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Jun 2 '11 at 0:57 comment added arussell84 @aaronaught Edited. Is this better?
Jun 2 '11 at 0:30 comment added arussell84 @aaronaught I'm pretty embarrassed at how bad my communication skills are, since I don't think anyone understood at all what I'm trying to ask. Thanks for your advice. I'll try and edit my question again...
Jun 2 '11 at 0:22 comment added Aaronaught @arussel: If you want help with evaluating your options, then ask that question, it's far more interesting and likely to survive here than just asking for a list of languages. This is analogous to the subject matter in Jeff's blog post, Q&A is Hard, Let's Go Shopping!. If you can translate your question into something that isn't directly asking for recommendations, then you'll be fine.
Jun 2 '11 at 0:15 comment added arussell84 @aaronaught I'd say the list would help people evaluate their options. Not everyone knows everything about every language that's out there. How is a person expected to learn? Where do you ask questions, especially in a topic unfamiliar to your peers? Man, this is depressing...
Jun 2 '11 at 0:00 comment added Aaronaught @arussel: It's plainly obvious to me that it's a put-on, because nobody starts putting together a list of languages as the first step in a serious project, they use environments they already know and understand so that productivity is reasonably high. Even if we believed it, there's still nothing whatsoever practical about the question. How is this "list" actually going to help anyone? This is why I said, don't try to lie to fix an unconstructive question; wait until you have a more practical question, then ask that instead.
Jun 1 '11 at 23:54 comment added arussell84 @aaronaught Take a look at my question now. Does the rephrasing help show practical value? Any way to phrase it without lying? Or do people really see no practical value in knowing about other languages besides Java?
Jun 1 '11 at 23:40 comment added Aaronaught @arussel: No, you really don't have to lie to ask practical questions, and chances are that people will see through the lies and/or close as Too Localized anyway. There are tons of practical questions here with around 5-10 upvotes. Look to them as examples.
Jun 1 '11 at 23:31 comment added arussell84 @aaronaught I see your point. I'll still have to basically lie to the reader, which is kind of ridiculous. Maybe I should edit my question anyway, just to see if the result is satisfactory, even though my true intention is a cat that's already out of the proverbial bag.
Jun 1 '11 at 23:21 comment added Aaronaught @arussel: Or you could phrase the question so that it serves some clear practical purpose. The emphasis is really on "practical", not "problem".
Jun 1 '11 at 23:18 comment added arussell84 @aaronaught Ouch, how disappointing. Next time I feel the itch to learn, I'll be sure to make up an imaginary problem and be less honest.
Jun 1 '11 at 22:59 comment added Aaronaught @arussel: It's not a technicality. Every single site has that exact same FAQ section with the exact same content - even Stack Overflow, which doesn't allow subjective questions at all.
Jun 1 '11 at 18:34 comment added arussell84 @yannis-rizos That seems to be a technicality to me. I certainly hope that I'm in violation of the "letter" of this particular segment rather than the "spirit." Otherwise, the rule seems just plain seems unreasonable to me. Regardless, this isn't the final reason given for my question's closing. If my question were closed for not being based on a real-world problem, it should say that, rather than not following enough of the six guidelines for subjective questions.
Jun 1 '11 at 17:34 comment added yannis @arussel84 The section is titled "What kind of questions should I not ask here?" not "What subjective questions should I not ask here?", plain an simple. Furthermore it's one of the very little highlighted passages, that usually signifies that although everything in the faq is important, these particular passages are very important, and to me that tells me that it applies to all questions.
Jun 1 '11 at 17:16 comment added arussell84 You both quote that line out of context. I'm pretty sure that rule applies only to subjective questions, at least the way it's worded in the FAQ. If it's possible to edit a closed question, I'll edit it with more background information, so hopefully it will be easier for others to benefit from it, but the core reason will still be pure curiosity.
Jun 1 '11 at 16:20 history answered yannis CC BY-SA 3.0