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What topics can I ask about here?

Emacs Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for those using, extending, or developing the emacs text editor.

On Topic:

  • Configuring Emacs
  • Programming for Emacs in Emacs-lisp
  • How to do X in Emacs
  • Apply all of the above for any Emacs packages, both built-in and third-party
  • How to make Emacs behave like X (Please explain exactly what you want Emacs to do in this case)

Off Topic:

  • How to make X behave like Emacs

    This is typically about how to get Emacs-like bindings/behavior in shells or other editors.

  • How to configure Y (non-Emacs program)

    This has come up for git and for certain window-manager related issues. They are trickier to judge and sometimes will get an answer, since the issue appears to be Emacs-related. (In the instance of git, missing information in ~/.gitconfig causing magit to misbehave.)

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