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!

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    This is just becoming fascinating.
    – darxsys
    Jul 18, 2013 at 1:39
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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.

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    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?) Jul 18, 2013 at 2:34
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    @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, 2013 at 2:59

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).

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    Programmers has its own guide about appropiate questions.
    – madth3
    Jul 18, 2013 at 1:48
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    Rather obvious but I'll add a link. Jul 18, 2013 at 1:50
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    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, 2013 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. Jul 18, 2013 at 2:08

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