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On the Help center > Asking > What topics can I ask about here? one can read

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That doesn't explicitly include Wolfram Engine or WolframScript, and now that I have been working without a Front-End, it feels that many answers about Mathematica normally assume a Front-End will be available in many answers.

I'm assuming here that questions which explicitly require to work without a front-end are still on-topic, but please do comment on that if you disagree.

Should we make No-Front-End Wolfram Language questions like Wolfram Engine or WolframScript explicitly on-topic?

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  • This may be stretching the question a bit, so I post it as a comment: should Wolfram Engine in Jupyter Notebooks, or Visual Studio Code also be included explicitly?
    – rhermans
    Commented Oct 4, 2022 at 9:14
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    I think interacting directly with the Mathematica kernel is always on topic, even if you refer to the kernel by some other name.
    – Jason B.
    Commented Oct 4, 2022 at 14:46
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    I agree with Jason, I consider these obviously on-topic, without having to make a special statement on them.
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Oct 8, 2022 at 20:53
  • @JasonB., I agree that should be the case, still "it feels that many answers about Mathematica normally assume a Front-End will be available".
    – rhermans
    Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 9:42
  • Question Q2705 is relevant here too. In practice, just interacting with the Wolfram Kernel has not always implied to be on-topic.
    – rhermans
    Commented Oct 26, 2022 at 8:10

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