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Do you think that Rosetta Stone questions have a place on Stack Overflow?

What restrictions would you like to see? Should there even be any restrictions?

Questions tagged [rosetta-stone], exist for largely the same reason as questions tagged [code-golf]. Mainly for fun, but also as somewhere where you can flex your programming talent (show off).

[rosetta-stone] questions are more than that though, they are also a place where you can compare different languages, and programming styles.

For reference, if you look through all of the questions tagged [code-golf] -[rosetta-stone] -[language-agnostic] -[fun] , you'll notice that there are very few questions that are Community Wiki.

I would like to hear from people who actually participate on those questions.

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None of those Rosetta questions were about the language learning software? – random Aug 13 '09 at 0:33

The way I see it, there is two schools of thought to go with making them Community Wiki.

  1. There is no right answer.
  2. Should users get points for posting their variation of the algorithm? Of which there could be hundreds ( even from the same user ).

Now, looking at that, there really isn't any value to have the users getting points for their answers.

As to whether these questions should exist at all,   I think they should exist.

  • They allow programmers to let off some steam.

    Which is a good thing, because they might other wise be hostile to people posting simple ( to them ) questions. So it is a simple way to encourage users to be constructive members of the community.

  • They are a place to demonstrate the differences of different programming languages, and coding styles.

    I especially like this, because it is a good place to show people that modern Perl, can be readable.

  • They are a good place for people who are looking for a new language to learn, to be able to see which languages they like.

    They aren't like the questions that ask "Should I learn Perl or Python", which have the uncanny ability to cause a flame-war.

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StackOverflow is NOT the place for programmers to "let off some steam". They should be doing that in real life. – devinb Jul 30 '10 at 17:35

My opinion is that they should be CW. But it is just that, my opinion. They are not a question that has a clear singular answer.

As for that specific question I still maintain that it is a dupe.

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Please explain why it is a dup. – Brad Gilbert Aug 13 '09 at 0:35
Because it is essntially the same question. The only difference is that you asked for specific language implementations rather than a generic algorithm. – EBGreen Aug 13 '09 at 0:36
I don't have any problem with people not thinking it is a dupe. That is why more than one person has to vote to close. – EBGreen Aug 13 '09 at 0:39
You realize that your argueing with yourself right? I already said I'm fine with you not thinking it is a dupe. – EBGreen Aug 13 '09 at 2:36
Good point. – EBGreen Aug 13 '09 at 19:09
The question the question referred to has been deleted. – Brad Gilbert Aug 24 '09 at 15:28

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