Questions tagged [scope]

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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 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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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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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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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 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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Why do I see questions regarding other Stack Exchange sites on here? [duplicate]

From my understanding... doesn't every Stack Exchange site have its own meta? I sometimes see questions about other Stack Exchange sites. Is it because SO is one of the first ones? What exactly is the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Youtube video questions and Google Business map [closed]

Can I ask Youtube video questions and Google Business map question in Stackoverflow ?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where can I ask questions that are too stupid to be asked on StackOverflow? [duplicate]

Sometimes I get downvoted for basic programming questions and people tell me to read a textbook. What type of question is simply too basic for Stack Overflow, and is there a site in the network that ...
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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 ...

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