Ok so I realize that this question has been asked a lot... or at least has been asked a lot with respect to Mac Os and Ubuntu. But I haven't been able to really figure out what the correct answer is with respect to all OSs, if there is one. I think my issue is that these types of discussions (for example here: Where exactly is the border between apple and UNIX? and here: Migrate Ubuntu-specific questions to AskUbuntu?) seem to have an underlying theme of trying to find the line between what is acceptable here and what should be considered Mac Os or Ubuntu specific, and therefore should be migrated to the appropriate SO site. But this to me indicates that there is such a thing as a question which is too specific to a given os for this site. I can't quite see why, or if, this requirement of generality only applies to questions regarding Os X and Ubuntu and doesn't extend to other *nix distros.
Now there are definitely questions, for example questions about proprietary software that will only run on os X, which are and should be considered off topic here. I think its much harder to see what those types of questions would be with Ubuntu. But if I had to guess at something, I'd probably say that questions specifically about Unity should best be asked at AU. But if this is the case, shouldn't questions specifically about Cinnamon be off topic as well? And maybe they are. This is the question I'm trying to get at.
It's been my experience with Ask Ubuntu that any question which looks roughly like:
$adjective $animal and
$this_happened" is perfectly acceptable, whereas "I'm using
$this_happened" is always off topic, whether or not
$this_happens to a large number Ubuntu users. I like the criterion given by xenoterracide in the first link I put above for where to distinguish Os X specific vs. on-topic questions. I interpret this criterion as follows: If you double clicked on something and didn't like the outcome go to AD, otherwise there's a good chance that your question is appropriate here. But I would guess, having never tried it myself, that more unix-y questions than Why does iTunes only play one song?, would also be acceptable there. So more or less, "I'm using
$this_os is either a cat or some number ending in .04 or .10, are always on topic at their respective SO sites.
So, is this site just a dumping ground everything else (modulo Windows)? Is it the case that as long you are running some sort of *nix os which is neither Ubuntu nor Mac, and your question is related to that operating system (rather than, say, the Python script you are trying to debug) it is on topic here? Is having no other SO outlet, make your question appropriate here? Or is it the case that questions should be able to pass the would-someone-using-a-different-os-benefit-from-my-asking-and_or-someone-else-answering-this-question test?
I ask because I have a very, very, very specific question about my recent Mint install wrt ubuntu-extended-extras. It is the type of question that I would have no qualms about asking on Ask Ubuntu, less the fact that it isn't about Ubuntu at all. I would also have no qualms about asking it on Ask Mint, except that that doesn't exist. I feel like I might be in a "tough titties" type situation here. I'm mostly hoping in asking this question that someone with a huge rep will say it's ok so I can blame you when someone down-votes me.