It seems that recently on AskUbuntu, questions have been slipping through the Close-Wall (The wall that keeps a question from being seen by more than a few people). Until now this wall had redirected most questions to another site such as Super User,, but now it seems that instead, people are starting to answer these questions. Now yes, it is good that people are having their questions answered, but not like this. As more and more of these questions are asked, it SEEMS that they are on topic, therefore "inviting" other users to ask these questions as well. One example of this is Questions of Python. Yes, Python is an Ubuntu compatible program, but asking a question about python most times has nothing to do with Ubuntu or issues with it. So many people have asked these kinds of questions that they start to not at all be flagged as off topic. A similar question was asked here, but this relates more to just asking you all to if you see these questions about programming that may not be Ubuntu related, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, Close it, or if it is sort of related, try to redirect the user so they can recieve more support.
Some examples would be useful, but I must say I don't really share your concern on this. I don't see many off-topic questions answered here.
At the same time, I do see quite some questions marked off-topic incorrectly. There seems to be a tendency to close-vote on trigger words like bug or the current +1 release, while the issue in the question has nothing to do with version-specific issues or -bugs for example.
Furthermore, I consider an unjust close vote a bigger sin than incidentally answering a question that could be marked as off-topic. In the first case, you send someone away who could (and should) get an answer here, in the latter case, the worst thing that can happen is that a good answer is given at the wrong place.
I don't see your issue that it invites people to post the wrong type of questions here at all. When people post questions that really don't belong here, it is because they are not familiar with the SE sites, not because they looked through this site's variety of questions.
On the contrary I would say, in general these people are not familiar with the site at all.
Nope, I don't think it's as simple as that.
We have a community of people here who help Ubuntu users do stuff. Often that's highlighted as a "how do I do X" but occasionally that screws down into a language (Bash, Python, etc). This stuff is also on-topic on other sites. That doesn't make it off-topic here.
To be considered off-topic here —in my mind, at least— it should be completely detached from the environment (like "How do Python Arrays work?"). Additionally, I tend to give Bash/Sh/Sed/Awk/etc extra leeway as they're core parts of Ubuntu, and we have a lot of people here who can help.
As a moderator and Ubuntu member I do have to balance what's not just best for the site, but what benefits Ubuntu. I think borderline questions (eg pure bash) are not only often nice easy questions to get new users involved, they improve the technical comprehension of the whole site.
I don't expect everybody to agree but I think they're a net benefit to us.
But anything problem centric, like "How do I move a window to another screen in Python", is on-topic. It's as much about the environment as it is the programming language.
I felt I was a bit hard on you in comments before, so I went looking for evidence to support your claim.
What I found was that you are one of the people guilty of answering these questions.
This one is open as of now but is off topic as too broad by my vote
You write a big rant basically accusing every one of this
Collective “On Topic-ity”
I see users from anywhere in the 1-7000 range answering these questions
I hope this shows you that it is not so black and white with closing questions, you are just as guilty as the next user for overlooking them.
Based on this and the terrible example,that is on topic,you gave me, I don't see this as an issue with the site, more with your perception of the questions at hand, I am sure that users are not just starting to answer off topic questions just because they want too.