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

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Should SO be a place to learn how to program? [closed]

My question is not "Is SO the place to learn..." but rather should it be? There is a concerted drive from many people on SO to answer every question, irrespective of the quality of the question or ...
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What Area 51 questions belong here as opposed to Area 51 Discussion Zone?

There's an impressive body of Area 51-related questions here on Meta Stack Exchange, linked together with the area51 (1,688 questions as of the writing of this question) tag, but there is also a ...
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Is sharing ideas fine on meta sites? [duplicate]

In my experience, sharing ideas (which are opinion-based and not really questions by nature) is fine in meta sites. For example: Any announcement posts from the staffs. For example, in Net Neutrality ...
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Why is the “how to move the turtle in logo” question closed? [closed]

I wonder why this question is locked and closed: How do I move the turtle in LOGO? It's an actual programming question. Granted, it shows no effort of prior research, but usually that's not a reason ...
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Where do I best ask my question about PayPal's prerequisites and obligations?

I have a question about PayPal and what just striked me, is that if it wouldn't be PayPal, where would I ask questions about websites and web-services? On "WebApps" it is not allowed, because there I ...
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Can I ask a very specific question that can be answered with just “yes” or “no”? [duplicate]

Can I ask a very specific question whose answer only needs "yes" or "no"? For example, I am learning a kind of knowledge, I find that there seems to be a mistake in the book (1+1=3), and I propose my ...
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Is a question that asks for a review of my reviews allowed on Meta?

I'd like to ask for a review of my reviews, as I've just been banned for the first time. Is that a valid question here?
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Who decides on a site's content policy?

Why are there different content policies on different sites? For example: homework-like questions are strongly discouraged on Physics and are immediately put on hold. Such questions however are asked ...
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Is there a different standard for Christianity.SE?

Stack Exchange is not the place for conversation, opinions, or socializing. This is stated as a rule valid for every SE site. Since most of Christianity is based on interpretation of the bible, how ...
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Are Stack Exchange sites forums?

I was under the impression that Stack Exchange sites were forums, or forum-like objects. If they are not forums: Why aren't they? What defines a forum?
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Should there be additional parallel boards? [closed]

Meta will go a long way to remove such discussion from Stack Overflow proper. A site like fun.stackoverflow.com, or similar, could do likewise -- keep the main board pure, and provide an outlet for ...
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Did SE change its Q&A format to just-another-Internet-forum?

The “TL;DR” is at the bottom of this posting, which reads: So did SE change its Q&A policy, is Sound Design a failed beta, or are there just different rules there than on all other SE sites? ...
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Discussion Forums? [duplicate]

(Reposted + Modified from AU Meta) One of the great things about the Stack Exchange network is the ability to ask a question and get it answered. No fluff, no frills, nobody saying "Me too." However,...
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Why not have a separate SE site for discussing about the design decisions and capabilities of programming languages? [closed]

Many times folks would like to ask questions such as "why is a language like that" or "is it the language scalable" or "what is the best domain of applicability" etc. These questions are usually ...
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Where can I ask about networking homework/assignments?

Where can I ask about networking homework/assignments? I've been told it's off-topic in Network Engineering. I can't seem to find the appropriate place to ask this question, and similar questions did ...
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Network Engineering vs. Server Fault

This kind of relates to Server Fault close reason text but in a direct and global way: What's the difference between these sister websites (1) (2}? In my opinion, they might not be unique enough for ...
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Are questions asking for training courses on some technology appropriate on Stack Overflow? [closed]

I see many people asking questions on Stack Overflow about the best training courses/materials/tutorials/books/... to learn a particular technology. Here's an example which got closed as not ...
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Asking engineering questions at Stack Exchange?

Actually I am coming from an engineering background in mechanical stream, and I find most of the questions discussed here are related to IT. Will I be getting answers if I ask questions related to a ...
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What to do with a question on a technical problem that isn't actually a problem?

I ran into this old question today that made me wonder what to do. The OP asks about a problem in his XSLT (trying to count some nodes) and says the result is incorrect. It turns out however that both ...
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Question about PayPal support

I've had a PayPal account associated with my main e-mail address for years, but I didn't create this account. For this reason I don't know the details like secret questions and stuff like that and I'm ...
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Esoteric Programming Languages - Acceptable or Discouraged?

In A Nutshell: This is a question regarding the acceptance of asking instances related to esoteric programming languages, such as: Brain@%#! Ook! LOLCODE Omgrofl Whitespace Historical Significance ...
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Should the batch file programming questions be moved from SO to SF? [closed]

I'm going to put this question out for people to review as I've gotten into a discussion with another member concerning the 'legitimacy' of the existence of questions regarding batch files on SO. ...
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Should we flag questions that are not programming related? [closed]

Should people flag posts that are not programming related, or just add a comment saying such? The big red box and text "flag with care" makes me question whether or not this is appropriate use of ...
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Can you ask questions about batch scripting?

According to the about page on Stack Overflow, it is a Q&A site for programming. From what I've heard, batch is not a recognized programming language, neither does writing a batch file count as ...
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Are non-programming SE sites less in line with the “Stack Exchange spirit”?

A user on another question I posted wrote (slightly précised): it's easier to keep professional in a programming related site, other sites tend to "try too hard" and fail, latest is the dating/...
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Why Such discouraging and limiting policies for opinion based questions? [duplicate]

I have observed several times, whenever I ask something that relates or compares two things, moderator puts it on hold saying that it will invite chatty discussion. But why are there such policies? ...
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English Language and Usage vs English Language Learners

I can't believe that no one has ever asked this. I really want to find a duplication. From "What topics can I ask about here?" of: English Language and Usage (ELU): Word choice and usage ...
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Where should I ask about “punching hole into RFID card”

So I have this question about: "How to easily and safely punch hole into RFID card". I have this 125khz RFID card and I would like to punch a hole in it so I can have a thin string go through it, ...
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Are antagonistic viewpoints welcome on SE?

Christianity.SE is IMO very different from other SE sites, because its subject is religious, and thus very prone to antagonistic viewpoints (like mine). I obviously expected my opinion to be not ...
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I never actually get help on Stack Exchange? [closed]

Based on my experience on this website, the only answers I see on this are answers to questions that easily could have been answered by the asker himself if he actually had knowledge of how to use ...
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Must we censor discussion that may be grounds for blacklisting in other countries?

Some sites discuss information which is illegal in certain countries. There is always a risk that such countries will block the Stack Exchange network because of this. I would like to clarify that ...
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Why do people persist in complaining about the code of conduct set for this network?

TL;DR: With so many platforms that provide chat rooms for people that can be made private, why do people persist in complaining about the code of conduct set for this network? This post is for ...
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Does Stack Exchange have an ethical responsibility to address global discrimination and marginalisation?

1. Stack Exchange has a Problem There's been a commotion on Stack Overflow since the latest blog was posted. Too many people experience Stack Overflow¹ as a hostile or elitist place, especially ...
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Stack Exchange Site “Where to ask this?” Guidance

A common response to many questions on Stack Exchange sites is along the lines of, "This question belongs on [another.stackexchangesite.com]." Hopefully it's phrased nicely, etc., but that's ...
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Stack Overflow vs Code Review vs Software Engineering vs Codegolf [duplicate]

Whenever I want to post a programming question, I'm tempted to post it on all four of the above SEs. What's the difference between them? The FAQs I find too skim.
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Where is the appropriate place to solicit framework-selection advice?

I've seen many questions, of varying quality and specificity, soliciting advice on selecting PHP frameworks closed.* And I've see others that remain open (and have even enjoyed a handful of upvotes). ...
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How do I know if Stack Exchange is the right place for a specific question?

Given that this is a meta-site, is this the right place to ask questions about asking questions on Stack Exchange? Case I am currently looking for input on a topic related to trading / swaps of a ...
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Why are discussions discouraged on various SE's but a staple of their corresponding Metas? [duplicate]

Background Stack Exchange sites and their metas do necessarily serve different purposes, as depicted on the "What is Meta?" page: Meta has required tags. On the main site, we ask that you ...
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How to post a question when wanting to pass on information as opposed to ask a question?

When wanting to post on meta to facilitate communication for example: Educating people to flag spam and not vote to close It can be a challenge creating a question and in some instances, the answer ...
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Is Stack Overflow a good place to ask Photoshop questions?

Is Stack Overflow a good place to ask Photoshop questions, or is there another site in the Stack Exchange family for those questions?
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Do we avoid questions about current events that have a limited life?

RPG Stack Exchange, along with a few other older sites, have this bullet point in our on-topic FAQ: We don't want the information on our site to become obsolete, and so we try not to ask ...
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Where do I ask: Could Angular regarded as JavaScript templating?

I have a simple question, and I do not want it to be off topic on Stack Overflow, because it does not have a code issue; it is just a conceptual question. The question is: Is Angular regarded as a ...
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Where can I ask about coding style? [duplicate]

I have a question about coding style / indentation and alignment, and I don't know where (or if) there is a Stack Exchange site suitable for that. I only figured that it would not be an o.k. ...
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Ask question about road map of learning technology in SO [closed]

Can I ask questions like "What should I learn? Which resources should I read/study? In what order?" for specific development? I want to ask this on Stack Overflow because it is the most popular site ...
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What is the scope of questions regarding theoretical computer science rather than practical problems?

I have faced/seen closed questions (very recent example here) whenever the question relates to something other than very specific programming errors, installation, some data-structure, algorithm or ...
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Is game development no longer relevant on SO due to the creation of Game Dev SE? [closed]

I have noticed recently that people at Stack Overflow usually move questions related to game development to Game Development SE. So are questions related to game development no longer appropriate at ...
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Questions on UML and other modeling languages

What is the best place on Stack Exchange to ask specific questions about the proper use of notations used in UML and other modeling languages? This question might seem like a possible duplicate of ...
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Are user suspension and user deletion discussions on-topic for per-site meta?

Users will be suspended sometimes by the moderator team due to various reasons. But there will be some enthusiastic users who are very much interested to know the reasons behind the suspension of a ...
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Update the help center to indicate Stack Overflow Careers questions are off-topic

Currently the What topics can I ask about here? page on Meta Stack Exchange says: If your question is about: Stack Overflow Careers (Employers). Questions for Stack Overflow Jobs should go ...
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asking a question about software licences on Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I find it ironic that the gpl tag has 794 questions. I am curious though as to where someone can go to ask "developers" questions on the GPL especially since tons of lawyers don't know how to read ...