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Choosing between Stack Overflow and Programmers Stack Exchange?

Or why use one over the other? Does one deal with principles and one with bugs? I'm confused but not lost (yet).

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marked as duplicate by Michael Mrozek, Pops, ChrisF, Grace Note, Bill the Lizard Jan 28 '11 at 15:13

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From the blog post Introducing programmers.stackexchange.com:

In a nutshell, Stack Overflow is for when you’re front of your compiler or editor working through code issues. Programmers is for when you’re in front of a whiteboard working through higher level conceptual programming issues. Hence the (awesome) whiteboard inspired design!

Stated another way, Stack Overflow questions almost all have actual source code in the questions or answers. It’s much rarer (though certainly OK) for a Programmers question to contain source code.

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Ok clear, still I regularly ask for design questions and get good answers. –  Michel Keijzers Feb 10 '12 at 13:01
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I got to say, this difference is certainly not stated clearly in the two site's "About" pages, and I still think this is much too loose of a separation. A better solution would be to work on 'types' of content, e.g. differentiating between "practical" (source code) and "theoretical" (high level explanations) post types. –  Erlend Mar 28 '12 at 17:21
    
@Erlend Check the FAQ page for each site. –  Bill the Lizard Mar 28 '12 at 17:24
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The name 'programmers' is a very bad choice then! It should be 'software architecture' or 'software design' instead. –  deamon Aug 1 '13 at 7:49

@Bill's definition is of course the formal and correct one.

But I'm afraid another definition would be "StackOverflow is for when you want your question to be seen by every goddamn programmer in the world. Programmers is for when you want to ask it to the small clique that hangs out there".

It's an arbitrary separation which mainly has the effect of splitting the community so that fewer people are going to see your question.

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The traffic on SO can be a double-edged sword. Your questions and answers can get lost in the flood. Recently I've noticed I'm getting more blog traffic from Programmers than SO, and I've only posted on Programmers a few times (with only one blog link). –  Bill the Lizard Jan 28 '11 at 14:54

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