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Should StackOverflow have a discussion module?

I've seen a lot of good stackexchange content die on the vine because a question was closed as

"not a good fit for [the] Q&A format"

i.e.

Scheme vs Common Lisp: Which characteristics made a difference in your project?

Why not have a discussions.programmers.stackexchange.com where the question would be moved instead?

You would need gain a certain point level to be able to participate but at least the conversations and the good content along with them wouldn't have to just stop.

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Because discussions don't work in the Q&A format. –  animuson Jan 3 '13 at 7:22
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There have been talks about having some kind of 'historical archive' separate from the main site for old and cherished questions that just no longer fit .. but the consensus is that anything like it would just detract from the value and focus of the main Q&A. –  Tim Post Jan 3 '13 at 7:37

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The short answer: that is not the purpose of this site or the target audience.

There are plenty of forums on the web that are already perfect for this. There is also Chat.SO (or other chats for their respective site)

The About page explains it perfectly and even has this pretty picture:

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That's basically what I was about to say. It would needlessly detract from our core Q&A. The reason we get it right is because that's all we do. –  Tim Post Jan 3 '13 at 7:35

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