Questions tagged [off-topic]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
2answers
106 views

Recent shift in off-topic migrations?

I know that there's a perpetual problem of questions that are really not a good fit getting migrated over from SO, so I don't think this is news to anyone. However, there seems to be a recent ...
4
votes
2answers
80 views

Forms of “what language should I learn next”?

It's not explicit in the question but, https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/128344/would-smalltalk-be-a-good-introduction-to-programming, to me is just another form of "Which ...
2
votes
1answer
120 views

How do you know if a question is specific to programmers before it's been answered?

This comes up a lot for questions that are closed as not being related to software development. (What triggered the question was some of the answers for the Are Marketing Questions On Topic question ...
10
votes
3answers
603 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
251 views

Is it a bad idea for a company to take liberties with the truth in job specs for software developers - off topic?

I posted the question: Is it a bad idea for a company to take liberties with the truth in job specs for software developers? A few people have interpreted this as either a rant or a question that is ...
5
votes
1answer
100 views

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-...
0
votes
3answers
131 views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
207 views

Can we remove “programming puzzles” from appropriate questions to ask on Programmers?

There is this question from December 2010, with 10 upvotes for removing code golf from being on-topic here. There are also a total of 17 upvotes on posts advocating a separate puzzles/golf sits in ...
1
vote
2answers
128 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
251 views

Are generic application promotion question on topic for P.SE?

Anna Lear and I have a disagreement on the validity of a question on P.SE: How to promote Facebook app? To me it seems, that the promotion of an application is subject to localization and the ...
10
votes
4answers
310 views

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 ...
13
votes
4answers
638 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
131 views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
167 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
198 views

What's the off-topic part of this question? [closed]

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 ...
12
votes
4answers
372 views

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 ...
30
votes
7answers
929 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
204 views

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.....