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
    Commented Aug 5, 2010 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. Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 16:37

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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. Commented Sep 5, 2010 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. Commented Sep 5, 2010 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
    Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 14:45
  • I'm the culprit. I forgot that one vote from me closed it. Next time I'll wait a bit longer. Commented Aug 5, 2010 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
    Commented Aug 5, 2010 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
    Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 19:25

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