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The Lord knows that there are plenty of programming languages out there. However, Stack Overflow seems to attract and cater those who develop in more mainstream languages (C++, C#, Java, Visual Basic, etc.).

Would it be appropriate to post questions and create tags for more obscure languages like TI-BASIC for Texas Instruments graphing calculators or PL/I based languages like PowerOn for Symitar or AutoLISP for AutoCAD just to name a few?

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sure... you can try. You may not get as heavy as a response as you would on a C# tag though. –  staticx Sep 26 '11 at 20:04
    
Interesting to note, there are already 8 questions in the autolisp tag . None in the others –  Some Helpful Commenter Sep 26 '11 at 20:05
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But on the bright side, you will get less noise than for those major languages. Mathematica is both proprietary and niche, but it has a small, well-functioning group of users on SO. –  Verbeia Sep 26 '11 at 21:43
    
Would it be appropriate? Yes. Effective? May be not always if you're in a hurry to get an answer back. For the more obscure programming languages, I'll tend to track down the forums and the watering holes where those people who know those obscure languages tend to frequent themselves, because I doubt that my questions would get answered in a reasonable timeframe otherwise. –  Stephan Branczyk Jun 15 at 7:28

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Is SO a place for more obscure/proprietary languages?

Yes. Stack Overflow is a place for questions on all programming languages, provided that they respect the guidelines in the FAQ. You can't create new tags until you have 1500 rep, but that shouldn't stop you from asking questions.

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