Most of my SE experience comes from Stack Overflow, which is... somewhat unforgiving of off-topic posts. I took a look at U&L's help center before referring someone here from Super User, and was surprised to see this comment about cross-posting and potentially off-topic posts:
If you're not sure if your question is on-topic, ask on meta or just give it a try and the community will decide.
To me, this seems to imply that posting a possibly off-topic question is just as acceptable as asking about it on meta. I checked the "What topics can I ask about here?" sections of multiple other Stack Exchange sites' help centers, and didn't find any similar phrasing. It seems a bit too encouraging of the "meh, I'll just ask and let someone else fix it if it's wrong" mentality that we want to discourage on the SE network.
Is the U&L community a bit more forgiving of off-topic questions since the scopes of U&L, Ask Ubuntu, and Super User may be confusing to new users, or should it be changed? Am I just reading too much into a small phrase?