I asked a question about Asymptote which was closed as off topic.

Asymptote: convert triple to array

I believe it fits within the scope of the site in much the same way a pure metapost question would. There have been both pure metapost and pure asymptote questions asked and answered, none of which were closed as off topic. Examples being

Commutative diagrams using MetaPost or Asymptote

How to cut a surface at the intersection with another surface in Asymptote?

How to draw dash-dotted curves using MetaPost?

(et. al.)

Obviously, just because it has happened before does not mean it should happen again, so I don't take the existence of the above questions to prove anything. However, each is a question about a graphic tool that:

  1. is compatible with LaTeX, and
  2. which (barring luamplib) require an external program to compile, and
  3. do not contain a trivial document wrapper (i.e. are questions purely about the tool)

I don't particularly care one way or another, but do feel that there should be consistency with respect to how these questions are treated.

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    I think it's a hasty decision plus the new review system in effect. I don't see anything wrong about it.
    – percusse
    May 3 '13 at 0:06
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    Some observations(Off-topic): Asymptote syntax emulates C++ and is not similar to tex/latex, probably including latex preamble(full mwe) will attract wider audience which was not there in revision 1 of Q. Also note there are less heavy asymptote users here. May 3 '13 at 3:02
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    @texenthusiast I accept that, and including the tex part would have been a more inclusive way to ask the question and if it needs to be included to make an asymptote question on topic, then I'll simply include it. That said, the TeX wrapper adds code that is not relevant to the problem.
    – Scott H.
    May 3 '13 at 3:51
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    @ScottH. Agree, many(non-asy) start executing from TeX aware editors instead of commandline asy filename.asy (missing in Q) and in somewhat as a larger goal to bring awareness and help wider audience thru Q & A. Remember Q &A have lot of by-products including the product(green answer). A little more effort to benefit all. Anyway no worries. May 3 '13 at 15:30
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    I hope so! (that asymptote questions are on topic)
    – alfC
    May 6 '13 at 16:00

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