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Over at Area51, the Bitmessage proposal is receiving close votes for being a duplicate of IT Security. Are all example questions on-topic here? Currently, those are:

  • What are some alternative clients to the Pybitmessage client?

  • How do I properly back-up the keys.dat file?

  • Why does Bitmessage use XMLRPC instead of something newer like JSON/REST?

  • Can I create a vanity BM address?

  • How does Bitmessage prevent address collision?

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Let's take a look at these sample questions:

  • What are some alternative clients to the Pybitmessage client?
    No, this would not be on topic here (although it's already been asked) - but I don't think this should be ontopic on any SE site, this specifically asks for product recommendations ("shopping list" questions) which have been deemed to not be a good fit for StackExchange in general (and explicitly forbidden on most sites).

  • How do I properly back-up the keys.dat file?
    This sounds more like a SuperUser question, rather than a Sec.SE question. I am not sure I would close this question, though, it does depend on the content - for example, perhaps the question is asking for a backup process, and how to go about safeguarding the backups, rather than a simple "how-to".

  • Why does Bitmessage use XMLRPC instead of something newer like JSON/REST?
    I don't see how this is an answerable question on any site (and about any product), unless the original developer/designer/architect happen to stop by to answer. In fact, why not go ask them?

  • Can I create a vanity BM address?
    Off topic. Definitely not a security question.

  • How does Bitmessage prevent address collision?
    Okay! Now where getting somewhere. Assuming Bitmessage has an open protocol (I am not familiar), this could be something we might be able to sink our teeth into - unless it happens to more a Crypto.SE type question....

To sum up, I would say that so far it does not look like a good fit to merge into Sec.SE.
To be clear, I am not saying anything about it's suitability as a site, I just don't think its a duplicate of Sec.SE, as it stands now.

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