Questions tagged [scope]

Use this tag when examining what is on-topic or off-topic, and why.

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Where can I ask a question regarding mathematical puzzles?

I thought of MathOverflow.net and Math.StackExchange.com but both of them seem to be for advanced users. I have come up with a simple puzzle, but those sites seem to only support more innovative ...
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Where can I ask a 'reference-request' questions? (Or the tag is 'reference-request' missing) [duplicate]

On StackOverflow, I noticed that there is no tag: reference-request. That is, I have questions of the type: "I am learning X within the context of Y with language Z for application W. What are the ...
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What are the guidelines on where to post a programming question?

I just posted a question to https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/ but then I thought maybe I should have posted it in stackoverflow.com I mean, what is the difference between these two? They ...
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Should Mozilla use SO or an installation of an SO clone?

As part of making communication between Mozilla contributors better, we're talking about adding a instance of OSQA to have a stackoverflow-like environment for Mozilla-specific Q&A. But now we're ...
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Best place to ask this question?

I have a semi-programming orientated question in that it is to do with my programming workflow and automation of the programs that I use, would this be okay to post up on SO?
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Can we please have a ruling about Emacs questions on Stack Overflow?

It would be great if we could decide which Stack Exchange site Emacs questions may go to. A recent Emacs site proposal was closed on the grounds that it was redundant. However since Emacs is both ...
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Should software vendors discourage StackOverflow questions from their developer community?

I work for a software company. We have a number of closed-source products, one open-source product and an ecosystem of partners and application developers who use it to develop their applications. ...
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Are questions appropriate for specific SE sites off-topic in SO?

In this question on LaTeX on SO, dmckee edited his answer to suggest the Stack Exchange site for answering questions on TeX and LaTeX. Now, LaTeX has always been a slightly uncomfortable fit on SO, ...
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Where to ask a Google Analytics question

I have a question about using the front-end (stats viewer) of Google Analytics. On which of the three sites, if any, can I ask it? (The question is how can I cross browser stats with OS stats to see ...
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How to find the right site for a question

Q1: Where can I ask about wifi configuration? Q2: Is there a list of all stackoverflow-like sites, so I could find the right place myself? Q3: Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: ...
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Where should I ask a question about using Wolfram Mathematica?

Should I use the Math SE beta or Stack Overflow? Or if Stack Exchange doesn't have an appropriate site, where should I go? I like Stack Exchange, though.
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We have puzzle, code-golf, and now code-chess tags. Can we migrate them all somewhere else?

We now have a new noise tag, code-chess, courtesy of this subjective question The thin end of the wedge (code-golf) is well on its way to becoming a gaping wound. Now would be an excellent time to ...
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Are bugtest questions okay?

Is it okay to ask bugtest questions on Meta Stack Overflow once in a while? By "bugtest questions," I'm referring to posts that only exist for the purpose of attempting to reproduce a bug, like this ...
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Hidden-features question closed for DrRacket as 'too localised'

"What are the “hidden features” of the DrRacket IDE was closed as 'too localised', which surprised me as it is the IDE for popular and well regarded Lisp-family language 'Racket' previously known as ...
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Robotics off-topic at Stack Overflow?

My question, What are good communities for robotics and electronics ?, was [closed] It's interesting robotics is off-topic for programming. Moderators should have to explain a little, at least for ...
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Do we need a 4th site for the trilogy?

Right now we have server related questions on Server Fault, home user related questions on Super User and Stack Overflow for programming related questions. There seems to be a gap for admin related ...
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Language design questions on SO

So I've seen a couple questions of this type once in a blue moon, and am thinking of asking one, but wasn't sure if this was considered within the realm of SO. Q: Are questions about programming ...
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What to do with post-split-offtopic answers to ontopic questions?

Many answers to still on-topic questions (i.e. about SE besides SO) are offtopic now (after the split) as they express SO-centric positions. What should we do about them; flag and delete? Flag the ...
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Where to ask questions about Catia (CAD software)? [duplicate]

Where can I ask questions about Catia ? (for those who do not know, Catia is a very powerful 3D CAD/CAM/CAE drawing software)
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Is Bash on-topic or not? [duplicate]

I am currently writing a Bash script, and I found the exact answer to my programming question here: How can I list files with their absolute path in linux? Note that the question I used is currently ...
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Official stance on jailbroken ipod/iphone support?

https://superuser.com/questions/33893/ipod-touch-2g-3-0-jailbreak-broke-springboard-can-i-fix-it-without-reinstalling I am not disagreeing with Diago's call on this question. What is our official ...
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Why does Stack Overflow focus on programming questions? [closed]

Why does Stack Overflow focus on programming questions? It has so many sites listed on the footer of the site. It confuses me.
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Why was my question closed and down voted, but not this one [duplicate]

Recently, I overreacted over a question ban thanks to this question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21531621/ada-vs-pascal-for-general-and-systems-programming (Question Deleted), but I was ...
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Is a question about terminal behavior on-topic here?

I was about to flag this question about modifying terminal behaviour as off-topic because I thought it really belonged at Ask Ubuntu (or Unix & Linux, since the issue actually applies more ...
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Where can I ask a question about color models and color matching?

I have a color matching question, it has to do with programming but it's more about finding an algorithm to render a weird color model in RGB space, and it's kind of an open-ended question. I guess ...
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Stack Overflow doesn't work for me anymore; where should I look instead?

