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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 "...


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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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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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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 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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The direct answer to your title question is what Yannis said: If you don't participate on site X, you don't know enough about it to have all of the same privileges as you do on your favorite site. An especially common problem is people from site X misunderstanding the scope of site Y and voting to migrate things which Yers would instantly recognize as off-...


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Some of you may have noticed the Meta Stack Exchange post - Testing three-vote close and reopen on 13 network sites (it's linked in the featured on meta sidebar) - we've finally got this project under way and Software Engineering is one of the sites we'll be running the test on. Starting tomorrow, I'll be changing the site setting and closing and reopening ...


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I'd also include tags like tools, developer-tools, career-development, education, software, and skills in this. I found these by going through a few pages of closed and deleted posts, since posts that fall into one of the explicitly off-topic topics are often quickly deleted. Depending on the level of effort, a smaller experiment could be useful with a small ...


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Great idea! Except for most of what you said! This should go on the "What types of questions should I avoid asking?" page, I don't want a new page added to the help center


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How about a prominent link titled FAQ or About on the landing page? I couldn't find either a few minutes ago, when trying to work out whether my question was OT or not. I wound up here instead :)


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I'm not totally opposed to looking into upping the limits here, but I want to run some data first. However, there's two things at play here that we need to deal with separately, while at the same time not forgetting that they're symptoms of a whole. Let's go by each problem, on its own. Q-blocked users trying their luck here This is a growing problem that ...


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The quality score on that post is 75 out of a possible 100. The threshold for sending it straight into review is 70. Yeah, that's pretty useless. We're working on a better one, based on some analysis of the available data. It ain't perfect either, but it would've flagged that one right out of the gate. The new system isn't quite ready to go live yet ...


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SoftwareEngineering.SE : hmm, probably we'd end up with more implementation questions, and get confused with some official Engineering qualification or certification stuff, and chances are we'd still get "fix my codez" questions anyway! SoftwareDesign.SE : more likely to start getting a load of graphic design issues. And still, even if its pointed out to be ...


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You point to a valid problem, but the solution cannot be to interfere with normal moderation or cleanup activities like deleting a question. The actual problem here is that the Meta question relied on an external link. External links may provide additional context for a question, but the question should be able to stand on its own. Admittedly this is ...


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It's standard policy to not have beta sites as migration targets. This is to allow the site to develop by itself during beta and define a solid community. If there are exceptional questions that are off-topic here and on-topic there, moderators can migrate to any site on the network, so you can flag it. I wouldn't expect too many migrations, though.


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The question that it is a duplicate of has been deleted and you don't have enough reputation to view deleted posts. In cases like this flag the closed question for moderator attention and explain the problem. If you have enough reputation you could also vote to reopen.


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I think having a "Stack Overflow question" off-topic reason is a good idea. Here are the off-topic reasons that exist now or have existed, along with the number of votes or flags that chose them since site-specific off-topic reasons were introduced: 776 [CURRENTLY ACTIVE] Questions asking us to recommend a tool, library or favorite off-site resource are off-...


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Nice idea, but that guidance was waaaay too long to fit in a pop-up. I trimmed it down a bit: Wait! Personal advice is off-topic here. Please ensure that your question… …is specific to programming careers. Try The Workplace for other career development questions. …can apply to other programmers besides yourself. Avoid asking for open-ended advice. ...


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Update - these questions are now considered wholly off-topic here, so I've simplified the guidance further: Wait! Job / Career questions are off-topic here. Yes, there are still a few around; it's a long story. You can try The Workplace for career development questions. See also: Why was my career or education advice question closed or down voted? ...also ...


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It didn't break. It was a warning, not a block. Since I'm tired of clarifying this, it is now a block. Expect to observe this circumvented in titles of the form, "THE NeXT PALINDROME".


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I'm somewhat familiar with CR, with close to 1k rep there now. I think there are a very small minority of questions here asking for code review which would be suited for CR. Most of them are not functioning, fully working code that is a "please help me improve this" type of thing - most of them are, "here's code that sorta works, plz help me fix/add to it."...


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Using a tag for this purpose isn't appropriate. It a meta tag: a tag which describes something other than the content of the question (examples being a skill level or motivation) or an ill-defined concept. Tags are meant to describe the content of the question, not the current state of a question. Ideally, it would be nice if the thresholds for questions ...


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I do not think we really need the “Ask Question Wizard”. While over on Stack Overflow the majority of questions will have the form “why doesn't this code work like I think it should?” or “how to do X in programming language Y?”, here on Software Engineering good questions tend to be more diverse and free-form. A wizard that prescribes a specific structure ...


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As I wrote in the comments above, I first was very sceptical about this change when Robert asked for it. In the meantime, however, my opinion changed a bit and I think the positive effects of the change most probably outweigh the negative ones. Don't get me wrong, I still have the strong opinion there are currently too many community members around here who ...


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