User “romkyns” asked an interesting question about the future of professional programming. It has little if anything to do with users and most certainly cannot be answered by anyone who is not in the field of programming. The question I’m referring to is:

It is clearly intended to incite a philosophical debate on the use of the documents folder by programmers and possible steps that future software system designers may take to improve the dire situation he describes.

This question is not going to garner any useful, insightful, constructive or interesting discussion on SuperUser. Can this question please be moved back?

  • Thanks to whoever moved it back!
    – Timwi
    Feb 15, 2011 at 21:42
  • I see how that got misinterpreted, but it's a pretty good question. Still needs a new title because it sounds a lot more like "How can I recover my documents". Feb 15, 2011 at 21:50
  • @Peter: I’m sure he won’t mind if you go in and edit it with your suggestion :)
    – Timwi
    Feb 16, 2011 at 15:25

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philosophical debate on the use of the documents folder by programmers

I'm not quite sure I understand. The use of a Documents folder is not limited in scope to Programmers.

I do not see how this question relates to "the future of professional programming". I encourage you to elaborate your question to include more information.

  • “The use of a Documents folder is not limited in scope to Programmers.” — I never said it was, nor does the question. Regardless, the question is about how programmers use it in their programs (not on their own computers where they are users).
    – Timwi
    Feb 15, 2011 at 20:38
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    @Timwi: Is the use of the Documents folder is not in my mind a programmers issue. If you wish to clarify the question to make it more programmer specific you can, but I can't imagine it being a terribly interesting question.
    – Josh K
    Feb 15, 2011 at 20:43
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    @JoshK I was surprised to see it migrated. It's a programming issue in the sense that for some bizarre reason software developers think it appropriate to use Documents as dumping ground for their application's working files/data. How we can approach reeducating the software dev masses to use more appropriate locations like AppData is definitely a P.SE question, not SU.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 15, 2011 at 20:46
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    @Anna: That wasn't what I got from the question, perhaps a rewording? I'm unfamiliar with application access on (assuming) Windows. I never noticed a bloated Documents folder.
    – Josh K
    Feb 15, 2011 at 20:59
  • @Josh: Please don’t take this the wrong way, but whether you find a question “terribly interesting” or not has no bearing on what site it should be on.
    – Timwi
    Feb 15, 2011 at 21:07
  • @JoshK I think with some rewording to clarify meaning the question would fit P.SE.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 15, 2011 at 21:09
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    @Timwl: And it doesn't, I was saying you could improve it if you were able but I'm apparently not aware that this is a major issue for developers.
    – Josh K
    Feb 15, 2011 at 21:20
  • @Anna: Do you have a SU account?
    – Josh K
    Feb 15, 2011 at 21:21
  • @JoshK Yeah, with all of 103 rep. I mostly lurk when I remember it exists.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 15, 2011 at 21:22
  • @Joshk @Anna You may have figured this out already but leave a post in the Teachers Lounge for one of the SU (or other site) mods if you need them to migrate something back.
    – Walter
    Feb 15, 2011 at 21:48
  • @Walter: I just flagged it for a SU mod.
    – Josh K
    Feb 15, 2011 at 21:54
  • @Josh - that works too.
    – Walter
    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:32

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