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I would like to ask for help finding resources regarding a particular programming language.

I realize that StackExchange is designed to be more of a hunter and less of a gatherer; it is meant to be very specific. If I ask a question that is not intended to objectively elicit "the right answer" then what forum should I post that question to? Is there one at all?

In my case I am looking for information to help get started with TSQL and feel that I am having a hard time finding resources. I believe that the SE community could point me in the right direction, but I want to be sure that I ask in the appropriate forum.

This Topic suggests that I use Programmers SE to ask for "opinions", but the Programmers SE FAQ states the following:

"You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face."

Now, I feel that my question will be practical and indeed answerable; it's even based on actual problems that I am facing... But my question will not be specific enough to elicit a single "AHA! This is the answer!" - it won't be meant to do that. When I'm done asking, I hope that my question will have several answers from several different people and that it will be useful as a resource for someone else in my same position.

Is Programmer's SE the place to do that? Or should I be looking elsewhere? Should I entirely leave the SE family of sites and find forums related to the topic somewhere else?

If that question isn't meta enough for meta.stackoverflow then I'm definitely in trouble!


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marked as duplicate by gnat, Hugo Dozois, Martijn Pieters, hims056, Lance Roberts Oct 31 '13 at 16:37

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Have you already looked at the tag wiki for T-SQL? – Rob W Apr 26 '13 at 16:04
Rob - thank you! I have looked at it. I am entirely green and I started by looking at wikipedia this morning. I don't mean for this question to turn into my actual question, but thank you for your comment :) – Shrout1 Apr 26 '13 at 16:05
I keep thinking that the sharp focus of SO makes for some interesting opportunities: Whenever there is something that SO is not, somebody else could make a site which does that. Community maintained lists of resources and tutorials would be a very useful thing, if done right. – Monolo Apr 26 '13 at 16:34
@Monolo As I mentioned to Bart, would a community wiki fit that bill? I don't know if it might end up being too broad, but it seems like a wiki page dedicated to the best resources for a particular language or tool might come in handy. And perhaps even saying "best" resources is too subjective... – Shrout1 Apr 26 '13 at 16:39
Wikis are useful, but I can't tell if they fit the bill enough to make a difference. Anyway, my comment was a general reflection on SO's sharp focus and how it can be seen as a generator of opportunities rather than a restriction :-) – Monolo Apr 26 '13 at 17:07

Should I entirely leave the SE family of sites and find forums related to the topic somewhere else?


Asking for links or references to resources is not an appropriate question on any of SE's Q/A sites.

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Ho, stop, don't leave @chris! Perhaps leave for a while to ask your resource question, but please stay for the on-topic ones. :) – Bart Apr 26 '13 at 16:08
@Bart Is there perhaps a community wiki that could be set up for something like this? I'd hate to see little noobs like me running away in horror as they are downvoted again and again and again :) – Shrout1 Apr 26 '13 at 16:16
@Chris Tag wikis are an excellent way to list such sources. For example, check the tag wikis of JavaScript, C, C++, Java, Android. As you can see, all of them link to (useful) (learning) resources. – Rob W Apr 26 '13 at 16:50
@RobW Thanks for the suggestion! I just pulled up the info page for TSQL and downloaded the Sybase user's manual. Quite the read... lol! I'll keep that in mind in the future. – Shrout1 Apr 26 '13 at 17:26
RPG.SE fields resource questions. They appear to work well in that domain. This answer is making an inaccurate generalisation. – doppelgreener Dec 8 '13 at 23:29

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