I think we have a consensus that programming questions are generally off-topic and belong on Stack Overflow. (I thought this was explicitly mentioned in the FAQ — is my memory failing or did it change?) Borderline questions about the API are ok, but not questions about programming in C.

So what do we do about this question which was migrated from Stack Overflow (by one Jeff Atwood)? I see a question about programming a Linux driver, firmly from the programmer's perspective, so I find it on-topic on Stack Overflow and off-topic on Unix Stack Exchange.

Jeff, could you explain this migration?

  • The trilogy FAQs have lines like "If your question would be of interest to... Professional and enthusiast programmers, ask on Stack Overflow."; I can't remember if SE2 sites ever did Apr 25, 2011 at 2:47
  • @Michael: Has this ever been in the FAQ? (I thought I remembered it in the mod-editable part.) Apr 25, 2011 at 22:37
  • Doesn't look like it Apr 25, 2011 at 23:32

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I agree and think that example should be migrated back after a discussion on the MSO site so those guys understand why :)

  • We coordinate with the source site's mods when we reverse migrations, so that's not really a concern. I was going to leave it until Jeff commented, but I think I'm just going to do it now as long as the SO mods are fine with it. (Edit: it's back on SO now) Apr 25, 2011 at 20:02

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