There is this question from December 2010, with 10 upvotes for removing code golf from being on-topic here. There are also a total of 17 upvotes on posts advocating a separate puzzles/golf sits in this question, also from 2010. The "code golf" Stack Exchange is officially called "Programming Puzzles and Code Golf", making it on topic there.

I haven't seen very many puzzle/golf questions here, but I was reading the FAQ and noticed that this still exists. It's probably a hold over from before the other site was opened.

What kind of questions can I ask here?

Programmers - Stack Exchange is for expert programmers who are interested in conceptual questions on software development.

This can include topics such as:

Software engineering

Developer testing

Algorithm and data structure concepts

Design patterns


Development methodologies

Quality assurance

Software law

Programming puzzles

Freelancing and business concerns


I've removed the line about programming puzzles.

Unfortunately I can't edit section that mentions where questions might be on topic to add Code Golf in there. Though as it's still in beta it might not be allowed anyway.

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    We could add it to our custom "things that are off-topic section"?
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jun 27 '11 at 14:56
  • I don't see why not.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jun 27 '11 at 14:56
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    I would be a little leery about adding it to off-topic, unless it becomes a problem. I don't think people should be encouraged to attempt to label things as "programming puzzles" when a question might say something about puzzles, but at the core may be a good programmers question (about interviews, learning/training, etc.). It might be difficult to explain in the FAQ that it's the puzzles themselves that are off topic.
    – Nicole
    Jun 27 '11 at 17:33
  • @Renesis Good point.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jun 27 '11 at 17:36
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    @Renesis @Anna Lear That is a good point. I believe software development position interview-related questions would be on topic, and some might involve puzzles. However, I would think the line would be drawn where a "solve this puzzle" question would be off-topic and a "is this puzzle a valid assessment of my abilities" would be on-topic.
    – Thomas Owens Mod
    Jun 27 '11 at 20:20

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