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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where does my tool question go?

I have a question about tools. According to the on-topic page, tool questions are off-topic on Software Engineering Stack Exchange. Is there a site for me to go to ask specific tool questions?
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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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'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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What goes on Software Engineering (previously known as Programmers)? A guide for Stack Overflow

Moderator Note: Programmers changed its name recently to Software Engineering. This post has been updated to reflect the new scope, but it still refers to Programmers for historical reasons. Wherever ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Am I allowed to ask "How to get started" questions here? [duplicate]

By this, I don't mean questions about how to get started as a programmer. Instead, when I want to implement something new, can I ask for advice on how to tackle the problem? For example, do questions ...
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Is question about user interface optimization on topic?

I have made dialog box that hosts a lot of various controls ( around 50 ) using C++ and raw WinAPI. Although my application works, I still wish to somehow reduce the number of controls I use in a ...
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Two sample specific questions about books and tools

Would be the following questions acceptable on Programmers site: Few years ago book XYZ by AuthorSoAndSo was considered the book on ABC. Is it still the case? Has it become outdated? In job posts I ...
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Is this a good place to ask a question I have about programming? [duplicate]

I have asked the same question twice about a program on python and it keeps getting put on hold and i thought this was a good place to ask programming questions and I just wanted to make sure.
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Where did the "What's off-topic" list go?

I think all the SE sites used to have a /faq that included a bullet list of topics that should be covered by the site, along with things that shouldn't be covered by the site. Now, /faq redirects to /...
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Is "Are there existing formal standards targeted to airbag controlling software?" on-topic on "Programmers"?

Is the following an on-topic question on Programmers? Are there existing formal standards targeted to airbag controlling software? I think for example at IEC 62304. To give a bit of context: I ...
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Is this question appropriate for the Programmers Stack Exchange?

Is this question appropriate for the Programmers Stack Exchange site? If not, is there a Stack Exchange site frequented by folks in the software industry where this question would be appropriate? ...
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Should I ask my question about which data structure to use here?

My understanding of Programmers.SE (as opposed to SO) is that SO is for implementation problems - "I'm trying to do foo by baring my baz but it isn't working", while Programmers is for whiteboard ...
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Is this question appropriate here?

Next semester I'll be teaching a course where we constitute our senior majors as a software development house, working in groups of three or so on projects that faculty in other departments have ...
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Would be a question about a particular free on-line class be on-topic here?

I'm an experienced programmer. Now I'm venturing into Big Data domain where my knowledge is extremely limited. I would like to take a course on a particular subject in this area. I have already ...
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Where can I have subjective discussions about programming?

I entered Softwareengineering Stack Exchange and unfortunately, it wasn't what I was looking for. I expected you would be able to talk about all kinds of programming, but the rules are much stricter ...
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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 Asking for Help Using a Tool Off-Topic?

Regarding questions like this one: It seems fairly clearly off-topic from the Tour page: Don't ask about... implementation issues and coding tools But the closest thing in the flag as off-topic ...
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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 ...
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Is it deemed off-topic to ask how come that many commercial companies rely on a specific freeware software?

I'd like to ask the reason why many commercial software companies are using a freeware tool for their product lifecycle by giving the company which produces this tool an advantage and the power to put ...
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Question about levelling skills as a software developer

I want to ask a question about the resources available for a self-taught developer to level skills and conceptual understanding with a professional CS undergraduate curriculum. Is this a suitable ...
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Updated /help/on-topic Page in Help Center

Following a Meta discussion and some discussions in our chat room to iron out some finer points, we have completed an update to the "What topics can I ask about here?" page of our Help Center. Here ...
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Should the Close Reasons be added to the Help Center/On-Topic article?

I am a moderator on Stack Overflow. I got tired of getting into extended conversations with people who read the phrase "practical, answerable problems that are unique to software development" as tacit ...
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