I'm thirteen years old (yes I was twelve when I signed up, but I had my parents make my account on my behalf and did not post any personal information, which I believe is legal :-P), and I am very passionate about programming. I have some questions regarding young programmers, and I'm wondering where to ask.

First I want to note a few things, before you say "nowhere; this doesn't fit with the q&a format" (which I do quite a bit :-P):

  • I have a specific problem. I'm not going to ask "what should I do now;" there are specific things I want to know. For example, "how can a young programmer do xxx."

  • My question applies to a general audience. I'm not going to ask "I've done xxx and want xxx, should I do xxx;" rather, it will apply to all young programmers in general.

Here are the sites I might ask it on:

  • Programmers: I've considered asking here. I've seen the famous Venn diagram with "all people," "all careers," "all programmers," and "just you," and I believe that if I make my question general enough, it can apply to all young programmers. A question like this seems to be on-topic according to their "what can I ask" guidelines. However, their description says

    Programmers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development.

    It's not really about software development, and I'm certainly not professional, so that gives me doubts about asking there.

  • The Workplace: I'm not sure about this one... it's not really about work, but I suppose it could be in a kind of abstract way ("the work of programming" or something). This seems like the wrong site though.

  • Something else? Is there a better site perhaps?

Where on the SE network should I ask this, if at all? Or is this just not suitable to SE in general and I should find somewhere else to ask?

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    What kind of question would have a different answer for “young programmers”? If you’re thinking of something equivalentish to “beginning programmers”, use that! If the question doesn’t seem to fit after that replacement, well… it probably doesn’t fit.
    – Ry-
    Jan 17 '14 at 18:43
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    @minitech Well, non-adults do definitely see a vastly different environment, including a programming one. For example, a young programmer can't apply for the vast majority of programming positions/projects/other things, and just don't have access to the same things that adults do. By no means am I asking about beginning programmers, nor do I consider myself one; I'm asking specifically about age.
    – Doorknob
    Jan 17 '14 at 18:46
  • I have a hard time coming up with something that would be a good question, but age specific. But perhaps I'm too stuck in SO's context, where I really can't think of a suitable question. Is there anything particular you have in mind?
    – Bart
    Jan 17 '14 at 18:51
  • If it’s job-related, The Workplace and Programmers both sound like better places. Still… do you have an example in mind?
    – Ry-
    Jan 17 '14 at 18:52
  • @Bart Well, I was thinking something like "how can a young programmer do %s", with something like participate in a project, become recognized, do something useful, etc., basically, anything that an adult can do but children can't.
    – Doorknob
    Jan 17 '14 at 18:55
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    The thing is though that it isn't really a matter of being young. On the internet no one knows you're a dog. If you want to join an open source project, join. If you want to get recognized, participate on SO, blog, twit on Tweeter about your dev-related things, etc. But that's the same for adults.
    – Bart
    Jan 17 '14 at 18:57
  • @minitech Okay, a more specific question could be "how can I do something useful ex. Work on a project or help in a position or something as a young programmer. Sorry for vague examples; I will elaborate when I actually have a keyboard :-P
    – Doorknob
    Jan 17 '14 at 18:58
  • @Bart Well I can't, for example, apply for a programming job at my age. That's not what I'm trying to do, but age can limit programmers. Sorry for vague examples; I'll elaborate later (see previous comment)
    – Doorknob
    Jan 17 '14 at 18:59
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    Kids these days. I had a programming job when I was your age. I had to slog through hundreds of lines of VB.NET code every morning on the job for thirteen cents an hour! Thirteen Canadian cents! While it was raining! (This entire comment is actually true BTW) Anyways, yes, that sounds like something for Programmers. Not that I really know what belongs on Programmers.
    – Ry-
    Jan 17 '14 at 19:01
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    Agreed with Bart: I had no inkling you were a̶ ̶d̶o̶g̶ thirteen. All I see is an individual who seems to be a coherent communicator and competent at programming. You want to contribute to some projects, it's not likely to matter that you're young.
    – jscs
    Jan 17 '14 at 19:32
  • @Josh and all Thanks for answering my question :-P, but that's not why I asked this question. If I have a similar question, where should I ask it?
    – Doorknob
    Jan 17 '14 at 21:02
  • I know that's not the answer to what you actually posted here; that's why it's a comment. :þ
    – jscs
    Jan 17 '14 at 21:08
  • Parenting! Just ask weird 3rd person questions…
    – bjb568
    Feb 27 '15 at 2:27

As you have sufficient privileges, safe places for "drafting" questions like that are Programmers and Workplace rooms (Whiteboard and Water Cooler, respectively).

Being free from topical / subjectivity limitations of Q&A sites, chat rooms allow one to discuss problems that might be not good fit for main site. Site regulars frequenting the rooms mentioned above can offer help and advice on how to "build" a question that would be topical and welcome at the main site.


Try this one: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/

  • If you have a real programming/coding/design question, go and ask it on Stackoverflow.

  • For all other questions: advices, suggestions on what software/design/framework to use to best accomplish your task, etc, go and ask it here: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/

  • How is this related to the specific case of young programmers? Isn't this just general advice? Mar 24 '16 at 12:52
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    @PatrickHofman: softwarerecs.stackexchange.com is about "Software", hence about "programming" too and he is asking about "general advice for young programmers". Moreover he was obviously asking where to post a question on a site similar to Stackoverflow, since I can see the chat tag was added by another user, but Doorknoob had not added such a tag when he first posted his question. Mar 24 '16 at 13:17
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    I was not asking about learning programming. I never mentioned having any technical programming questions in my post.
    – Doorknob
    Mar 24 '16 at 15:36
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    The advice you give is general and not specific to young programmers. I didn't mention the site in my comment. This answer is not useful at all. Mar 24 '16 at 15:57

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