I figure this is probably a common question but I searched and couldn't find anything. So...

What do I do if I don't know where to ask my question? For example, I want to ask: "In terms of laptop battery, is it cheaper to test my android app in an emulator or on a connected device?"

This question could be considered about:

  • Best development practices — Programmers
  • Android — Android Enthusiasts
  • Interfacing a device with a computer — Super User
  • Programming in general — SO

In this situation what do I do?

In any situation where the user is unsure what site to ask on, what should be done?

  • As to your actual question, why not just try it both ways and see? – Gnome Nov 6 '10 at 1:13
  • @Gnome:I'm hesitant to do that because I have got a lot of downvotes in the past from guessing. – John Nov 8 '10 at 0:07
  • I meant as to "which way uses less power", just try both ways on a full battery charge and see which lasts longer. – Gnome Nov 8 '10 at 1:10
  • @Gnome: Oh ok. I missed that. – John Nov 8 '10 at 1:13

If you don't know what site to use, you can always post a question here on MSO with the tag. Those questions usually get answered pretty quickly.

You can also just post to your best-guess site, and let the migration process take its course if you've guessed incorrectly. Dealing with an occasional migration isn't a bad thing as long as you make a reasonable attempt to pick the best site (e.g. don't ask about shell scripting on Bicycles SE).

  • The site-rec tag is perfect. A reusable solution was exactly what I was looking for. – John Nov 8 '10 at 0:05
  • @Pops This is a great answer, although it is not useful for non-computer related questions. This is what I was looking for, but it had only 89 viewers in 5 years! Isn't it better to make it more it visible? There are 12m questions on stackoverflow.com alone, and there are only ~1200 (0.01%) questions labeled "site-rec". – Ho1 May 1 '16 at 12:53

I'd go with superuser on that one as its more a hardware question than a development question.

If you're not sure, just ask the question on your best bet with a hint that you weren't sure about where to post. Somebody will help you with a suggestion, or it may even get moved automatically. :D

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    It is a hardware question, but it would almost exclusively only matter to programmers developing Android apps. – Gnome Nov 6 '10 at 1:13
  • Agreed. One day my meta rep will catch up with my SO rep. – Peter T. LaComb Jr. Nov 6 '10 at 1:13

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