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Revisiting what is on topic, with respect to new sites: Open Source, Law, and Software Recommendations

I think we should not change the scope at all. There is no reason the sites (Law and Open Source) can't have overlapping scope with Progs. For example questions about algorithms are on topic both here ...
18 votes
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Where does my tool question go?

Question is About Finding a Development Tool For A Specific Purpose Asking for software recommendations is on topic at Software Recommendations. However, if you decide to post the question on that ...
9 votes

Revisiting what is on topic, with respect to new sites: Open Source, Law, and Software Recommendations

No, Programmers should not make questions about open source licensing off-topic. There is a subset (that we must define in a clear way) of questions that are on-topic on both Programmers and Open ...
9 votes

Revisiting what is on topic, with respect to new sites: Open Source, Law, and Software Recommendations

Allow me to introduce myself, I'm Zizouz212, and I'm a moderator over at Open Source. I might as well recap what we cover as site scope: Anything libre/open-source/creative-commons licensing ...
8 votes

I think it's time we just make all licensing questions off-topic

First and foremost, I think the arguments presented in this former answer to a question asked by Thomas Owens from last year are still valid. So I don't think we should make all licensing questions ...
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8 votes

I think it's time we just make all licensing questions off-topic

I would be very much in favour of completely dropping licensing from our scope. While legal aspects certainly are a part of software engineering, we could only answer the most simple questions here. ...
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Are questions regarding to Software performance testing off-topic?

The topic of software performance testing is on-topic - it's part of "quality assurance and testing". However, please consult our guidance on questions about where to start to avoid your question ...
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6 votes

Is it on-topic to ask for an objective list of something?

No. A list is a list and the same rules apply. We don't do lists here and we also don't do basic research that can be solved by simply reading a document page. We solve problems.
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6 votes

'Problem' and 'help' titles in off-topic questions of new users coming from Stack Overflow

Assuming that this doesn't happen frequent enough to warrant changes to the system, one approach that comes to mind is to flag these cases for moderator attention. Flag message explaining the issue ...
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5 votes

Where can I see what kind of questions are or are not relevant on /programmers?

The Help Center has all the information that you need. Specifically, check out these pages: What topics can I ask about here? What types of questions should I avoid asking? How do I ask a good ...
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5 votes

Revisiting what is on topic, with respect to new sites: Open Source, Law, and Software Recommendations

I'm jimsug, a mod from Law. You may remember me from the comment on the question above :) Personally, I'm fine with migrations from Programmers, and happy to work with you to give questions that ...
5 votes

Where to ask questions about how to write a job application?

This site is intended for questions that fit within the field of software engineering, in particular software engineering concepts and design-level questions. This site is not intended for questions ...
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Is discussion of models for hiring, promoting, and reviewing developers on-topic discussion?

This site is about software engineering the topic, not programmers the persons. A small subset of your questions may be on topic here, in particular regarding development processes and tooling. ...
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Are readability/coding conventions questions on topic?

We do have tags that cover the topics you're asking about: code-formatting code-quality coding-style, and I'd consider them to be in-scope of the site. But I'd generally have the same concern as the ...
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Is my question, about TypeScript and learning difficulties off-topic because I suggest supporting claims with evidence?

It wasn't one of these: Recommend tools, libraries, programming languages, resources (including books, blogs, tutorials, and examples) It may not be immediately clear to you, but our community here ...
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3 votes

What is the process after a closed question was been edited to meet all the requirements but the reviewers don't react?

You wait. I closed it in response to flags. The post should now be in the review queue, since it was edited and has a reopen vote. Your second flag is still pending for a second moderator to review. ...
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3 votes
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First off-topic close reason text should be updated for new Stack Overflow phrasing

Robert Harvey made the close reason and I've approved it, putting it in place of the other close reason. This should be resolved - thanks for the heads up.
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3 votes
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Is this a place to ask blockchain questions?

Questions about blockchain technology are not likely to be on topic. As an analogy, blockchains are as on topic as SQL databases. The point is, this site is about software engineering. That means: ...
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3 votes
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New Site Name and Scope: how to handle blatant debugging questions?

This was discussed quite thoroughly in the comments. For readers not inclined to dive into details below are key takeaways: Currently there seem to be no need to do anything because it is expected ...
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3 votes
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How is this question off-topic?

Based on the most recent guidance for "name that thing" questions, I'm going to reopen your question. Note that the blogs are only suggestions. The per-site policies are best found on each site's ...
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3 votes

Is a question about definitions in an IEEE standard for software lifecycle processes on-topic?

It's definitely on-topic here, as long as you quote relevant sections and are clear about what's confusing to you.
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3 votes

Add a new close reason for implementation and troubleshooting questions

At first glance, this actually does not appear to be a problem (keep reading!!); I used this SEDE query to see what custom close reasons we are using for this; only 24 of these 171 questions have a ...
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2 votes

Putting soft questions on hold unproductive?

Just because help vampires are common doesn't mean you should feed them.
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2 votes

Can I ask for feedback on a list of ideas and thoughts, and the pros and cons I could think of, about designing a chess game?

Our community does not regard pro-con questions as a good fit for this site, so I would expect a question of this form to be closed quickly. Instead, you can try to implement a prototype of your data ...
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2 votes

Is my question, about TypeScript and learning difficulties off-topic because I suggest supporting claims with evidence?

The fundamental issue is we need questions that have answers that are so objectively correct that the first answer to get it right will squeeze out room for any others. When that fails the votes are ...
1 vote

Is my question, about TypeScript and learning difficulties off-topic because I suggest supporting claims with evidence?

The question falls into what we consider recommending resources, but would also typically turn into the equivalent of asking for a link since we would not be able to reproduce the paper here. Even if ...
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Can I ask for feedback on a list of ideas and thoughts, and the pros and cons I could think of, about designing a chess game?

Without seeing a specific example question, I'd lean toward the thinking that these types of questions would be closed, most probably as needing details or clarity, needing focus, or opinion-based. ...
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