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We had done a consensus-based edit last year: What should the AI.SE Site Description be?.

(Essentially, a bunch of active users contributed to the thread, and then the edits were made by the active mods. Although I was hoping for more people to participate, we had to go with the input and consensus we had at the time.)

I do think this is something that should be revisited at regular intervals, especially since we are not fully graduated as a stack, and more flexibility in terms of modifying our scope. ("Bend don't break" is my motto!)

When we revisit again, I strongly think we should take a cue from the Data Science help page b/c they provide good advice about topic overlap between stacks: https://datascience.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic

I also personally think we should expand our scope to reference

  • Journalism (coverage of AI in the press per public perception and fact checking)

  • History of AI

  • Mythology of AI (portrayals of AI in popular media which informs public perception)

    and hold a referendum on other topics that contributors have chosen to answer over here, per the DS recommendation to "ask on the stack with the most users."

  • $\begingroup$ I was not talking about the main description of the site. I was talking about clarifying the on-topic and off-topic pages. In my opinion, the on-topic page should list the specific topics, which I list in my post, which received 7 upvotes, which means that there are a lot of people that agree with the content of that post. $\endgroup$
    – nbro
    Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 1:43
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with you that the history of AI should be on-topic, so it should be listed on the on-topic page. I think that journalism and mythology of AI can also be on-topic here, but we must be very careful: we should only accept questions that can be answered based on facts. Every question that will lead to opinions and is not philosophical should not be allowed. So, for example, a question like "Is it true that this model really obtained 95% percent accuracy on this task, as stated in this article?" or "What are the aspects of this AI portrayed in film X can currently be implemented?" are fine. $\endgroup$
    – nbro
    Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 1:50

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