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Where can I have subjective discussions about programming?

I entered Programmers Stack Exchange and unfortunately, it wasn't what I was looking for. As the name suggested, I expected you would be able to talk about programming, but the rules are much stricter ...
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Are questions not directly related to programming (but might concern programmers) on-topic?

Questions like "Can you recommend some good pottery for programmers?" are an issue we need to figure out- to what extent are they allowed? I see a few variants on this: Questions that are clearly ...
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What should our predefined off-topic reasons be?

There are some fairly major changes coming soon to how posts are closed, you may want to read up on the details: Closing changes: [on hold], unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic reasons, bye-...
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Where does my tool question go?

I have a question about tools. According to the on-topic page, tool questions are off-topic on Software Engineering Stack Exchange. Is there a site for me to go to ask specific tool questions?
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Cutting down on off topic posts

We are getting pummeled with the same off topic questions over and over again. So we clearly need to be doing a better job up front of educating first time posters. In the 'How to Ask' box that's ...
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'Problem' and 'help' titles in off-topic questions of new users coming from Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I recently learned that some off-topic questions seem to be posted at Programmers with sole purpose to circumvent 'problem' and 'help' title block at Stack Overflow. Can we do something to save these ...
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Why is “what language should I learn” considered off-topic?

Don't get me wrong: I understand the argument that the answer in almost all cases is "it depends". Nevertheless, many people do want some advice on the applicability of various languages in the real ...
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Revisiting what is on topic, with respect to new sites: Open Source, Law, and Software Recommendations

In the past 2 months, two new sites in the Stack Exchange network opened up and are now in Public Beta: Open Source and Law. A third, Software Recommendations, has been around for about 1.5 years. ...
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Summer of Love and questions that the FAQ says should not be asked

Recently Does C# give you “less rope to hang yourself” than C++? was asked - I thought the question was too wide in scope, voted to close and commented as such: From the FAQ: Your questions should ...
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Questions barely or not related directly to programming. We need handling them.

Next week we will receive an avalanche of questions migrated from SO. We have a lot of questions not related to programming jobs if we drop the "programming" word. Nothing new so far. But we need a ...
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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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Can we put “Software Licensing Questions are off-topic” in the FAQ?

These questions have a number of problems. They are questions about legal issues, and none of us are lawyers. They are proxy support questions for the FSF and other such organizations, who should be ...
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Clarification on what is career advice

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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Can we rethink a few “on-topic” points?

Algorithm and data structure concepts Design patterns Algorithms, data structures, and design patterns, in my opinion, belong on Stack Overflow. This is especially true considering that "specific ...
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Do moderators discretely neglect the FAQ when they close certain question and not others?

My question was close because it was off topic. Here it is https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/132878/how-to-sell-yourself-to-the-manager It was asked in the context as developer....
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Putting soft questions on hold unproductive? [duplicate]

I understand you want questions that can be answered definitively, that's the point of a stack. But given how many sappy personal advice questions you're getting, maybe it's time to create a support ...
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How can we help people who ask “What language should I learn next” ask a better question?

After reading the FAQ and the answers in Why is "what language should I learn" considered off-topic?, I feel that there is still a hole in the discussion, namely how can we help all those ...
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We can't pronounce anything

I noticed that the pronunciation tag is not doing well. This is odd, because I migrated https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/107479/pronunciation-for-hexadecimals here from SO ...
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SO/Programmers gray area

Questions like Is there an alternative to HTML Web Sockets, now that Firefox 4 has disabled them? always give me pause. This question was asked January 4. To me, it is clearly suited better for ...
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Software Engineering soon to be beta, what should we do with SE questions? [closed]

There are some questions on our site regarding Software Engineering. (Example 1, Example 2) What should we do with those questions when Area 51 - Software Engineering will be pubilc beta? Should we.....
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Add a new close reason for implementation and troubleshooting questions

Code troubleshooting and code implementation questions are not in Programmers' site scope. Although there is an option to migrate such questions to Stack Overflow, the vast majority of them are not ...
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Where can I see what kind of questions are or are not relevant on /programmers?

Where can I see what kind of questions are or are not relevant on /programmers? From usability point of view, it's pretty hard to find.
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if tool related questions are off topic on programmers.SE then why is there a tag called tool

Can some one review this question and actually tell me if its particularly bad. https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/105285/best-single-tool-to-generate-documentation-related-to-a-...
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Confusing Closing -> Off Topic dialog

The dialog for closing questions as being off topic lists the following reasons: Questions about specific programming problems encountered while writing code are off-topic, but can be asked on ...
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Why isn't there an “off-topic” off-topic option?

When flagging a question as being off-topic, only meta.programmers or Stack Overflow can be chosen. What if the question doesn't fit either of those options, or maybe not any site on the Stack ...
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What's wrong with proving best practices through statistics?

The guidance for off-topic questions has this to say about the use of statistics: Asking for a link to something or statistics This is a subtler meaning of the 'favorite off-site resource' ...
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Are Questions Asking for Help Using a Tool Off-Topic?

Regarding questions like this one: It seems fairly clearly off-topic from the Tour page: Don't ask about... implementation issues and coding tools But the closest thing in the flag as off-topic ...
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Should we seek for alternatives to propose to OP when closing their off-topic question?

There are many discussions (1 2 3 4 5 6) about what is currently on/off topic or what should be on/off-topic. That question is asked again and again but the way this community is managed it is not ...
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Why was my career related question considered off-topic? [duplicate]

Here is the link to the question that was considered off-topic: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/277933/69485 I read the answer to another question on here (meta.programmers....