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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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Can we rethink a few “on-topic” points?

Algorithm and data structure concepts Design patterns Algorithms, data structures, and design patterns, in my opinion, belong on Stack Overflow. This is especially true considering that "specific ...
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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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What types of legal questions are on-topic here?

I know legal issues are in the faq as on-topic but I could not find an existing discussion of it. Do legal questions such as the iPhone issue or non-paying customer question really have a place here? ...
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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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Are “I'm looking for X” questions on topic?

The question Is there something else like SquareSpace out there? (10k link) reminded me that there is nothing explicit in our FAQ about shopping recommendation questions. The question starts out with: ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Are Career Advice questions useful to anyone except the poster? [duplicate]

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/career-advice https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/career-guidance There seem to be a fair number of "should ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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What questions are on-topic, and what are off-topic?

Joel Spolsky created a post on the Stack Overflow blog this afternoon on merging Area51 proposals. In it, he talks about how some proposals are just too specific or are subsets of larger sites 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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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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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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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 ...