Questions tagged [scope]

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

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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" ...
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Where is the best place to ask my question?

I am a little stuck, and don't want to get shot-down by asking the wrong question on the wrong area! I want to ask Is a sitara ARM9 running embedded linux is powerful enough to decode and play ...
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Does my question really need to be welcome here? [duplicate]

Stack Overflow is great at enlightening people with things that really matter, and our hearts are grateful after all these recent years of light. But it's definitely wasting huge potential by using ...
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Would Lego Mindstorm projects be off topic?

Would it be appropriate to ask about Lego Mindstorm programming questions? If you do not know, Mindstorm uses a drag and drop programming language to use in Lego robots. I am wondering because since ...
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Are Autosys questions OT for SO?

Autosys questions make my head hurt https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4074868/remove-a-condition-in-autosys-job-jil-file Is this programming related at all? Are any of them programming related?
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Third party API off-topic?

I recently stumbled across a question although poorly written as well as lack of detail, is borderline on-topic, though from a response given by an 80K user I am unsure whether it is on-topic anymore ...
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What is an Appropriate Question for Meta Stack Overflow if not this? [duplicate]

I received quite a few downvotes for a question I just asked here on Meta. If not here, where was I supposed to ask this question?
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Can I post a question asking for feedback on framework?

I am designing a soapUI framework, and I want to know if I can post my design or questions that would create more of a discussion rather than a Q & A format.
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Are Docker questions off-topic?

Are Docker questions on-topic? A question was closed some time ago: Java instances on Docker. Since Docker doesn't relate to programming, should the tag be deleted? Should a new one, dockerfile, be ...
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Why is a JavaScript question put on hold at Stack Overflow if it is in a WordPress page? [closed]

My question has been put on hold for being irrelevant to Stack Overflow, but it is primarily a JavasScript question. One of the users who put it on hold, said it should be posted on the WordPress ...
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Is “what technologies exist to solve this problem” an appropriate question?

The question is: I'm interested in the idea of syndicating/sharing discussions across sites. Many discussion platforms are effectively walled gardens where the operators want to keep you on ...
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Is this question about Git appropriate for Stack Overflow?

Would the following question about troubleshooting Git on openSUSE be appropriate for Stack Overflow? I've just installed openSUSE, which came with Git version 1.8.1.4. However, the credential ...
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Is this question on-topic?

I'm certainly not an expert regarding exactly what fits into the scope of an on-topic or off-topic question, and I'm sure there's a chance I'm entirely off-base in thinking that it doesn't fit. Here ...
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Are questions about maven appropriate on Stack Overflow?

I have a question regarding the deployment of archetypes to an internal repository. Is this type of question appropriate to ask on Stack Overflow, or should it be asked on another Stack Exchange site ...
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Is it topical to ask if a site/project is “alive” on StackOverflow?

I read the help and found it ambiguous whether or not it's topical to ask if a site is alive on Stack Overflow or not. The large number of successful questions asking if specific projects were alive ...
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Where can I ask questions about behind-the-scenes details?

Where can I ask questions related to programming logic and what is really happening behind the scenes. For example: the jQuery .focus() method is supposed to work with form elements only, but its ...
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How closely do you define a tool primarily used for programming?

I've found someone is trying to close this question as off-topic since it concerns Apache HTTPD on Stack Overflow. If it weren't for the fact that a highly-rep'ed user is arguing for it, I wouldn't ...
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Where can I post code for others to review?

In which section of Stack Overflow (or the Stack Exchange network) can I request a code review from my peers, or ask them to tell me what errors might be in my code, or help me to optimize it for ...
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Questions related to US Immigration and tax [closed]

I am aware from the post Where can I ask questions about the law, immigration, and other matters related to bureaucracy?, that there is no SE site to ask questions related US Immigration and US Tax. ...
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Broad questions not deemed fit for Q&A format [duplicate]

Many questions get closed on Stack Overflow for having a broad scope or being subjective in nature - often with the motivation that these questions are not fit for the Q&A format. Examples: The ...
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Will a site proposal that covers a subset of Stack Overflow work?

The Arduino site proposal will cover all questions about the Arduino platform and will also include questions involving algorithmic issues as well platform-specific programming problems of Arduino. ...
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“What kind of language is X” type questions

I found this question today: What kind of language is CSS? I wanted to ask a similar question about SAS. Knowing the academic classification of a language can greatly increase your ability to ...
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Is posting a tutorial for compiling a specific software okay?

I have only recently managed to compile a piece of open source software that has been published a few years ago and not been maintained since then. A few adjustments to the source code have been ...
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On-topic list is too hard to find in the new help center

The On-Topic section is really the core of what defines a site. In the former FAQ sections, it was prominently placed and easy to identify. Now in the Help Center, it is buried half way down and 3 ...
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Asking if certain tools contain certain features?

I am doing a research on monetization tools for Android and mobile in general. Would be appropriate to ask on Stack Overflow which monetization tools offer me certain features? I am not talking about ...
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Are performance questions on-topic/constructive for SO? [duplicate]

I was browsing through this question and it made me realize a trend: almost all questions which relate to performance improvements are immediately under fire and hotly debated over whether the OP ...
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How can a noob ask questions about “how to start with this cool stuff”?

I want to express my doubts and disappointments that I get from Stack Overflow. I am a programming beginner, and I believe there are a lot of people out there who face the same problems as me. Often,...
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Where should I ask a question about the name of an algorithm?

I need to know the English name of an algorithm. I can describe the algorithm in details and I also know the name of the algorithm in my mother tongue, but I don't know how to translate that name in ...
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Can you ask questions that are very specific to a certain open source project?

I'm customizing fedena, which isn't a very popular open source project (their forum is pretty much dead). So I got a question that although technical, it also requires a good amount of information ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a question of the form “Is there a (program/script) for (task X)”?

Before blowing a few hours or days trying to write something to do a task that may well have been thought up and done before, can I ask about where I could find the code to use or tweak on SO? I'm ...
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“Software tools” in FAQ is too hazy [closed]

I notice people frequently complaining on Meta about closings of not programming related, but programming tool related questions. The closings, to me, are usually perfectly rightful, but the FAQ ...
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Auto-suggestion of which SE site I should post my question in [duplicate]

Sometimes, I have a random question popping in my head, but I'm not sure whether there is any SE where the question will be on topic. Now that we have so many SE websites, it's quite trouble some to ...
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Technical Firmware Development Questions about USB

Where do you ask questions about USB ? For that matter, is Stack OverFlow the appropriate place to do this ? Is there a USB area on StackExchange ? I'm going to have a lot of USB questions for the ...
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Where to ask about career paths from different degrees?

I wanted to ask a question about whether taking a certain Dual Degree in Business Administration and Engineering (Bachelor's) was smart in terms of career paths. So I tried to find a site where it ...
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Avoiding the Chameleon, Again

Okay,here's the post in question We wrote some more debugging stuff in my shop yesterday and this morning. With the aid of those new debugging routines, I have now learned that... The UART is ...
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Questions about how to use a third party plugin for programming

I want to ask a question about "how do I" using Resharper. It's not a programming question (ie, it's not about a language, more about a configuration within Resharper) so I guess off topic here, but, '...
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What are some great examples of on-topic questions for Stack Overflow? [closed]

In light of the discussion from earlier today about the difference between Programmers.SE and the Software Engineering Area 51 proposal, I'd like to clarify what would be considered on-topic for ...
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Is there anywhere I can ask a question about reading raw memory?

I'm trying to reverse-engineer some Win32 calls, so when I say "reading", I mean reading with my Mk1 Eyeball. I've got a block of memory which I think should be of a particular structure, but I'm not ...
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Where should I post questions that are relevant to desktop applications as well as web applications?

On https://webapps.stackexchange.com/, I once asked whether it was possible to open a file from the desktop using a context menu, and load it in a web browser using a web application such as pixlr. I ...
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Categorizing Questions and Scope

I have used Stack Exchange sites on and off for awhile and recently I have encountered a lot of discussion of scope and off-topicness. In my experience it all just seems far to specifically and ...
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What's the right site for questions about etymological relations of words from 2 or more languages?

What will be the most appropriate site to ask questions like that: Is English 'issue' etymologically related to Russian 'ищу'? I was suggested, that English.SE isn't the best site ...
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Should “shopping lists” and “hardware” questions be added to “What Not to Ask” in FAQ

I was trying to respond to a comment from the OP on this question today. I was about to point him to the FAQ to say "shopping list quesions" and "computer hardware questions" are explicitly forbidden ...
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What type of questions can be ask in the Q&A? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Feature Request: “Ask For List” It seems that the moderators started developing the habit of closing and downvoting most of the questions submitted to this site. I wondered ...
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Are list questions off topic?

This old question asked for "the opinion about list questions". The answers are from three years ago. In current (July 2012) Stack Exchange, are list questions considered off topic? By list question ...
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Where should I ask questions about hardware? [duplicate]

Questions about hardware like: If I put Visual Studio on an SSD, does it improve the speed of the software? Which brand of SSD is better, Samsung or Kingston?
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Are question about software engineering/design on topic?

Related question: Questions regarding software engineering Here's an example question I was about to post: I develop a webapp that uses polls a few servers (1-5) for data. The data is then ...
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Do questions about using VMWare belong on Stack Overflow or Super User?

If you'd asked me 15 minutes ago I'd have said that this question should be migrated to Super User, no doubt. However there's already a meta question discussing it in regards to whether it's a real ...
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Are book recommendation questions acceptable on some sites but not others?

For some time now, I have told folks on Stack Exchange that book recommendation questions are off-topic throughout the Stack Exchange network, citing this blog post. Book recommendation questions ...
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Where can I ask a question about the money-value of an Access Database?

I'm developing an Access front-end Database for one of the largest Hospitals in my area. Currently, this Hospital is using Excel spreadsheet and employs a person to manually find replacements for ...
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Why is this question about Netbeans off-topic? [closed]

Disclaimer: I am not an active member in Stack Overflow, so I don't know more about Stack Overflow's standards. I saw this question which is closed as off-topic, and says: Questions on Stack ...