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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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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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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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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 that this would be good. "Programmers" has always confused me. "Software engineering" is much clearer.


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When I read this post, my initial thought was, "If I upvote this, will it be interpreted as either (a) 'I approve this on-topic list' or (b) 'I approve further discussions of details'." And honestly, I don't like any further discussions until the main point (changing the name) is implemented. You see, "If we're gonna do this... Let's do it right." argument ...


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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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One might think that: "... Stack Overflow is for when you’re front of your compiler or editor working through code issues. Programmers is for when you’re in front of a whiteboard working through higher level conceptual programming issues..." but this is only a nice theory, in practice this site is a redundancy, any question that I thought to ask here I ...


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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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I like Software Engineering as a title over Programmers. However, I'm not really ok with tagline containing only a reference to 60's-era-introduced, waterfall-type methodology, and also in particular, I'm not really ok not calling out any notion of the critical thinking that leads to good programming practices that lead to good programs. There is no ...


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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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This proposed tagline and pictorial representation miss the mark in conveying the (current/new) site scope and the new name, "Software Engineering." While I agree that the site scope should include software development lifecycles and more generally software development processes, methods, and methodology, I propose that we not use the terms "System ...


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September 2010 appears to be a turning point, indicated by Joel's blog post mentioning Programmers Stack Exchange, which appears to be degrading into fairly stupid water-cooler nonsense... which was further followed by What questions are on-topic, and what are off-topic? and The Six Subjective Question Guidelines — Enforcement Notice.


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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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Here's my opinion on the same question list as MichaelT with a name that strongly emphasizes conceptual software design, such as "The Whiteboard" I am writing my answers from the point of view of a user whose only knowledge of this site is it is a StackExchange Q&A site titled "Programmers" or "The Whiteboard", and who doesn't have a strong grasp of ...


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I find it curious when questions with 20+ upvotes and several highly voted answers (such as this) get closed. The community has deemed the question as being valid. It has attracted good answers (again as deemed by the community) so why is it closed? I just think that the community is a bit more amorphous than what some are trying to force it to be. For ...


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Well, I can only speak for myself, but lately the programmers.se has turned into a site I don't really even want to visit anymore. Maybe the cause is great and such, but I honestly can't find anything interesting for me here anymore. I haven't been visiting/contributing much for the past year, and I think I'll stop doing it completely from now on. IMHO, ...


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Nobody knows what this site if for, what is on topic or what is off.. From the front page: Why are these on topic? (Based on what was listed above) No programmer will build my semi-adult website. Why? How to deal with too much pragmatism in the project? https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/189025/where-can-i-find-an-example-of-a-...


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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 think that the benefits would outweigh my personal objections. It does bring to mind a professional-oriented site that caters to people that work throughout the ...


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I've hammered thousands of nails, but no one ever refered to me as a carpenter. Becoming a professional programmer has been a circuitous route littered with coffee stains, lots of books, bad code, and help from a lot of programmers. Maybe Im not there yet? It's been a long time since I've worked anywhere that had other developers. The SE sites have been very ...


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