I know this question has been asked and answered already here:
How do we tell if a question belongs here, or rather at stackoverflow/superuser?
However this topic came up recently again in a discussion in the comments of a question about
sudo, where an user claimed the question be off-topic because of its "not only Ubuntu-specific"ness being
sudo also installed in other distributions.
What really suprised me is that coming back on that question I saw those comments were upvoted.
I personally flagged a question once because I thought it could have been a better fit for Unix & Linux, but I was still wrong, because despite the question being general and "not only Ubuntu-specific" that didn't make it off-topic here by any mean, and so I shouldn't have flagged it. My bad. However I never thought the question was off-topic here, just that it could have been a better fit for Unix & Linux.
How can a question about
sudo, essential for the administration of an Ubuntu system be off-topic on Ask Ubuntu because of its "not only Ubuntu-specific"ness?
I'm wondering if the consensus has changed over the last five years (the time at which the question above was posted).
Nonetheless if it did:
Should we set questions about the kernel as off-topic because the kernel is present in all the Linux distributions and hence it's "not only Ubuntu-specific"?
Should we set questions about
systemdas off-topic because
systemdis present in other Linux distributions and hence it's "not only Ubuntu-specific"?
Should we set questions about the GNU tools as off-topic because the GNU tools are present in the vast majority of the Linux distributions and hence they're "not only Ubuntu-specific"?
And honestly I'm a little biased on the last questions, but to me it would be unthinkable to set off-topic things like
sudo, the kernel,
systemd or the GNU tools.
sudois much more benign than