Programmers has changed its name.
- Why has this name change occurred?
- Has anything else changed?
- What kinds of questions will I be able to ask, now that the name has changed?
Because the name "Programmers" invites all sorts of questions that are only vaguely related to software engineering, questions that we don't want.
Yes. The Tour and the Help Center have a new tag line, the public description of the site which is seen by everyone. The Help Center/Ask page includes four new bullets that describe the site's "scope:" the kinds of questions that are suitable to ask here.
To better describe the site in a way that makes it very clear what kinds of questions are acceptable to ask here. Over the years there has been a lot of confusion over what the site is all about, and we think we can now describe it in a way that is very clear and unambiguous.
Questions directly related to the Systems Development Life Cycle, except for code troubleshooting and requests for written code.
This is what it means (click on the picture to expand it):
If the subject area of your question is in that picture, it's probably an acceptable question. If the subject area of your question is not in that picture, or is only tangentially related to one of those topics, then it is probably off-topic.
Because that role is already well-served at Stack Overflow. This site, in part, is a refuge for those folks who have no interest in fixing other people's broken code or writing their code for them.