Programmers Stackoverflow Off-topic Moderation

The programmers.stackoverflow Faq talks about this

What kind of questions can I ask here?

Programmers — Stack Exchange is a site for professional programmers who are interested in getting expert answers on conceptual questions about software development. If you have a question about…

    algorithm and data structure concepts
    design patterns
    developer testing
    development methodologies
    freelancing and business concerns
    quality assurance
    software architecture
    software engineering
    software licensing

and it is not about…

    career advice, including general workplace issues1
    personal lifestyle, including relationships, office politics, and non-programming activities
    what language you should learn next, including which technology is better1
    salary or compensation1
    résumé help1
    what project you should do next1
    programming tools (ask on Stack Overflow instead)

…then you're in the right place to ask your question!

Ok My question was closed as off topic and I agree it fail the above. The question is are there other question which are not closed as off-topic but failed the test? You decide.

1. Explain to a non-technical manager that the tool he chose isn’t apt

Accepted Answer :

down vote accepted

Simply send an e-mail to the tech support of the product: “How should I do task Y using your tool?”

Maybe you’ll be surprised, maybe your manager…

Hmm, does this question fits to workplace issues or algorithm? The answer talks about which algorithm?

2. Manager keeps changing requirement specification after every demo.

Accepted Answer :

down vote accepted

The short version:


The somewhat longer version:

If the manager doesn’t know how to run a project, and if the senior goes along with it, then you have next to no chance of fixing things.

In order to manage software projects, a manager does need to understand something about software. If managers don’t, they need to learn first. What are your chances you could persuade your management and your senior(s) that they got it all wrong? What are the chances you will teach them something?

I have been in a similar situation once (only there was no senior). I quit after a terrible year, and never looked back (except in disgust).

Work issue or algorithm, testing, software architecture, quality assurance?

3.How do you explain NP-Completeness/Unsolvability to a non-technical supervisor?

4.How to Deal with an out of touch “Project manager”

5.How do you explain the complexity of bulk emailing to a manager?

These are just a few that I picked. The actual number is of course very large?Can someone point out these questions are of technical nature and valid according to the Faq?

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