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Open letter to students with homework problems

It is September once again (today is the 7316th day of September), and once again students are asking their homework problems on Stack Overflow and Programmers.SE. We start seeing questions like: ...
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A guide to moderating programmers.stackexchange yourself - close voting

One thing that keeps coming up is the number of questions that are closed solely by moderator action on this site. We've already been over some of the issues, but I'm going to take this opportunity to ...
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Contributing to the Blog

Today we had a productive discussion about the direction in which we will be taking the blog. We also had a fair number of volunteers come forward in addition to the ones who have already submitted ...
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Are software law questions off-topic here?

Most of the answers to legal questions here are prefixed with "I'm not a lawyer, but..." I'm beginning to think that including "software law" as on-topic is way too broad, and opens the door to ...
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Are book recommendations on-topic?

We get a lot of book recommendation questions, so much so that it's hard to keep up with them. We've been closing them as off-topic, not a real question, and not constructive based on a few different ...
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FAQ Index for Programmers.SE

This is an index for discussions relating to frequently asked questions about Programmers.SE. Our main FAQ covers the answers to those questions in brief: these questions cover various aspects of ...
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Are “I'm looking for X” questions on topic?

This question reminded me that there is nothing explicit in our FAQ about shopping recommendation questions. Should there be? Should we take an approach similar to Super User and Gaming where ...
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Why is “what language should I learn” considered off-topic?

Don't get me wrong: I understand the argument that the answer in almost all cases is "it depends". Nevertheless, many people do want some advice on the applicability of various languages in the real ...
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Can I ask career advice questions?

In light of several recent occurrences of people asking for their questions to be deleted after they received answers, I'd like to propose the following addition to our FAQ: Can I ask career ...
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What types of programming-related questions are off-topic? [closed]

I've updated our FAQ based on the answers to this question. Please take time to read it. This is what I added: What about other programming related questions? Please note that the following ...
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What are the rules around moderators closing questions outright?

I'm not a fan of seeing questions closed without the usual 5 closing votes, but I understand that sometimes that's necessary. Still, what are the rules around moderators closing questions outright? ...
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Are Career Advice questions useful to anyone except the poster?

http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/career-advice http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/career-guidance There seem to be a fair number of "should I leave this job" ...
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How do I get started with Programmers.SE?

What do I need to know to get the most out of this site?
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The Six Subjective Question Guidelines — Enforcement Notice

Just a quick note here on meta to let everyone know we will be enforcing these six subjective question guidelines. Great subjective questions... inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”. tend ...
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Are questions not directly related to programming (but might concern programmers) on-topic?

Questions like "Can you recommend some good pottery for programmers?" are an issue we need to figure out- to what extent are they allowed? I see a few variants on this: Questions that are clearly ...
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What's the difference between Programmers and Stack Overflow?

What's the difference between Programmers and Stack Overflow?
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