There’s clearly some question about what should be posted here versus at StackOverflow. Since this has been generating some discussion throughout the site (here most recently), I thought I would try to consolidate the discussion to a single thread. Obviously, the admins/RStudio will have the final say for where the line is between here and SO, but it still seems worthwhile for us to put our thoughts out there.
There isn’t any “official” guidance yet, but a few RStudio comments set out the basic idea. Hadley’s introduction on the RStudio blog:
More recently, Garrett commented on a question/answer here:
Like Hadley partially defines this site by what it isn’t, it’s constructive to look at what StackOverflow says you shouldn’t ask:
From elsewhere on SO:
Also complicating the issue is that various RStudio mailing list/Google Groups users for the have been directed here, and as @ron mentioned here, they have historically handled some Q&A that would also be suited for SO.
It’s pretty clear that, at the very least, recommendation-type questions are a solid question for this site. I was originally also going to suggest that this is a good place to ask “subjective” questions, but SO’s definition of “good” questions of that type includes some of the examples that I was thinking belonged here. Of their list of “bad” subjective questions, some of them seem okay for here (“What’s your favorite ______?”, “I use ______ for ______, what do you use?”), but the others seem likely to be noise here as well. We wouldn’t want this site to become the site where you ask questions that are too pointless for SO.
What do the rest of you think? Where should the line be drawn?