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Should we allow questions about installation and configuration of software development tools?

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A recent flag for this question suggested that it would be a better fit for the Linux community. There is no motivation provided, but I guess it is related to the fact that most of the question and the answer deal with installing various packages using Ubuntu's package manager.

However, the question deals with installing and configuring a tool (IDE) primarily used for software development, so it is kind of related to this community.

The What type of questions can I ask here? does not cover this case, that's why I raised this as question here.

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Generally, I would say:

On-topic

  • How to install, configure, trouble-shoot and use tools specifically meant for software development. Compilers, debuggers, IDEs and so on.
  • Asking questions regarding the above in good faith, as in assuming your problem is related to the specific programmer tool. Even though the cause of the problem actually turns out to be related to something else, like the OS, a firewall or hardware.

Off-topic

  • How to install or trouble-shoot general programs. For example: "I'm trying to install compiler x but my anti-virus program won't let me" is off-topic. The question is about some anti-virus program, not about the compiler. Ask on Power Users.

  • "How to do x, I'm using it for programming" questions where the question is actually about x, which in itself is not specifically related to programming.

    Example: "In order to use this programming IDE in a meaningful way, I need at least 2 monitors. However, I can't figure out how to install multiple monitors on my computer." Ask on Power Users.

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