# Are questions related to using wolfram alpha on topic?

Is asking how to use wolfram alpha to solve an abstract algebra question on topic here?

• mathematica.stackexchange questions tagged "Wolfram Alpha" Aug 11 '13 at 21:15
• I think if your question is maths-based, then fine. However, if your question is simply "how do I do a loop?" then...no. Aug 12 '13 at 8:23
• @user1729 Your point is well taken - while many use WolframAlpha for mathematics, its scope is much more broad than that. WolframAlpha is not a programming language, however, so "how do I do a loop" isn't a particularly natural example. On the other hand, something like digital cameras under \$400 would clearly be off topic. Aug 12 '13 at 13:56
• @TheChaz2.0 The "WolframAlpha" tag at mathematica.se actually refers only to use of Mathematica's WolframAlpha command. For example, a question dealing with how to extract and manipulate data obtained from the WolframAlpha command directly within Mathematica would be considered on topic there. Questions specific to use of the web site are typically treated with great disdain on mathematica.se. Aug 12 '13 at 14:02
• Thank you @Mark. I would have never known! Aug 12 '13 at 15:39
• @MarkMcClure Sorry, thought I was talking about mathematica! Aug 13 '13 at 9:53
• @TheChaz2.0 would have never known unless you read the page to which you linked. It says on top: "Questions about Wolfram Alpha itself are off-topic."
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Aug 13 '13 at 13:00
• @user89499 that's assuming a lot about my mobile capabilities (I see no such statement. Sorry for trying to help!) Aug 16 '13 at 3:47