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I'm following the tag [statistics], and consider the programming of statistical procedures to be a valid topic to ask about on this site. Yet, I couldn't help but notice that many of the [statistics]-tagged questions aren't about programming; they deal with statistical problems. Apart from being off-topic, these questions are likely to get better answers at stats.stackexchange.com

Ee.g.: this one, this one, this one, another one, very obvious one

Apparently, they often dive under the radar of the mods. Very few get closed for being off-topic. As I don't have enough reputation yet, I can't move a statistical question to the other site. I've answered quite a few of them, only to realize later on I shouldn't have done so.

The tag [statistics] is definitely encouraging off-topic questions that would better be asked on stats.stackexchange.com. Should we get rid of it?

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Maybe [latex] too. –  KennyTM Oct 1 '10 at 16:01
@Kenny [latex] has been discussed at mind numbing length. The mere fact that a question is on topic in one community does not render it off topic in another. Latex stays on Stack Overflow, but users might prefer to ask on TeX, LaTeX and Friends for their own benefit. –  dmckee Oct 1 '10 at 16:15
@dmckee : very true, but latex is a programming language. Statistics is a topic. You can program it, but the questions I linked to are not about programming... –  Joris Meys Oct 1 '10 at 16:34
I wasn't addressing statistics. I agree there is a distinction between statistics the mathematical discipline and statistics programming. However, rather than gunning for a tag that does have some valid uses it might be better to educate users in the comments. That will be a never ending task, of course, but the noise can be suppressed. –  dmckee Oct 1 '10 at 16:51
FWIW, nobody can migrate questions to or from the Stats SE until its beta period ends. –  Pops Oct 1 '10 at 16:56

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