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Recently on Stack Overflow a question popped up regarding whether jQuery still had any real value over just using JavaScript and was shot down for being: not a real question, likely to elicit extended discussion and debate, etc...

The OP seemed to think that it was a valid question that needed serious consideration and a solid canonical answer and I'm inclined to agree that the question deserves a good answer, but I'm also inclined to believe that it wasn't a good fit for SO.

Would such a question be welcome on Pro Webmasters?

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No, for the same reasons provided at SO - any "versus" questions without the context of solving a specific problem are bound to fall prey to ideological argument.

If a question is grounded in practice - e.g. "Which is more efficient for XYZ purpose?" - it may have a shot, but generally "versus" questions are avoided, they're simply not constructive to the practice of programming or webmastering.

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  • Thanks, I thought that would be the case. – apaul May 14 '13 at 22:46
  • That being said, if you're looking for an extended discussion, chat is here expressly for such purposes :) – danlefree May 14 '13 at 22:47
  • Plus it's about programming, so even if it wasn't a discussion question, it's still off topic. – paulmorriss May 15 '13 at 8:14
  • i can think of questions where this may be legitimate ... what about performance versus questions? "I have feature A on my site, should I replace it with feature B/replace the backend to backend C ", etc.? – David K. May 15 '13 at 12:00
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    @DKOATED But wouldn't that end up being not constructive/too localized, by virtue of config parameters? (Can't assume any two installations are the same) – danlefree May 16 '13 at 5:18
  • @danlefree true. i didn't think of that ... – David K. May 16 '13 at 7:49

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