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While posting a question on Stack Overflow, it is instructed,

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Is your question about programming? We prefer questions that can be answered, not just discussed.

I'm still learning to properly use Stack Overflow, however my observation is that non-programming questions like 'Linux vs Windows', 'What screen resolution do you use?' or other similar questions are flood filled with answers and/or upvotes, while the trend is opposite for the programming related questions IMHO.

My Question:
Is it me having difficulty searching the properly answered questions related to actual programming issues, or such questions are really not popular on Stack Overflow?

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    The two sample questions you've mentioned sound very much off-topic. They would practically be opinion polls. And that might also explain why answering them is trivial. – Bart Aug 11 '13 at 11:53
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    If you encounter the questions like you mention and they're still open, flag or vote to close. – John Dvorak Aug 11 '13 at 11:56
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    Can you link to these questions? – Martin Smith Aug 11 '13 at 11:57
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    Its worth noting that the definition of on topic was very much different in the past. How old are the questions you're refering to – Richard Tingle Aug 11 '13 at 12:01
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    Keep in mind that real programming questions have a single correct answer. Generally, once that's posted, there is no need for additional answers. The other questions you cited breed endless answers, and have no correct answer. See the problem? – Cody Gray Aug 11 '13 at 12:20
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    It would help more when you post samples of "real programming questions" without answers. Then we can tell what's wrong with the question or whether there really is a problem with the site like you seem to suggest. – Henk Holterman Aug 11 '13 at 13:53
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    Related: The bike shed problem and SO – Bill the Lizard Aug 11 '13 at 15:08
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Without seeing the questions to which you refer I'm unable to say when they were posted, but it's worth remembering that, in the early/earlier days of Stack Overflow, the definition of what was acceptable/on-topic were rather more lax. As things tightened up, and we began to be more rigorous about avoiding polls/discussions, we unfortunately missed cleaning up the historical detritus in many cases. Although when they're flagged, now, they're quickly cleaned up (unless they retain some form of 'historical significance').

So, please: flag the questions that seem off-topic and they'll be peer, or moderator, reviewed and removed if they are indeed off-topic under today's guidelines/policies.

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    I've found a possible for the Linux vs Windows and that was indeed asked over 4 years ago and is now closed. – Martin Smith Aug 11 '13 at 12:07
  • @Martin: ...sigh, my eyes... =/ you're right. Voted to delete it just now. – David Thomas Aug 11 '13 at 12:10
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    My main issue is not that offtopic questions have hundreds of upvotes. My concern is that I can find questions related to the programming (coding, not concepts), but most of those are not satisfactorily answered. Still have to use the manuals. – Abdullah Leghari Aug 11 '13 at 12:13
  • @Abdullah: think of the relative length of time the questions have been around, and of the ease-of-participation with the 'easier'/less-challenging questions. Votes are a matter of opinion and regard, the more that can understand, appreciate and interact with a question the more votes it's likely to get over time. – David Thomas Aug 11 '13 at 12:16
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    David, don't you know you're not allowed to say "my eyes" now? (+1) – Mr.Wizard Aug 11 '13 at 13:35
  • @MartinSmith Who the hell tried to reopen that??? – John Dvorak Aug 11 '13 at 19:04
  • @JanDvorak - I dunno. Not me. The only way to find out would be to get another 4 reopen votes :-) – Martin Smith Aug 11 '13 at 19:06
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    @MartinSmith I'd rather not. Then we'd have to find five close votes, and also to clean up the mess that would accumulate while the question would be open. – John Dvorak Aug 11 '13 at 19:07
  • @Martin Let's just assume that they mis-clicked when trying to delete it. – Cody Gray Aug 12 '13 at 7:41

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