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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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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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Should Stack Overflow for Teams be on topic on meta SE? [duplicate]

While it has been asked before - there's been a significant change in Stack Overflow for Teams. It's still 'formally' hosted on the Stack Overflow website, but you can access your teams from nearly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Where should questions about software development tools go? [duplicate]

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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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 (CV) 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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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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Which site answers questions on Google services?

Which SE site should I ask questions about Google services, especially Gmail?
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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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Why are questions only about one site in the network considered off-topic here?

This site seems to have a rule that "questions that are only about one site should be asked on the site's own meta", and such questions are nearly always marked "off-topic" here. ...
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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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What are the current sites that questions about warfare & military technology are on-topic and asked & answered with some regularity?

In a series of comments under What "whizzy new tools" in space are America and its allies using to track China’s military activity and illegal fishing? (The Economist) (closed as off topic ...
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How to ask for opinions? [duplicate]

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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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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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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What is the right place to ask questions about the SmokeDetector? [duplicate]

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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With Stack Overflow Teams moved, where do Meta questions about it belong?

Last year, Journeyman Geek asked this question about where Stack Overflow Teams questions belong. I tend to agree with most of Catija's reasoning at the time Teams is still predominantly a Stack ...
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Which SE sites accept "identification" questions?

Various sites on the Stack Exchange network take questions of the form "please identify this thing", perhaps from a photo or a description (where the nature of the "thing" would ...
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Where to ask about Stack Overflow for teams [duplicate]

When should questions about Stack Overflow for teams be asked here on Meta Stack Exchange and when on Meta Stack Overflow? The tag wiki excerpt is not really useful, as it doesn't specify when a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a place to get the textual overview (what is on-topic) of all sites?

Between: Which computer science / programming Stack Exchange sites do I post on? Does Stack Exchange have an Economics section? and other random guidance I've found by perusing the "on-topic / ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
Robert Columbia's user avatar
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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 discover ...
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Is MSE an appropriate place to post questions about translations/localization issues for mod related features?

Is MSE an appropriate place to post questions about translations/localization issues for mod related features? If not, where should I do that?
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Why doesn't the homepage of SE sites explain what the site is for?

I finally got tired of scrolling through the site list and created a note to remind me. My goal is to not post questions to the wrong community. I find deciding between Super User vs. Stack Overflow ...
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