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Where will I get more answers for CSS questions, Stack Overflow or Doctype?

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Try and see for yourself. I guess it all depends on what you questions are. –  Tom Nov 14 '09 at 15:06
Did you ask this question on doctype.com too? –  SpoonMeiser Nov 14 '09 at 15:08

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Although Doctype is for design related (HTML/CSS/Graphics) questions, but it isn't managed by SO guys, nor does it run on SO engine. SO is more mature and works a lot better, but it's for programming related stuff. However, I do get better answers here more quickly than on Doctype.

But I do wish the SO guys would build a dedicated site for design related questions - I personally don't like Doctype that much.

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Doctype is considered the Design version of Stack Overflow by Jeff himself. –  perbert Nov 14 '09 at 20:35
i don't care what jeff says, i'm going to continue to ask my questions about html and css code on stackoverflow as long as i continue to get great answers on them. :) –  Kip Dec 18 '09 at 3:02
By that logic, we could all ask all questions on all of the stack sites... –  DanMan Nov 28 '12 at 23:17

I've always found this debate puzzling. CSS is a language. HTML is a language. XHTML is a language. Browsers are the mother of all modern business application frontends. And yet we still have this debate. It's almost as if the SOFU community wants each question (without duplication of any kind) on one and only one website, even if that website is not related to the SOFU community.

StackOverflow is supposed to be a clearinghouse for programming questions of all kinds; the notion of stripping out all questions having to do with the browser (except for Javascript questions) seems extremely counterproductive to me.

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+1 Agree with you –  Jitendra Mar 22 '10 at 19:03
I think a lot of programmers dislike the notion of people considering CSS or HTML a language so far as it allows people who know only CSS or HTML to claim to be a "web programmer". (i.e., exactly what Pollyanna said, +1.) –  Chris Jester-Young Mar 22 '10 at 19:09
@Chris Jester-Young - nice point :) –  Jitendra Mar 22 '10 at 19:12
+1. Can say this for the other sites in the family too: someone asking a question about his home network on SU will often be shuffled to SF. –  Jeremy Smyth Mar 22 '10 at 19:15
@Chris: If you are already secure in the notion that you are a good programmer, you really shouldn't be bothered by faux web programmers or script kiddies, or the questions they might ask. I consider myself a pretty good programmer, but I find CSS non-trivial, and have asked questions about it before. Not all of us have the luxury of having a designer on staff to do our CSS for us. –  Robert Harvey Mar 22 '10 at 19:18
You may have no designers, and thus the programmers have to wear the designers' hat, but that doesn't make CSS any more about programming than using sudo. –  Chris Jester-Young Mar 22 '10 at 22:59
The thing that annoys me is the 274th question about a 3 column css layout... –  DanMan Nov 28 '12 at 23:18
@DanMan: You must have been visiting the one I was just at. If it's a duplicate, vote to close it as such. –  Robert Harvey Nov 28 '12 at 23:20

The more you need a screenshot to get your point across, the more you should favor DocType.

If plain text is sufficient, then Stack Overflow will suffice.

Either one can be appropriate depending on your needs and goals.

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CSS, XHTML, etc are languages, yes, but they are markup and styling languages, which is distinctly different than programming languages.

If a question can be answered with code that can be compiled and run on a turing complete language compiler, then I'd say it might be acceptable.

I say might only because I'm sure someone will try to prove that CSS is turing complete. That, however, does not mean that all CSS questions are programming questions - they are still going to be mostly styling, design, syntax, etc questions - not using CSS as a program so much as a markup or a modifer to a markup.

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While I agree with you, I think you're hurting regular expressions' feelings. –  Michael Petrotta Mar 22 '10 at 19:11
While I was composing my answer, the thought "turing complete" came to my mind, and I thought to myself, "Naw, programmers can't be that anal-retentive, can they?" –  Robert Harvey Mar 22 '10 at 19:15
@Robert: yes, yes we can. –  perbert Mar 22 '10 at 19:18
@Robert - Of course - that's what this question is asking. What is a programming language? The turing test is a nice, handy benchmark that has broad support within the programming comunity to differentiate a programming language from other languages. –  Adam Davis Mar 22 '10 at 19:27
@Michael Petrotta: I never could tell how a regular expression is feeling. Conceivably it's due to an autistic spectrum disorder not yet in the diagnostic manuals (DSM-IV). –  David Thornley Mar 22 '10 at 19:35
@Pollyanna: And the list of Turing-complete languages gets rather interesting, and may have some surprises. Back in the early 1990s, somebody showed me how to build a UTM in vi macros. –  David Thornley Mar 22 '10 at 19:36
See the blog post announcing the affiliation: blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/08/stack-overflow-and-doctype. It explicitly says that HTML/CSS questions are still encouraged on SO even though the FAQ directs people to DocType for these questions. The bottom line it seems to indicate is that both platforms are reasonable places for such questions, but the asker might get better answers at DocType. It sort of leaves it in the asker's hands as to where to ask it. FWIW, the community often has different opinions than @Jeff. Risk of closure is one thing to keep in mind if asking on SO. –  tvanfosson Mar 22 '10 at 20:05
@tvanfosson - the shear volume of questions that appears on SO, and the programming vs design experience and skillset might be another reason to look elsewhere. –  Adam Davis Mar 22 '10 at 20:45

We sometimes turn a blind eye to those questions, but your question didn't belong because it didn't contain a question, but rather just a link.

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I'm not asking for that question. I'm asking for future use . Should i ask XHTML CSS related question on Doctype –  Jitendra Mar 22 '10 at 18:52
@Jitedra, you have already asked this exact same question before. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/29761/… –  perbert Mar 22 '10 at 18:53
that question was different. that was about choice. and this is about policy of SO –  Jitendra Mar 22 '10 at 18:54

Who knows. Theres no reason to limit yourself to one or the other. I guess DocType is more specialized to the topic of CSS, but won't hurt to post your question on both.

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