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Choosing between Stack Overflow and Programmers Stack Exchange

I've read the descriptions of both Stack Exchange's "Programmers" and "Stack Overflow" sites. But it is not clear to me when I should ask a question on Programmers instead of Stack Overflow. With the exception of THIS question, so far everything I've asked has been (mostly) technical in nature and I've always asked on Stack Overflow. But I see lots of technical questions in Programmers.

Does anyone have a good rule of thumb for knowing when to post where?

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  • Oops. I see what you Anthony means. I meant "Programmers" where I said "StackExchange". I have edited the question. – John Fitzpatrick Oct 1 '11 at 5:37

The FAQs for each site should be explanatory enough, but the short short version is

  • When you have an actual programming problem to solve, like a piece of code that doesn't work or something you just can't figure out how to do
  • When you want to talk about topics relevant to programmers (ie., learning, careers, etc.) but not an actual programming problem
  • When you want to talk about how you might improve a piece of code
  • When you want to talk about Fight Club

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