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What's the difference between Programmers and Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

What's the difference between Programmers and Stack Overflow?
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rule for posting Software Engineering vs stackoverflow [duplicate]

This is general question regarding guideline of where to post non-technical questions. I had non-technical question at https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15653199/free-compiler-ide-for-writing-...
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Open letter to students with homework problems

It is September once again (today is the 8755th day of September), and once again students are asking their homework problems on Stack Overflow and SoftwareEngineering.SE. We start seeing questions ...
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Why was my question closed or down voted?

Help! My question was closed (or down voted). Why? And what can I do about it? Downvoted Duplicate Off topic What technology to take up next Recommend a software library, tool, book, research paper,...
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Discuss this ${blog}

Occasionally there are questions asked that seek to explain some soundbite of thing someone said or wrote. These questions take a few sentences from a larger piece and ask what it means, or disprove ...
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Why is research important?

You've probably seen it somewhere Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you've tried and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to ...
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I have a question, but it may not fit best on Software Engineering. Where else can I ask it?

What other Stack Exchange sites are there that may be able to answer my questions about software engineering or software development?
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Is the rebranding of this site intended to change the acceptability of pure opinion questions?

Virtually every question from this site that I see on the 'hot questions' list strikes me as a pure exercise in eliciting conflicting opinions. They may be expert opinions, or they may not, but they ...
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When is a software licensing question on topic?

I would like to ask a question about software licensing. The help center says: If you have a question about... ... software licensing and it is not about... ... legal advice or aid It seems like ...
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New SE Chat Bot feature for identifying when Programmers is mentioned on Stack Overflow

There are some very creative SE users and contributors to Code Review that have used the Stack API to build an open source SE Chat bot that is currently being used for many things. https://github.com/...
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Is there any point in this site still existing?

Observing the flurry of downvotes on a recent question, I took a moment to click over to Newest Questions and tally up the negatives. Of the most recent 50 questions at the time I counted, 25 of them ...
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New Site Name and Help Center: Phase I Complete

Previous Discussion: Follow-Up 3: New Site Name and Help Center Discussions After approval from Ana, I published the discussed updates to the Help Center's /help/on-topic page and the site's /tour. ...
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How do I recommend posting on another Stack Exchange site?

We have all seen it: a user asks a question on Software Engineering that belongs on a different site. There are many technology sites on Stack Exchange, and sometimes navigating the lot of them to ...
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Why was my question so quickly deleted by a moderator?

I asked a question and it was deleted WITHOUT any polite explanation, by Thomas Owens: I want to learn Symfony but I think, learning Symfony as a first framework is a TITANIC task for someone who ...
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My question is [on-hold] because its primarily opinion-based. How could it be reworded to fit in this site?

I'm mainly an Stack Overflow user. I'm used to moderate there voting and flagging and I believe that I know their rules quite well. However, I'm new here and I'm still getting used. One thing that I'...
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Help Center tuning: "help/on-topic/and it is not about..." += references to meta guidance

Per recent discussion, I drafted some updates I'd like to have in Help Center -> What topics can I ask about here, section not about... Added text is in bold, deleted is crossed, and some links are ...
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Using Programmers as "learning and training area" for Stack Overflow kind questions [duplicate]

Related: Create a New Stack Overflow Instance for Beginner Users and Content (MSO). We are getting many off-topic / implementation and coding kind questions where askers appear to be aware of Stack ...
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Why aren't StackOverflow and Programmers.SE reputations combined

Though SO and Programmers are obviously two different subjects, someone who is an expert in one should also be an expert in the other. So why are their reputations kept separate? Similarly, though I ...
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Would it be on topic to ask question about the codeless code case interpretation? [duplicate]

I am currently reading the codeless code, and have trouble understanding a particular case. In particular which bad practice is pointed out in the last paragraph. Since the fables and koans are all ...
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New Site Name and Scope: how to handle blatant debugging questions?

Per my reading of July 22nd discussion primary focus of the coming changes is to prevent the flood of debugging questions. Both SE Community Manager and our moderators appear to be in agreement about ...
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Hostile community

I have been banned from the software engineering community for no real reason. My contributions were quite positive and in areas no one bothered to contribute. And even if they were not so positive, ...
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Why was this question voted down?

I'm new to the site - wondering why this question: Database Design Query (not mine) was voted down. Seems on topic. Is it not specific enough? If so, should folks be making comments on how to ...
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Can you give an example of a question that is welcome on SE, but is off-topic on SO?

Can you give an example of a question that is welcome on SoftwareEngineering, but is off-topic on StackOverflow? If you can't, why does this site exist?
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How do I decide where to post a question, in stackoverflow or programmers?

I saw a question at rule for posting programmers vs stackoverflow. Still I could not get my head around that. I have a question specific to some programming language (Python), possibly a bug. But I ...
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Understanding the guidelines

I recently asked this question about a specific term (JTNU) that I saw in a job posting. After seeing the downvotes, I read: What goes on Software Engineering (previously known as Programmers)? A ...
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Are questions about good coding style on topic?

I flagged this SO question as off-topic with the comment "I think this would be a better fit for Programmers.SE, but that's not one of the migration options." This flag was declined with the message "...
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