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Some time back Doc asked How can we encourage people to read the FAQ before asking their first question? which is a really good question and a fairly consistent challenge to get people to ask ...
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Are questions about app stores on-topic here? [closed]

This has been discussed before, but the App Stores proposal is inching closer to fulfilling the commitment requirements and I'd like to raise the topic again just to see if anything has changed in the ...
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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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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 App Store questions on topic on programmers?

There is discussion of creating a separate App Stores site. This proposal seems to be far too narrow a topic to sustain engagement and to be something within the scope of programmers (objective ...
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"Most common “Y2K-style” bugs today" ... Keep or Delete?

This mildly interesting question has a respectable number of views, but it's clearly off-topic, it being a "make-list" question. I've looked through the answers, and frankly I don't see a whole lot ...
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First-time user suggestion for improved on-topic clarity

I have this question that I thought was well-suited to a site that describes itself as: ...a question and answer site for professionals, academics, and students working within the systems ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do we need to provide guidance for questions related to ethics?

I would like to edit this question/answer to provide specific guidance for asking and answering questions related to ethics on Software Engineering: Ethics questions are on-topic, given that direct ...
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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 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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A51 Proposal: Software Engineering Research

Over on Area 51, there is a proposal for a Software Engineering Research site scoped as: Proposed Q&A site for researchers to discuss research-level questions in the area of software ...
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Why isn't there an "off-topic" off-topic option?

When flagging a question as being off-topic, only meta.programmers or Stack Overflow can be chosen. What if the question doesn't fit either of those options, or maybe not any site on the Stack ...
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Is asking "what is the technical term for this" on-topic?

I am writing a Python script for downloading a website for offline viewing and changing the links in the downloaded webpages for proper links between the downloaded webpages. I don't know the ...
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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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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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Canonical "what next" curated question?

From programming practices starting (a stereotypical "what do I start with" college question): Community: Since this question keeps coming up in one form or another ("what should I do next?"), and ...
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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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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 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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is question review appropriate for meta?

Is it on-topic here to ask how you can improve a particular question before posting it on main? Or is it required that the question be posted on main first?
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Where can I ask for feedback on my concept?

I thought out a software architecture for a larger application I'll be working on. Before actually starting to code, I'd like feedback on the architecture. Since this is about the needs of only my ...
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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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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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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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Confusing Closing -> Off Topic dialog

The dialog for closing questions as being off topic lists the following reasons: Questions about specific programming problems encountered while writing code are off-topic, but can be asked on ...
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Forms of "what language should I learn next"?

It's not explicit in the question but, https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/128344/would-smalltalk-be-a-good-introduction-to-programming, to me is just another form of "Which ...
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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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What are examples of "freelancing and business concerns" that are unique to software development, but do not require expertise in business or law?

Back in February, there was a discussion about the "freelancing and business concerns" bullet point in the list of things that are on-topic. All four answers identified that this was somewhat ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is this question closed as off-topic?

What algorithm to use for substractive machining RT simulation? Regarding this question, I am asking about the current state of the art, that is, the proper algorithm for this problem. To put an ...
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Is "what algorithm could solve my problem?" off topic?

This question asks what kind of algorithm could be used to solve a particular problem. It has received a close vote as a resource request. That was my first instict, too, but actually asking about ...
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Why's this question on-topic?

I know about all of the discussion about what's on-topic, but I wanted to ask this question about a specific question, to satisfy my wonder. The question in question: Handling exceptions I don't know ...
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How could this question be worded to avoid being stamped on?

I asked a question last night which I believe was worthwhile and could have received some interesting responses, but sadly it was swiftly stamped on by the community. I'm doing my best to figure out ...
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What is wrong with "does this (anti-)pattern have a name" questions?

I asked this question: Is this a known pattern: A utility class that attracts new methods, even when these are not re-used? - and the only "reply" that I got from the community is If we had a name ...
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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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How to flag off-topic questions that don't fit any off-topic categories?

When a <3K user flags a question as off topic, it is required to specify how the question is off-topic. My choice path goes: flag it doesn't belong here, or it is a duplicate... off-topic because.....
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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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Why can't I ask customer service-related questions here?

I have questions about how I go about using various tools or products. Can I ask these questions here? If not, why? Where can I ask them?
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Are self-answered "best option" questions allowed here?

I'm often faced with architectural questions wherein I have one or two general solutions in mind. Would it be off-topic for P.SE to post something like, What might the ER's for X look like to ensure ...
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What's wrong with this question about React event handling conventions?

Is there a standard convention for onChange handlers for react components? This question attracted -3 votes within the first hour of posting. It relates to function signatures for onChange on React ...
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