Has SO become the trash dump of Programmers?
The specific question certainly isn't... stellar, but you are over-reacting. In fact, of the 258 questions we've migrated to SO (in the last 90 days), only 13% have been rejected. Conversely, the numbers aren't as good the other way around. We've rejected 16% of the questions SO has send us (but you don't see us ...
(special edition for folks coming from Math.SE, reposted from Math meta - screen shot / 10K link)
Hint: Software Engineering Stack Exchange doesn't do coding help and expect research before asking
Sometimes, we at Software Engineering get a stream of troublesome questions from folks with linked accounts at Math.SE. One of them was kind enough to explain why ...
Close voters at Programmers would better memorize the criteria for debugging questions to be acceptable for Stack Overflow:
Questions seeking debugging help ("why isn't this code working?") must include the desired behavior, a specific problem or error and the shortest code necessary to reproduce it in the question itself. Questions without a clear ...
I'd like (and have asked for) mods on both sites to chime in, but this isn't looking like a good idea at this point.
Stats are pretty clear, 52% of all moderator initiated migrations from PSE to The Workplace (as obtained on The Workplace) have been rejected. That's moderator initiated, which often entails a bit of collaboration and sanity checking with ...
Software Recommendations moderator here. We're technically a non-beta site now - which means moderators aren't discouraged from migrating questions to us any more.
I would be against adding SR to Programmers' migration target list. Not that I don't trust y'all, but we have some really strict requirements for questions.
That said, if you take the time to ...
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 (...
I'm with Tim on this.
We haven't had a good record when it's come to migrations to The Workplace and opening it up to more people is only going to make it worse.
Part of the problem is that the questions that could be sent really aren't good questions full stop. This is actually a problem with most sites on the network. People see the topic and think "that'...
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.
Asking whether a relational database or a graph database or some other kind of database is the more appropriate design for a given set of requirements can be on-topic here. However, most of the reasons this question is considered a poor fit for StackOverflow in its current form are also reasons why it would be a poor fit on any SE site, even if it is on-...
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."...
I don't think that there's anything surprising in this data.
The Importing of Questions from Stack Overflow
The high number of imported questions from Stack Overflow makes sense. Software Engineering was originally Programmers, which was originally proposed as Not Programming Related. The proposal for Not Programming Related was for a safe place to ask the ...
I can't speak for the 5 users who voted to close and migrate. I can say that 3 users voted to migrate the question to Stack Overflow and 2 voted to close as our "assistance in explaining, writing or debugging code" custom close reason.
I disagree with this closure, but I reached out to a Stack Overflow moderator to reject the migration and then clean it up ...
Questions older than 60 days can no longer be migrated, not even by moderators.
Your question, albeit being off topic on both Programmers and Stack Overflow, is fairly popular and generated a few very useful answers. This, I assume, is why Thomas decided to place a historical lock on it. The lock will prevent it from being deleted by the community, which is ...
Being one of the users who voted for migration, I can give my reasons for casting the vote.
In my opinion, once you need to know the particulars of a specific language to be able to give a good answer to a question, then the question has crossed the line between a design question (suitable for Software Engineering) and an implementation question (better ...
The evidence (10Κ+ link) doesn't back this up:
In the last 90 days there has only been 1 migration to UX.
Looking at graduated sites only, there have been:
8 to Super User.
7 to DBA (14% rejected)
4 to IT Security
3 to Ubuntu
3 to Game Development (1 rejected)
2 to Stats (1 rejected)
2 to Web Applications (1 rejected)
2 to Webmasters
1 to Unix
From this ...
This is the best solution right now - http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/3060/the-water-cooler
This is almost always very active and almost always within 24 hours (excluding weekends, somewhat). There are a few people who currently either drop questions in there which is great, but if there are frequent moderator questions about "should this go to ...
Questions that are actually migrated will be migrated immediately and will have:
"[migrated]" in their title
A link to the migrated question at the bottom of the question
take you to the question on the new site automatically if you don't have "?noredirect=1" in the url.
What you have here is a question that would have previously been closed as simply "off ...
Being the first one to cast a vote to migrate the question, my reasoning for the vote was thus:
There was no bounty on the question at that time (the history shows that it was removed earlier by a moderator), so that didn't play a role.
The question looked to me more of an implementation issue (how to best implement this specific behavior) than a design ...
When you consider a question on Stack Overflow for migration, the first thing you should ask yourself is "Is this a good question?"
Are clear and understandable.
Have a specific problem statement, tailored to Programmers' scope.
Don't ask for lists of things.
Don't ask for product or service recommendations.
Don't ask questions that ...
I would change the question to this format:
What alternatives there are for simple human readable configuration file in python?
What are the pros and cons for each solution? Here is an example of a configuration file and how its handled in python.
And after this copy and paste from the original question the two code blocks. The new question matches ...