Questions tagged [scope]

Scope refers to "site scope," the area of topic focus within which users are permitted to ask questions. For example, questions about software design are generally considered within the scope of Software Engineering; questions about legal matters are not.

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Are you still confused about what Programmers (now called Software Engineering) is for?

I'm going to try and keep this short, because a lot of it has already been discussed. If you are interested in the history, you can find it here on Programmers Meta, but here's a very brief recap: ...
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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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Are Career-Advice Questions On-Topic Here?

I have a question about Education, Finding a job, Hiring, Interviews, Job Titles Training Materials, Classes, Certifications, Skill sets, Marketing, Job Stress, Workplace Interaction, ...
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What should our predefined off-topic reasons be?

There are some fairly major changes coming soon to how posts are closed, you may want to read up on the details: Closing changes: [on hold], unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic reasons, bye-...
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New Site Name and Scope Proposals

From Ana, a Stack Exchange Community Manager in the previous question about changing the site name: It took us a good while, but the Community Team has circled up and here's where we stand on your ...
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Why are implementation and debugging questions off-topic on Software Engineering?

Questions that are asking for debugging ("help me find this error") or implementation ("how do I write...") have tended to be closed and down voted. Why is this? And where should I ask these ...
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Update our FAQ to improve the on-topic definition [closed]

There are two proposals here: The original proposal was to change the FAQ and site scope to more accurately reflect the site's name. It was created because of the votes and responses received on this ...
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Is this site failing? And should it go away? [duplicate]

Fact 1 At the time I write this, 12 of the 15 questions on the questions front page have net downvotes. That is an extreme statistical outlier on stackexchange. Other sites tend to have between 1 and ...
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Why questions about “the correct way” are too broad

Questions of the following form are often closed as too broad: "Review My Design" "What is the Best Practice?" "Will my approach work? Is it viable?" "Is this the correct / preferred / accepted / ...
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Great Expectations… or, at least, user expectations

Well I just saw a second Meta question expressing strong ill-will for this site after first witnessing this, seemingly well-trodden, battlefield. Given that I am already weary of it, I can only assume ...
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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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Why was “Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?” re-opened?

Every day we get opinionated questions asked here. People seem to think that this is the place to ask them. New users point to the old open questions that have fallen through the cracks of time as ...
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Using Programmers as “learning and training area” for Stack Overflow kind questions [duplicate]

Related: Create a New Stack Overflow Instance for Beginner Users and Content (MSO). We are getting many off-topic / implementation and coding kind questions where askers appear to be aware of Stack ...
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When do these questions belong on Programmers instead of Stack Overflow?

Let me know if my question is too close of a duplicate with What's the difference between Programmers and Stack Overflow? but I really don't think it is. I am asking about a very particular ...
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What is this “Software Engineering” site you speak of, and what kinds of questions can I ask there?

Programmers has changed its name. Why has this name change occurred? Has anything else changed? What kinds of questions will I be able to ask, now that the name has changed?
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There seems to be some contradictory guidance with respect to asking career development questions

The Help Center says this: and it is not about... career advice, salary or compensation, ... but it links to an answer that cites this question as being an acceptable career-development ...
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If the scope is wrong, which of these questions belong here?

Over in Is this site failing? And should it go away? I posted this list and haven't gotten a satisfactory response yet. If the site's scope is at issue, then some percentage of these questions should ...
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Are word origin questions on-topic?

The latest example is here: Why are actual parameters called "arguments"? Note that the OP is not asking for the difference between "parameters" and "arguments," or even what the word ...
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What questions recently closed can be salvaged?

When people ask about Programmers.SE being too negative, closing too many things, or needing to be more inclusive - the best way to approach this is probably to look at the questions that have been ...
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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

Our current guidance regarding software licensing can be found here. The current guidance says that a general rule of thumb is that questions answerable by experts in software development are on-topic,...
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Ok, I'm confused about what people think Programmers *should be*

With this recent spurt of activity on meta, a number of opinions have come out. A number of these describe some rather radical changes. (please pardon me if I ascribe rather extreme positions) On ...
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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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Follow-Up: New Site Name and Scope Proposals

I've been pondering these proposed changes to the site's name and scope for the past few weeks. This was, you'll recall, instigated by Ana's response to Rachel's proposal for a new name for this site.....
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How to address the “Why do so few languages with a variable-type 'operator' exist?” question

Why do so few languages with a variable-type 'operator' exist? I made an edit to the original question which was basically, "what programming languages exist to do X?" One of the site close ...
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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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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 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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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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Scope - Software Quality Assurance and Testing

Following on, and related to (but not duplicate of) this question about migrating questions to SQA: the scope of this site, as defined by the FAQs include, inter alia: developer testing quality ...