After a discussion in the chat, it seems like it might be a good idea to have a discussion event about what we consider on/off-topic so that the site is more prepared for public beta.
The event will be held in the Chat of Things room (the site's main chat room), and you can register your interest here. Even if you're not a chat regular, you're welcome to join.
The event will be held on Monday, January 2nd. The consensus from the chat seemed to be that 6PM (GMT) would be the best compromise, but if you're keen to join but can't make that time, please comment below.
Title and Tagline: is Internet of Things the best name for the site, or is it too much of a buzzword?
At the moment, the current definition of the site is essentially based on this definition, but I think it may be worth clarifying the scope a bit further so new users don't have to trawl through meta to find an arbitrary definition of the site's scope.
Off-topic questions: which questions seem to be off-topic for the site, and can safely be listed in the Help Center as off-topic?
General questions about computer hardware/software seem to be clearly off-topic, along with general networking questions (e.g. Are isolated WiFi clients as secure as isolated networks? [closed] (requires 1k tools). In public beta, it should become clearer, but until that point we need to review areas that are almost certainly beyond the scope.
On-topic questions: which topics are definitely within the scope of the site, and should be kept?
Questions about networking protocols, engineering/design of devices, support with consumer devices and 'smart home' related questions (home automation) seem to be well-received. If we draw up a comprehensive list, this can be used to add to the Help Center when the moderators are selected.
Less clear-cut questions: which questions might be on-topic that we haven't explored yet? Should we ask some test questions related to those topics?
Questions related to scientific/industrial applications of IoT don't seem very common, and we should decide whether these are encouraged or not on the site.
After discussing the topics above and distilling the ideas that come up into a final result, I'll summarise the key points in a meta post, for anyone to respond to in case they aren't able to join in the chat event. Hopefully, this will be significantly easier than having one giant meta post because the Q&A structure doesn't really favour anything other than a small, focused question/answer pair.