It seems like the process of making wine and similar is about using food ingredients to make a food product. Are questions about this subject disallowed for some other reason(s)?

  • Scope issues aside, the question was closed, not deleted. Closed questions are still visible to everyone and can be commented on/edited, they just don't accept new answers. – Aaronut Aug 5 '10 at 14:46
  • Hi Alex, I closed it. Perhaps I should have waited a bit longer for the community to pick it up. My apologies for that. Also, closed questions can be reopened by the community if they so feel fit. – Mike Sherov Aug 5 '10 at 16:37

The short answer is "we" don't want them here. The community has nearly unanimously decided they are off-topic since the original definition of this site.

Simply searching for "brewing" will find these and more:

Those interested in winemaking/brewing should be committing to the relevant Area51 proposal here: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/1619/beer-and-wine-brewing

However, even that site isn't successful, they still don't belong here.

If you disagree and would like to argue your point, I kindly ask that you use one or more of the existing topics instead of this one.

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    What you mean "we" white man? Personally I think we're barking up the wrong tree trying to restrict the definition of the site as much as possible. What we're going to end up with is a smaller commmunity that is less active. If we broadened the topic we'd have more users - period - which means more people to answer questions. I may have a primary interest in brewing, but still be able to answer plenty of questions on other cooking/food topics. You make me take my brewing questions to the brewing SE and I won't be here to answer those other questions. – Daniel Bingham Sep 5 '10 at 4:42
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    I recognize I've been in the minority on this since definition. But the more I see people cringe against the restricted topic and strict moderation the more convinced I become that we need to widen the topic and loosen the moderation. – Daniel Bingham Sep 5 '10 at 4:43

If you're asking about the recent question stating that someone had made some champaigne (technically, they made a sparkling wine), and was asking about other alcoholic beverages they could make, I'm not the one who deleted it (I was waiting to see community response), but I personally thought it was inappropriate just because it was too broad.

Imagine I asked a question:

  • I made a lasagne last week, and it was really good, what other Italian food can I cook?
  • I made a pilaf last week, what other rice dishes can I make?
  • I made a lentil curry last week, what other vegetarian dishes can I make?

All of these are blatantly too broad, and should be closed at the very least, if not deleted as well.

  • I think Mike closed the question himself. And it wasn't actually deleted. I don't think that anyone other than myself and some of the moderators are actually using delete votes... – Aaronut Aug 5 '10 at 14:45
  • I'm the culprit. I forgot that one vote from me closed it. Next time I'll wait a bit longer. – Mike Sherov Aug 5 '10 at 16:37
  • @Mike: Don't fret, it would have been closed anyway. Not only was it ridiculously vague, even for a poll, but wine making is considered off-topic even by the most vocal proponents of [alcoholic] beverage questions. – Aaronut Aug 5 '10 at 17:05
  • @Mike Sherov: Yea I wouldn't worry about it if it's something that's a universal no-no. If you find yourself thinking "Hmm, this might be on topic" then you might want to exercise caution. – hobodave Aug 5 '10 at 19:25

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