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I've just deleted a question I made on Stack Overflow regarding how much certain algorithms should cost. I got immediately downvoted a couple of times and have been told to read the FAQ.

While I do know SO is programming-oriented, I understood its userbase is much more likely to know the answer than on any business-related community.

Where should I ask this question? Is there an appropriated StackExchange website for that?

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Screenshot? It's hard for us to tell until you let us know what the q was. – Manishearth Dec 31 '12 at 9:28
Does my question get stored somewhere? I didn't take any screenshots before deleting it. – caiosm1005 Dec 31 '12 at 9:32
Have you still the URL? Users with at least 10K rep can still see it if they have the URL. – Daniel Fischer Dec 31 '12 at 9:32
Well, yeah, it's visible to 10k users. If you give us the URL, someone can get a screenshot of it. – Manishearth Dec 31 '12 at 9:33
I believe this is it: What's the (financial) value of a complex algorithm? (10k only) – Mat Dec 31 '12 at 9:35
@Mat found faster than myself, that's the one :) – caiosm1005 Dec 31 '12 at 9:36
(And no, I don't think you'll find a Stack Exchange site that will take that question. How much, on average, would an algorithm implementation be sold for isn't answerable IMO.) – Mat Dec 31 '12 at 9:38
I was one that down-voted that question and flagged for attention. Apart from the OT aspect if I remember correctly (don't have rep to view now) it was very vague in the first place. It was almost like asking why a baseball player in one country can be paid a thousand times more than a doctor in another country. – PeterJ Dec 31 '12 at 10:35
I'm with @peterj, it depends entirely on the company and even then that companies priorities... There is no one, or even a million, answer(s). – ben is uǝq backwards Dec 31 '12 at 11:32
@PeterJ I disagree. I asked what would be a reasonable price for four types of algorithms. That's a pretty straight forward question, just not enough programming-related for SO. I also had added the Netflix Prize program that offered a lot of money for an algorithm and wondered if every algorithm should be as pricey — it was just a side note, not the main question, which you and other people seem to have misunderstood (e.g. your baseball player example). – caiosm1005 Dec 31 '12 at 17:42
Even if it were about programming, a question so hypothetical as "If a company wants to buy the following [things] How much, on average, would each cost?" is so unanswerable as to be non-constructive. – AakashM Dec 31 '12 at 22:50

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