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SO frowns on algorithm/analysis/design advice questions which are pre coding stage. Is there a low noise forum available to air these discussions ?

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Maybe try chat? – simchona Jul 4 '12 at 1:30
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What makes you think that SO frowns on algorithm/analysis/design advice questions which are pre coding stage This one got 7 up-votes and was asked 10 hours ago – Some Helpful Commenter Jul 4 '12 at 1:36
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Programmers is for "whiteboard problems" but SO might also be appropriate depending – Ben Brocka Jul 4 '12 at 2:04
    
SO frowns on the term forum. – Mr Lister Jul 4 '12 at 5:25
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Stack Overflow does frown on vaguely stated, airy or too open questions along the lines of "What's the easiest way to <do something genuinely hard>?" or "What data structure should I used to <some imprecise problem specification>?"

Step one is to not write that kind of question.

Give your audience some specifics. How big is the data set? Is this a one-off or production? What means are you considering to solve the problem?

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