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Should there be a faq entry about “[random activity] and programming” questions?

I know that there's always plenty of healthy debate regarding on- and off-topic questions for this site. We can probably all agree that there are a lot of gray areas and ambiguities. Then, there are ...
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Are questions about Developer Agreements on topic?

This question about iOS development was closed as off topic. At its core, this question boiled down the types of applications allowed by a software publisher (in this case the Apple App Store) would ...
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When are questions about the quirks of a language on topic?

I recently posted a question regarding the syntax of Python. It wasn't a how question, it was a why question, specifically wanting an explanation of the reason behind what I consider a quirk of Python....
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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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Should recruiting related questions be considered on topic?

The Programmers.se FAQ states that "Freelancing and business concerns" are on topic for this exchange. As a developer involved in recruiting, I consider recruiting to be an critical 'business concern'...
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Ideas about a project and guidance on career enhancement aren't off-topic? [duplicate]

What I understand from the FAQ is that any question concerning Ideas for a project and career enhancement doesn't seem appropriate for the site, no matter in what context or manner they are put up. ...
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Are questions about testing supposed to be closed?

I know that originally, questions about testing were on-topic here, but now that http://sqa.stackexchange.com exists are questions like this still considered on-topic?
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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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Why book questions tend to get downvoted and closed?

I noticed that a lot of questions related to books and book recommendations are getting downvoted and closed. This question suggests that some people have negative attitude towards such type of ...
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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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Redefine what constitutes an off-topic career or job question [duplicate]

I propose that we redefine what constitutes an off-topic question. Currently, we define a question that does not 100% apply only to software developers as a profession as off-topic. Lately I have ...
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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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Moderator closing, reasoning behind it, and handling thereof

I am leaving the relevant moderator's name out of this question because I wish to focus on the actions and facts and not on the person. First, I sincerely thank whomever migrated my question (Need to ...
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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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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 questions on UX related issues specific to programmers' tools ok?

A week ago, I asked this question about code editor UX design. The first response to this was an extremely polite moderators comment (since deleted) asking if I wanted it to be migrated to UX....
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Why are computer science questions sometimes considered on-topic?

This question is considered on-topic on Programmers.SE, and I don't understand why. It is a question about computer science, not a question about programming or programmers. It's something a good ...
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Can I ask for hardware recommendations

I was going to ask the following question: Are there any benefits of gaming laptops to the non gamer? After seeing the list of "questions with similar titles", I saw that a question asking: "best ...
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Would it be off topic to make a question thread about pictures of the software development process?

I want to post the following question but I'm worried it will be closed as off topic: Title: Great software development pictures This design company I know absolutely nothing about has on their ...
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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 ...
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I don't understand why a question of mine has been closed

A question of mine has been closed and I really can't understand why, It followed all the guidelines and was very much a real question with a real concern of mine. How to keep your eyes on the prize? ...
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Is a question about birthday cakes for programmers welcome here?

There used to be a very popular question on Stack Overflow called Surprise for a programmer on Birthday, but it got deleted. It had a bunch of suggestions for humorous code snippets and other jokes to ...
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Architecture (and a few other topics) questions, StackOverflow or Programmers? - How do you decide what is subjective?

I DO think this site is great for questions such as software-development-methologies, programming-eductaion, software-laws, business and many other non-programming related questions. However I believe ...
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Are hidden features questions on-topic?

Is this a good place to ask questions about the hidden features of programming languages and tools? Our example: hidden features
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Are questions about programmer relations and programmer development on-topic?

Born from the earlier question Inclusion to the question topics section of the faq which asked whether 'programming psychology and philosophy' be added to the list of topics for questions in the FAQ, ...
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Are coding style questions that deal with language-specific features allowed?

I was under the impression that coding-style questions are allowed here, even if they deal with a language-specific feature; but other users assert this is not the case, and that these questions ...
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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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What are questions where “every answer is equally valid”?

Short version: Is this the same as a question "without a definitive answer"? Long version: Personally, I understood "subjective" to mean, "without a definitive answer", yet I keep seeing ...
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Is service management within the scope of the site?

Is the subject of IT service management (for example discussion about implementing specific ITIL processes) within the scope of this site? I know, that it is really on the very edge of what ...
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Question about hosting is on-topic?

See How do you rate Hosting?. It seems a genuine question for a programmer but I don't know if this kind of quesion should be on-topic. What do you think?
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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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Is Heathcare IT taboo?

I've been monitoring the heathcare IT SO and I'd really like it to take off so I can rant and rave about the government somewhere. Today (actually yesterday) CMS (part of the American Health and ...
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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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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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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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How to succinctly define the purpose of Programmers.SE? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between Programmers and Stack Overflow? Programmers.SE is often seen as a dumping ground for anything not suitable for StackOverflow. How would you ...