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Stack Overflow should add an organizational structure for programming error messages and exceptions.

For example, I was working on MS SQL 2005 server and received the error message

Operating System error 5(Access is Denied) ...

It would be cool if there was a section in Stack Overflow that would organize this to help me find a solution to my error. I would be able to select "MS SQL 2005," and the site would show a list of error messages related specifically to MS SQL 2005. Then I could pick from the list, or search it for "Operating System error 5(Access is Denied)."

Since Stack Overflow is a question-based site, think of this as asking the question "How can I resolve the MS SQL error message 'Operating System error 5(Access is Denied)'?"

Basically, I want all the Stack Overflow goodness, but organized by product and error message.

I believe there is something to be gained by grouping the error messages. What if the solution is not in Error 5 but in Error 6, which is a similar error? Grouping would help.

I think this would be especially cool for compiler errors. Wouldn't it be convenient if all the Java String errors were in one place, with solutions and suggestions?

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Can you explain how searching and tags do not work in this case? –  user7116 Sep 14 '12 at 18:39
    
Welcome to Meta! On this site, you don't need to explicitly say you have a suggestion. Just using the [feature-request] tag is enough. –  Pops Sep 14 '12 at 19:10
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I don't understand why a solution for error code 5 would ever be posted under the entry for error code 6. If I posted the solution for ORA-00904 under a question about ORA-00933, I'd be downvoted, and rightly so. –  Pops Sep 14 '12 at 19:11
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You want all the Stack Overflow goodness, without the ability to ask free-form questions; you just want a list of error codes that users can fill in with information. I'm not sure which Stack Exchange features would be particularly useful there; you're basically looking for a wiki

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I agree that its not really a good idea, but the you're basically looking for a wiki isn't really that strong of an argument since wiki is in the (not-actually-a) venn diagram –  Some Helpful Commenter Sep 14 '12 at 21:48
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@SomeHelpfulCommenter Yes, SO is partially a wiki -- he wants exactly a wiki. A wiki has 100% of the features he wants, as far as I can tell; he can go start one –  Michael Mrozek Sep 15 '12 at 0:30
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