A question about compositional practice was migrated to music fans, even though it complies with the first two bullet points on our topics page:

  • practice or performance technique
  • music theory, notation, history, or composition

Furthermore, it is arguably off topic at music fans because music fans does not want questions about "music production":

  • Performing music, practicing music, music theory, and music production. These are instead on topic on Music:Practice & Theory

Why was this done, and what can be done to reverse it?

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    The link you have doesn't go to a question. The last question migrated to music fans was this one: music.stackexchange.com/questions/87163/… . If that's the one, which is more composer/artist trivia is totally on topic on music fans and doesn't really make sense here.
    – Dom Mod
    Jul 26, 2019 at 17:06
  • @Dom yes, that's it. Look at the answer that PiedPiper posted. The point is that it's not trivia; it's about how the music business works. The practice of having an orchestrator do the orchestration is completely common in both film and theater.
    – phoog
    Jul 26, 2019 at 17:11
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    we also don't typically deal with pure music business questions, but I don't see it as a music business question nor practice or theory. The question can be reworded to be "What does 'orchestrated by' mean?" which is a question that may make sense here, but seems much more like a terminology question for a consumer of music. The question as worded is very obviously about the contents of the song from a fan's perspective rather than the typical perspective we have here.
    – Dom Mod
    Jul 26, 2019 at 17:16
  • It seems to me that the question was not so much about how the music was composed or orchestrated or played or recorded, but about who did what. I would not consider "who played drums on this live version of song X" to be relevant on this site. That's just identification. Jul 31, 2019 at 4:38

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It's a good fit at music fans - some of the better-received questions there have been along the lines of "what does this activity entail?".

The way I interpret "practice or performance technique" on our on-topic is to mean "practice technique or performance technique" - and I'd expect a 'technique' question to be asked at a greater level of detail. That might just be my personal understanding of the language.

The on-topic page might also seem to allow this as a 'history' or 'composition' question - but when you look at how "non-technical" questions about specific works have actually been received here, I remember it as being a bit variable. Sometimes they get upvotes; sometimes it goes the other way. What Music History questions are on- and off-topic? might be of some relevance.

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