Where on SE is the best place to ask questions about computer science history?
softwareengineering.stackexchange.com is currently probably the best place to ask those questions.
If you're really interested in the topic, there's an Area 51 proposal for an SE site for History of Computers and Computing. It's in Definition stage now, so support / interest is very valuable right now.
Retrocomputing Stack Exchange.
According to Help Center,
Questions are most welcomed on
- computing history and persons with a historic relation to computing. history
Computer Science Stack Exchange does also have history with 117 questions at present but I am not sure about scope specifications.
SoftwareEngineering.SE is likely the best current place to ask such questions, with a few big caveats:
- If it's easily answerable by a quick Wikipedia search, it's not on-topic.
- If it's a rant disguised as a question (e.g. "Why did they put those stupid semicolons in C++ anyway?"), it's not on-topic
- If there's no demonstrable educational value to the question for the programmer community at large, it's not on-topic
In short, check out What kind of questions should I not ask here? before asking:
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.
If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about
______”, then you should not be asking here. (You are more than welcome to have such discussions in our real time web chat.) However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain
______to me”, then you are probably OK.
To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective questions where …
- every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite
- your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more answers: “I use
______, what do you use?”
- there is no actual problem to be solved: “I’m curious if other people feel like I do.”
- we are being asked an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?”
- it is a rant disguised as a question: “______ sucks, am I right?”
A Computer Science proposal is well on its way to beta. Please consider supporting it if you are interested in computer science; I expect that questions about the field's history will be ontopic.
Note that the current description "Proposed Q&A site for Computer Science academicians." is not the community's choice. We are trying to have it changed to something like "For students, researchers and practitioners of computer science.", so that is what you should expect.