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I was wondering if it's OK for me to flag questions regarding tutorials? IMHO, there is no need to ask questions about a tutorial on SO, they should be directed towards the provider of the tutorial, or the community around it. The reason I think this is that 99% of the time, the questions have nothing to do with programming in the relevant language, and are way too specific to be helpful to future visitors.

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Are they valid questions about the tutorial? Is the person learning and do they have a problem, is the tutorial wrong and the person is asking, or are these questions about finding tutorials? The first one is fine, the second probably is, the third, please flag. –  ben is uǝq backwards Jan 7 '14 at 0:11
Re your last sentence, can you make an example? –  Pëkka Jan 7 '14 at 0:17

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IMHO, there is no need to ask questions about a tutorial on SO

There are plenty of valid questions inspired by tutorials. If it's a good programming question, it is fine to ask on SO, no matter what triggered it.

However, those questions need to follow the same rules as any other question on SO. They need to

  • have merit on their own. Would the question be a valid programming question if it didn't come from a tutorial?

  • be self-contained. They must contain all the relevant information without having to read/visit the tutorial.

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the problem. A wall of code followed by "this code doesn't work" is never a good fit for Stack Overflow.

Questions asking for tutorials on a certain topic are always off-topic.

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If it is a question asking for a tutorial, flag it as this

Questions asking us to recommend or find a tool, library or favorite off-site resource are off-topic for Stack Overflow as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam. Instead, describe the problem and what has been done so far to solve it.

However, if it is a specific question asking for help with the tutorial, then it may or may not be on topic. You'll have to use your good judgment with that

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