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Let's make getting started/resource questions on topic [duplicate]

Per Yannis' suggestion, I decided to go through the list of closed questions, pick out some specific examples, and make a detailed case for why those questions should be welcomed on the site. The ...
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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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Is this the right forum for web development & design?

I have just asked a question on web dev at ProWebMasters StackExchange regarding Internet Explorer CSS issues. I'm not sure which is the right forum for web dev & web design? Also if anyone can ...
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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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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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Is a question about research material on-topic? [duplicate]

There's a discussion in the comments on this question about empirical support for commenting code to the effect that "resource request" questions are off-topic. It refers to Why did a question about ...
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How Basic is Too Basic?

Straight from the FAQ: Programmers — Stack Exchange is a site for professional programmers who are interested in getting expert answers on conceptual questions about software development. What ...
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How is a market research question off topic?

I recently asked a question about very development-specific market research: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/187476/how-to-do-market-research-for-plugins-to-proprietary-...
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Why is this question not relevant? [duplicate]

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/184039/what-would-be-a-good-entry-level-programming-job None of my first 3 questions is relevant. I thought Programmers Stack Exchange is to ...
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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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Is this question about the intricacies of Apple's distribution process on-topic?

How to Release to the App Store as an Individual I've written an iOS app, and I'd like to release it on to the App Store. I'm an individual so it's not being released via a company or anything, ...
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Do we accept “What price should I charge” questions?

How can I determine how to charge for supporting SharePoint sites and SharePoint development? I recently created a site in SharePoint and I need to setup a maintenance/support agreement for the ...
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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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Questions about design approach and technologies

Since I spend most of my time on Stack Overflow and MSO, I'm already know my question is off topic on SO. Since I don't spend nearly as much time on this site, I wanted to ask about whether a ...
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Are questions regarding micro-controller appropriate?

I found no site in SE for micro-controller programming. The proposed site for Embeded systems is closed down due to lack of "good response". This being a programmers' site, it is the next logical ...
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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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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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Sketchy Advice in the FAQ [closed]

In the FAQ under the heading What kind of questions should I not ask here?, the following advice is given: If your question would be of interest to … Professional and enthusiast programmers,...
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How is a question about ports and sockets on topic at Programmers?

I just flagged this question about the difference between a port and a socket as off-topic. My flag was declined. Can someone explain to me how is this question related to programmers? To me, it's ...
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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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Why was this question closed as non constructive for no apparent reason?

This question was closed as non constructive with no comments or feedback of why it is considered of low quality. IMHO, I believe the question is reasonable and answerable from anyone with good ...
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TRIZ for software engineers

Would a question on whether or not TRIZ was a useful framework to know for programmers be a good, bad, or off topic question?
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Are questions about mercurial working practises on topic for Programmers?

I want to ask a question regarding best practises for working with Mercurial within a small team. This is more about strategy for managing repositories rather than commands for using Mercurial. Is ...
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Are questions about issue tracker recommendations on topic?

Is this question on-topic here on Programmers SE: Issues Tracker for both developers and end users The FAQ doesn't explicitly disallow such questions nor does it seem to explicitly allow them. In ...
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Question about biggest known CouchDB (or other) cluster

I am evaluating CouchDB. My evaluation covers many aspects, and one of these aspects is the maximum number of nodes that can be used. So, I want to know how many nodes has the biggest (number of ...
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Is this Q on topic at P.SE: Suggestions on which frameworks to port to

I wonder if a question like this one is on topic, at programmers.stackexchange.com. (If not, do you know some other StackExchange site where I could ask?) The question is something like this: "To ...
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Questions about education

I am unsure about the rules pertaining to questions related to education. Initially I searched the site for questions related to MS and MSC degrees, and saw many questions from members seeking ...
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Can we ask questions about book and tool recommendations on programmers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are book recommendations on-topic? Asking for book and tool recommendations on Stack Overflow is now prohibited. And they are off-topic and not constructive on SO. So can we ...
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Why are some questions about the workplace allowed, and some not?

Here is an example of a question that is strictly related to the workplace -- the topic is essentially meta-programming. https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/154565/where-does-a-...
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Asking questions involving the comparision of and/or design decisions behind programming languages

I did not see the following covered in the faq. Hence, I felt the need to ask here. I want to ask a question in Programmers about the thought that was involved in a particular, somewhat recent, ...
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Is this linked Q an appropriate question for P.SE?

Open Source related question Is the linked question an appropriate question for P.SE? In it's current / original form, I think it's partially there since it relates to business decisions and ...
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Would an “Identify Book” question be on topic?

This question got me nostalgic about the days of built-in BASIC interpreters in home computers, and typing in programs from books (glory days!), then I remembered a series of books from my youth aimed ...
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If we cannot ask about The Programmers Bill of Responsibilities on this site why is it called Programmers?

Where should the The Programmers Bill of Responsibilities question be asked? To the internet in general? If that is the case a blog dealing with such questions would certainly be considered to be ...
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Where to ask: Is the explanation on the Economist about APIs and VMs accurate?

The Economist recently posted a non-technical explanation of programming concepts behind the Oracle Vs. Google case on their site. It has detailed descriptions of what APIs and virtual machines are, ...
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One stand-point to decide if it's a “Programmers”-related question

I found this question today Find a "hole" in a list of numbers For me, it's a very StackOverflow specific question. The op have a very specific task to solve and created a technique-...
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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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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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Software development terminology is off-topic here?

A question from yesterday about what to call different focuses in development was closed as off-topic - but I can't see where in the FAQ this would fall foul. Terms for different types of development ...
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Are questions asking if something is normal for programmers on-topic?

I've seen a few of these and often up-vote them because I've had the same questions and am interested in the answers, however these questions frequently get closed as not constructive, and one is ...
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Should we have a canonical certification list?

There seem to be a few questions concerning Software Development Certification(s) that people want to get. Since quite a few people have hired software developers and quite a few more people have ...
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How is Programmers different from Theoretical CS?

How to decide whether a question belongs on Programmers.SE or CSTheory.SE site? Is there a general rule on how to decide what kind of questions belong on these two? I have read both FAQs, and it ...
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ISV - can I ask tax-related questions on Programmers?

I'm an Independent Software Vender. The "FAQ" page on Programmer's Meta states that appropriate questions include "freelancing and business concerns". Can I ask for advice on tax-related matters on ...
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How can a good question be closed for being Off topic?

I was referring to a question here: How to correct a junior, but encourage him to think for himself? This was closed as off topic! If you see it received 38 reps and there were great ...
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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 ...
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Should this question be closed or stay open (with or without edits)?

I'm looking at Form screenshot for legal proof of clicking one of the checkboxes? and it feels like a mostly legal problem rather than a software development question. We have visited legal questions ...
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Are class hierarchies on topic?

Are questions on simple class hierarchies, like this recent one, on topic? I think they are perfectly on topic here, but also that they might find a much better home at Code Review SE. As @YamMarcovic ...
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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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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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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 ...