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I've noticed a lot of discussion on this issue, and as a new user I feel I can shed some light as I have previously had difficulty when trying to decide whether a question I have, does in fact fit the sites scope. Before a user joins programmers.se they are welcomed with what I feel is a fairly clear definition of the sites scope: It is a well known fact ...


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Oct. 20th, 2016 - This is done! See: It's official! Programmers is now Software Engineering Stack Exchange It took us a good while, but the Community Team has circled up and here's where we stand on your request to change Programmers.SE's name. We agree that renaming this site is a good idea. "Programmers" is an affinity group, whereas "Software ...


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It is a valid request, but I see some problems here: to find a name which really describes the sites scope better, and not just different or equally bad (or worse). once the name is changed, there is probably no easy way back for the next few years. A site name change is something I do not expect the SE team to make every two weeks. So if the change does ...


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There are a lot of things I don't like about the site's design, to the point that I'm using a stripped down version of NullUserException's Theme Switcher userscript to browse the site with the Beta theme: Although it's a very basic theme, I find it quite more enjoyable than the actual theme. But, who cares what I find enjoyable or not, this discussion is ...


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I write this both as a 20,000+ user and former elected moderator on Programmers, and as a community manager at Stack Exchange. First and foremost: we will not be changing this site's name. Why? Well, let's talk about that. As others have brought up here, there is no evidence right now to support the claim that the site's name is leading to its problems. ...


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It would be a good idea but if I remember correctly the primary reason against this happening is that this would significantly hurt SEO. Search Engine Optimization This however can be a PITA, but it is not the insurmountable challenge that the StackExchange folks make it seem. How to Change Domain Names and not Lose SEO Essentially: Acquire new domain ...


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In the How To Ask it says, "Is your question about software development?" That seems like a pretty good name. The Tour, has a list of questions not to ask. New posters are not reading this list. Many items are straight-forward. Don't ask about... general workplace issues, career advice, job hunting, salary, or compensation -- The name Programmers ...


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Honestly, I like the theme. I find the hand-drawn, hand-written, squiggly-line vibe to be indicative of what this site is about--whiteboarding questions. You could migrate it to something more techy-looking, but that would only further blur the line in most peoples' minds between Programmers Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow. Obviously, I can't say what I ...


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Downvotes have clear and specific meanings and you can see them from the tooltips. For questions it's: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful For answers it's: This answer is not useful If the answer is wrong then it should be down-voted. However, that doesn't mean you can't add a comment either before down-...


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I've asked the crowd over at User Experience Stack Exchange about our link colours, and they seem to agree that our colour scheme is pretty poor. So it's not just you, and I think the issue is worth revisiting.


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Voting is, and it should be, anonymous. That includes the fact that you voted, not just who you voted for. Think of all the snarky comments after the election: "But you didn't even voted, what makes you think your opinion matters in random Meta issue". People should vote because they care for the site, not the election process itself. Update Stack ...


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I'm Tim Post, a community manager for Stack Exchange. I'd like to take a few moments to answer this, and explain a bit about migration paths. Migration paths between sites are something that we're very cautious to establish, we put them in place only when we're certain that the conduit will: Help ease confusion for users that ask a question on a site that ...


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The scope of the site is for expert answers on conceptual questions regarding software development, so it is essentially a Q&A site. The catch is that the "asking questions" part is there primarily not to serve an immediate and singular persons needs, it is there to serve an entire community and an entire web full of software developers who are scouring ...


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There has been a precedent of a site receiving a redesign, but it had to do with branding rather than any dissatisfaction with the existing design. In fact, the new design on Arqade is mostly the same as it was on "Gaming" back in the day. Far as redesigning Programmers goes... I'm sorry, but it's at best extremely unlikely. There are certainly issues here ...


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Programmers.SE and StackOverflow have two completely different site scopes - which is why Programmers exists. There are a number of meta discussions on both here and meta.SO which discuss the difference between SO and P.SE. From Introducing Programmers.StackExchange.com: In a nutshell, Stack Overflow is for when you’re front of your compiler or editor ...


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You're showing your bias — There's nothing inherently wrong with down-voting. I could just as easily argue that unwarranted up-votes should receive the penalty you prescribe — Maybe even more so. After all, the pity up-vote (inappropriately saying something is correct and useful just to counteract a down-vote) is a much more nefarious "problem" ...


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Closed is the same as your "frozen". The idea behind closing a question is to prevent answers to a question that is not a good fit for Programmers (or, more generally, to the Stack Exchange format). Closed is meant as a temporary state. Either the question gets sufficient corrections and reopened or it can't be salvaged and gets deleted. There are even some ...


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The Scala tag wiki on Stack Overflow is rather, well, interesting in this regard - have a look at it. Someone actually wove together almost an entire language tutorial from one question successively to another, then another. That's great for a whole language tag, but it doesn't really allow for the smaller segments of 'chains' that you're talking about. I'...


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I took a look at your answer and I feel it makes a reasonable effort to answer the question and posits a plausible explanation for the question that was asked. I do think the assertion that this is because "programmers are lazy" perhaps could have some more credibility with a quoted source, but I digress, no major problems I see with this answer. With that ...


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I would like to present this chart from Checklist for how to write a good Code Review question first: As you can see, the metaphorical distance in scope between Programmers and Code Review is significant. From a CR regular standpoint, I can say for myself that we do get, on occasion, a question which is off-topic at CR but could be on-topic at Programmers (...


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The feature already exists, but only for diamond moderators. Every time a similar feature has been asked for regular users, it has been declined summarily, although I'm certain that everyone who votes to migrate means well, incorrect migrations are quite often. Programmers especially has suffered a lot from incorrect migrations from Stack Overflow, the ...


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I like this idea but the title attribute really shouldn't be set identically to the alt attribute. Just for accessibility reasons I'd support leaving the alt text box there but I'm not sure how much value the tooltip provides; you should be explaining the reason for the image in your body copy anyway, so tooltips shouldn't be as necessary. Agree with Yannis ...


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Blacklisted.


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When I sense a good question buried within a vague wording (and your felt like that to me), I for one try to get it closed as soon as possible. Thing is, vague wording is a road to closure anyway but while open, it can attract irrelevant answers which will make it difficult (as explained here) to further edit the question into the shape allowing to repel 1 ...


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