There are a couple of existing Meta questions on scope, and lots of ideas about what should or should not be in scope. But as a group we seem to be far from defining scope limits.

Is the over broadness of the current scope problematic for the Private Beta phase? Can we wait until public beta to try and define the scope?

SE please address, do we need to put more effort into narrowing the scope or risk Private Beta Failure?

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    I don't think it's to do with being too narrow/broad, I think it's about having the scope clearly defined.
    – fredley
    Dec 12 '14 at 14:20
  • Our scope must be decided before we move out of beta. Deciding our scope doesn't assure getting moved out of beta though Dec 12 '14 at 14:25
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    Do we know what the scope is? @JamesJenkins seems to think some posts fall out of scope... But I think we first need to know what the scope is, before we can set its boundaries... Dec 12 '14 at 14:48
  • @RichardBernards That's what we're deciding in other meta questions, particularly What is a lifehack? Dec 12 '14 at 14:50
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    @ZachSaucier indeed... But before the scope is clear, discussing the narrowing of the scope is very inefficient... Dec 12 '14 at 14:51

We need consistency as a beta before we can go public. Even before moderators are chosen. Imagine a new user coming to the site, posting a question, and half the community thinks it's great, the other half thinks it's out of scope. So The user goes on chat (this is a smart user) and asks if the question needs improvement. There are a couple moderators populating the room. One says it is entirely in scope, another says it's out of scope. They both have meta posts to support their opinions, but both posts have been both upvoted and downvoted by the divided community.

Anyway, going public before we're ready may have issues, but we need to agree as a community on what our scope is. We're in this processes right now. We asked 'What is a lifehack?', and the community voted. We have to go with that set scope, unless there proves to be a huge issue from it, which we must discuss and work through as they come up.

A wide scope doesn't mean destruction, unless we can't handle it. As long as there is general consensus in the community, and there are solid, clear guidelines that are easily apparent to all potential users, a wide scope isn't an issue.

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