Take a look at the current text of the help center page, What topics can I ask about here?. There are a few different issues with this page as it stands:


The site description ("SL.SE is for folks dedicated to...") doesn't match what's on the tour, which was previously edited and chosen on meta.

List of related sites

The list of sites where questions might fit better could use re-thinking. Historically, five questions have been migrated to Gardening. No other site has had more than one question migrated. These are the other destinations (one question each):

  • Home Improvement
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Skeptics
  • Earth Science
  • Worldbuilding
  • Biology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Motor Vehicles

Neither Personal Finance nor Physics have ever been a destination, despite being on the help page. I believe we should adjust the list, and expand the description a bit for each to address the possible overlap.

For instance, I have seen a fair number of questions about specific solar PV setups that might have done better over on Electrical Engineering SE.

Area 51 recommendation

At the bottom of the page there is this text:

If no site currently exists that will accept your question, you may commit to or propose a new site at Area 51, the place where new Stack Exchange communities are democratically created.

However, given the latest guidance from SE staff, an Area 51 proposal should only be submitted by an existing community in need of a Q&A site. I think we should consider removing this line from our help page.

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    Worldbuilding seems like an odd one to include. Do we expect that one to come up often enough to warrant being on the list?
    – Robotnik Mod
    Mar 19, 2020 at 2:14

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I thought I'd take a crack at re-writing this page in it's entirety. I've made the description more closely match what is on the tour (not 1:1 but closely aligned), given relevant topic examples (from our tag map), removed the sentence about Area 51, and expanded the list of related sites based on the list in the question above. How does this sound?

What topics can I ask about here?

Sustainable Living Stack Exchange is for people passionate about living lives in a sustainable manner - a lifestyle that can be maintained indefinitely without depleting available resources. Whether you are an individual or business looking to make everyday changes, or an industry professional in waste recovery, renewable energy or clean technologies, chances are you're in the right place to ask your question!

With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question on sustainability issues, including but not limited to:

  • Carbon footprints and environmental impacts
  • Electricity generation and storage
  • Product and appliance life-cycles, waste streams and waste minimisation
  • Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and alternatives
  • Global Warming & Climate Change
  • Ecosystems, Hydroponics and Permaculture
  • Construction materials and energy-efficient design
  • ...and any other questions regarding sustainable practices and designs!

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to share knowledge by asking and answering your own question.

If your question is not specifically related to Sustainability, it may be on topic for another Stack Exchange site:

For more help, see What types of questions should I avoid asking?, and if you're still not sure, please ask us on Meta

  • Nice, I like it!
    – THelper
    Mar 19, 2020 at 8:56
  • Overall, looks good to me. Just two small changes -- I think I'd take Skeptics off the list (I don't really think there's significant overlap there), and I'd add solar power systems to the list for electrical engineering.
    – LShaver Mod
    Mar 19, 2020 at 13:26
  • Another thought... perhaps at the bottom we could add something like: "If you're unsure, ask on meta."
    – LShaver Mod
    Mar 19, 2020 at 21:01
  • @LShaver - both good points. I've added a link to meta at the bottom. As for Skeptics, yeah, it's probably not the most relevant, although there is a lot of climate change disinformation out there - it could help to have it as a place for people to go to debunk that stuff. It's up to you though :-)
    – Robotnik Mod
    Mar 19, 2020 at 22:56
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    Nice. I'll leave it up for a while to see if there's additional feedback, then implement.
    – LShaver Mod
    Mar 20, 2020 at 14:34
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    Looks good to me. I just enacted this change. Thanks for putting this together!
    – Nic
    Mar 30, 2020 at 18:56
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    @Nic you beat me to it! :)
    – LShaver Mod
    Apr 1, 2020 at 16:21

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