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After being told that categorically third-party plugins are off-topic I'm seeing a lot of WooCommerce questions getting bumped back to the front page by "community". Either the masters are no longer watching or WooCommerce is on topic now despite protests otherwise.

I officially I have no what is on-topic here.

Is WooCommerce on-topic or isn't it?

(You can begin downvoting me now).

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    It's still off-topic, just not gathering enough close votes. – fuxia Sep 5 at 2:16
  • Which suggests either the bulk of the community disagrees or it is too hard to earn enough rep to vote and too few users are available to vote. Perhaps if more votes were cast on answers... But that's none of my business. – Matthew Brown aka Lord Matt Sep 5 at 2:23
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    "Community" is an autobot that bumps old questions that don't have answers with at least 1 upvote. If they're off topic then they've slipped through the community radar or haven't reached the close threshold. This is another inquiry that is less of a meta discussion and more of a community question that may be better asked and answered in The Loop open chatroom. – Howdy_McGee Sep 5 at 2:41
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Part of the maintenance of the site is more akin to gardening. None of us get paid and we can't triage questions for wether they fit on topic or need editing in realtime.

We also have a long history of questions, so what happened 5 or 6 years ago might not have gotten much notice back then, but get bumped up by the system on to the homepage. Similarly there are some very popular old questions that ask for recommendations, with lots of upvotes and answers that pose a quandry when they resurface.

Think of it as weeding the garden. You want to close the offtopic questions, edit and downvote/improve the poor ones, and upvote the good ones, and improve any answers similarly. If you garden well, and the answer rate is high enough, your stack thrives

After being told that categorically third-party plugins are off-topic I'm seeing a lot of WooCommerce questions getting bumped back to the front page by "community".

A great opportunity to close vote! The community user is just Stack Exchanges automation, it doesn't know if a question is on or off topic, not unless it gets closed

Either the masters are no longer watching or WooCommerce is on topic now despite protests otherwise.

It's still offtopic, it's a 3rd party plugin, it's time to start voting to close

Since these are being bumped, you'll notice these are older questions that might have escaped the oversight of users able to vote to close or leave feedback. Think of it as Stack Exchange percolating deep water back up to the surface for attention so it doesn't get stale, inevitably something it dregdes up will be offtopic.

It doesn't help that lots of people want WooCommerce help but there's not much of it going around, deep WooCommerce knowledge is not so common. As a result WC questions don't get many answers, but they do get asked a lot. It's one of the main reasons the attempt at a dedicated WC stack failed, lots of questions, very few people able to answer things outside of basic theming questions

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