Possible Duplicate:
Why was the Programmers site on Stack Exchange created?

Moderators are too hard on questions on Stack Overflow that overlap with some of the other newer Stack Exchange sites, which have very little users at this time. It's a catch-22, though, because if you don't encourage people to use these offbeat sites, then the user count will remain low. I personally don't see the value in Security, Server Fault, and Programmers. Why can't we just keep everything on Stack Overflow? Programmers wear many hats and the parts make the whole.

marked as duplicate by user149432, Michael Petrotta, genesis, Josh Caswell, Pops Sep 27 '11 at 18:31

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.

  • 1
    Huh? Your questions got plenty of votes. What is your issue? – Brian Sep 27 '11 at 18:11
  • Programmers.SE has a niche.. look closer – Adel Sep 27 '11 at 18:17
  • 1
    The point of this was that the moderators are too hard on people who post on the wrong medium. I do appreciate the down-votes, though. – Bradford Sep 27 '11 at 18:35
  • 2
    @Bradford: Moderators are doing those people a favor by moving their question to a site where experts are more likely to answer it. – adamjford Sep 27 '11 at 18:52
  • +1 for the topic edit. It's a much better title. +1 to the 10 downvotes. And +1 for the StackExchange network being one of my top 5 visited and favorite "sites". – Bradford Sep 27 '11 at 20:00
  • 1
    I didn't know they were a band. ::rimshot:: – dmckee Sep 28 '11 at 13:43

Check the Stack Exchange site directory. Server Fault has 64k users and 92k questions, so it's not exactly small. Programmers and IT Security are small, but they both have a 99% answered rate. Focusing experts' attention on niche topics seems to be working.


When stackoverflow started, it had very few users on it too. Give them time and a little attention, and they'll grow up to be just as useful in their own right as stack overflow is.

Keep in mind that each site is meant to attract the experts of that topic.

Security experts don't necessarily want to wade through 99% programming questions to find the few security questions that they are interested in - they'll go to another forum that meets their needs. Why not set up a forum that's just for them, where 99% of the questions are interesting to them?

Yes, they are small and just getting started, but questions are getting answers, and just because it takes awhile to grow is no reason to not allow it to grow.

  • 2
    But you can filter questions (otherwise you get >10 new question per minute you are not really interested) – BЈовић Sep 27 '11 at 18:26

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