So I asked a question which doesn't jibe with the normal flow of questions on this site, but I don't think it is off-topic and I edited the question to specifically relate it to software development and appease even the minute details of the commentators to no avail
I'd be tempted to ask "Why is there no patron saint of computer programmers?" I'm pretty sure it would get closed for the same reason, which is unbeknownst to me. I can't really help it if people I don't know don't believe there needs to be a patron of programmers, but I don't see how a disconnect between the beliefs of certain programmers makes the question inappropriate - or necessarily misses the boat on any of the subjective criteria.
I'm not going to argue "Where else could I ask this question and get a decent answer" the reason for asking the question was mainly so people who type "Patron Saint of Computer Programmers" into their search engine of choice could hit a living community where-in the patron could actually be determined, which is how we've always done things.
If I asked "Why is there no patron saint" the answer would actually be A: because programmers have higher tendency to be skeptics and B: because programmers who aren't skeptics don't have much of a cohesive presence (i.e. a guild).
The original intent (and still the intent) of Stack Overflow was for C++ programmers to answer C++ question and Java programmers to answer Java questions, but they're certainly free to cross from one realm to another. It's no different with our website, a person should be free to ask and answer questions from their own points of view. If a Java question is answered with a C++ code example and the answerer says, sorry that's the only syntax I can muster up, then he'll be voted on based on how well he answers the question - it may very well be the best answer. The same goes for our site.