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Are Design Review questions on-topic?

There is a gray area between Software Engineering & Code Review regarding design reviews. Code Review's on-topic page explicitly calls out design reviews as off-topic. However, if your ...
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Are Career Advice questions useful to anyone except the poster? [duplicate]

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/career-advice https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/career-guidance There seem to be a fair number of "should ...
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Are book recommendations on-topic?

We get a lot of book recommendation questions, so much so that it's hard to keep up with them. We've been closing them as off-topic, not a real question, and not constructive based on a few different ...
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What types of legal questions are on-topic here?

I know legal issues are in the faq as on-topic but I could not find an existing discussion of it. Do legal questions such as the iPhone issue or non-paying customer question really have a place here? ...
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New Site Name and Scope Proposals

From Ana, a Stack Exchange Community Manager in the previous question about changing the site name: It took us a good while, but the Community Team has circled up and here's where we stand on ...
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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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Is programming history on topic?

History questions are on topic on Programmers, but have proven to be particularly troublesome: It's not uncommon for history questions to get closed (and re-opened, and closed, ...) It's not uncommon ...
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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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What questions are on-topic, and what are off-topic?

Joel Spolsky created a post on the Stack Overflow blog this afternoon on merging Area51 proposals. In it, he talks about how some proposals are just too specific or are subsets of larger sites and ...
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Are “name that thing” questions on-topic? [duplicate]

Occasionally, we'll get a question asking for help about naming a concept or symbol, and we've been closing them as "off-topic" and "not constructive" on the basis that naming questions rarely amount ...
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What types of subjective questions are not acceptable?

There are now a lot of questions that are of the same caliber: What's your favourite programming quote? What is your favorite “programmer” cartoon? What is your favorite editor/IDE? What's your ...
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Are “I'm looking for X” questions on topic?

The question Is there something else like SquareSpace out there? (10k link) reminded me that there is nothing explicit in our FAQ about shopping recommendation questions. The question starts out with: ...
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Is our current process of handling resource request questions sufficient?

Right now, we're operating on some community discussions from several years ago: Are book recommendations on-topic? (July 2011) What's up with all the book recommendation flags? (December 2011) The ...
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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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Addendum to off topic themes in the FAQ

As an extension to this previous question - Should our FAQ contain a list of what's off topic and if so what should that list contain?, can we add two categories of questions that are often asked by ...
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Where do Code Golf/Code Challenge questions belong?

Code golf questions are a perennial favorite on Stack Overflow, but are under constant threat of being closed for being off topic or not a real question. Now that Programmers is live, do Code Golf and ...
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Are career questions acceptable or not? [duplicate]

faq says it is not about career advice, salary or compensation, I see lots of career questions asked on programmers.stackexchange, some closed, many not. For example, https://...
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Why are “reference request” questions off topic?

My question was closed. Robert Harvey says: Questions asking for links to external resources are more or less off-topic throughout the Stack Exchange network. That's what search engines are for. "...
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Software Law definition

How can we define what is good or what is wrong about software law here? This issue came from this question closed as off-topic. The best way to explain the problem with that question would be: "What'...
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What topics are not “part of the SDLC” but are nevertheless still on topic?

It would be beneficial to aggregate in one location everything that is actually on topic here, particularly when topics are exceptions to "is it part of the SDLC?" as a rule of thumb. I had thought ...
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How can historical questions be on topic? [duplicate]

If I wanted to ask something regarding the history of the name SQL as it relates to computer programmers is that applicable? The first answer would undoubtedly be a link to wikipedia so I'm not sure ...
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Reconciling “no legal advice” and “yes software licensing” [duplicate]

In this question, I had a disagreement with the original asker about whether a legal advice / software licensing question is on topic. I now think that I was wrong when I voted to close originally, ...
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When are career questions too localized? Should this be more strict?

From the FAQ: Can I ask career advice questions? Yes, within reason. Most career advice questions are specific to the poster's situation and run the risk of being closed. Try to generalize ...
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Lots of subjective questions here [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between Programmers and Stack Overflow? It seems like half of this site should be community wiki. Also, what kind of questions are supposed to go ...
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Is asking “what is the technical term for this” on-topic?

I am writing a Python script for downloading a website for offline viewing and changing the links in the downloaded webpages for proper links between the downloaded webpages. I don't know the ...
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What kinds of questions should I avoid asking here?

This post is a supplement to the Help Center Article of the same name. That article, in a nutshell, describes questions that are either too broad, too opinionated, or too discussion-oriented to make ...
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Should “legal advice” or “copyright, trademark, and patent law” be added to the list of things this site is not about?

