I am sorting out some professional development stuff at the moment(software engineering/computer science is the profession, of course), and I want to ask questions about it.

I'm not sure SO is the right place though, such questions seem to fall into grey areas. Is there a better place in the stack exchange world, or... ?

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    Can you provide a few examples of questions you want to ask? Dec 1, 2009 at 0:54
  • @Peter: "What sites are important to have accounts on: e.g., linkedin/twitter/etc?", "What are good 'job boards' for contract telecommute programming work?". Basically I'm looking forward in time to graduation and laying groundwork so I have a better chance at a job then. :-) Dec 1, 2009 at 1:03
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    Those aren't programming questions at all.
    – random
    Dec 1, 2009 at 1:06
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    @random: No, they are not coding questions. But they are most definitely questions that relate to me as a working programmer. The meta question here is, do they relate enough to ask on SO. Dec 1, 2009 at 1:10
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    @Paul: they're not coding questions or programming questions. And... they're "list" questions, which are kinda problematic on SO-type sites in any case. That said, you might want to give advice.personforce.com a shot; it appears to be just getting off the ground, but could prove a good fit...
    – Shog9
    Dec 1, 2009 at 1:18
  • @shog9: Interesting site. Thank you. I'll see if anyone can help me out! Dec 1, 2009 at 2:35

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Think about it this way: if you were posting the question to a general forum where anything was allowed, would you naturally tag the question as programming, or something else?

For this case, I imagine that most professional development questions would naturally be tagged something like professional-development (or careers) and programmer. Note that "programmer" is not the same thing as "programming". There needs to be something that ties the question to "programming" (the activity), not just "programmers" (people) or "programming" (the profession).

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    +1; programmer-related != programming-related.
    – John Rudy
    Dec 1, 2009 at 3:44
  • @Smurfsorting Farfulburger: That's not a universally accepted truth; I won't vote to close a programmer-related question as long as it's a real programmer-related question. If the question would relate to accountants as well, though, I vote to close. Dec 1, 2009 at 21:59

If they're programming-related (your development as a career programmer), and you can ask direct, answerable questions... then SO is The Place.

Otherwise, see: Where can I ask questions that aren’t programming questions?

(A common pitfall for career questions on SO is that many, at their core, have nothing to do with programming. Plenty of the problems that you'll face are the same for accountants, engineers, drafters, etc...)

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