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Please link to discussions which lead to a transition to the current (strict, less personal) question expectations [duplicate]

"I dislike that so much valuable information gets deleted for the sake of "maintaining a clean site", dislike the way many users are treated (particularly new ones), and dislike the way the ...
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Are readability/coding conventions questions on topic?

I would like to know if questions regarding readability/coding conventions are on-topic here. I'm learning a new language, and in the official documentation they routinely add whitespace in a way ...
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Appropriate response

What's the appropriate response to this (at "Programmers") "You are asking a fairly wide open question and then asking opinions on possible answers. It sounds like you haven't really done your home ...
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Would this be an on-topic question here? [duplicate]

I asked this question on SO, but it's likely going to be closed for being OT. Would it be on topic here? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/33574155/notable-electronic-systems-that-dont-have-a-cpu-...
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Should questions on Big-Oh be on-topic here?

Currently, questions on Big-Oh are on-topic on the Programmers main site because they fall under "algorithm and data structure concepts." Does the community feel that these questions should continue ...
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Are questions asking about what a particular segment of code does on topic here? [duplicate]

Suppose I'm reading through some open source project and I encounter a block of code that I just don't understand, despite going to documentation websites and utilizing Google search to piece it ...
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Would questions concerning how a segment of code would likely be written in another language in topic?

Let's say I know Haskell and I'm learning Scala? Could I ask "I'm trying to accomplish X in Scala, I couldn't get it working. Here is the Scala I wrote that either I don't think is idiomatic, or isn'...
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Why was "Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?" re-opened?

Every day we get opinionated questions asked here. People seem to think that this is the place to ask them. New users point to the old open questions that have fallen through the cracks of time as ...
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Historical locked trash, please delete

I cannot flag this question for deletion, nor vote to delete it. It has been apparently decided that it should be locked, so that it may fester in our backlog permanently. I disagree. I should like ...
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What was wrong with this terminology question?

I posted the following question which was very quickly put on hold, likely because the way it was phrased invited low-quality, opinion-based answers: What's the formal term for “usual way to solve a ...
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Add a 'ideal' or 'mission statement' to the help/on-topic

One of the most elegant descriptions of the scope of Programmers.SE came from Thomas Owens in chat: Picture Programmers like a small conference room with a whiteboard. No computer, no books, no ...
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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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Question on role duties

I want to understand: What is the difference between "Technical Program Manager" and "Software Development Manager" in terms of roles, responsibilities and people management requirements. Will ...
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What questions recently closed can be salvaged?

When people ask about Programmers.SE being too negative, closing too many things, or needing to be more inclusive - the best way to approach this is probably to look at the questions that have been ...
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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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Is a question about definitions in an IEEE standard for software lifecycle processes on-topic?

Is it on-topic to ask questions about the meaning of terms in IEEE standards, or how those standards would be applied to specific documents? Specifically, it's IEEE/EIA 12207.1.-1997 Software life ...
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**Ok, so where do we ask subjective questions now? [duplicate]

I just came here to Programmers Stack Exchange to ask a question for recommendations for resources to learn a particular topic (in this case, natural language processing), and I just noticed that a ...
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Should questions about iTunes Connect be asked on Stack Overflow or here?

For me, there have been several complications when I was working on an iPhone game that delayed my development time by almost an entire month, and that's because iTunes Connect is outright complicated....
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Answer to a specific question and a very broad question

I was composing an answer to Can I distribute a GPL executable (not a library) in a closed-source application? when I discovered it has been closed as a duplicate of Can I use GPL, LGPL, MPL licensed ...
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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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Can I ask "X vs Y" questions here? [duplicate]

Consider the following question on SO. It has lots of votes, lots of views and lots of useful thorough answers. However, it is closed as not constructive. But it is clearly a good source of ...
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Questions about tools (in)compatibility

I would like to know if a question with a following structure would be on-topic on this site. I want to use IDE A with support for server B on a platform C. (A, B, and C are well-known and widely ...
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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://softwareengineering....
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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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Is this site the proper SE site to ask questions about software dev processes?

I have a few questions about the Agile process but not sure which SE is best suited for it. Is this the right site for it? The current question(s) that I have: Is there an Agile term for when there ...
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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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Update our FAQ to improve the on-topic definition [closed]

There are two proposals here: The original proposal was to change the FAQ and site scope to more accurately reflect the site's name. It was created because of the votes and responses received on this ...
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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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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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Create a special lock message for historical meta questions

Lets admit it, we've got lots of old things hanging around on meta. Much of it helps explain where we are today - and thats good. But it also confuses people. They may look at meta, search for some ...
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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....
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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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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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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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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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If html/css based questions is allowed?

Today I saw a question Why are people making tables with divs? Which have no linked with any programming language (including client side javascript or others). It is pure HTML/CSS based question. I ...
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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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Can I ask whether specific compilers/engines perform certain optimizations?

I want to know whether the three most prevalent JavaScript engines (those in Chrome, FF,and IE) are known to perform certain optimizations. For instance, I might ask whether simple functions are ...
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Asking about a method for solving a problem in a larger program - On topic?

I would like to ask a question about dealing with a unique requirement in an app I'm developing. I want to know what method could solve the problem, given X, Y and Z constraints/requirements. Is ...
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Can I ask the question regarding job opportunity in programmers? [duplicate]

I am a Thai programmer and would like to find a way to work abroad in order to advance my knowledge and software development career to the next level. Can I ask it here?
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Is programmers the right site for clothing issues? [duplicate]

I would like to know if programmers.se is the right site to ask about clothing for coders etc. or if there is a better site.
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Can I ask for feedback on an idea for a standard? [duplicate]

I'm looking to come up with a standard for how to implement a system that will automatically update software. As such, there is no actual programming per se, but I still want to make sure my standard ...
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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' part of ...
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On Topic Clarification: Java security in a server environment

I'm a regular SO user but rarely use programmers. I'm aware that Java in the browser is a security nightmare but am looking for evidence that Java in a server environment is sufficiently secure to ...
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Can I ask a question about the best way to use an HTML-based interface in a standalone app here?

I've always written my interfaces in the language's native components (Forms in VB/VC#/VC++, Swing/JavaFX in Java, HTML+CSS+JS in webpages, etc.), but with my next project I want to try writing the ...
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How is this question off-topic?

I posted a question about the terminology for 3-byte integers (since we have terms for 4 bits, 1 byte, 2 bytes, and 4 bytes). It was fine for a long time until it was finally closed as subjective. I ...
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Question about programmers` toolbox [duplicate]

I know that SE generally frowns on open discussions and opinion polls. I also understand that SE is not (yet) the only place on the net for Q&A. So, if you don't like the rules, ... What is ...
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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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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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Are questions about HR approaches to hiring *specifically* programmers on topic?

I was considering asking a question about programmer skill not correlating to experience versus HR/job offers pretty much defined by their "years of experience" qualifiers. It may still be too broad ...

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