PFM's rules explicitly forbid business accounting questions:
Please note that the following subjects are considered off-topic here:
- Questions about accounting that are academic or have no bearing on personal finance
My thought is that a dedicated "Business Finance and Accounting" community could fill this rather large hole in the fabric of the Stack Exchange network.
I've come across links to an Area51 proposal for an Accounting.SE community, but it would appear that the proposal was deleted several years ago. I'm not sure why this proposal was deleted - if it simply failed to gain enough traction, or if it was deleted for some other reason - but I suspect that "accounting" was too broad of a topic and intersected significantly with PFM.SE.
I think it's time to try again.
A dedicated Business Finance and Accounting SE could absorb many of these questions from PFM, as well as conceptual questions about finance and accounting from Quantitative Finance, Database Administrators (see for example, this question about double entry bookkeeping), and even Software Engineering.
On-topic questions would include:
- Questions about basic business finance and accounting principles, such as one might discuss in a college-level business course;
- Questions about the application of these principles in a professional setting;
- Questions about requirements for accounting software systems.
Note that these questions are not really served by any other SE community:
- Personal Finance and Money only permits accounting questions related to personal finance;
- Quantitative Finance appears to be more about quantitative macroeconomics, such as the modeling of financial markets, as well as securities trading algorithms. Accounting questions are largely ignored and may not even be on-topic.
- Database Administrators is useful for asking how to implement accounting systems, but cannot really answer questions about the underlying accounting principles.
- Software Engineering seems to be the best fit for an accounting question at the moment, and not a very good one. The obvious issue here is that an accounting community should be comprised substantially of accountants and business professionals, not just software engineers.
Some sample tags might include:
Off-topic questions would include:
- Questions that focus primarily on writing/debugging code (these belong on Stack Overflow);
- Questions about implementing accounting requirements in software or a database (likely belong in Database Administrators);
- Questions about personal finance and accounting (belong here);
- Questions that focus solely on accounting law (these likely belong in Law)
Is there enough interest within PFM in reviving and promoting this as an Area51 proposal? I can create the actual proposal, but without an active community behind it, the proposal will likely not make it past the "definition" phase.