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I recently proposed an idea for a new Stackexchange site over on Area51 here, and it was almost immediately closed as a duplicate of this site. Is that correct? Is programming language design on-topic here?

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Sure, programming language design is one of the things computer scientists do. You'll find programming language design questions under tags such as , , , , , , etc. as well as under tags for specific programming paradigms such as , , , etc.

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Programming language design is on topic, though some people are rather keen on suggesting that anything related to programming should be closed.

I, for one, welcome more programming languages questions.

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    $\begingroup$ I think "programming" and "design of programming languages" are sufficiently distinct disciplines so that saying "programming questions are offtopic" does not imply that questions about PL design are offtopic as well. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Jul 6 '15 at 13:50
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    $\begingroup$ @Raphael We have a problem sometimes with semantics questions that contain code getting votes to close, though it's usually questions about the semantics of an existing language rather than the design of a new one that are problematic. $\endgroup$ – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jul 6 '15 at 19:48

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