The FB blog says they're moving their developer community to facebook.SO now. However a number of reasonable Facebook developer questions have started appearing e.g.

which are getting closed because they're not programming related. So facebook.SO isn't a complete replacement as there's no longer a place to ask questions like this.

So how can we fix this? Either we allow non-programming Facebook questions or we push them back to Facebook's own forums (that they're closing) somehow - where?

(Maybe this is covered by this question but I think some action / clarification is needed at both ends.)

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    This is going to be major problem once their forum becomes read only. As a passive Facebook Forum reader, I can assure you that forum gets filled with crap.
    – Matt
    Commented Aug 25, 2011 at 6:49
  • See my answer here - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/103766/… - if it's suitable flag for migration to Web Applications. Unfortunately the two questions you link to wouldn't be suitable.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Aug 25, 2011 at 8:14
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    God. Damnit. (10k+)
    – user1228
    Commented Sep 1, 2011 at 13:40

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On their support page, they list three options: 1) Q&A (Stack Overflow), 2) Bugs, and 3) Community. It is my interpretation of the Stack Overflow blog post that Facebook.StackOverflow is just to be a filtered view, meaning the same strict guidelines apply (ie programming questions only). I think that blog post on Facebook's site just continues to show they don't really embrace or understand the nature of Stack Overflow.

A lot of the off-topic Facebook questions getting asked really should be logged as bugs (option 2) or discussed on their community link as they aren't programming related. I will be voting to close, voting down, and flagging non-programming Facebook questions until I get banned.

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    Facebook developers need a Q&A site for non-programming topics such as Facebook platform policy. Not discussion/community, but real answers with upvotes. It would be better to have a separate Stack Exchange site for Facebook developers so it would be inclusive of the broader scope of questions that need answers (and got answers on the soon to be read-only Facebook developer forums)
    – Pat James
    Commented Aug 26, 2011 at 21:08

According to Alex Miller's blog post, Facebook.SO represents the subset of Stack Overflow questions related to Facebook. Consequently, as long as Facebook questions are visible to the rest of Stack Overflow, they need to adhere to the same rules.

For what it's worth, Facebook has told developers that there are now three separate locations for questions, bugs, and discussions:

With [the move to Stack Overflow], we decided to make our Developer Forum “read-only” after September 1 in order to better support you on Stack Overflow. A banner has been placed at the top of the Forum encouraging you to post all new questions on Stack Overflow.

If you’d like to continue participating in the developer community, join us in the Facebook Developers Group, where the Developer Relations team is going to be hanging out.

Moving forward, Stack Overflow is where you’ll go to have your Facebook Platform questions answered; Bugs is where you go to report an issue with a legitimate repro, and you should participate in the Group to discuss, chat, and talk with us directly.

Emphasis is mine.

I think that it is Facebook's responsibility to clarify that "Facebook Platform questions" must be programming-related. It's worth noting that once the developer forum becomes read-only on September 1, the current flood of non-programming questions is probably going to get much worse unless Facebook manages the transition carefully.


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