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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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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 subtype ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 two. ...


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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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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 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 here to learn software design, but taking a glance at the questions I can see there is more: workplace issues, software best practices, coding techniques, ...


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I can (and do) certainly back this solution. I particularly like the idea of getting the site scope over in as few words as possible so that we actually stand a chance of getting people to read them. The fact that the scope is basically a definition of the new name also helps a great deal. The current name does cause the problem that visitors think it's ...


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Yeah, ok, done. Editorial note (May 26, 2015): It's instructive to look back now on the direction the Programmers community took after the enforcement of these standards began... Today it remains an excellent venue for conceptual questions on programming and software development, but has little patience for the sorts of overtly-subjective discussions (some ...


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(summary of July 29th discussion at Whiteboard) At help/on-topic page... ...bullets in about list look OK to keep as is: software requirements software architecture and design algorithm and data structure concepts quality assurance and testing development methodologies and processes software configuration management software engineering ...


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Site Name Software Development This site is not really about Software Engineering. Naming it so would only attract legions of buzzword-mouthing, non-programmers, wannabe-managers, and unexperienced-college-students. In the worst case scenario it would kill all intelligent communication under a heavy layer of babbling about pigs and chickens, this could ...


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Overall, I like it. The name is 100% spot-on. I think the scope statement is 90% there. I don't like dropping the two topics that are on-topic. I think the most important thing is the site name (and, along with it, the domain name) as this is something that we need SE to do. The tour and help/on-topic page (with the tagline and description) can be refined by ...


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Just like most if not all prior answerers I like the current scope of the site as it is. To me, primary reason to participate here is pretty much covered in two bullets in Help Center: software architecture and design development methodologies and processes First bullet is probably also on-topic at Stack Overflow (hat tip to Robert Harvey) but it doesn't ...


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I've updated the article to either call out or paper over the areas that had become somewhat dated. That said, I stand by that comment. Folks really shouldn't be asking programming questions here.


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Just one thing here: development methods and practices requirements, architecture, and design quality assurance and testing configuration, build and release management Isn't testing a development method and some kind of practice? My overly brief summaries of the points would be along the lines of: what to do and how to do it from client to code how to ...


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The goal of the participants on Programmers has always been the same: to have a high-quality Q&A. I think we all agree on what that means; we want to attract professionals to the site, help people with their software design questions, and promote a high level of discourse. I believe that the way to do that is to present a site to the public that ...


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