Refer to Exhibit A:


This question was migrated to programmers.stackexchange.com from StackOverflow. Note that there seems to be some confusion in the comments below the question about what should be the appropriate home for Code Golf questions.

I suspect that this particular question was migrated, at least in part, not because it is Code Golf, but because it was ultimately uninteresting to the SO community. But if that's the case, it probably should have been closed as NARQ, rather than "pawned off" on PSE.

Can we have some community clarification about this?

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    I still find the idea that Programmers is the destination fro code golf questions really strange. Jeff may have put it in the p.se FAQ, but it does not make any kind of sense to me. Dec 27, 2010 at 20:34
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    @dmckee - couldn't agree more. Code golf is way too code specific for PSE. I could be wrong but the only code golf question to date was one migrated from SO.
    – Walter
    Dec 28, 2010 at 14:21

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After some further thought, I don't think Code Golf questions belong on p.se since they are so code-focused and the primary (though by no means final) rule of thumb for whether something belongs on SO or p.se is "does it contain code, and is the question primarily about code?"

So, I removed the section on the Programmers Stack Exchange FAQ which allowed Code Golf there. Code Golf questions should stay on Stack Overflow for now (and must be flagged for moderator attention to get the cwiki flag set on them), until such time as the Area 51 Code Golf proposal gets traction.

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    It's important to have a clear definition. I personally can't see Code Golf on PSE. Code is a SO beast or another site.
    – Maniero
    Dec 28, 2010 at 13:02
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    Can the explicit mention of Code Golf questions be removed from the Programmers.SE FAQ? That was added unilaterally with no input from a community that does not want them.
    – user149432
    Dec 28, 2010 at 14:12
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    as a long time follower of CG questions, I think they have utility on the Stack Overflow site because they teach you about code. Have you seen some of those Perl solutions? They don't fit nearly as well on Stack Exchange because they aren't really about the softer side of software engineering. I believe they belong on Stack Overflow, and if the code-golf tag automatically made them CW, then I'd be ok with it (providing the tag could only be used by a moderator or 20K'r, and the votes were retroactively removed). Dec 28, 2010 at 15:08
  • just to let you know -- fragmentation is going to kill SO.
    – MK01
    Jan 11, 2011 at 21:55
  • @Popular Demand: Well, Robert's request was, "Can we have some community clarification about this?" Rejected implies that Robert had a request which was then denied.
    – Brian
    Jan 11, 2011 at 22:44