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Out of scope

Posted by Smokey Stover on May 25, 2007

In Reply to: Out of scope posted by ESC on May 24, 2007

: : Out of scope: Is it correct to say "This topic is out of scope here" to mean the topic is outside of the scope of the paper? Or does it always have to be "outside the scope of this paper", "beyond the scope of this paper"?

: I vote "beyond."

I vote either beyond or outside. But on Web message boards and blogs, "out of scope" is the kind of chat talk abbreviation you might expect to see. Actually, "outside the scope of this thread" is usally rendered as "off-topic", and on some message boards is grounds for dismissal, or at the minimum, erasure. It sometimes gets zapped on this message board, too.