This question could easily be closed as too localized on old close logic:


However since I've not acclimated to new close logic, I'm not sure which reason it would fall under, or if it's suddenly a valid question instead. It currently has one vote as "unclear what you're asking," which is wrong - it's very clear what the OP is asking. It's just... wrong. Or maybe not, now.

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    It's offtpoic, which is what the existing votes are primarily for.
    – Servy
    Jun 27 '13 at 20:57
  • I went with Off Topic > Other. I guess we'll find out if I'm right or not. <shrug>
    – joran
    Jun 27 '13 at 20:57
  • @Servy It's about programming though.
    – djechlin
    Jun 27 '13 at 20:57
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    Isnt it devistatingly off topic? Jun 27 '13 at 20:57
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    @djechlin it isn't about programming at all. It's about buying a programming book, or perhaps finding the author of a programming book. Jun 27 '13 at 20:58
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    @djechlin: Just because a question mentions programming in some way does not make it on-topic. That's why we have that part at the end that says "within the scope defined in the help center." Scope is the key.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jun 27 '13 at 20:59
  • @djechlin My favorite programming cartoon isn't a programming question, despite the fact that I'm a programmer, or that the cartoon may include programming-related humor.
    – Servy
    Jun 27 '13 at 21:04
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    It's not about programming, and neither is coffee that I drink to keep me awake while I'm programming.
    – user102937
    Jun 27 '13 at 21:05
  • @Servy (ignoring the lock because it spoils my point) the link to exactly the question you describe as being not good on stackoverflow doesnt help your case Jun 27 '13 at 21:09
  • FWIW I edited it to sound vaguely intelligible. Help center includes tools used by programmers, I would say books are in the spirit of this. Most book recommendation questions are opinion-based but this one isn't. I think it's actually on topic if we follow the letter.
    – djechlin
    Jun 27 '13 at 21:09
  • Never use the letter of the law to subvert the spirit of the law Jun 27 '13 at 21:22
  • @RichardTingle but the spirit of the law has changed with the overhaul. And I see a real case that this is on topic. And if it's not, then, this should go over to the "close overhaul" end user feedback team.
    – djechlin
    Jun 27 '13 at 21:33

According to the Stack overflow help on topic is defined as

  • a specific programming problem

  • a software algorithm

  • software tools commonly used by programmers

  • practical, answerable problems that are unique to the programming profession

While finding an author of a programming book, is a problem and is related to programming I don't think it would be called a programming problem. If you bought a book on programming problems you would be very surprised to find it there.

So the question is off topic

  • It's been deleted in the mean time.
    – Cole Tobin
    Jul 28 '13 at 17:29
  • @Cole The system works Jul 28 '13 at 17:47

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