On more than one occasion, I've seen this happen. A user posts an off-topic question, and then tries to justify it by quoting this phrase from the FAQ. How many new users are confused by this phrase, but never say so?
Is it time to either replace this phrase with something else, or eliminate it from that portion of the FAQ?
I think seasoned community members read this phrase as a mandate: "You should only ask questions that are unique to the programming profession." But I think new people see it as a permission: "I can ask my question as long as it relates to the programming profession."
Given that the FAQ is supposed to be the gold standard for what the site is about, and a reference guide that we constantly point new users to for guidance, wouldn't it make sense to eliminate this ambiguity?
NOTE: My suggestion would be just to remove the phrase from the FAQ. "Practical, answerable problems" is already adequately covered in the FAQ, and the remaining three bullet points in the introduction very clearly state what is on-topic.