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What kinds of questions about software development tools are on topic?

This question regards general software development tools and libraries, not just tools such as ANTLR that are specifically meant for designing/implementing programming languages. What criteria must ...
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What do we think of this style of "how is X implemented in your language" question?

Looking at this question Bitwise flags in different languages - It basically asks "How does your language facilitate working with bitwise flags?" But the asker helpfully provides the ...
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Are questions about ways to create libraries for a language on-topic?

I would like to ask a question about possible ways to go about creating a library for a programming language. What are some ways to create a library for a programming language? Would such a question ...
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Is a question about 'how to compare languages for this purpose' on topic?

Are questions which ask for ways or methods on how to compare the design or elements of two languages on-topic? For example, a person might ask: What are some ways to compare programming languages in ...
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Are questions about developing a language specification on-topic?

I am considering asking a question along the lines of 'How could I best describe a void or never type in a formal language ...
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What should be the quality standards for list-style questions?

Many questions ask for 'What are some examples of ...?' (Including the pros-cons questions). But I would expect 'What are some examples of <thing>?' with no little/elaboration to be closed as ...
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Are questions about specific languages on-topic?

Would a question about a specific feature of specific programming languages be on-topic or would the scope be too specific? For example, asking about the implementation of a specific feature of, say, ...
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Are questions about naming a programming language on-topic?

I am sure that asking a question such as 'What should I name my programming language?' is going to be too broad and opinion-based. But if someone had a more specific question about naming a ...
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Should we Have a Pseudocode Standard/Guideline for Language Design Questions?

Given that questions may be about hypothetical languages or WIP languages, there isn't a standard syntax for giving examples. Should there be some sort of universal guideline pseudo-language that can ...
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Should 'Why doesn't <x> language have <y>?' be considered on-topic?

It may be tempting to ask questions about why your favorite languages is missing a specific useful feature. I have seen (and posted) such questions on Software Engineering. Their reception is mixed. I ...
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