I realize that the topic of derivatives has been touched on before but I am shocked that this community is so closed to questions that, were they answered, could assist pure Ubuntu users.
I recently noticed this question was closed without explanation by those moderating it:
As Mint is so closely tied to Ubuntu I would have expected that there would be a good overlap. Surely the tag system is there to handle this sort of thing.
Furthermore, the closing of questions do not appear to be consistently applied. Many questions here are so generic they should be asked at other sites (Linux/Unix, Server Fault etc.), yet these have been kept open.
I've been a member of [SO] for quite a while and several other sites including Area51 and thought that the same community spirit would be matched here.
There is a fundamental flaw in the way StackExchange works that doesn't address overlap which needs to be addressed but this may never be addressed so the best thing that can be done is to apply a consistent and fair policy, which is clearly not being practiced here.
I welcome your comments, but please be constructive as animosity is rarely welcome or helpful.
After reading some of the feedback here I just wanted to clarify that my main concern is that this site embodies a sense of friendly and open community spirit. The primary objection I have is that many closed questions don't offer OP's or subsequent visitors any constructive assistance, merely a "closed as off-topic". Not sure why redirection isn't happening. While it is perfectly acceptable that people wish to keep this site clear of off-topic material it's not good for the reputation of [AU] if people are bluntly rejected. People asking for help are putting their faith in our community, we should do our best to live up to that responsibility.