The question How can I figure out if programming is right for me? was closed as too localized.

I disagree with the closure since I think it is definitely not a question that is localized to the OP only. This is a question that many programmers consider at one point or another during their careers, and I think it is a good one for the site (it has over 11K views in just a few days).

I also don't think it's overly broad because there are a few key things you should ask yourself when considering if programming is right for you, and think it is definitely something that we can supply a good answer to.

So with that said, what about the question makes it "too localized", and what can we do to fix it to get the question reopened?

It should be noted that some of the close votes occurred before I edited the question the first time to make it a good fit for the site, and I suspect some of the other close votes occurred after a different edit which I think did make the question too localized since it changed the question to be "How can I know if programming is right for me", which is something we can't answer. We can supply the OP with questions he can ask himself to make his own decision on if programming is right for him, but we can't tell him how to know if programming is right for him without knowing him personally.

It already has 3 reopen votes, so perhaps nothing needs to be done afterall except to attract more reopen votes, but if this is not the case then please let me know what I can do to make the question a good fit for this site and get it reopened.

  • It already has 3 reopen votes, so perhaps nothing needs to be done after all This. – yannis Oct 1 '12 at 20:21
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    Eh, your edit to the question is a cosmetic one. Nobody has a quarrel with the wording; it's the question itself that is marginal. The answer you provided could be equally applied to almost any field of endeavor. Therefore, the question must not be specific to the programming profession. – Robert Harvey Oct 1 '12 at 20:25
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    @RobertHarvey I completely disagree that the answer would be the same for all professions. Can you imaging telling doctors they need to be willing to learn through "educated trial and error"? Or policemen? Or firefighters? And for jobs that are very precise and exact such as computer chip manufacturing, or lasik eye surgery, do you want to tell them its more important to learn the concepts behind what they're doing than the actual steps for what they're doing? No, the answer to this question does not apply to all professions. – Rachel Oct 1 '12 at 20:34
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    All of those jobs have simulated environments that students of the profession can practice on through trial and error. Animal and cadaver dissections, dummies to perform CPR on, shooting ranges, etc. If you're saying that concepts are more important than practice in any profession, I'm inclined to disagree. – Robert Harvey Oct 1 '12 at 20:38
  • The bigger question is how come asking that question has been that user's only action on Programmers... ever. No comments, no edits, no votes, no visits... – AakashM Oct 2 '12 at 13:10
  • @AakashM Hm? Why? The OP has been a member for five days, they didn't really have the time (or the rep) to do anything else... – yannis Oct 2 '12 at 14:28
  • @YannisRizos just surprising really, isn't it? Ask a question on a Q&A site then don't even look at it for five (and counting) days? – AakashM Oct 2 '12 at 14:31
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    It should be noted that Rachel who asked this question has decided not to participate at the Meta level here any more. It's sad really that the whole culture of stackexchange sites has shifted so fast into a heady mix of sophistry, pedantry, and elitism. – Warren P Oct 3 '12 at 23:35

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