The suggestion (meta) is that we take SO discussions here rather than conduct them on SO. But one of the things I've looked for in a sister-site is the ability to ask things of the community that aren't programming related. Or to just be unprofessional and generally dopey when the desire strikes.

Will it fly? Or is this still not the place for off topic and jerky behavior?

Should there be an offtopic.stackoverflow.com in that case?

  • Oh, the irony of this question being closed...
    – Treb
    Jun 29, 2009 at 20:24
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    Oh, the questions I missed out on in 2009... Aug 2, 2011 at 21:27
  • @Chris: Hey, whats with you guys dusting off this question? Don't make me self conscious and have to go around deleting embarassing stuff I posted...
    – user1228
    Aug 3, 2011 at 12:41
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    Don't look at me! @Jeff did it! I swear! Aug 3, 2011 at 13:13

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You can ask whatever you want, but that doesn't guarantee you're going to like the way the community rewards you for it.



Ask whatever you want. I wouldn't go so far as to say you can ask totally off topic posts (you'll see that people will delete them) but you are going to have MUCH more leeway here from the community I expect.

I personally welcome your stupid questions. (although maybe not your stupid answers).

  • to which?????15
    – user1228
    Jun 29, 2009 at 18:38
  • You mean why don't I welcome your stupid answers? Jun 29, 2009 at 18:41
  • YEAH! Why be so exclusionary? Stupid answerers need love too...
    – Shog9
    Jun 29, 2009 at 18:42
  • You edited your post when I commented. Hurf.
    – user1228
    Jun 29, 2009 at 18:43
  • ha! I get it.. Look at all the vote love I'm getting for my answer too. The negative nellies have already started their migration. Jun 29, 2009 at 18:44
  • One of your answers has been flagged twice for spam, and another for moderator intervention. This isn't an anything-goes site. Jun 29, 2009 at 18:46
  • @Kyle: Well, remember, this is coming from the same guy who thinks stackoverflow.com should be anything goes as well. Enough for him to actually troll stackoverflow.com and use his personal and business relationships with moderators to keep his trolling alive.
    Jun 29, 2009 at 18:48
  • Small correction: the flag, not the post, was by Michael. Still getting used to these new tools. However, there he still does have a post with 2 spam flags. Jun 29, 2009 at 18:51
  • I'd vote you down (if I had votes) for the "negative nellies" comment. Channeling your inner Ned Flanders is creepy.
    – TheTXI
    Jun 29, 2009 at 18:53
  • I don't know a better word to describe it. Wikipedia has the same problem: roughtype.com/archives/2009/06/the_sour_wikipe.php Jun 29, 2009 at 19:45

Despite the site being for meta, there is a topic. We should stay on topic and professional.

This is not a free for all.

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    I get a warm feeling in my heart whenever I see a Rich B answer. I'm weird.
    – user1228
    Jun 29, 2009 at 21:15
  • @Won't: Must be the Gravatar.
    – user102937
    Aug 2, 2011 at 21:31

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