I'm having a hard time understanding what is wrong with this question I asked. I'd like to hear what this question is lacking and how to make it better (or know if it isn't salvageable).

  • Is my question unclear? Perhaps it was unclear in the beginning but I tried to elaborate as much as possible, including details in comments as well.
  • Is the question not fit for StackOverflow? If not, where should I have posted it?
  • Is the answer to the question so obvious that I should not be asking here? I tried lots of google searches but I couldn't find any relevant information.
  • Am I asking too many things in a single question? If I separate the questions, I lose context and I feared people would be even more confused.

So yeah, I'm thinking real hard where I went wrong but really I can't think of anything :( Any suggestions would be most appreciated.


Basically, it's a design question, which isn't usually something that is on-topic here. There can be a fine line there sometimes, especially if a 'design' question gets into detail about specific code. Ultimately, that's the issue; the question isn't about specific code.

To your points:

  • Your question seems clear, for what it is.
  • The topic of software design tends to be more on topic on Programmers, but I am not remotely qualified to say if that question would be appropriate there, otherwise. 1
  • There's no problem with 'obviousness' here, IMO.
  • Design questions do tend to be a little bit more broad by nature.

You have gotten some halfway decent comments about it, but yes; you might consider removing the question. If you think you can edit it into a specific code question, that might be worthwhile, too.

1 As noted in the comments below, a Programmer's moderator migrated your question to Programmers

  • Well I understand what you are saying but I'm still having a hard time accepting this. I've seen plenty of design question on this site which were answered well by experts. I could always add some code to my initial design approach, but that doesn't change the nature of the question I'm asking - I'm just giving the readers an illusion that I have some code to show to make the question seem more fit to SO. Thanks for answering though. – l46kok Aug 21 '13 at 13:33
  • Also, assuming it is fit for Programmers, how do I request the question to be moved? – l46kok Aug 21 '13 at 13:34
  • @l46kok I know what you mean. Because of Stack Overflow's relative popularity, and the awesome answering-powers of some of the experts we have here, there are many "design" questions that do get good answers here. It can be hit-or-miss at times. – Andrew Barber Aug 21 '13 at 13:35
  • @l46kok I'm going to see if there's a Programmer's mod around to see if that's a question they would like there. One sec... – Andrew Barber Aug 21 '13 at 13:36
  • Awesome, thank you very much! Really appreciate the hard work mods do here – l46kok Aug 21 '13 at 13:36
  • @l46kok The question was migrated by a Programmer's mod. Good luck, and kudos for a very constructive question here asking about it. – Andrew Barber Aug 21 '13 at 13:41
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    s/Programmer's mod/Stack Overflow mod/everywhere mod – Cody Gray Aug 21 '13 at 14:43

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