Note (copied from Mark Trapp's answer)

This question was posted before the Great Disciplining of Programmers.SE and is rendered obsolete by the following resources:

When this site was proposed, there was an unspoken understanding — heck, sometimes it wasn't even unspoken — that it was the place for questions like "What's your favorite programmer cartoon?" and "What book should every programmer read?"

Assuming for a moment that the migration pathway opens up from SO after the beta — that's being discussed at a separate question — do we still want to ask those questions during the beta? It's already happening; example 1, example 2.

On the one hand, it seems redundant. But on the other hand, there's always the merge function. Back to the first hand, merging will probably create some dupe answers. But on the second hand again, there are already dupe answers.

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This answer was posted before the Great Disciplining of Programmers.SE and is rendered obsolete by the following resources:

I think asking them now before a migration path is important as it sets the tone for the site.

This site is a little different than previous SE sites in that it's meant as the place you put all the off-topic and subjective but still programming-related questions that get closed on Stack Overflow. It's important that we can show that demonstrably by seeding the site with quality questions that would normally get closed on Stack Overflow.

If we limit ourselves to questions that haven't already been asked on Stack Overflow when this site is meant as a place for all those questions that don't belong on Stack Overflow, the amount of questions available to seed the site becomes very limited.

Although, I should say the examples you pointed out are pretty low quality to begin with, and I hope they aren't going to be used as exemplars for what Programmers.SE will become. On another question, I suggested those types of questions that are of the ilk What's your favorite cartoon? or What's your favorite quotation? might be better off closed as off-topic even on Programmers.SE.

  • Hm. When this site was just a proposal, it was my understanding that part of its very raison d'etre was to be SO's garbage dump. But I suppose that's off-topic for this question. Really I... let's just say I don't envy whoever has to do the merge on "favorite programming cartoon."
    – Pops
    Sep 5, 2010 at 16:26
  • that's sad. I'd rather we delete them all than create a garbage dump site. I think programmers can be much better than that. A home for the gestalt engineering knowledge that is GOOD but doesn't fit on SO. If it's a crap question, I say, downvote and vote-to-close away. If Programmers.stackexchange.com exists to protect people's feelings then it will be only a dump of questions that should have been deleted. I think we can do better than that though.
    – Warren P
    Apr 25, 2011 at 23:23
  • @Warren P Programmers.SE's focus changed a couple of weeks after this was posted (check the timestamps on this question and my answer).
    – user8
    Apr 25, 2011 at 23:32
  • I see that. I understand that now, the focus has changed, but I believe that some of the greatest high quality questions that could have been asked, are considered still, excluded from asking here, merely because they were asked historically at one time on SO. Am I misunderstanding that too?
    – Warren P
    Apr 26, 2011 at 16:00

My thought is that we have a silly situation right now.

A question might be a really GREAT high quality question, but not on topic for SO, because it's subjective. Such GREAT high quality questions as the list of free programming books, which is the TOP most upvoted question of all time on Stackoverflow, is now closed, and locked and homeless. Too old to be moved/merged up to Programmers.SE, and yet, so worth asking.

Just because the "karma whoring" answerers reposted it, doesn't mean having that content here is wrong. In fact, they were simply abhoring the vaccuum that the process that created Programmers.SE created.

My view is that we should make all the really classic subjective questions that are on SO already, and are closed and locked, visible here on Programmers, so that when you search for duplicates, because someone is asking a new question that's an exact duplicate of an SO question that got closed and locked, after 500k views, and a thousand upvotes, they can be seen here.

If we don't do that, we'll get the situation we have now, which is a completely predictable MESS.

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