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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 “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 ...
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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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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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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 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 an RIP Dennis Ritchie question be on-topic?

Clearly it isn't a question, but it seems somehow appropriate that the original author of the C programming language be commemorated in some fashion on StackExchange, and Programmers is the least off-...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 ...