I asked if anyone knew of a table of programming languages by grammar, and the question was closed as "not a real question." I don't understand what is wrong with my question. It is specific and answerable (either "Yes, the URL is..." or "No, because..."). Why do people think it's off-topic?

  • Does this have merit in the land of CSTheory?
    – jcolebrand
    Jun 29, 2011 at 17:56
  • I think it is a better fit for programmers, and migrated.
    – user1228
    Jun 29, 2011 at 17:58
  • @jcolebrand: I would think so, but I'm not the expert, hence the question :) Jun 29, 2011 at 17:58
  • @jcolebrand No. Classification of programming languages by grammar is not a research topic. Jun 29, 2011 at 23:37
  • @Gilles ~ I figured that, but was thinking since grammar is inherently a research topic (I for one don't use it in my day job, I use the outcome of the grammar in my day job) that it might be something those guys would at least know of a resource of
    – jcolebrand
    Jun 29, 2011 at 23:40

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I think it could be migrated to programmers.stackexchange.com, but I think it is not off topic.

  • advice about migration is bad one, see Please stop using Programmers.SE as your toilet bowl
    – gnat
    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:35
  • @gnat: This post is two years old.
    – user102937
    Oct 31, 2013 at 17:08
  • @RobertHarvey I know. Added comment so that anyone stumbling upon it, even accidentally (like I did) would be fully aware that advice given in it has been considered harmful long before it was posted - canonical toilet bowl post has been written three years ago (and still remains actual)
    – gnat
    Oct 31, 2013 at 20:42

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