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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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Can I use this site as a brainstorming/voting site? [duplicate]

I lead a team of 600 people in over 70 countries. I often would like their input on one of my ideas and I don't want to use a survey because they tend to limit creativity by requiring a choice among ...
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Introduce sub-communities (or “Portals”) to prevent fragmentation

There often are complaints from smaller and niche areas in the field of programming that their needs aren't met on SO. The most frequent complaints include: Users from niche tags can be brilliant, ...
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Why is “The Definitive C++ Book List” question allowed, but other book recommendation questions are not? [closed]

Why does The Definitive C++ Book Guide and List get a pass, but I can't ask my own book recommendation question? Can I ask my own book recommendation question in a way that is acceptable to the ...
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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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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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Where to post questions asking for expert opinion?

After my lie down, I posted this question on SO. As I suspected would happen, it got moved to programmers. Unfortunately, the kind of people I'm interested in getting answers from (litb,skeet et al - ...
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Is Stack Overflow a central store for tutorials?

I ask this question because of the following questions: this and this. The same user asked those questions and immediately answered them. I know that there's no problem in answering your own ...
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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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Emacs questions: Super User or Stack Overflow?

Answers to questions about Emacs regularly involve Lisp code, and Emacs is often used to write programming languages. That said, Emacs is an editor, and it seems questions about it belong on Super ...
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Should virus or illegal-activity related questions/code be allowed? [duplicate]

I've seen posts pop up every once in a while on virus coding, and I went to flag them, but I didn't see a category under which to do so. After further investigation, I've had no luck finding rules ...
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Request for Official Clarification on Proper Location of Meta Questions for SE 2.0 Sites

On meta.webapps, Robert Cartaino ♦ says This meta site (meta.webapps) is for question about the operation and administration of this site (webapps.stackexchange.com) specifically. Any ...
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Where should questions about software development tools go?

I'm thinking about source revision control systems, development process, testing automation, etc. Are these appropriate for Stack Overflow, or do they fall under Super User's scope?
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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 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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Difference between the Cross Validated and Data Science SE sites?

The site description of Cross Validated says: Cross Validated is a question and answer site for people interested in statistics, machine learning, data analysis, data mining, and data ...
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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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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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Programming environment: Outside scope of Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Today I asked a question about which PHP install package was best for an Apache-based PHP web-development environment. This seems straight-forward enough, and I believed it to be well within the ...
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Should SO allow “give me some feedback” questions?

So I ran into a question where someone asked if we could give him feedback about his new PHP MVC framework. I couldn't decide whether to close it or not. On one hand, SO seems like a good place to ask ...
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What is the status of HTML/CSS layout questions on SO? [closed]

What is the current status of HTML/CSS layout, and/or web design questions? Are they fully allowed on SO, or are they still expected to go to Doctype? Yes, I know this is the same as the CSS on ...
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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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How to ask for opinions?

Example: I would like to know other programmers views of Java IDEs to influence my decision as to which one to download. I ask a question saying (basically) "Which one do you like and why?" I got ...
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Are questionnaires permitted on Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

Is it OK to post a questionnaire on Stack Exchange sites? I'm currently working on a project at my uni and need some empirical information about workouts. I want to explain more about the project, ...
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Can I post “how to” articles here?

I would like to ask everyone if it is appropriate to post a solution to a "problem" in my web development projects. It would be in a format such as "Needed a way to solve (insert problem here) and ...
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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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Are similar questions allowed on two sites? [duplicate]

Are questions which are basically the same sites allowed on on two Stack Exchange sites? For example take a look at these two questions from Server Fault and Super User. Server Fault What is the ...
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Where can I get feedback on a website design?

I want to get feedback from professional designers. :)
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Stack Overflow questions about virtualization tools [closed]

I have been wondering what to do about questions that are solely about Amazon EC2 or VMware's virtualization products that don't have anything to do with actually developing for them. Example - this ...
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Are questions on Jobs (formerly Careers) off-topic at Meta Stack Exchange?

From Careers Unificintegration: Jobs on Stack Overflow it appears that the Meta site for Jobs (formerly Careers) is now Meta Stack Overflow but I do not recall that being written here on Meta Stack ...
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Where do Emacs customization questions belong? SO or SU? Why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can we please have a ruling about Emacs questions on Stack Overflow? I've noticed that a lot of SuperUser questions have answers involving code, and it occurred to me that ...
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“Please convert my code to X” questions

This morning I ran across the following 'question' on SO, where the user is asking for his VB.NET code to be converted to C# -- Need C# code converted to VB.NET for Silverlight "Export to CSV&...
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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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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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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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Has our policy towards political discussions on SE sites changed?

Traditionally SE site users, moderators, and CMs have discouraged political conversation on main site posts, meta site posts, comments, and site-specific chat rooms. Recently, SE's CEO shared a ...
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What is the right place to ask questions about the SmokeDetector?

SmokeDetector is a bot which is run on several sites. (I think that it is run on the sites from SO trilogy all sites - in Tavern on Meta, AskUbuntu, Math.SE, English.SE, maybe some other sites.) It ...
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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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Should announcements/feedback requests for new Stack Overflow API tools be allowed on Meta?

Now that there is a separate site for API-related discussion, etc., are announcements of tools developed with the API appropriate topics for Meta? I'm bringing this up because there are two instances ...
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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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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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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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When and how does one start an informative “wiki” type “article” on SO?

Given that StackOverflow's underlying site engine is designed to provide a blend of forum, wiki and blog, I am curious about the validity of starting threads to be informational, rather than question-...
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On which Stack Exchange site should I ask about where to buy items?

I wanted to buy a wireless headphone and I have a couple of questions to ask about it. On which site should I consider posting my question?
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What is our policy towards posts that contain religious or spiritual references?

Lately, I have begun to stumble upon answers where the person would thank Allah for having their problem solved and assert that Allah is great and merciful. Sometimes they even talk to each other, ...
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Where to ask Careers questions, Stack Overflow meta or Stack Exchange Meta?

There are a lot of Careers questions in SEMeta popping up. When Careers is placed as a branch of Stack Overflow, isn't Careers more affiliated with SO, instead of SEMeta? Aren't StackOverflow Careers ...
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Which site answers questions on Google services?

Which SE site should I ask questions about Google services, especially Gmail?
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Are too many Linux programmers' questions migrated away from Stack Overflow?

In Linux and UNIX environments there's a blurry line between programmer APIs, and aspects of the system which are accessed by system administrators, particularly around '/proc' and '/sys' filesystems. ...
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Where should small/home network questions be asked?

I have just asked a question on How to assign different static IP addresses to the same machine depending on its OS on a network? I read from this meta answer https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/28230/...
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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 ...