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In case I haven't received any answers for a question at Travel.SE, can I post it at Stack Overflow as it has a bigger community?

Are there chances of it getting an off topic flag if it is not related to programming and more specific to travel related?

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You have to ask? – R. Martinho Fernandes Jul 4 '13 at 20:23
Travel and programming aren't the same thing. So NO. – Tony The Lion Jul 4 '13 at 20:23
Can I go into the women's restroom if the men's is full? Um... – Mysticial Jul 4 '13 at 20:23
@Mysticial you can if you are a woman ;-) – Lamak Jul 4 '13 at 20:25
We can't stop you trying, but rest assured that you will be down-voted and your question will be closed quickly because SO has a vast and active community that spots such anomalies and deals with them severely. – Jonathan Leffler Jul 4 '13 at 20:34
I am already banging my head against the wall as to why did I even dared to ask this here. Already a -7, no idea if I will be left with any more points by tomorrow !! I am clueless as I cannot remove this post as it has answers with it !! – Anmol Saraf Jul 4 '13 at 20:37
In any case, sorry if I sounded kinda snarky. But essentially that's what it is. No you can't post a blatantly off-topic question on SO for whatever reason you have. – Mysticial Jul 4 '13 at 20:38
@AnmolSaraf Don't worry about it. Reputation on meta.stackoverflow is meaningless. Votes here work differently and express agreement or disagreement - nothing more, nothing less. – Benjamin Gruenbaum Jul 4 '13 at 21:42
Can you phrase it as a programming question? ...any chance you're a travelling salesman? – A.M. Jul 4 '13 at 22:13
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If a question is not related to programming, it will almost certainly be closed very quickly; Stack Overflow is for programming-related topics, only. The other Stack Exchange sites exist for a reason.

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If it's related primarily to travel, it will almost certainly be closed as off topic on SO.

It's a bit like the old joke about the guy looking for his wife's wedding ring -- looking under the street light because the light's better, even though she lost it 100 yards away.

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Before posting anywhere you should read the Help pages, for Stack Overflow.

This is clearly not on-topic for Stack Overflow.

However, you've only been waiting an hour for your question on Travel. Why not have a little more patience?

Furthermore, you already have at least one off-topic vote on Travel. Have you read their Help page? Maybe you should take a look and reword your question if necessary.

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If the question is a good fit on, then it certainly isn't one on Stackoverflow. It doesn't matter that it has a bigger community, SO is for programming related questions, as seen here: help.

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If you ask a question about X on a site for X, it is definitely a bad idea to re-ask the question on a site about Y!

In general, only cross post to another site if:

  1. That site is more specific than the first
  2. That site is a superset of the first, but much more active

Are there chances of getting it a off topic flag if it is not related with programming and more specific to travel related.

Absolute certainty. That's the exact purpose for which the off topic flag was designed.

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Even if your question is not

  • a specific programming problem

if you need help with

  • a software algorithm

...(to find the lowest airfare for a route covering 10 places?), or

  • software tools commonly used by programmers

...(to get an IDE to do custom syntax-highlighting to highlight all instances of the word "beach" on your itinerary?), or

  • practical, answerable problems that are unique to the programming profession

...(to get an idea of what kind of skills you might need for a certain new position, if you bought a one-way ticket?), then sure!

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