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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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Is there a market for "which language to learn, which book to read" questions?

With all the discussions about how to handle "which language should I learn" or "which book now" questions, and the consensus being to close these questions, I wonder if there's room for a new SE ...
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Popular, detailed, controversial answer on a legal topic deleted. Appropriate?

I was surprised to find that my answer "Reports of GPLv3 and AGPLv3 "virality" are greatly exaggerated" for the question "AGPL - what you can do and what you can't" was deleted -- the first time a ...
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Are diagramming skills off topic?

How to draw nice looking pointy oriented hexagon shape in monospace plaintext I've read plenty of specs over the years. Some by people I wish had taken the time to ask a simple question like this. Do ...
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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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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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Is my question, about TypeScript and learning difficulties off-topic because I suggest supporting claims with evidence?

I asked https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/440554 and defined what I though were objective criteria, and hoped to leverage the site's expertise in a software engineering topic (I ...
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Can I ask for resource recommendations here?

I wish to ask what are the good resources to understand Python source code written in C language. Like there a book for Ruby i.e. Ruby under a microscope. It deals with low level implementation of ...
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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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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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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 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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Recent shift in off-topic migrations?

I know that there's a perpetual problem of questions that are really not a good fit getting migrated over from SO, so I don't think this is news to anyone. However, there seems to be a recent ...
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where to ask scientific-programming-education questions?

I note several Programmers questions have been closed as off-topic for seeking career or education advice (e.g., here, there). I'd like to ask a question about what academic schools/departments have {...
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Why is this question not relevant? [duplicate]

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/184039/what-would-be-a-good-entry-level-programming-job None of my first 3 questions is relevant. I thought Programmers Stack Exchange is to ...
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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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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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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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What are the guidelines for "How would you... ?" questions here?

I did read the Six Subjective Questions post and its Enforcement Notice, as well as some of the following discussions. My question is about questions that asks users to share their experience and/...
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Are questions about collecting payment from a client for freelance work on topic?

This question is posed in terms of ASP.NET, but (in my opinion) is really about collecting payment. (See xy problem) Are questions about collecting payment for freelance work on topic? The FAQ lists "...
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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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Are questions about explaining concept of computer science on-topic?

Here is how I come up to this question: I want to know what are the differences between immutable and readonly There is already a question asking about this on this site: Immutable vs Read-only vs ...
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Is "citizen development" on topic in Software Engineering?

Tl;Dr: Are questions about citizen development, as defined by the Project Management Institute in the book of the same name, on-topic in Software Engineering? Several webpages from software vendors, ...
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Question on role duties

I want to understand: What is the difference between "Technical Program Manager" and "Software Development Manager" in terms of roles, responsibilities and people management requirements. Will ...
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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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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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Are JIRA usage questions on topic here?

I recently asked Adding todos for myself to JIRA issues assigned to others, and it was quickly closed (and poorly received by multiple users) with a reason stating that it belonged on SO. This is fine;...
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Is this question on-topic here?

Not sure if SE is the right place to ask, so checking first... I am writing a web-based app for use in a private office (local network, no outside access). We have an agreement that they are not to ...
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can I ask my question in programmers.stackexchange.com?

I want to know, How to do the following in program ? I am looking for logic/algorithm so that, I can implement it. I want to split the joined & wrongly spelled words to give a correct result ? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is this resource request question on-topic?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/194414/what-psychological-factors-account-for-readability was asked after a related question was closed. gnat posted a comment that detailed: ...
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Are questions regarding micro-controller appropriate?

I found no site in SE for micro-controller programming. The proposed site for Embeded systems is closed down due to lack of "good response". This being a programmers' site, it is the next logical ...
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How to ask about "How to write specification for a web application?"

I'm a software developer, and I have a friend who isn't (maybe call him an aspiring product manager) He has an idea for a web application, and wants to write a design or specification for it: So ...
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Does "software escrow" count as on-topic because it is a "non-functional software requirement?"

In this question, the author wrote (in the original revision): Please note: This site specifically calls out questions about software requirements as being on-topic. Escrow is specifically listed ...
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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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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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About good quality and kind of questions in "Programmers"

Just a newbie here and I also read a lot about the difference between "Programmers" and "StackOverFlow". Yes, for a new-comer it's really careful and easy to be confused. So what I continue wanna know ...
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Would my question be on topic for Programmers?

I have looked through What topics can I ask about here? in the help-centre. If I were to define a category for my question I would go with freelancing and business concerns. On the other hand I have ...
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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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Question tagged training was closed as off topic

Why was this question closed as off-topic? It was tagged training and when you look at the definition of the tag training: You may use this tag when your question revolves around for example: ...
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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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How to improve my question

I'm writing this question to follow the suggestion that @Thomas Owens has given me by a comment added to a his answer to one my question. In that question on META I have summarized the content of one ...
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Is this the right forum for web development & design?

I have just asked a question on web dev at ProWebMasters StackExchange regarding Internet Explorer CSS issues. I'm not sure which is the right forum for web dev & web design? Also if anyone can ...
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Are there a subset of tool questions that are appropriate for Software Engineering? [duplicate]

I'm mainly looking at this question and the list of things that are on-topic in our FAQ: algorithm and data structure concepts design patterns developer testing development methodologies ...
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Would this be an on-topic question here? [duplicate]

I asked this question on SO, but it's likely going to be closed for being OT. Would it be on topic here? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/33574155/notable-electronic-systems-that-dont-have-a-cpu-...
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