In order to determine the site's scope in specific instances, we need to have a unified, general, but short purpose for the site.

For example, the purpose of StackOverflow is a "site for professional and enthusiast programmers ... to build a library of detailed answers to every question about programming".

Who is this site for and what is our purpose here?


I'm sort of partial to the original description that launched this site:

Health SE is a Q&A site for medical specialists, students, dietitians and anyone with health-related questions.

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    So if I am not a medical specialist, whatever that is, a student, or a dietitian, then I am not welcome if I only want to answer questions? I think trying to list who the site is for is a bad idea.
    – StrongBad
    Apr 1 '15 at 18:27
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    "...and anyone with health-related questions." Apr 1 '15 at 18:28
  • We want to welcome people without questions, but want to answer.
    – StrongBad
    Apr 1 '15 at 18:29
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    I feel like this doesn't give quite enough of a focus because "health-related" can be interpreted in many different ways. I'd like it to be a little more clear personally Apr 1 '15 at 18:53
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    The quoted description is tautological. It basically says "Health SE is for health-related questions" (because of the anyone). I wouldn't try to give a definition now, just answer the many "is ... on-topic" questions that people are asking on the meta. I think it's a good way to form a consensus.
    – Attilio
    Apr 2 '15 at 11:21
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    I think that this description is insufficient, as it somewhat fails to define the scope of questions that could be asked. In my mind, a good definition should leave it clear when a "health-related" question might fall into another site's umbrella.
    – Fomite
    Apr 7 '15 at 22:35

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