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Plenty of discussion on the issue of the site's scope, here's my suggestion in this Q&A as an official feature request.

Before a user joins programmers.se they are welcomed with what I feel is a fairly clear definition of the sites scope:

loggedout

It is a well known fact that when most people 'Sign Up' for things on the internet, they don't feel like reading the basics until they're in.

When they're in, they are presented with this tidy, but empty header:

loggedin

Would it be too much to add a reminder here?

Even more critically, when a user who hasn't read the blurb on the 'Sign Up' page, rushes to click the 'Ask Question' button. They are presented with this ridiculously broad definition of what a good question is:

question

Am I missing something, or do others share my view that if, to the right of my 'Ask Question' form is a message which asks, 'Is your question about software development?' then I can ask debugging questions, library recommendations, conceptual questions, database questions, and pretty much everything else which we as 'Software Developers' deal with on a day to day basis.

Why can't the more clear description of the sites scope on the 'Sign Up' page be repeated in at least the 'Ask Question' page?

IMO a name change is way overkill, especially when it'd be tough to find a name which won't make the problem better, or potentially make it worse.

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    Because we have no control over what appears on the Ask Question page. =( So this is essentially another request for SE intervention, which is probably a good thing, but since meta.programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/7935/… was completely ignored by SE, be prepared to see little more than vigorous agreement from us users who can't do anything and total silence from the people who can do something. – Ixrec Apr 2 '16 at 13:26
  • Very true, but worth the punt. Hopefully this will be deemed trivial enough to honour. Fingers crossed – Adam Copley Apr 2 '16 at 14:25

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