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WRT the topic "How common are jobs for open source R&D?"

I'm not sure about why I am asking for clarification.

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The canonical link from days of old for this is: Are Career Advice questions useful to anyone except the poster?

Career advice is one of our perpetual problems on programmers. The essence of the career advice close reason is that any information is very particular to the person asking. In days of old, these would often be closed as "too localized" - either they are asking about too narrow a person (themselves), too narrow a time, or too narrow a locality.

This question has two issues with it. The first is that 'too narrow' in time and location. Questions asking for information about job opportunities is highly location and time dependent. You'd get very different answers when asking for different times or locations.

I will point out that you tagged this as - which a rough look through shows a lot of closed questions. This should have been a warning that this question is problematic.

The question about economics and market theory? That isn't exactly our area of expertise. It might have been ok on Economics.SE but that was closed for lack of activity a couple of years ago. Such a question is... I could see opinion and also the off topic (career advice), or a custom reason. It really doesn't look for a good fit.


The other half of the question that is in the lead in:

I would like some statistics if possible, or educated guesses if statistics are not possible.

Asking for stats is also a difficult area. The answers that you get to this are either polling type responses:

The company I work for had a half dozen open positions for linux kernel engineer a year ago

The company I work for doesn't touch open source with a 10' pole.

These type of 'spot polling' answers often show up with requests for stats or guesses. They are poor answers and questions that encourage such answers tend to get closed.

The other side of the asking for stats is that it makes the people answering the question into research librarians rather than expert programmers and software architects. It asks us to use google for you, a crowdsourced search engine. This doesn't draw upon our expert advice and information.


Career advice may not have been the best choice for a close reason. But the question really isn't a good fit for Programmers.SE being a mix of economics, stats request, and a bit of career information too. Career advice was likely the most convenient choice for the close reason.

  • I want silver badge in that job-market tag :) – gnat Oct 15 '14 at 8:19
  • "The question about economics and market theory?" there is no such a question, just a comment to provide background. The question could simply be the title with no further explanation. I'd expect the answers to be a bit more elaborated than simply a percentage, providing background as well. I'd say business models for open source projects are of quite general interest among programmers, while probably not so much for economists. In any case, definitively, the question is not exactly about programming. But then there is StackOverflow... – Trylks Oct 15 '14 at 10:23
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    @gnat maybe a better option would be to simply remove the tag. It seems to be causing more trouble than anything else. – Trylks Oct 15 '14 at 10:25
  • @Trylks maybe. But with 150 questions in there, it can take time. For comparison, it took almost 2 months to deal with 88 questions in recommendations tag – gnat Oct 15 '14 at 10:49
  • @gnat that sounds like very inefficient (less than 2 questions per day). I decided to delete mine, hope that helps to keep the place clean. Sorry. – Trylks Oct 15 '14 at 12:52

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