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I would be okay with this being removed. I personally feel that there is a huge amount of wisdom in this article, but there are a number of highly opinionated and possibly wrongheaded assumptions that many people may not only disagree with, but also find highly offensive. Specifically I am calling out his observations and assumptions about software ...


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No, we should not outlaw all interview questions in the FAQ Career questions are allowed providing they apply to programmers specifically. This includes interview questions. Mark Trapp phrased this well in his answer to another post about career questions: First and foremost, any career advice questions need to relate directly to software development; ...


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Update After discussing with The Workplace moderators, and given the positive feedback both this and the Meta Workplace discussion received, I went ahead and updated our off topic list: and it is not about... general workplace issues, office politics, résumé help (check out The Workplace instead), implementation issues or programming tools (ask ...


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My understanding on legal/licensing questions has always been: If it can be reasonably and confidently answered by an experienced programmer, without needing to consult any actual lawyers, then it's okay here. For instance, it's fair to ask a programmer whether or not you can legally sell a closed-source program that dynamically links to a GPL'd library. ...


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I agree. It's not something that belongs in the site faq. The 'dont call yourself a programmer' article is an opinion piece, and shouldnt be presented as if its the site's uniformly accepted authority on the topic. There's already a link to The Workplace - which should be the go-to 'authority' on the topic. I think that's sufficient.


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The only interview questions I can think of that are unique to our profession are actually technical / conceptual questions (thus on topic on SO / ProgSE) that just happened to be asked during an interview. The rest are either off topic by virtue of not being unique to software development, or very non constructive. That said, I don't think we have a clear ...


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How about we start enforcing our standards instead? You've dropped a question in chat that you clearly feel isn't up to our standards, yet you didn't vote to close it, flag it, or down vote it. Why do you expect other people to enforce our standards if you don't? While the dictionary definition of "professional" is simple enough, it's still open to ...


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The FAQs got turned into the help center some time ago. The equivalent pages for the most part are on topic and don't ask.


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I for one am interested in answers that may help my work in professional environment. Hey if you code just for fun, you are free to forget all this boring stuff from Joel Test - version control, issue tracking, code reviews etc. Oh and testing isn't that important as you may read from some elitist professionals here - trust me, none of bat scripts I wrote ...


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How about: ...and is not about... career advice, including general workplace issues (check out The Workplace instead)... So basically, just add the (check out The Workplace instead).


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Book suggestions are adequately outlined between the What about suggestive questions and the What kind of questions should I not ask here sections. The 6 suggested guidelines: inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”. Book recommendations don't fit this based on experience of what answers they generate. tend to have long, not short, answers. ...


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I don't think we should consider linking to The Workplace until after they pass the beta stage and become a full site. While The Workplace is in beta it should be largely left on its own to develop into its final form without outside influence from other sites. If The Workplace proves to be a viable site with its own audience then we should consider linking ...


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The simple answer is "yes". If you think there is some part of the FAQ that need removing or amending or you think that there's something missing then post it as a question here on meta. The community can then vote and discuss the change, suggesting improvements, providing counter arguments etc. When there's a consensus a moderator can then make the ...


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The article is at least very subjective. It might perfectly match the author's own experiences, but I don't think it is generally true. Promoting this article probably gives it more universal validity than it deserves.


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Yes, I think something should be in the FAQ explicitly stating that questions asking for broad recommendations are not allowed on this site. I see many questions getting closed because they're asking for a broad recommendation, such as book topics, framework advice, shopping advice, etc. Since they all get closed for being a broad recommendation, it makes ...


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FAQ changes have been propsed by community members, voted on, and incorporated. An example that I have easy access to is my suggestion to replace "software law" with "software licensing" to eliminate questions about patents, trademarks, and copyrights that vary around the world and often need the expert advice of a lawyer, rather than a software development ...


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I vote that it should be removed. IMHO the article is sensationalistic content marketing to attract visitors. The summary in the outro states ... At the end of the day, your life happiness will not be dominated by your career ... This supports the assertion that the topic was geared as an opinionated 'self-help guide for developers ... ' I can't see ...


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