Of course in context of R-versus-Clojure, I felt it needs external discussion.
So, I believe that there are two possible sorts of such questions:
- An algorithmic question like, "How to implement X?" or "My code is not working!"
- A question about tool selection and usage like, "I'm looking for X; what software should I use?" or "How to do X in Y?"
IMO the first case should definitely migrate to SO; the second should get its chance to exist here.
I can't accept the argument that if something is a programming language, then the question about it is automatically off-topic. So would we accept Minitab versus Statistica because those are GUI based, and not SAS versus R because one can do programming there?