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We seem to have a lot of questions about programming showing up now, which are off-topic (and not enough people VTCing!).

Examples: (1) (2) (3)

Is it possible to place a banner at the top of the page, stating that these questions are off-topic, such as the one on Mi Yodeya? Or is that only available for graduated sites?

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  • $\begingroup$ Mithical, do you have any screenshot of what it looked like on Mi Yodeya? It doesn't seem like such a banner exists now? $\endgroup$ Jul 18 '20 at 18:14
  • $\begingroup$ @user1271772 - I was probably referring to i.stack.imgur.com/OX6q6.png at the time $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Jul 18 '20 at 18:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithrandir I see. $\endgroup$ Jul 18 '20 at 18:52
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Yes, I agree that this is a concerning trend. Though we have an on-topic page that categorizes such questions as off-topic, there is not a direct link to that help center article on the asking form. Relevant MSE.

Though we put together an on-topic page, the tour page was neglected. People are encouraged to take the tour when they first sign up; for some, it might be the only topicality-related document they read. Just now, I changed the "ask" and "don't ask" bulleted lists away from the default generic stuff to something that summarizes our help center guidelines. Suggestions for improvements are welcome! Hopefully this change will help our problem; if it doesn't, we can consider more conspicuous help text.

In regard to the examples you brought up (thank you for bringing specifics!):

  1. This question was voluntarily removed by its author after receiving some comments about topicality.
  2. This seems interesting to me; I think one could argue that it's asking about ways of thinking as opposed to asking for some code.
  3. This is indeed a question about programming. It is in the Close Votes queue at the moment pending review. As you said, it would be very good to have more people reviewing. There are currently 16 non-moderator users with the close/reopen vote privilege; I encourage all such users to have a look at that queue.
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  • $\begingroup$ Is seeing how many users have a privilege a moderator-only power? $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Dec 12 '16 at 20:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithrandir I just counted the number of users on the reputation-ordered user page with more than 500 reputation. I'm not aware of a feature that shows the users with a given privilege. If the number got too big to count by hand, a Data Explorer query could do the trick. $\endgroup$
    – Ben N
    Dec 12 '16 at 21:20
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I was just wondering what kind of tools you guys have :P $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Dec 12 '16 at 21:20
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There's nothing concerning about it. It's just the community speaking in regards to what they want to talk about. Let's quit trying to fight a rising tide and accept that AI is an inherently technical topic, and enthusiasts are going to want to ask technical questions.

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