It's happened quite a few times. Here's a recent one. So I'm wondering, what is the scenario? Are they scrolling down to the link of sites, clicking meta and posting? Are they googling for some result, that gives them a post on meta and then they ask?

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    Because Meta is where all the action is, baby!
    – random
    Oct 23, 2009 at 8:35
  • Oh so hilarious, the same user posted right back here after you bring this up.
    – random
    Oct 23, 2009 at 8:36
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    Maybe we need an "It looks like your question is about programming" like SO's "the question you're asking appears subjective" warning :)
    – Greg
    Oct 23, 2009 at 8:37
  • Then all those Greasemonkey junkies will have to deal with it and then write up a Greasemonkey to kill that.
    – random
    Oct 23, 2009 at 8:38
  • +1 'cuz I was just wondering the same thing myself. Oct 23, 2009 at 8:49
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    Why do users often ask blatantly off-topic questions here on Meta? has updated answers to this question. Note that at the time this question was asked, the site known as Meta Stack Overflow was this site; the current Meta Stack Overflow was established in 2014 and this site was renamed from that to its current name. Oct 22, 2020 at 6:28

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We need "belongs on Stack Overflow", "belongs on Super User" and "belongs on Server Fault" as close reasons for meta.


It's revenge posting from that side of the fence.

For far too long they've had to deal with their share of closing and shunting questions such as "What is Stück Überfloé built with?" and "Why my question closing?" as not programming and "Belongs on Meta" questions.

They've soldiered up some pawns into the front line to ask programming questions that belong on SO on Meta. They know full well things get stuck here like the veritable black hole of no escape. Velcro could only hope to stick like this.

It's utterly, honey rhythmically scrumptious and delicious to their tastes and delight.

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    I consider this a mistreatment of Umlaute! Which does not prevent me form voting this up. Oct 23, 2009 at 10:43
  • Please correct for more/apt diacritics as you see fit.
    – random
    Oct 23, 2009 at 10:48
  • Then I have nothing to complain about anymore. Oct 23, 2009 at 10:56
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    @John Smithers: Umlaut doesn't end in an 'e'. I consider this mistreatment of Germanic typography!
    – Welbog
    Oct 23, 2009 at 11:29
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    @Welbog: It is the plural form, French-speaking cretin! Oct 23, 2009 at 11:42
  • @John Smithers: Blast! That will teach me to use knowledge from my mostly-forgotten German classes!
    – Welbog
    Oct 23, 2009 at 11:59
  • @Welbog: You're always welcome to refresh your knowledge. Oct 23, 2009 at 12:04

I'm going to stick with the same answer I gave to the last question I answered:

People don't read!

A little warning message on the ask page couldn't hurt too much, though, could it?

  • a little warning message is (at least as of today), and if it doesn't hurt, it for sure doesn't prevent non-readers.
    – Gnoupi
    May 10, 2010 at 15:37

In this question, the OP said it was because the question was too subjective for SO

Weird reasoning...

  • Sounds like "it's the junkyard" in disguise.
    – random
    May 10, 2010 at 15:53

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