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Addressing specifically the scope of answers, I note that the scope of the site is defined in terms of questions, it doesn’t limit answers. So when answering, I would say that anything that’s helpful to answer the question is fine. I’ve written quite a few C programs to answer questions here, and in some cases I’ve even explained the process. If you have a ...


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Stack Exchange does not divide up by topic, it divides up by readership. This is something that people stumble over, but if you look at all of the site descriptions in the drop-down list of "Stack Exchange communities" at the top of this very page you'll see that all of the communities are described in terms of the people that read and write the ...


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Sounds reasonable. We set up a default migration path from U&L to Stack Overflow. Use it wisely. :)


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This is a site for Unix/Linux questions. If they are about programming, then so is it. The requirement is that it has to be Unix/Linux related. There is no requirement about any language/platform, but also none of them is forbidden. Simple script languages identified commonly with the Unix world (bash, awk, sed, etc) are imho per definitionem on-topic. Also ...


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When its been directly asked on meta before, there seems to be general agreement that programming questions are, with some exceptions, off topic here: What to do about programming questions Unix C API calls ontopic? What about questions accepting bash, python, C answers? Why was my C programming question closed? Is shell scripting in perl in range of this ...


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I think that is a good idea. I'm presuming those questions are beginner questions by someone trying to learn a language in a *nix context, for which there are better places, and we should encourage people to go seek those out. Not that SO is necessarily that place, but at least they can then A) learn about it, and B) get introduced to "this question is a ...


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My guideline is and remains: what type of person might ask the question, be interested in the topic and know the answer? Topics for users and administrators: ask here. Topics for programmers: ask on Stack Overflow. My judgements on all the cases that have arisen is based on this guideline. Scripting and text processing with shells, awk, etc., are commonly ...


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