Questions like "Can you recommend some good pottery for programmers?" are an issue we need to figure out- to what extent are they allowed? I see a few variants on this:
- Questions that are clearly unrelated to programming in anyway, but have programming tacked on (eg, "Can you recommend some good pottery for programmers?" or "What, as a programmer, is your favorite legume?")
- Questions that are a middle ground: "What are some good movies for programmer?" is a good example- on one hand it'd be off-topic without "for programmer," but on the other hand, programming-related movies affect programmer culture, and are something that is, to my mind, worth discussing here.
- Questions that are somewhat clearly directly related to programming: "What are some good keyboards for programmers"- since keyboards are the tool of our trade, this is definitely worth discussing.
There have been a few discussions of this issue so far:
- An answer in "What questions are on-topic and what questions are off-topic" starts to discuss this
- In revision 7 on What should be in our FAQ, Mark Trapp rolls back a change I made to suggest that blatant "types of pickles" questions should be off-topic. He asserts that they are on-topic, citing a meta.SO post. This exchange is why I'm making this question- we should have an internal question deciding it one way or another to point people to in the future.
- An early discussion took place in the comments for the programming fiction question.
- Mark points out this answer on meta.SO
I've been out for a few days, and I have't payed that much attention to external discussion of P.SE on meta.SO, so I may have missed us coming to a consensus on this issue, but it seems we haven't, and we need to. What do you think- are 1, 2, and/or 3 on-topic or off-topic for this site, and how do we handle determining which side of the 'on-topic' line a question like this falls?