Are topics like 'how are the minimum requirements for validators calculated?' or 'how does Solana compare to (some other Layer 1)' appropriate?

  • Not sure if it's worth a separate question so I'm just adding a comment here as it seems related, what about questions about open source contributions? E.g people looking for clarification on how to proceed when they get stuck.
    – fitzbutz
    Commented Jul 22, 2022 at 17:18

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I don't think we want SE community to be exclusively about programming on Solana. It's not solana-programming.stackexchange.com.

There are many potential questions about

  • how Solana works in general,
  • how validators work,
  • possible error when running the CLI,
  • issues when using Solana or Solana apps as an end user,

that I would expect this community to be about. As long as questions meet other criteria, of course.


how does Solana compare to (some other Layer 1)' appropriate likely is not a good questions because it requires a very opinionated answer most of the time. You could ask something more direct that requires a fact as an answer

how are the minimum requirements for validators calculated? This is probably ok.

Any questions about core architecture, developing on Solana, and validator/RPC setup should be fine imo

  • It is possible to do a non opinionated comparison of Layer 1s. The point of the meta question is that how they differ is a non programming question.
    – mikemaccana Mod
    Commented Jul 18, 2022 at 8:11

Is it focused exclusively on Solana "programming"?

In an inclusive to peripheral Solana focused things kind of a way, sure!

Either of those topic examples seem like perfectly fair territory, especially in a beta phase of a community's development :)

Jacob Creech makes a good point about question soundness. A focused comparative analytical question is one thing, but when unfocused such inquiry invites speculation.

At this stage, I think a slightly wider net is alright.

  • This answer is vague - I don't think 'focused exclusively on Solana programming in an inclusive to peripheral Solana focused things kind of a way' is logically possible. We either exclude or include. I think you mean we say we want to include non-programming topics but it's not clear.
    – mikemaccana Mod
    Commented Aug 17, 2022 at 11:20

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