I think this is an important question, and it does provide an opportunity to summarise the huge amount of meta discussion that we have had already about what the site is about.
The following is the start of a possible FAQ based on the FAQ for Stats.SE (aka CrossValidated).
If you think this is a good starting point, I could post a cleaned version, then we could have a series of specific meta posts addressing particular sections (e.g., the list of disciplines or topics; the list of questions that should be posted elsewhere); or modifications could be proposed in particular meta posts.
cogsci.stackexchange.com is for researchers, academics, students, and
anyone else interested in the cognitive sciences. If you have
- cognitive science
- psychology (cognitive, social, developmental, biological, applied, etc.)
- neuroscience and neurobiology
- research methods related to any of the above topics
[etc. add to list of topics]
then you're in the right place to ask your question.
The community aims to create a lasting record of great answers to
questions. Good answers often require references to peer-reviewed
literature or links to on-line resources
[perhaps link to a meta discussion]. You can also incorporate the
work of others under fair use doctrine, which particularly means that
you must attribute any text, images, or other material that is not
[perhaps say something here about expectations of prior research]
[perhaps say something here about what constitutes a good answer
particularly with regards to the scientific tenor of the site]
[perhaps say something about questions that are not encouraged, e.g., self-help questions]
There are certain subjects that will probably get better responses on our sister sites. If your question is about
- Statistics: Ask on the statistics stackexchange called CrossValidated
- Biology: ...
- Linguistics: ...
- Economics: ...
etc. think about any questions that should have been posted on a different forum and add them here
Please note, however, that cross-posting is not encouraged on SE
sites. Choose one best location to post your question. Later, if it
proves better suited on another site, it can be migrated.
Please look around to see if
your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer