Proposal: MATLAB

Why would I post my question on this website instead of on stackoverflow, using the matlab tag? I think that the community on SO is big enough to answer questions, and that matlab does not need a special website for itself.

Furthermore, wouldn't there be a lot of duplicates between this website and questions on SO?

  • Then of course there is the extensive Mathworks community, dedicated entirely to Matlab and Simulink...
    – 10B
    Jan 25, 2017 at 13:43
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    Perhaps this proposition (to create a Matlab dedicated Q&A site) could be extended to similar languages, such as Octave ?
    – DRi
    Mar 3, 2017 at 14:02
  • @10B Lots of programming languages have dedicated communities. But the Area 51 FAQ says that proposals that are already handled by existing sites will not be accepted. Just having a dedicated community is not enough. Mar 21, 2017 at 13:32
  • @DRi The previous MATLAB proposal tried that but it didn't help. Even with Octave and other MATLAB clones included, the questions would still fall under existing Stack Exchange sites. Mar 21, 2017 at 13:33
  • @TheBlackCat I think you missed my point.
    – 10B
    Mar 22, 2017 at 13:38
  • @10B Are you proposing the Stack Exchange network change its rules to make a MATLAB site acceptable? Then a specific rule change would need to be discussed on Area 51 Meta. Mar 22, 2017 at 14:30
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    @TheBlackCat In short, no, and it is clear you still miss my point. The OP states, "I think that the community on SO is big enough to answer questions, and that Matlab does not need a special website for itself". I agree. Hence why I pointed out there is already an established community ie Mathworks, where program specific questions could be raised, further refuting the need for another site.
    – 10B
    Mar 23, 2017 at 15:36
  • @10B I see, fair enough. The last MATLAB proposal had people arguing that because of MATLAB's strong community it deserved its own site. I thought (wrongly) you were making the same argument. Mar 23, 2017 at 16:00
  • Stack Overflow has 76,605 questions tagged as MATLAB right now. And, as @10B hinted at, there is also mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers with 265,783 questions. Adding another site seems hopeless IMO. Jan 15, 2018 at 7:36

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That's because it's not a proposal about existing arguments. Signal processing is about theory of that, not matlab implementations. Otherwise stack exchange sites like Mathematica should be removed for the same reason.

It's about on how to use the program, how to personalize, it, how to debug scripts in, how to implement algorithms in scripts.

the site is not about "How can I define a Kalman Filter", but it's "I want to implement this Kalman filter".

Many times it's related to programming m files, and maybe the question can be included in Stack Overflow, as now, but there can be questions about toolboxes, documentation, Simulink diagrams and other stuff that are not related to programming. So in my opinion this site has the same reason to live as Mathematica site do (But also Joomla, Drupal and so on).

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