I see that questions about Maxima (a computer algebra system) are asked both at the Math SE and at Stackoverflow. Where should I ask my question about Maxima? Does it depend on the type of question?

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    $\begingroup$ It does depend on the "type of question". The basic dictum is that Questions about how to use software to accomplish a mathematical task are on topic here. General support issues for Maxima or other software are off topic and should be directed to the mailing list or vendor specific resource. StackOverflow is concerned with programming techniques, so it is conceivable a question could be on topic both places. $\endgroup$ – hardmath Sep 15 '16 at 13:34
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    $\begingroup$ You can also have a look at questions tagged (maxima-software) to see what kind of questions have been asked in the past. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Sep 15 '16 at 13:44
  • $\begingroup$ It was only now that I learned that Macsyma is now Maxima. $\endgroup$ – Joel Reyes Noche Sep 16 '16 at 0:48
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    $\begingroup$ ONLY ask the question here if it is about mathematics. MOST Maxima/Macsyma questions are not about mathematics and should not be asked here. Whether they should be asked in Stackoverflow, only they can determine, not us. $\endgroup$ – GEdgar Sep 16 '16 at 12:14
  • $\begingroup$ @JoelReyesNoche They are not the same. Maxima is a fork from a very old (1982) version of Macsyma. $\endgroup$ – Bill Dubuque Mar 3 '17 at 18:21

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