I've been asking questions about programming language design at a higher level than the more technical kinds of questions I suppose many people are expecting to see here.

For example, so far, I've asked:

I've got even more planned and not yet drafted- along the lines of:

  • A series of Q&A about what the creators of specific well-known, well-established, and fairly mature languages regret about the design of their own languages, why, and what they would do differently given the chance. here's the first one.

I've got some that I wouldn't call quite as high-level, but still a little bit higher-level than the majority of the questions that are commonly posted right now:

Compared to the majority of the other questions that are being asked, in general, these are a step or a few steps higher-level.

Looking at both the questions (and their answers), what do we think of these? Do we want more or less of these types of questions? Does the quality of the questions and answers have any impact on whether we want questions like this?

In addition to those, here are some questions I invite you to ask and discuss:

  • What do you think the internet can gain if we let these questions be on-topic here? Are these types of questions important / valuable questions in the field of programming language design and implementation?
  • What might we suffer if we decide to let these kinds of questions be on-topic?
  • Is there anything about these types of questions that make them fundamentally unsuitable for Stack Exchange as a whole?
  • $\begingroup$ I have my own answer to these questions, but (uncharacteristically?), I'm going to not instant-self-answer, and will wait a bit to listen first. $\endgroup$
    – starball
    Commented May 22, 2023 at 8:46
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    $\begingroup$ Personally I like those sort of questions. I hope this meta does to but I fear they all qualify for the "too broad"/"list question" hammer. $\endgroup$ Commented May 22, 2023 at 15:49


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