It seems that almost every other question on Super User is about Windows 8, some of them quite crucial, like whether it has solitaire or not. So the question is: Should Windows have a dedicated site on Stack Exchange?

There is already apple.stackexchange.com, unix.stackexchange.com there is Ask Ubuntu, but nothing for Windows. There is a dedicated site for Windows Phone but for Windows in general or Windows 8 in particular there is nothing.

(I'm asking it here and not on Area 51 because most of the interested people seem to be present here and also because any questions about it on Area 51 are closed without discussion.)

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This is a site, which includes Q&A from DOS to Windows 8. And it's better to find all questions and answers here, than in new site. All pros are here too, and they'd like to open 1 page instead of 2 for Win8. –  SEARAS Oct 29 '12 at 12:06
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@SEARAS I actually agree with you but there is a separate site for Ubuntu, even though there already is a site for Linux, and then there's Super User which also has question about Linux, so any Ubuntu user already needs to have not 2 but 3 sites open - and that's if he's not a programmer, in which case he needs to open: Server Fault, Stack Overflow, Programmers, Code Review, Code Golf, Computer Science, Theoretical Computer Science, Computational Science, IT Security, Cryptography, Webmasters, Web Applications - those are all separate sites. I wish there was a one site to aggregate it all. –  rsp Oct 29 '12 at 12:20
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Version-specific sites are a bad idea because the software will be deprecated eventually, so the community would die. Assuming you didn't mean a version-specific site...

One reason there is no Windows site is because if all the Windows questions and answers left, this site would lose much of its audience.

http://superuser.com/tags shows that Windows is the top 2 tags.

Windows (or version) tagged questions make up around 32% of questions on the site.

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According to the statistics that you quote it would leave about 70% questions which is actually much more than I thought. I just wonder why there is so strong opposition to a Windows specific site even though there are sites dedicated to Mac, to Unix and Linux, even one dedicated to Ubuntu. For programmers there are Stack Overflow, Programmers, Code Review, Code Golf, Computer Science, Theoretical Computer Science, Computational Science, Server Fault, IT Security, Cryptography, Webmasters, Web Applications... Why Windows that is so popular shouldn't have one? I got voted down for even asking! –  rsp Oct 29 '12 at 17:02
    
To calculate this (approximately), I just added the numbers of questions for windows tags in the first page (assuming questions don't get tagged by more than 1, but also assuming no other significant windows tags after the first page) –  ronalchn Oct 29 '12 at 23:34
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I suspect a good chunk of the Windows 8 questions, good or bad is cause of the launch of windows 8 and the windows 8 challenge.

We've got a load of newer users, some of whom are apparently learning about the community culture of the site, and what sort of questions are and arn't welcome here.

Things should get back to normal soon. Meanwhile feel free to flag, downvote or vote to close whatever questions don't seem up to scratch. Also feel free to ask and answer questions to do with, well, anything else in the meanwhile.

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Windows 8 is new and, naturally, there are quite a few problems with and questions about it.

But that will only last a few weeks or months! We didn't have a dedicated Windows 7 SE site, and we don't need one for Windows 8.

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The main reason it seems like every other question is about Windows 8 is because of the newly announced Windows 8 Challenge - win8challenge.com. You see there that in order to win prizes, you have to ask questions about windows 8. Prizes range from a T Shirt to a Microsoft Surface, so I'm personally not surprised at the number of participants. The contest ends on November 9th, so I would expect the myriad number of questions about Windows 8 to end right about then, too.

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The only issue on the table is whether there is a Windows community out there that is somehow not being well-served by the Super User site. That's the only reasonable case for creating a new community; not because some other group got their own site.

Most of the questions on any site are going to be about the newest stuff, because that's what people are talking about, and that's where most of the problems reside. That doesn't make the site less useful or less accepting of legacy questions.

Or does it? I haven't seen it but that is, in part, what Area 51 and these meta discussions are here to decide.

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