Welcome to Open Source Stack Exchange
Open Source Stack Exchange is a question & answer site for people producing, distributing, marketing and monetizing Free and Open projects. This site is not limited to software, but also covers art, literature, hardware, databases and more. It's built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. With your help, we're working together to build a free and open library of detailed answers to every question about free and open culture, communities and projects.
We're a little bit different from other sites. Here's how:
Ask questions, get answers, no distractions
This site is all about getting answers. It's not a discussion forum. There's no chit-chat.
Good answers are voted up and rise to the top.
The best answers show up first so that they are always easy to find.
The person who asked can mark one answer as "accepted".
Accepting doesn't mean it's the best answer, it just means that it worked for the person who asked.
Since some software is open source, can you add a feature you created and use it for your own personal use?
The freedom to modify a piece of software is an essential open-source freedom covered by any open-source license, specifically the MIT License which VSCode is licensed under.
In other words - you most certainly can do this.
You can do anything for your own personal use. That includes making changes and additions to the open source code.
Get answers to practical, detailed questions
Focus on questions about an actual problem you have faced. Include details about what you have tried and exactly what you are trying to do.
- real problems or questions that you’ve encountered
- the history and philosophies of the Free Software Foundation, Open Source Initiative and Creative Commons
- understanding, applying, and complying with Free & Open licenses
- issues related to project management, such as collaboration, monetization, marketing, distribution, hosting, and community communication
Not all questions work well in our format. Avoid questions that are primarily opinion-based, or that are likely to generate discussion rather than answers.
Questions that need improvement may be closed until someone fixes them.
Don't ask about...
- Questions that are primarily opinion-based
- Questions with too many possible answers or that would require an extremely long answer
- if you want to know how to use Free & Open projects
- if you would like recommendations for Free & Open media
You earn reputation when people vote on your posts
Your reputation score goes up when others vote up your questions, answers and edits.
As you earn reputation, you'll unlock new privileges like the ability to vote, comment, and even edit other people's posts.
|125||Vote down (costs 1 rep on answers)|
At the highest levels, you'll have access to special moderation tools. You'll be able to work alongside our community moderators to keep the site focused and helpful.
|500||Vote to close, reopen, or migrate questions|
|1000||Edit other people's posts|
|2000||Access to moderation tools|
Improve posts by editing or commenting
Our goal is to have the best answers to every question, so if you see questions or answers that can be improved, you can edit them.
Use edits to fix mistakes, improve formatting, or clarify the meaning of a post.
Use comments to ask for more information or clarify a question or answer.
You can always comment on your own questions and answers. Once you earn 50 reputation, you can comment on anybody's post.
Remember: we're all here to learn, so be friendly and helpful!
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