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What topics can I ask about here?

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

If your question is not specifically on-topic for Music Fans Stack Exchange, it may be on topic for another Stack Exchange site. If no site currently exists that will accept your question, you may commit to or propose a new site at Area 51, the place where new Stack Exchange communities are democratically created.

Ask about:

  • The history of songs and musicians/bands/artists/composers/songwriters/etc.
  • Song meanings and the origins of lyrics
  • Terminology used in the music industry
  • Use, explanation, and history of music technology, devices, and media
  • Information about music memorabilia and the collection of it (e.g. “How rare is X?”)

Please note that ID questions (What is the name of this song/band/etc?) are currently considered on-topic, provided that the question contains sufficient detail to make the identification possible. A link to an actual recording is best, but if one is not available, clear, specific and plentiful details including language, genre, style, lyrics, etc may be enough.

Don’t ask about:

  • Performing music, practicing music, music theory, and music production. These are instead on topic on Music:Practice & Theory
  • How to illegally obtain any copyrighted material
  • Legal advice or the legality of a service
  • Where to buy music, musical equipment, etc.
  • Recommendations of what to listen to

Note that questions must be specific as well as answerable. If you are looking for discussion, brainstorming, or an overall process rather than specific question-and-answers, the Music Fans Stack Exchange might not be a good place for your question. Such questions may however be welcome in Off The Record, the chat room for Music Fans. Also see Good Subjective, Bad Subjective for why this type of question is hard, and some guidelines on how to post good subjective questions which are less likely to end up being closed.