I don't see any example questions among the 87 thus far about computing/computer science. Is the history of these considered to be on-topic here?
Proposal: History of Science And Mathematics
I say absolutely provided it is actually a "history" question with a reasonably definitive answer. Computer science is a science, and I think a science that spawned at least early on in no small part from the work of mathematicians (the word "computer" used to refer to a human calculator in some circles). Now it is such a big field, deserving of its own title. I still see the two fields as sister fields to some extent. It definitely has a history.
As far as questions go, I might guess that someone with their mind stuck in the middle ages might need to take a mental gear shift to think of a question from the 60's or 80's as "history". I personally have no such problems. In fact computer science history questions from the 90's could be history questions to me (question quality and historical relevance being paramount here). You would have to test the waters to see what others think.
The lack of "computing/computer science" questions is probably due to a lack of computer scientists and programmers developing canonical questions in their field on this site proposal and nothing more. I will endeavor to list some questions as they come to my mind, but an actual computer scientist/computer science historian will do much better here than myself.
Today "Computer Science/Computer Scientist (etc.)" are used to denote a distinct discipline, field, and even an academic major. What is the history of this designation?
What is the earliest use of the word "Computer" in the English language and what did it originally mean?
What is the earliest use of the word "Computer" as a reference to a non-human computing device, and what was that device?
What was the first "Programming Language" (even predating the modern computer)? If possible, could we see a sample of this language or reference to a sample? Tags: (Programming Languages), (reference-request)
What was the first electronic calculator (looking for a specific name/model here), and what language was used to program it?
What was the first commercially available handheld electronic calculator (looking for a specific name/model here), and what language was used to program it?
How was the C programming language developed? I am particularly interested in the amount of bootstrapping involved in the evolution of the compilers from BCPL to B and then to C.
Again, a real computer scientist/computer science historian would do a much better job here. I leave it at this for now. I will try to come up with better examples later, and encourage anyone to critique these hasty examples, and come up with examples of their own in this page and in the actual proposal.
Depends what you mean. The details of Boole's proposed computing machine: great. The history of differences between Windows and MacOS: not so great.