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I suppose we should think about the off-topic reasons for this page.

As @Mithrandir24601 suggested I removed my proposals from this question and added them as an community answer. Feel free to edit them.

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    $\begingroup$ I think the 'questions about QM' one is worded a tad strictly (although the 'spirit' makes sense) - e.g. if I want to simulate some QM on a QC, it's not about applications of QM, but something that most definitely should be on topic. Also, we might want to think about 'programming help' one - what about tools designed to simulate a QC? $\endgroup$
    – Mithrandir24601 Mod
    Mar 13, 2018 at 9:55
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    $\begingroup$ I agree especially with the latter part of what @Mithrandir24601 said - programming questions about tools and languages should be allowed as long as the questions are specific to quantum computers and algorithms. (So no "I'm facing this JavaScript problem while building my quantum simulator" but instead "I'm facing this quantum computing problem while building a simulator in JavaScript".) $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2018 at 10:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithrandir24601 done. I have enabled community wiki mode so that anybody can edit it. $\endgroup$
    – luap42
    Mar 13, 2018 at 16:24
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    $\begingroup$ It is far too early to define off-topic reasons. The time to think about off-topic reasons is once you have experience of what kinds of off-topic questions get asked. Think about it in a few months — or a few years — once you start to recognize a pattern of “yet another off-topic question about X”. Furthermore, each off-topic reason needs its own proposal thread, you can't usefully discuss every proposal in a single thread. $\endgroup$ Mar 20, 2018 at 7:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Gilles I tried to include only reasons that have already been discussed in meta except for non-quantum hardware in my first proposal. And I don't want to discuss these reasons here but collect them. If you disagree with the reasons, feel free to improve them. they are CW $\endgroup$
    – luap42
    Mar 20, 2018 at 7:43
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    $\begingroup$ @MEE I don't know enough about QC to discuss off-topic reasons. I do have enough experience about Stack Exchange sites to know that this thread is not productive at all. A thread to collect close reasons is pointless. A thread to discuss proposals is useful, but only if the proposal is for something that could apply to a number of questions that have already been closed. $\endgroup$ Mar 20, 2018 at 7:59

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My (original) proposal:

  • Questions about non-quantum hardware are off-topic. You may get help at SuperUser.SE.

    Questions about **non-quantum hardware** are off-topic. You may get help at   [SuperUser.SE](https://superuser.com).
    
  • Questions about quantum mechanics are off-topic unless they involve their application to quantum computers. See this meta question. You may get help at Physics.SE.

    Questions about **quantum mechanics** are off-topic unless they involve their application to quantum computers. See [this](https://quantumcomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/13/how-to-handle-questions-that-relate-to-quantum-but-not-computing) meta question. You may get help at [Physics.SE](https://physics.stackexchange.com).
    

    or

    Questions about quantum mechanics have to be related to the development, emulation or programming of quantum computers. See this meta question. You may get help at Physics.SE.

    Questions about **quantum mechanics** have to be related to the *development, emulation or programming* of quantum computers. See [this](https://quantumcomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/13/how-to-handle-questions-that-relate-to-quantum-but-not-computing) meta question. You may get help at [Physics.SE](https://physics.stackexchange.com). 
    
  • Questions asking for programming help are off-topic unless they involve tools designed to program quantum computers or quantum computer emulations. Please see this meta question. You may get help at Stack Overflow.

    Questions asking for **programming help** are off-topic unless they involve tools designed to program quantum computers or quantum computer emulations. Please see [this](https://quantumcomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/10/are-questions-about-q-on-topic) meta question. You may get help at [Stack Overflow](https://stackoverflow.com).
    

    or

    Questions asking for programming help are off-topic unless they are directly related to quantum computers or quantum computing algorithms. Please see this meta question. You may get help at Stack Overflow.

    Questions asking for **programming help** are off-topic unless they involve tools designed to program quantum computers or quantum computer emulations. Please see [this](https://quantumcomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/10/are-questions-about-q-on-topic) meta question. You may get help at [Stack Overflow](https://stackoverflow.com).
    
  • Questions asking us to provide a list of resources have to follow strict rules specified by the community to be considered on-topic.

    Questions asking us **to provide a list of resources** have to follow [strict rules specified by the community](https://quantumcomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5/are-resource-request-questions-allowed) to be considered on-topic.
    

    or, if the community decides not to allow list questions

    Questions asking us to provide a list of resources are by community decision off-topic.

    Questions asking us **to provide a list of resources** are by [community decision](https://quantumcomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5/are-resource-request-questions-allowed) off-topic.
    
  • Questions about computer science and related topics are off-topic unless they involve its application to quantum computers. You may get help at Computer Science.SE.

    Questions about **computer science** and related topics are off-topic unless they involve its application to quantum computers. You may get help at [Computer Science.SE](https://cs.stackexchange.com/).
    
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    $\begingroup$ We might want to write a more general meta q/a for quantum programming languages, and you may also wish to provide a referral to SO. Another close reason should probably have to do with pure CS questions (as you have several pure physics close reasons). $\endgroup$
    – auden
    Mar 14, 2018 at 16:49
  • $\begingroup$ @heather I don't have several pure physics close reasons, just one with several variants. And if you want to add your own close reason, feel free to edit it, its community wiki $\endgroup$
    – luap42
    Mar 14, 2018 at 19:33
  • $\begingroup$ Of the suggestions about quantum mechanics I prefer the first version; application to quantum computers is a bit more open which, especially in such a new field, is a good thing. We can always limit it further if we run into problems. From the versions on programming help I'd go for the second one for the same reason - more open, thus potentially allowing more questions. $\endgroup$ Mar 24, 2018 at 22:43
  • $\begingroup$ @heather hello could you new mods please reconsider my request now. Especially as you have access to off-topic closure reasons and can therefore easily select the three most often used reasons/question types. $\endgroup$
    – luap42
    Apr 16, 2018 at 19:47
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    $\begingroup$ @MEE Mithrandir26401 and I have discussed this and we agreed that it's a little early for off-topic reasons - currently only four questions have been closed, and that's not enough to see trends. $\endgroup$
    – auden
    Apr 16, 2018 at 21:38
  • $\begingroup$ @heather ok thanks for the info. $\endgroup$
    – luap42
    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:50

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