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How to deals with users that think their computer could think? does not answer to
"expert programmers who are interested in subjective discussions on software development"

Yet people are answering...

Is this question off-topic (it should probably then be asked on SU) or not?

I think it is, but why are other people missing it?

  • Wait, on here, non-subjective questions are off-topic? O_o – Ullallulloo Sep 9 '10 at 16:42
  • It depends in what way the question is objective, I guess there do exist objective questions that would still not fit on Stack Overflow and should be kept here. Ask a new meta question if you need more clarification... – Tamara Wijsman Sep 9 '10 at 22:54
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  1. Is it relevant to programmers and software development? I think so: if you've ever had to deal with an end-user who has been having a really hard time with your software*, then you'll be immediately familiar with this attitude, as well as the importance of handling the situation without coming off as patronizing or unsympathetic.

  2. Is it an objectively-answerable programming question? (i.e., does it belong on Stack Overflow) No. It's not a programming question, and the validity of any answer is a highly subjective matter.

Therefore, it is on-topic for this site.

*In many places, programmers are effectively the final support team, and end up dealing with users who are both important enough in some way to get that much support and are faced with some very challenging problems.

  • Ah, seen like that, it totally makes sense... These two questions seem like a good guideline to base myself on in the feature. – Tamara Wijsman Sep 9 '10 at 17:59
  • In small companies, the programmers are the support team. – TRiG Nov 21 '10 at 15:59

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