Is a "What are the attitudes of academics towards X?" question on or off -topic?
The question in question: What are the social norms associated with stealing free coffee?
Note: I'm not 100% sure that this belongs on Academia Stack Exchange, but this is not a question about the ethics of stealing coffee; I am interested specifically in the attitudes of academics towards stealing free food.
To me this question seemed off-topic and I flagged it as such, as per
The fundamental rule is you can't just stick "for programmers" on a question to make it programming related.
At the time, SO had a lot of questions that were, essentially, "What is as a good such-and-such for programmers?" (e.g. "What is your favourite food, as a programmer?", "What is the best movie for programmers?") After a long debate on the SO blog (since Meta didn't exist at the time) it was eventually decided that all questions like this are not programming related.
but what do others think?