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


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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
    Commented Jun 27, 2011 at 14:56
  • I don't see why not.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jun 27, 2011 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
    Commented Jun 27, 2011 at 17:33
  • @Renesis Good point.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jun 27, 2011 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
    Commented Jun 27, 2011 at 20:20

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