At one point, software law topics were on-topic, but that was replaced with "software licensing" to differentiate questions about various licensing issues and creating or using software under a ...
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Resume Feedback

Has any sort of resume feedback exchange site been considered, possibly as a sub-exchange under 'Programmers'? I've looked around for good feedback locations but the results weren't great (off-shoots ...
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Why did a question about programming books get closed on Programmers.SE?

So, today I wrote a question that follows the general pattern for book questions on Programmers (Is there a canonical book on [x]?) about a topic that's definitely related to programming (data ...
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Are word origin questions on-topic?

The latest example is here: Why are actual parameters called "arguments"? Note that the OP is not asking for the difference between "parameters" and "arguments," or even what the word ...
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Discussion on if questions about EULA's are on topic

It seems as if there is enough debate about this that I wanted to start a discussion about if EULA's are currently considered on topic, and if they are should they be. Can an EULA restrict what you ...
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Are “Why is X code snippet done this way?” questions on-topic?

There was a bit of a tussle earlier about a specific question related to why a specific line of JavaScript code was crafted the way that it was: What's the point of initializing a variable with ...
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Are general NDA questions on-topic?

There is some controversy about this question. There have been multiple questions about non-disclosure agreements. A quick look at the tag shows that many of them are open, even though just as many of ...
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Do we need a definition of subjective?

It seems to me the trend in the on/off topic question really comes down to "What's subjective but not subjective to the point of pointless and/or uninteresting." So far it seems that we're making ...
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Can the rules on book advice be clarified in the FAQ?

According to a discussion I had in the comments on this SO question, it seems that asking for a list of book recommendations is verboten on Programmers. The site's FAQ gives me the opposite ...
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Are programming-related history/trivia questions acceptable on P.SE? [duplicate]

I think I have found an appropriate tag for this type of questions: trivia Inventor and History of programming technology Who is the father of CIL? version:1 Favorite Pascal language features and ...
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Are marketing questions on topic?

A question was asked about the return on investment for swag included with software, and it was not received well: it garnered several downvotes and flags within 15 minutes of asking. While marketing ...
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Would this question be on-topic on PSE?

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4984832/what-is-the-output-of-grails-stats-for-your-largest-grails-project#question Never seen this kind of question before. If I had to bet, it'd get closed asap....
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Are literature requests inherently off-topic or not-constructive

I am referring to this question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/170059/good-literature-for-object-oriented-programming-in-c However, I have seen question like Is there a ...
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Should algorithm and data structure concepts still be on-topic for Programmers now that Computer Science has launched?

The Computer Science Stack Exchange site has launched and is now in public beta (note that this is a different site than TCS). I'm an active user there, and we were wondering about the following: ...
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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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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

Our current guidance regarding software licensing can be found here. The current guidance says that a general rule of thumb is that questions answerable by experts in software development are on-topic,...
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Does “objective” vs. “subjective” confuse the purpose of this site?

I've followed the evolution of this site for a little while now and I must say I am a little confused. I'm looking for a single place where I can join a community of, what might commonly be called, ...
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What are “algorithm concepts”?

Our FAQ says that "algorithm and data structure concepts" questions are on-topic on Programmers. However, we receive "migrate to Stack Overflow" flags on a lot of algorithm-related question. This ...
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Is curiosity allowed on programmers.stackexchange.com? [duplicate]

Is curiosity allowed on the various stackexchange sites or does every single question need to be a question about a precise problem to solve? For example, are the two following questions valid ...
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Are “what did <person> mean” questions on topic?

I've noticed several questions along the lines of What did <Person> mean when he said X. The questions are asking for some explanation of the quote. They seem a bit trivial (and in the case of ...
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We've got to talk about Freelancing and Business Concerns

In the FAQ, I see Freelancing and Business Concerns as being on topic but I routinely see these types of questions closed. While I understand the office politics and localized situations are off-topic,...
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How do I ask a “Best Practices” question?

Questions containing the words: What is the "best practice," or What is the "right way," or Which technique is "most popular," "most sensible," "most reasonable," "okay," "wise," "acceptable," "most ...
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Are “I need data on X phenomenon” questions on-topic?

Two questions were recently asked regarding research or studies about a specific topic: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/121953/what-data-is-available-regarding-cowboy-coding ...
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Can I ask this question about the effectiveness of a mathematical programming concept?

I'm thinking of doing an experiment with a JS program to utilize Japanese Multiplication, and I want to ask whether or not a software math shortcut is actually a shortcut at all. To be clear, I'm ...