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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 – Michael Mrozek Apr 25 '11 at 2:47
  • @Michael: Has this ever been in the FAQ? (I thought I remembered it in the mod-editable part.) – Gilles Apr 25 '11 at 22:37
  • Doesn't look like it – Michael Mrozek Apr 25 '11 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) – Michael Mrozek Apr 25 '11 at 20:02

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