I've had a question on coding-style, but I often read in the comments of some questions, that such questions are unwelcome on Stack Overflow even though there is still a coding-style tag. So I searched for a Stack Exchange site which could be right for my question. My question is: could I post my question on Stack Overflow?
This is just what I do in general before posting a question to any SE site (could be useful)
Before signing into any SE site to ask a particular topic, I do the following:
- check the tags (as you seem to do)
- Check the posts on the board with those tags, looking at the topic and what is considered acceptable (upvote, downvote, replies, closures etc)
- Before joining, I click on "Ask Question" and type in potential variations of the question I have, to see if (a) it is already there and answered, if it isn't, (b) to see if there are similar questions.
It is not foolproof, but it pays to do a bit of investigating as to which questions are acceptable on each SE.
In addition to Damien's steps to determining if one should ask a question, we can also look at the "what should I ask" section of the help tab. Example:
Both of the links circled above give a list of topics that are on-topic and off-topic (respectively).
If we follow those links on Programmers.SE, we find this information:
Programmers Stack Exchange is a site for professional programmers who are interested in getting expert answers on conceptual questions about software development. If you have a question about...
- algorithm and data structure concepts
- design patterns
- developer testing
- development methodologies
- freelancing and business concerns
- quality assurance
- software architecture
- software engineering
- software licensing