Offtopic questions about things unrelated to open science as a subject, but are part of an open science study

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asked Aug 12, 2015 in Meta by Michael (140 points)

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Is this question off-topic?

There are a few questions on the site that are about things unrelated to open science (IMO), but are part of an open science project. Here are some examples:

How to get illegal substances for open science study?

Where to get mice/rats (live specimens) for open science project?

Are there any limitations for independent open studies on live insect specimens?

And there are some more. The fact that it is an "independent open study" doesn't change a thing. Each of the questions has an answer, but it is unrelated to open science. You could ask "How do I use a pipette?", and then you could ask "How do I use a pipette in an independent open study?" and it would not matter. That question will not qualify to be on this SE site.

What do you think?



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answered Aug 13, 2015 by tomp (215 points)
 
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I agree, these questions have little to do with open science. They are about how a member of public can conduct scientific research.

Whether or not the person conducts their research in the open is incidental.

e.g. "How to get illegal substances for a secret science study?" would most likely get similar responses.



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