I was considering asking a question about programmer skill not correlating to experience versus HR/job offers pretty much defined by their "years of experience" qualifiers. It may still be too broad or opinion based, but is this question even on-topic since it really applies to HR and hiring rather than programmers?

  • To paraphrase someone: "Dear God No!"
    – user53019
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 20:54
  • meta.programmers.stackexchange.com/a/6488/40980
    – gnat
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 6:58
  • @gnat - but how to hire better programmers isn't career advice.
    – Telastyn
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 11:33
  • I think at one point those kinds of questions were accepted, back when this was a site to ask programmers questions that were not related to programming. But its not on-topic now. There are some similar questions on Workplace.SE that may help you, or you can try asking a new question if you don't find an existing post that answers your question. I know they do have a [software-industry] tag that is meant to be for questions specific to the software industry, and don't think they'd mind such a question.
    – Rachel
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 18:07

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Probably not a good fit.

Likely going to hit one of these in the tri-fecta:

  • Off-topic: Career advice

  • Too Broad

  • Primarily opinion based.

And that having been said, the practice is not unique to programming. Many fields filter by years of experience. It might be on-topic on The Workplace, but it would be wise to check in their Meta first.

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    Or drop into Software Engineering Chat and ask on The Whiteboard.
    – user53019
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 20:56
  • Sure, many fields filter by years of experience, but programming is the only one I know of where years of experience doesn't actually correlate to measurable performance.
    – Telastyn
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 20:59
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    Years of experience is a loose correlation, and an imperfect one at best. I've seen tradesmen with "years of experience" that were decidedly lacking in ability.
    – user53019
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 21:16

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