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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?

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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." – Robert Cartaino 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 – Zach Saucier 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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