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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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What goes on Programmers.SE? A guide for Stack Overflow

You're on Stack Overflow and you've found a question that isn't about coding. It's about design or something squishy like that. You are trying to be helpful, and you put a comment in the question: ...
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Where can I have subjective discussions about programming?

I entered Programmers Stack Exchange and unfortunately, it wasn't what I was looking for. As the name suggested, I expected you would be able to talk about programming, but the rules are much stricter ...
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Why was my question closed or down voted?

Help! My question was closed (or down voted). Why? And what can I do about it? Downvoted Duplicate Off topic What technology to take up next Recommend a tool, library, or other Career or education ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When is a software licensing question on topic?

I would like to ask a question about software licensing. The help center says: If you have a question about... ... software licensing and it is not about... ... legal advice or aid It seems ...
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Where does my tool question go?

I have a question about tools. According to the on-topic page, tool questions are off-topic on Programmers Stack Exchange. Is there a site for me to go to ask specific tool questions?
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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 ...