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Old 04-13-2011, 07:10 PM   #1
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Non-Linux users making accounts to ask programming questions


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http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...e-date-874820/

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Are you just being a zealot, or do you have an actual point?

Sure, there's other, more generic forums he could have chosen,
but there are plenty of people w/ a wide exposure to a variety
of programming topics here that may be able to help the man;
there's no need for you to get all up & mighty about Linux
in this specific part of the boards.

And with these words I'd like this discussion to end, or, if
you feel really strongly about it, take it to the Feedback forum.
This programming thread is not the place.


Cheers,
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I'm not yrying to be a zealot, I'm just using common sense.

Imagine that I would have a programming question (in Linux, of course) and didn't have an account on any forum. What should I do?
  • Join a programming forum
  • Join a Linux forum
  • Join a Windows forum

Why the heck would I join the Windows forum?

The way I see it is that the main focus of this site is Linux, and that the Programming forum is for both Linux-specific programming questions and in case someone who already has an account here just wants to ask a programming question.
 
Old 04-13-2011, 07:33 PM   #2
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If you are aware of a specific forum that would be more appropriate for that user, then you can recommend that forum.
 
Old 04-13-2011, 07:48 PM   #3
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The Programming forum description explicitly states that questions in that fora do not have to pertain to Linux.

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This forum is for all programming questions.
The question does not have to be directly related to Linux and any language is fair game.
--jeremy
 
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:06 PM   #4
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The Programming forum description explicitly states that questions in that fora do not have to pertain to Linux.
I know. But if you have nothing to do with Linux, why not just a Windows-oriented or programming-oriented forum, not one that's focused on Linux problems?
 
Old 04-13-2011, 08:12 PM   #5
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I'm just using common sense.

Imagine that I would have a programming question (in Linux, of course) and didn't have an account on any forum. What should I do?
Same as for a Windows programming question: Join the forum where you think there will be smart helpful programmers who know the area of programming you need help with.

I haven't done a really thorough search of the net for decent Windows technical forums. But I have done some searching and haven't found one.

I generally don't even ask programming questions that are very Windows specific. Past experience says my questions wouldn't get answered anyway in any forum I've found. But if I were to ask such a question I think it would be more likely to get answered at LQ than elsewhere.

Now that I have read the question you object to, I agree it was a bad one. But only for the reasons I posted there, not because it is about non Linux programming.

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If you are aware of a specific forum that would be more appropriate for that user, then you can recommend that forum.
Or if you know any good forum for Windows programming questions, tell me. I really would find it convenient to be proven wrong on this topic.

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:24 PM   #6
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Some programming forums I found after about 30 seconds with Google:

http://cboard.cprogramming.com/
http://www.codingforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=21
http://www.cplusplus.com/forum/general/
http://www.dreamincode.net/forums/index
http://www.codeguru.com/forum/index.php
http://forums.devshed.com/
http://www.programmingforums.org/
http://forum.codecall.net/forum.php

So don't tell me that there aren't any options for someone with a Windows programming question.

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:36 PM   #7
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Some programming forums I found after about 30 seconds with Google:
It is easy to find forums. It takes a lot more work to figure out whether a forum is likely to be helpful. So a list of forums you found via google doesn't answer my request.

When I have a Windows specific programming question, I google the question. Better than half the time, it is easy to find my question already asked by someone else in some forum. In almost every case, it is then either unanswered or garbage answered by some fool misunderstanding it for some simpler question. That is another powerful methods for finding bad forums. The last time (years ago) I found a question I had searched for actually answered in a forum, I joined the forum and asked other questions and got no answers.

If I google a Linux question or even many general programming questions, the place I usually find it already asked and really answered is LQ.

BTW, even if you're sure you've refuted my opinion (that LQ might be the best place to post a non Linux programming question), you can't refute the opinion in post #3, that LQ policy permits the type of post you object to.

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Old 04-20-2011, 01:41 PM   #8
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Well stated, johnsfine, and to offer one possibility on this question:

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But if you have nothing to do with Linux, why not just a Windows-oriented or programming-oriented forum, not one that's focused on Linux problems?
Perhaps they realize that Linux programmers are the best, but wish to develop for the "more popular" platform?

just a thought.
 
Old 04-20-2011, 02:44 PM   #9
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Well stated, johnsfine, and to offer one possibility on this question:

Perhaps they realize that Linux programmers are the best, but wish to develop for the "more popular" platform?

just a thought.
Maybe, I haven't thought if it that way much.

I always thought that they are probably the kind of people who don't think computers can run anything other than Windows and think that Linux is a Windows application.
 
Old 04-20-2011, 10:58 PM   #10
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Maybe, I haven't thought if it that way much.
Whatever your view points are, I just wanted to remind you that you have further slimmed his chances of getting a decent reply/solution here on LQ by taking his thread off the zero reply list with a deliberate UNhelpful statement. Of course there are homework posters all around here but then if you can't give them a slight hint of the right path by asking them to post the code/command output/etc., after spanking them, then IMO your post shouldn't be the first one in the thread (within 24/36 hours).
 
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