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There are a lot of things I don't like about the site's design, to the point that I'm using a stripped down version of NullUserException's Theme Switcher userscript to browse the site with the Beta theme: Although it's a very basic theme, I find it quite more enjoyable than the actual theme. But, who cares what I find enjoyable or not, this discussion is ...


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Honestly, I like the theme. I find the hand-drawn, hand-written, squiggly-line vibe to be indicative of what this site is about--whiteboarding questions. You could migrate it to something more techy-looking, but that would only further blur the line in most peoples' minds between Programmers Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow. Obviously, I can't say what I ...


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I'm Tim Post, a community manager for Stack Exchange. I'd like to take a few moments to answer this, and explain a bit about migration paths. Migration paths between sites are something that we're very cautious to establish, we put them in place only when we're certain that the conduit will: Help ease confusion for users that ask a question on a site that ...


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There has been a precedent of a site receiving a redesign, but it had to do with branding rather than any dissatisfaction with the existing design. In fact, the new design on Arqade is mostly the same as it was on "Gaming" back in the day. Far as redesigning Programmers goes... I'm sorry, but it's at best extremely unlikely. There are certainly issues here ...


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Programmers.SE and StackOverflow have two completely different site scopes - which is why Programmers exists. There are a number of meta discussions on both here and meta.SO which discuss the difference between SO and P.SE. From Introducing Programmers.StackExchange.com: In a nutshell, Stack Overflow is for when you’re front of your compiler or editor ...


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I'd like (and have asked for) mods on both sites to chime in, but this isn't looking like a good idea at this point. Stats are pretty clear, 52% of all moderator initiated migrations from PSE to The Workplace (as obtained on The Workplace) have been rejected. That's moderator initiated, which often entails a bit of collaboration and sanity checking with ...


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I'm with Tim on this. We haven't had a good record when it's come to migrations to The Workplace and opening it up to more people is only going to make it worse. Part of the problem is that the questions that could be sent really aren't good questions full stop. This is actually a problem with most sites on the network. People see the topic and think "that'...


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No. Keeping things more central is actually antithetical to Stack Exchange's philosophy of creating laser sharp focused Q&A sites. Additionally if "discussion" and "open topic for general questions" is your description of what Programmers is about, you should really read our FAQ a bit more carefully. While we welcome some subjective questions, ...


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It's standard policy to not have beta sites as migration targets. This is to allow the site to develop by itself during beta and define a solid community. If there are exceptional questions that are off-topic here and on-topic there, moderators can migrate to any site on the network, so you can flag it. I wouldn't expect too many migrations, though.


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There is a warning that pops up when the system sees certain words or phrases in the title: We don't block those, though, because it's just not advanced enough to be as certain as a few human beings. It's also hard to train on titles that might actually contain somewhat misguided but definitely on-topic and interesting questions. I'd agree that 'the ...


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I would like to point out that according to the faq this site deals with algorithm and data structure concepts These are problems that tend to be reduced to some kind of math problem and many times are best expressed with the help of mathematical notation. I looked at the solution proposed of using images linked from http://www.codecogs.com/latex/...


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A feature similar to this one has been implement, you can counter-act close votes by voting to "leave open" in the close vote review queue. It's not exactly what you've asked for, and it's only accessible through the review queue, but it's certainly a step in the right direction. For more details, read this answer on MSO.


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As mentioned in Tim Post's answer, beta sites are never targets for migration. So this is (going to be) declined until after PM comes out of Beta. Given a recent discussion on the PM Meta site, that's still a ways out. However, I do not think that this site should have a migration path to PM.SE, even after PM is out of beta. As someone who has formal ...


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As discussed here, there are never migration paths to Beta sites. This seems like a reasonable idea, assuming that Code Review gets out of Beta, and we should revisit this then. In the mean time, if there's an exceptional post that you feel belongs on Code Review, flag it for moderator attention - we can still migrate to Code Review.


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I definitely agree. In my opinion the sites doodley theme makes it hard to read and really take seriously. I'm not saying the site has to have a clinical html-theme, but a little more subtlety would not be a bad change. I think stackoverflow's theme looks really nice, and it would definitely be a good model. To the graphic designer: I think the doodley ...


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Risking the downvote here, as this is a random answer.....but considering what Programmers is all about, why not use elements of a puzzle? (The 2D cardboard ones, I mean.) I understand the whiteboard theme, but I agree that it doesn't work well. Puzzles share a lot of the same metaphor and are more easily understood by non-programmers (and people who weren't ...


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To be clear, this really isn't status-completed. I just answered a question on SO with 4 close votes. I guess people thought it was vague and unanswerable, but I happened to know of a single resource that was designed exactly for what was being asked. I went to /review and then to history and found the question there, but I can't vote to Leave Open from that ...


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This is the best solution right now - http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/3060/the-water-cooler This is almost always very active and almost always within 24 hours (excluding weekends, somewhat). There are a few people who currently either drop questions in there which is great, but if there are frequent moderator questions about "should this go to ...


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