I notice people frequently complaining on Meta about closings of not programming related, but programming tool related questions. The closings, to me, are usually perfectly rightful, but the FAQ contain a huge on-topicness loophole (emphasis mine):
- a specific programming problem
- a software algorithm
- software tools commonly used by programmers
- practical, answerable problems that are unique to the programming profession
Two anecdotal examples from the past two days:
I believe my question should not have been closed - how can I get it re-opened? about how to turn on the auto-complete function in an IDE
Why does it hurt my feelings when people downvote, migrate, and close my questions? endless discussion in comments about how this question, being about how to secure a Subversion install, belongs on SO because Subversion is a programming tool (sigh)
Does the "software tools" line need to be removed or refined to make it clearer what kind of software tool related questions are acceptable?
Note: I am not against asking programming tool related questions on SO. I am against questions to do with programming tools that, by their very nature, are a better fit on Server Fault, Super User, or completely off topic. Example: "Visual Studio doesn't start up. What do I do?"