Are questions about the Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED) listing-rules, or issues with listings, or interpretation of rules, or gripes about that Directory, on or off topic here?
Personally, I would accept questions about listing rules, licensing, and interpreting the rules as on topic. I think that these are questions that can be definitively answered and would be beneficial information that others in the Joomla community could learn from. (I know that I have learned from the few questions on here already.)
On the other hand, any griping is definitely off topic. I view this site very much like Stack Overflow: anything that can not be answered factually and instead leads to more opinionated answers is a bad fit for the format and should go to a discussion group. So no griping or issues with listings (surrounding approval or lack there of, but questions that clarify the rules would be ok.
I don't think that we want to support any website that remotely relates to Joomla, but since the JED is the official repository for Joomla extensions and is even included in the core as an "install from" location, I do think that it gets a special place. Considering the ease that users can add extensions from the JED to the CMS, I think it is an important place to get an extension listed and thus helpful for Joomla developers to be able to ask about the rules and learn how to structure their licensing and permissions to be listed.
All that being said, I would also not be opposed to reigning this in a bit more if others would like it that way. The JED is definitely not a core feature of using Joomla and thus answering questions about the JED should not become a core focus of this site.
While I don't have something against JED questions, I don't feel here is generally right place to ask them. Same goes for legal questions regarding licenses.
I don't particularly like the way question Are extensions which require SaaS servers to work permitted to be listed on the JED? had evolved because:
Unfortunately it's turning into a discussion: it generated multiple comments around the answers, which can be a sign that there are multiple opinions on this topic and not a clear answer. This is not a discussion forum.
JED has some rules, which from time to time might be updated, so YES today, might be a NO tomorrow.
JED rules are clearly posted, so anybody wanting to submit an extension, will get a chance to read them.
If it's a question where you can give a straight answer, then it's fine for me. If it's a question which leads to discussions, then it should be deleted.
It often boils down how the question is worded. In the case of the SaaS question, it was worded in a way which indicates that the author already had an opinion on it and is not really looking for an answer but a discussion. Thus I would vote to delete that one.
I would say they are off topic on that basis that it's a customer-client relationship (customers of the JED need to go through the appropriate channels).
As the OP, please let me thank you all for your submissions and provide my feedback for your consideration.
1) Should questions about the JED be permitted on JSE?
I respect this point. It's valid in helping us assess the appropriate scope of questions and answers.
Consider that many people will have 'questions' about the JED which can be definitively answered by experts, and that this is not the same thing as having opinions.
2) Is this a customer support question?
No more so than a question about Joomla! itself. It is not a complaint, nor an inquiry such as 'What is the status of my submissions?' or a challenge to a decision made.
Those would be customer support questions. It is a policy question.
3) A 'loaded, lumped-in' question?
The poster of the question identifies the following categories as if they were equivalent
a) JED Listing Rules; b) Issues with Listings; c) Interpretation of Rules; and d) Gripes.
My question which is used as an example, only pertains to 'a) JED Listing Rules'
With all due respect while the JacquesR may be referencing my question as a 'test-case,' b), c) and d) are irrelevant and make the question a 'loaded one.'
Let's be careful that person asking the question does not use irrelevant information to influence the outcome.
4) Can the question be definitively answered?
Yes, it can. It has been. Chad did a great job. The OP (me) assisted with a slight edit. The answer has upvotes and is the 'accepted answer.'
5) The OP already has opinion on what the answer should be?
The OP (me) is seeking and has accepted a viable answer.
The OP may have opinions as to what the answer should be from a 'good policy' perspective, but the two are mutually exclusive, and it is irrelevant whether or not a person asking a question has an opinion - people have opinions about pretty much everything.
There are no gripes in the question.
Let's avoid 'gripes' and making things personal on SE and stick questions and answers.
7) Debates and Opinions
A question on policy can be answered definitively.
The merits of that policy can also be debated and opinions expressed.
SE provides a venue for definitive answers.
The forums provide for debate and opinions.
As the OP, you will see in the comments that when the answers began to turn to debate, a link was provided to continue the debate on the forum as to preserve the integrity of Question/Answer format of SE.
Moderators - thank you kindly for your attention to my question - and also to all who commented and provided their view points.
I respectfully await your decision.