I've been thinking about whether this site should incorporate more computing questions. I think the current position of this site can be summarised by this question (which I asked!).
I occasionally use Minitab, and when I do I struggle with basic macros. Where would I ask a computing question on Minitab.
- SO: unlikely to be many Minitab users there.
- Stats.exchange: Lots (I'm guessing) of Minitab users here, but the question would be offtopic and closed.
This issue would also apply to SPSS and SAS questions.
Furthermore, many answers to questions at this site include R code. However, if someone queried the programming aspects of the code they would have to do so at SO. Also the main people who answer R questions are already on this site - see the stats on r questions at SO.
Some languages are developed with statistics in mind. For example,
The best thing about R is that it was developed by statisticians. The worst thing about R is that it was developed by statisticians.
Bo Cowgill, Google.
Therefore I propose that we allow computing questions for certain languages/applications. The obvious ones being: R, SAS, SPSS and Minitab. The languages would be stated in the FAQs.