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Office suites category

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A site for office suites was proposed here: https://meta.codidact.com/posts/277548. This proposal is still in early stages and unlikely to get enough support to emerge as a site of its own in the near future. Meanwhile, all such questions will end up here and we already know they will be plenty.

I propose that we create a new category "Office suites" for these kind of questions. The reason is that we simply suspect that these questions will be numerous and therefore a separate category would serve to not drown out all other questions. At this point, the majority of the questions already on the site are about office suites. Software Development wishes to migrate a considerable amount of questions regarding Excel formulas etc here, where such questions would fit in better.

When this site becomes active enough, the Office suites category can perhaps emerge into a site of its own.

Examples of what the category can contain, quoted from the above meta proposal:

  • MS Office
  • a subset of Google's G Suite that includes Docs, Sheets, etc
  • Libre office and open office
  • WPS office
  • Zoho office, etc.

To translate this to abstract terms, it would mean:

  • Word processing programs
  • Spreadsheet programs
  • E-mail clients
  • Publishing and presentation programs
  • Misc other programs that companies list as part of their "suite": simple DBMS, VoIP and similar.

Please vote on this question up/down if you agree or disagree with this proposal.


Things to discuss regarding overlapping scopes with Software Development:

  • Is VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) on topic here? Or other such simplified, built-in script or programming languages?
  • Is DBMS design and SQL questions on topic here? Example: MS Access.

Depending on if programs like Photoshop count as part of a "suite", then there is possibly and overlaps with Photography & Video as well.

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There seems to be consensus on a few things:

  1. These questions are off-topic on Software Dev and on-topic here.
  2. A lot of questions were asked (and some closed) on Software Dev before this community existed.
  3. One motivation for the request for a category is to prevent these questions (if migrated) from overwhelming other topics.

There does not appear to be consensus for creating a category. As noted in another answer, the boundaries could be kind of fuzzy. By creating a category we risk fragmenting future questions and confusing people about where to ask.

If the concern is about the effects of migrating a bunch of office-suite questions all at once, let's address that. They don't all have to be migrated (a) at all or (b) all at once. This community should decide what it wants to receive from Software Dev (all? only ones with positive score? something else?), and then we can work on a way to bring them in in batches so they don't all slam the Q&A category at once.

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I disagree. Read the first comment of @MonicaCellio in this post. I will include some information of askubuntu in this answer also.


are questions about office suites so different from questions about other applications that tags aren't sufficient?

Actually, you are requesting to create new category for following tags/topics.

  • MS Office
  • a subset of Google's G Suite that includes Docs, Sheets, etc
  • Libre office and open office
  • WPS office
  • Zoho office, etc.

Why you just want for writing softwares? What is wrong with designing(Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Krita, and lot more)? Why you don't want to have another category for Browsers(Mozilla, Chrome, Safari)? People faces problem on them also.. Although you just want a new category for writing software. In one my Codidact meta post a staffs said that Codidact doesn't want to do as SE does. If you have visited askubuntu ever than you will see that there's lot of questions on LibreOffice writer. Even, SE has different sub-domain(different sites) for Web Applications, Latex, Ubuntu, Unix Linux, Superuser.

I requested a powerusers like site cause, there was no reason of creating different sites for each OS. And, there's million-billion software in each OS. So, Is it wise to create new categories or sites for every 100 software (Do creating new categories for per 100 software make sense)?

I am not sure which phrase is correct/better. That's why I added both which came to my mind. I would request to propose edit which is incorrect.


@Moshi had requested Software Recommendations Category. I will say that creating a new category for Software will be a good idea. But, creating a new category for writing Software only makes no sense.

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