Joel Spolsky created a post on the Stack Overflow blog this afternoon on merging Area51 proposals. In it, he talks about how some proposals are just too specific or are subsets of larger sites and will be merged.
Of Programmers.SE, he had this to say:
There’s an even longer list of things that really belong on the new Programmers Stack Exchange, which appears to be degrading into fairly stupid water-cooler nonsense, and could benefit from an infusion of more meaty subjects, like these proposals[.]
He then goes on to list all the proposals he thinks could or should be merged into Programmers.SE.
Earlier, there was an edit to the Proposed FAQ to ban questions like:
What are some good television shows for programmers?
A few days ago, I created the question, "How can we avoid Programmers.SE from becoming the SE black sheep?". There, the consensus was to not change anything. Unfortunately, SOIS has spoken, and it looks like that sentiment will not be able to sustain the site.
So, let's use this question as a way to identify possible on-topic and off-topic questions and vote on them. One topic per answer, and use the comments to discuss why or why not it's on topic for Programmers.SE.
This way we can demonstrate what the community will and won't find acceptable on the site to better help SOIS and others make an informed decision when the time comes to merge.