… it seems that we are supposed to welcome any questions that would have applied to that proposal.
No. Not at all.
The Visual Studio ALM was closed as a duplicate of Software Quality Assurance as one example of where topics were already covered. ALM is made up of multiple, inter-disciplinary products. As such, their questions could be asked on a myriad of technical sites across the Network.
Read the moderator message at the top of the ALM propsal:
Visual Studio ALM consists of four products, each of which who's scope is covered by an existing site or another proposal.
My justification for closing the ALM proposal was based on the total lack of content not already found in the Network. I copied the Wikipedia description of Visual Studio ALM below. Tell me if you see anything not already thoroughly and expertly covered by another Stack Exchange site?
Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management consists of four products:
- Visual Studio, which provides an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for development and client side interfaces for the other products.
- Visual Studio Test Professional, which provides an IDE for software testers to create and execute tests.
- Team Foundation Server, which provides Source Code collaboration and data storage.
- Visual Studio Lab Management, which provides a way for software testers to create and manage virtual environments.
I looked to the the top example on-topic questions from the ALM proposal. After nine months of example questions, I don't see much not already well-covered on another site. Cross off the questions that can easily be answered on Server Fault, Stack Overflow, Software Quality Assurance, Programmers SE, Project Managmenet, and you're left with virtually nothing at all.
It was a poor fit for a stand-alone site.
So where does that leave ALM questions on SQA?
Define your site. You decide what types of questions are on- and off-topic based on scope you defined. If a Visual Studio ALM question happens to be applicable to this community, answer it. If it isn't, close it as off topic. You are not under any obligation to answer every conceivably question that could ever be asked about any particular product.
It's all about defining your scope and considering the context of the questions asked.