-14

This question already has an answer here:

I don't understand: Is the main motto of Stack Overflow to build reputation or to get your problems related to programming get answered?

So what if someone has a problem that may not be answered in terms of facts? As long as it is related to programming, it should be fine. I think that's what SO should be about!

marked as duplicate by gnat, Doorknob, Frédéric Hamidi, hims056, Andrew Barber Jul 18 '13 at 2:32

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.

migrated from stackoverflow.com Jul 18 '13 at 1:39

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

  • 2
    This is just becoming fascinating. – darxsys Jul 18 '13 at 1:39
  • you may be interested in Not Constructive (a web site for things that can't be discussed on StackOverflow) signup.notconstructive.com/?lrRef=EYHpR – Kate Gregory Jul 18 '13 at 18:38
20

It doesn't make sense to go to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and complain that they didn't have any paintings by Monet or Rembrandt, or to go to the National Portrait Gallery and complain that they don't have any water slides.

It doesn't make sense to come to Stack Overflow and complain that subjective questions aren't allowed. It's not that we think they are bad - this just isn't the place to ask them.

  • 5
    I'm glad I learned this before my trip to the National Portrait Gallery. Now I know to leave my swim trunks at home... or just take them to the National Zoo, instead! (You can swim with the polar bears there, right? And pet the lions?) – Andrew Barber Jul 18 '13 at 2:34
  • 2
    @AndrewBarber - Glad I caught you in time! I bet that would have been embarrassing. Don't know about the polar bears and lions, but you just missed your opportunity to drink beer and play with some of the animals. – JDB Jul 18 '13 at 2:59
1

A question that is fine, "as long as it is related to programming" (see Programmers, Help Center > Asking), is more likely meant to be asked on programmers.stackexchange.com than on Stackoverflow.

Subjective questions are allowed there (see the Helper Center Link).

Questions that are appropriate for stackoverflow should cover

  • a specific programming problem
  • a software algorithm
  • software tools commonly used by programmers
  • practical, answerable problems that are unique to the programming profession

(from Stackoverflow, Help Center > Asking).

  • 3
    Programmers has its own guide about appropiate questions. – madth3 Jul 18 '13 at 1:48
  • 1
    Rather obvious but I'll add a link. – Pixelchemist Jul 18 '13 at 1:50
  • 3
    I meant that I would not say that "as long as it is related to programming" it should go to Programmers, which is how I read your answer on the first passing. – madth3 Jul 18 '13 at 2:05
  • My point is that his statement would match the Programmers site (if any) and not Stackoverflow. It's not the exact description of what actually should be asked on Programmers. – Pixelchemist Jul 18 '13 at 2:08

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