What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 128 Stack Exchange communities.

Possible Duplicate:
Is it appropriate to ask questions on Stack Overflow without prior research?

I've asked a questions on stackoverflow that are closed almost immediately and instead referred to either a Wikipedia article or told to search Google, neither of which answered my question.

Are the higher-ups at stack overflow trying to reduce traffic?

It seems to me like even if the answer could be found on Wikipedia, it would still make sense to keep it open here, since they are separate sites. I rather post something here, which gets seen by more programmers in-the-know, than on Wikipedia, which seems to have been becoming more of a joke.

Regardless, I'd like to get my answer from one place. So which do you recommend as the best source for programming/hardware-related questions? Google, Wikipedia, or here?

share|improve this question

migrated from stackoverflow.com Jun 28 '10 at 23:07

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

marked as duplicate by Shog9, Grace Note, Ether, Lance Roberts, jmfsg Jun 29 '10 at 0:15

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

    
Questions about stackoverflow, using stackoverflow, or otherwise discussing stackoverflow belong on meta.stackoverflow.com. –  Mark Elliot Jun 28 '10 at 23:04
    
Don't get it wrong if this one is being closed or migrated to meta –  klez Jun 28 '10 at 23:05
2  
Your questions are probably closed because they're off-topic. This is a site for programming related issues. You might want to check out the FAQ: stackoverflow.com/faq –  Gert G Jun 28 '10 at 23:06
    
1  
Duplicate of Is it appropriate to ask questions on Stack Overflow without prior research?... unless you're serious about the hardware thing, in which case see: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/8401/… –  Shog9 Jun 28 '10 at 23:10
1  
Bug report: the SO question got an answer attached to it after the migration, and so therefore did not make it over here. It should not be possible to respond to a closed/migrated question. –  Ether Jun 28 '10 at 23:22
    
@Ether: see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19208/… –  Shog9 Jun 28 '10 at 23:31

3 Answers 3

I looked at your previous questions, and one was closed because there was a previous question covering it, and the other was migrated to superuser, where you got several answers.

The "higher-ups" at stackoverflow are just users who have been around long enough to have enough rep points to do some actions, like voting to close/migrate questions. They are not trying to reduce traffic, but actually the opposite. By closing duplicate questions and moving off-topic questions the signal to noise ratio is kept up, making it easier to find actual information on the site.

If you want answers to both programming and hardware questions, you can't use only stackoverflow, as that is intended for programming related questions. Google itself doesn't contain any information, so of your three choises, only Wikipedia is left.

As Wikipedia covers pretty much everything, you will not find any in-depth answers to very specific questions. For programming related questions you will find definitions for various concepts, but no answers to specific programming problems, like the ones stackoverflow is full of.

So, don't try to find a single source for all answers, you will not get good answers that way.

share|improve this answer

Are the higher-ups at stack overflow trying to reduce traffic?

Were your questions closed by higher-ups, or were they closed - as almost every closed question on SO is - by five normal users who felt your questions were off-topic?

So which do you recommend as the best source for programming/hardware-related questions? Google, Wikipedia, or here?

For your two questions on SO - essentially "what is a quantum computer" and "what is HTML5" - I'd go to Google or Wikipedia, because the answers are available there, instantly and with references. Those questions have been answered here already, and having people repeat those straight-forward answers ad nauseum wastes everyone's time.

share|improve this answer

I've asked a questions on stackoverflow that are closed almost immediately and instead referred to either a Wikipedia article or told to search Google, neither of which answered my question.

That means you did not search enough, or with the correct terms.

Google first, and if you can't find anything, ask here, as with pretty much any other forum / discussion / question server.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .