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Software Engineering. I think it's as good a site title as you're going to get. Here's why: It's not "Programmers," which smacks of people who write teh codez. Electrical Engineering's name change (from Electronics) was very good for them. It raised the quality bar on that site significantly. The On-Topic page, Tour Page, or Whatever New Users See First™...


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This answer is to summarize the requests for Stack Exchange in a single post. It is a community wiki, so if something else seems to be a consensus in this thread, feel free to add or edit it. Name Change to Software Engineering Tour / Tag Line Welcome Software Engineering is a question and answer site for people involved in the Systems Development Life ...


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As I've mentioned before, the blessing and curse of Programmers SE is that most all the allowed topics are interesting to most all the users. The curse part is that anytime there's a topic which not everyone is interested in, that topic gets pushed out, if not officially, then de facto by voting to close. StackOverflow is teeming with questions about ...


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Do you care about applying craftsmanship1 or engineering to the planning, design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance of software? Are you concerned with all aspects of software development (and not just writing/debugging/testing code)? Are you concerned with the practice (as opposed to the theory) of software development? If you can answer "...


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How happy I am that this day has finally come! These are my suggestions, some similarities to Snowman's answer with certain omissions and value-adds. Site Name I favor the new site name, Software Engineering I am neutral to the new site name, Software Development I dislike the name, Software Architecture however as this can be considered a distinct ...


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I noted a couple of minutes ago (before seeing this question on meta, believe it or not) that of the 50 questions that showed up in the "newest" tab, 18 of them had negative votes. That is, 36% of the most recent 50 questions were deemed by one or more people to be a bad question or not to fit the site's scope. To me, that says that the site is not doing a ...


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Why is "Programmers" changing to "Software Engineering?" Because the name "Programmers" invites all sorts of questions that are only vaguely related to software engineering, questions that we don't want. Has anything else changed? Yes. The Tour and the Help Center have a new tag line, the public description of the site which is seen by everyone. The Help ...


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Frankly, I think that you are off base. Or at least your "change enforcement" is too thinly scoped. No amount of name changing or scope massaging or helpful blurbs will fix the community. As it stands, we have a fairly insular group of regulars who view questions as something to vet - things to protect the site from. We reliably have purges where old, ...


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Thus, questions that are not answerable -- discussions, debates, opinions -- should be closed as subjective. By and large this is true, but do you ever stop long enough to consider if there is actually some pretty good content behind a long-standing question — content that didn't become a never-ending list of answers or break down into a needless, ...


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Ask us about your specific problem. Focus your questions on a specific, design-related problem you are having. Instead of asking "Is this SOLID," show us part of your project, tell us why you think it's not SOLID, and ask us how you can make it more SOLID. State your criteria. Questions asking if something is a "best practice," without also clarifying ...


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With more negative votes than positive on the front page and more closed questions than open, I think its pretty clear that this place is either a complete mess, or a haven for people who get a huge thrill from down voting and closing questions. I think my experience today of answering two questions that were subsequently closed and then having my own ...


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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 and Stack Overflow. I really don't see any reason for us to change our scope based on what other Stacks are or are not doing. We should want the questions ...


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My personal feeling is that why questions are often helpful, but who questions usually fall under idle curiosity. Knowing the deeper meaning of the word can help people keep the differences straight, which can be important in a profession as precise as ours. For example, consider that guy yesterday who thought "stack" meant all the memory allocated to a ...


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Yes We currently have lots of great Q&A's that specifically address licensing. Questions about software licences are well within the purview of the Software Development Life-Cycle. We should not be gerrymandering our site's scope to specifically exclude them just because Law.SE exists. Instead, we should be jealous of our questions. If an aspect of ...


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On everything should be open I don't think anyone believes this. Even the most liberal of the inclusionists has a limit on the amount of water-cooler nonsense they can tolerate. For some, that water mark is really high, but it's still there. On giving new users a break from downvotes The simple fact is, you have to treat everyone equally. It's not fair ...


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I Love It In short, our scope does in fact have a few small edge cases that are well established but relatively uncommon (Eg. software license questions from the perspective of a software engineer, some overlap with Project Management) however is it terribly important that we complicate and confuse? This is the problem when the community is a group of ...


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Yes, I am confused. If I have a conceptual question on software development, why wouldn't I ask it on Stack Overflow? Stack Overflow is for professional and enthusiast programmers, people who write code because they love it. We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code in them, but if your question generally covers … a ...


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I like maple_shaft's answer, however wanted to write my own for reducing the on-topic page's wall-of-text since it's far too long for a comment on his answer. What topics can I ask about here? Software Engineering Stack Exchange is a Q&A site for professionals and students in software engineering and related fields who are interested in getting ...


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No The concept of licensing questions being on-topic has a long history. When the topicality of this site was first discussed, "software law" was originally on-topic. But this definition of legal questions needed clarification. Eventually, we even updated the help documentation to better reflect scope. And then had to make more changes to the FAQ (which pre-...


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Here are my thoughts on the solutions currently listed. Change Name is BAD because it was already rejected by SE top brass and for seemingly valid reasons; namely, there isn't an alternative name that narrows the definition whilst staying true to this site's purpose. Add Sub-title is GOOD providing that the right wording could be found. Sub-titles are less ...


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They do exist. (I picked one of my own answers since it was easy to find) Career advice made loads of sense when we were "Not Programming Related". It continued to make some vague kind of gibbering sense thereafter...right up until The Workplace became established to take care of the general cases. We still occasionally see a specialized case that's both "...


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Something came up in the comments on Robert's answer that I'd like to address... But why should it remain open? Curation of existing content for questions that are off topic, primarily opinion, or too broad is most easily done when the question is closed. -- MichaelT Closure doesn't mean deletion, and I think many community participants confuse the ...


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I think it's likely we are already at critical mass for the amount of programming related sites that could realistically exist on a single network. Also Research level software engineering seems a little weird as a concept since engineering implies application not research.


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I've dropped in a few times over the last few days to see if I want to become active on Programmers. The first thing I see is that I'm technically excluded. I was a professional programmer from 1970 to 2002, but then I went back to school to get a doctorate and I'm now retired. My programming now is strictly amateur. If you want expert programmers, why not ...


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