As an architect and team lead, many of the questions I'm interested in are comparisons of technologies, or accounts of how well a particular technology or methodology works in practice. And almost ...
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Is this the right site for a question about session detection?

I'm not sure where on which Stack Exchange site to ask this question. I think this Stack Overflow is the wrong site, but I'm not sure where it should go. I see some specific answers that are related ...
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Are questions about the use of cpanel web interface on-topic? [closed]

I asked a question about cpanel and ssh keys generated in puttygen. I've deleted it now, but high-rep users can see it at: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21712535/how-can-i-import-a-pair-of-pub-...
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Are questions about the use of ssh keys on topic?

I asked a question about cpanel and ssh keys generated in puttygen. I've deleted it now, but high-rep users can see it at: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21712535/how-can-i-import-a-pair-of-pub-...
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Is this question OT or not?

IMO, it is, but if it isn't, I'll vote to re-open. https://stackoverflow.com/q/21316065/438992 (Please don't downvote it; I'm just trying to get the right thing done regardless of whether I'm right ...
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Is Stack Overflow the right place to ask a question about code efficiency?

I posted the following question on Stack Overflow: Efficient Intersection and Union of Lists of Strings There is disagreement as to whether it is on- or off-topic. The concern is that my code ...
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Are “what language…?” questions on-topic? [duplicate]

The phrase "what language" in a title tends to be followed by one of: "is this?" (code snippet) "should I use for X?" "is X programmed in?" See "what language", "what languages" I'd argue that (1)...
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Drawing more attention to */help/on-topic on the “Ask Question” page

I'm using StackOverflow and other StackExchange sites for 4 years, I'm a casual user: if all my googling fails, and inescapably got stuck with something, I'll ask, accept and go away when done. I ...
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What kind of question should be asked on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

If there are websites for each topic/field separately e.g. Linux and Unix, askubuntu etc., then what type of questions should be asked on stackoverflow.com? I am asking this because once my question ...
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Should programming for unsupported operating systems be considered on-topic?

For example, questions specific to Windows 2000, or where the question explicitly says that the answer must apply to Windows 2000 as well as to later versions. I'm inclined to say they should be off-...
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Should lecturing be allowed? [closed]

I've been finding Stack Overflow an indispensable tool, but I've noticed that too many (in my opinion) answerers take the opportunity to deliver a lecture on what is (in their opinion, but usually not ...
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Is it ok to ask if a summary of a subject is correct [closed]

In the process of learning a subject it happens, quite often, that I would like to post a summary of my understanding to get feedback from the community. Is that acceptable? I do not feel ...
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Can I ask questions about things like Question2Answer or Rainloop Webmail on Stack Overflow?

I have some questions that I want to ask, but I don't know if it's going to be closed. So I am asking if questions about Rainloop Webmail or Question2Answer are allowed to be asked and if it's going ...
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What's the policy on 'Convert my SQL to LINQ' questions? [duplicate]

I'm seeing a lot of questions recently along the lines of, "Convert this SQL query to LINQ for me" followed by a copy/paste of a SQL query. I've started voting to close when I see these under "Must ...
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Where should I ask questions about diving?

Not long a got I finished my course, and I'm excited to get started (Scuba diving and free diving). And now I have questions like: What equipments is better for __? How can I reduce amount of air I ...
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On which site are LilyPond questions on-topic?

LilyPond is a music typesetting system and markup language. The internal parts are written in lisp and the user interface is influenced by the TeX syntax. So, are questions about this system on-topic ...
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Academic vs Real World Problems

Problems can be categorized into 2 groups: Academic problems Real world problems Solutions to academic problems are "pure", "preferred", "correct"... Solutions to real world problems often have to ...
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What is the difference between these questions and are they valid questions for Stack Overflow? [closed]

Here is a question, which I asked, that is voted to be closed because it was not considered a valid question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/19748999/why-does-a-stream-need-to-be-obtained-in-...
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Is there a place to get the textual overview (what is on-topic) of all sites?

Between: Which computer science / programming Stack Exchange do I post in? Does Stack Exchange have an Economics section? and other random guidance I've found by perusing the "on-topic / off-topic" ...
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Can I ask a question about problems with my IDE on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I'm having a problem with my Netbeans IDE and I'm not sure if I can ask about it on Stack Overflow. Can I ask question about problems with my IDE on Stack Overflow?
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Is asking to identify hack code on-topic?

The specific question I'm referring to is this: Was my site hacked? It caught my eye because of the title. Well, that could be just about anything, probably poor server security which wouldn't even ...
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Would it be considered off topic to post a question here that was ignored on Stack Overflow

I recently posted a question about how to get return information as a post with Google open id, and due to the bulk of questions that are also posted, I got no response. This has happened on several ...
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Answering beyond the question's scope

Is answering beyond the scope of the question a valid thing? Or should we just stick to the question asked and ignore any potential bugs which might be present (of course OP is unaware of that, as of ...
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Is there a description of Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow sites?

I frequent Stack Overflow a lot and there are many questions that get downvoted because they don't fit in the "Code only" question format. There are many users who will immediately downvote people for ...
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StackOverflow is not your Programming 101 Teacher [closed]

I would like to help my fellow professionals and amateurs more on StackOverflow, but it's become impossible to find questions worth spending time on beneath the inundation of "teach me to program" ...