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Is it okay to ask a question on StackOverflow that looks for information on research publications (in the field of software of course)? These may not necessarily a programming question, but they do relate to software. For instance, would the following questions:
Research on the quantity of reported vs. unreported bugs in open-source software?
Publications on the effectiveness of pair programming?
Has there been surveys of the mental models held by novice programmers?
I believe these should be allowed as they not only provide a mechanism to complement the likes of Google Scholar or the ACM digital library, but they would also give an idea of the reputation of the research. And while they may not be related to the act of programming, they could definitely be related to the field of programming.