The issue at hand
This question is only peripheral to our scope. This example of a peripheral question happens to be about configuring an IDE, but you might find an analogy at the other end of the spectrum in physics questions - Knowing about, for example, what doping does to silicon isn't a core issue when designing electronics, but some users are probably curious, and others will know a little about it and could answer the question. However, we're not about semiconductor chemistry or quantum physics, we're about electronics design.
In this case, the asker needs to know about two problems:
- How to build a cross compiler.
- How to configure an IDE for cross compilation.
I'd welcome having those two questions on the site. However, we don't need a question for every permutation of host platform, target platform, and IDE. If our answers cover these two questions, and perhaps walks through the process for a specific grouping (which might be for AVR in XCode on a Mac), then I feel that we've diverted enough attention from electronics design for this problem area.
In general, if:
- An answer to your question helps you in some way to design electronics
- It's likely that other members of this community would have experience in the problem area
- A question in the same problem area hasn't already been asked
... then I'd consider your question to be only partially within our scope. If it fails the last bullet point, read the related question and all of it's answers, and don't post your question if it's only a permutation of the other peripheral question. Since it's only partially within our scope, less attention should be devoted to it.
In contrast, a core issue, such as those listed in the FAQ:
- a specific electronics design problem
- the theory and simulation of electromagnetic forces
- a communication scheme
- the writing of firmware for bare-metal or RTOS applications
probably has at least one or more whole tag groupings devoted to it, and could have hundreds of questions and answers, and more would be welcome.
The goal, as always, is to make Electronics Design the best place on the web to get expert answers about designing electronics. For this to happen, we need to focus our attention on our core topics, and minimize investments in areas that don't contribute as much to this goal.
When asking questions, if your question is only tangentially related to electronics design, avoid posting it (or ask on Meta or in Chat before posting it) if a similar question has already been asked and answered.
When voting and closing, encourage good questions that are in our core areas by up-voting, improving, and answering even if they're similar (but not duplicating) questions that have already been asked. Discourage questions that are in peripheral areas by down-voting and/or closing if a similar (but not duplicating) question has already been asked.