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New Site Name and Scope Proposals

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 (...
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New Site Name and Scope Proposals

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 ...
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I'm not a software engineer, right?

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 ...
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New Site Name and Scope Proposals

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 ...
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What is this "Software Engineering" site you speak of, and what kinds of questions can I ask there?

Why is "Programmers" changing to "Software Engineering?" Because the name "Programmers" invites all sorts of questions that are only vaguely related to software ...
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Great Expectations... or, at least, user expectations

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 ...
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Why was "Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?" re-opened?

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 ...
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Why questions about "the correct way" are too broad

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 ...
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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 ...
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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

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 ...
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Follow-Up: New Site Name and Scope Proposals

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, ...
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New Site Name and Scope Proposals

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? ...
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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

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 ...
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Why was "Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?" re-opened?

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 ...
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I'm not a software engineer, right?

The motivation behind the rebranding is not to change the focus of the site and express this through the title. It is to make the title match the actual focus more closer, as it is understood by the ...
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New Site Name and Scope Proposals

Site Name I've started to come around to the name "Software Engineering". Although I still have some lingering objections regarding the overuse of the term "engineering" in software development, I ...
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What goes on Software Engineering (previously known as Programmers)? A guide for Stack Overflow

(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 ...
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New Site Name and Scope Proposals

I am a software engineer. I use StackOverflow to solve my daily problems. I am surprised so many are in favor of renaming to Software Engineering, as I can only see it leading to confusion. I come ...
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Are Career-Advice Questions On-Topic Here?

No. Software Engineering is a site for asking questions directly related to the Systems Development Life Cycle (but not code troubleshooting or writing specific code). Questions seeking career or ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

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