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Is it acceptable to ask questions about formal education on stackoverflow? These are not technically "programming related" but it would seem to be a good for forum as long as they were restricted to computer science/engineering.

For instance, I'm considering going back to grad school and would like to ask what schools are good for research in a particular are of computer science. Surely this has more value than "Where is the bug in this code sample"?

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You should do a search for that question. I'm 80% sure it is already there. –  jjnguy Jul 20 '09 at 20:47
    
@jjnguy Thanks, that question was more of an example. I have some more specific ones in mind. –  Mark Roddy Jul 20 '09 at 20:56

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This would be a rather subjective question - how many people have sufficient experience with multiple schools to actually provide a valid comparison? Potentially quite argumentative too, if there's such a thing as "school spirit" among CS grads...

I don't think you should ask it. If i saw it, i'd probably vote to close it.

But if you do ask it, please make it CW and provide some guidelines to help users avoid flamewars (for instance: one school per answer, edit to add your experiences, don't duplicate, leave editorials for comments).

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+1: for making me feel like I'm not being unreasonable to vote to close these types of questions... –  RSolberg Jul 20 '09 at 21:04

Well there are 180 questions tagged education, on Stack Overflow.

There are also 601 questions tagged career-development.

Although it does look like a large number of them are Community Wiki questions.

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The questions have been asked quite a bit, but I tend to vote to close them as they are not a direct programming question which is the what SO is for. If it is a a discussion question such as where to go to school, etc. META may be a better home.

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I was wondering if maybe meta should be the home for these questions as well. I can see why it would be valuable to ask this type of question to the SO community; but I also understand why they are often closed, because they really aren't related to programming. –  Timothy Carter Jul 20 '09 at 21:10

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