see anything that specifically says this is not an acceptable submission. – Howdy_McGee Aug 29 at 2:39
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Every site on stack exchange is by definition a Q & A site, such a site would basically be this site but with an expanded scope, but what you suggest isn't as simple

  1. That would produce 2 competing stacks for core WordPress questions
  2. 3rd party plugin/theme dev support is still better served by the 3rd party
  3. 3rd party API support would still be better served by that 3rd partys communities

E.g. A Google Analytics API question is still a Google Analytics question, even with your proposed stack, it's almost certainly a better fit for other non-WordPress stacks. For example, StackOverflow would be a better place to ask about integrating with MailChimp, or Google Analytics, etc. Perhaps even https://webapps.stackexchange.com/ or the Webmasters Stack Exchange ( here's a Google Analytics question on that stack )

Fundamentally, these kinds of questions are not WP questions. Knowledge of the API involved is what's needed. If not, then the question can be divorced of the 3rd party API.

Having said that, it is not our community in charge of creating new stacks. That process happens on Area 51. Past attempts to create new WP related stacks have failed due to a lack of involvement. We tried to back a WooCommerce stack exchange in the past, but it failed to get the necessary momentum to graduate to beta.

But in all honesty, I believe you'd get more support with a general 3rd party API stack than a WordPress 3rd party stack.

  • I suspect you are right but I put it to you that there are already 2 competing stacks for core WordPress questions - WPSE and SO and that SO is winning. – Matthew Brown aka Lord Matt Aug 28 at 23:43
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    StackOverflow is a sort of catch all, it's a special case with an unusually wide scope, not everybody who posts WP questions there is aware of our stack, and a lot of questions get migrated from there to here – Tom J Nowell Aug 29 at 8:58
  • Trust me, I am aware of this stack. Even so, I am most likely going to ask my WP questions there from now on. Better answers faster. – Matthew Brown aka Lord Matt Aug 31 at 23:46

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