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  1. yes, absolutely, these questions are on-topic, and here's why I think so:

    • knowing the right word enables you to find a precise definition, and to search through the literature for more background information
    • knowing the right word enables effective communication. If you don't know what a "free variable" is, I think it would be nearly impossible to have a good discussion about them
    • the answers are rarely opinion-based. Most have been established in the literature and are well-defined.
    • in the few cases where there are multiple possible names, the question provides an opportunity to cover the exact differences between what the names refer to
  2. criteria for good naming questions: here's some good answershere's some good answers. I would add that good naming questions:

    • focus on what already exists and has already been defined
    • aren't trying to come up with new names
  3. let's keep in mind that a bad question is a bad question, and a lazy asker is a lazy asker. Ultimately, good users will (probably) generate good content, and abusize users will game, abuse, and damage the system, no matter how complicated or precise the rules are.


Lastly, I have seen this comment appearing frequently under suspected naming questions:

This question appears to be off-topic because it is a "name that thing" question. "Name that thing" are bad questions for the same reasons that "identify this obscure TV show, film or book by its characters or story" are bad questions: you can't Google them, they aren't practical in any way, they don't help anyone else, and allowing them opens the door for the asking of other types of marginal questions. See http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2012/02/lets-play-the-guessing-game

I would like to request that users stop posting this. Oftentimes, it is inappropriate for the OP under which it was posted, because:

  • you can google them (see #1 above)
  • they are practical (see #1 above)
  • they do help others. Of course they don't help everybody, but no question does.
  • it uses unwarranted pejorative language ("guessing game")
  • the linked blog has little to do with the OP under which the comment is pasted
    • the examples have nothing to do with precise terms such as "alpha substitution"
    • the intent of the question is totally different than a so-called "guessing game"

If you believe that a question is low quality, then (IMHO) please say why you think so, downvote it, or vote to close it. But please, do not copy-paste such comments when they don't apply. I believe it's simple harassment, incites pointless debate, turns off people from using the site and is unhelpful.

  1. yes, absolutely, these questions are on-topic, and here's why I think so:

    • knowing the right word enables you to find a precise definition, and to search through the literature for more background information
    • knowing the right word enables effective communication. If you don't know what a "free variable" is, I think it would be nearly impossible to have a good discussion about them
    • the answers are rarely opinion-based. Most have been established in the literature and are well-defined.
    • in the few cases where there are multiple possible names, the question provides an opportunity to cover the exact differences between what the names refer to
  2. criteria for good naming questions: here's some good answers. I would add that good naming questions:

    • focus on what already exists and has already been defined
    • aren't trying to come up with new names
  3. let's keep in mind that a bad question is a bad question, and a lazy asker is a lazy asker. Ultimately, good users will (probably) generate good content, and abusize users will game, abuse, and damage the system, no matter how complicated or precise the rules are.


Lastly, I have seen this comment appearing frequently under suspected naming questions:

This question appears to be off-topic because it is a "name that thing" question. "Name that thing" are bad questions for the same reasons that "identify this obscure TV show, film or book by its characters or story" are bad questions: you can't Google them, they aren't practical in any way, they don't help anyone else, and allowing them opens the door for the asking of other types of marginal questions. See http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2012/02/lets-play-the-guessing-game

I would like to request that users stop posting this. Oftentimes, it is inappropriate for the OP under which it was posted, because:

  • you can google them (see #1 above)
  • they are practical (see #1 above)
  • they do help others. Of course they don't help everybody, but no question does.
  • it uses unwarranted pejorative language ("guessing game")
  • the linked blog has little to do with the OP under which the comment is pasted
    • the examples have nothing to do with precise terms such as "alpha substitution"
    • the intent of the question is totally different than a so-called "guessing game"

If you believe that a question is low quality, then (IMHO) please say why you think so, downvote it, or vote to close it. But please, do not copy-paste such comments when they don't apply. I believe it's simple harassment, incites pointless debate, turns off people from using the site and is unhelpful.

  1. yes, absolutely, these questions are on-topic, and here's why I think so:

    • knowing the right word enables you to find a precise definition, and to search through the literature for more background information
    • knowing the right word enables effective communication. If you don't know what a "free variable" is, I think it would be nearly impossible to have a good discussion about them
    • the answers are rarely opinion-based. Most have been established in the literature and are well-defined.
    • in the few cases where there are multiple possible names, the question provides an opportunity to cover the exact differences between what the names refer to
  2. criteria for good naming questions: here's some good answers. I would add that good naming questions:

    • focus on what already exists and has already been defined
    • aren't trying to come up with new names
  3. let's keep in mind that a bad question is a bad question, and a lazy asker is a lazy asker. Ultimately, good users will (probably) generate good content, and abusize users will game, abuse, and damage the system, no matter how complicated or precise the rules are.


Lastly, I have seen this comment appearing frequently under suspected naming questions:

This question appears to be off-topic because it is a "name that thing" question. "Name that thing" are bad questions for the same reasons that "identify this obscure TV show, film or book by its characters or story" are bad questions: you can't Google them, they aren't practical in any way, they don't help anyone else, and allowing them opens the door for the asking of other types of marginal questions. See http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2012/02/lets-play-the-guessing-game

I would like to request that users stop posting this. Oftentimes, it is inappropriate for the OP under which it was posted, because:

  • you can google them (see #1 above)
  • they are practical (see #1 above)
  • they do help others. Of course they don't help everybody, but no question does.
  • it uses unwarranted pejorative language ("guessing game")
  • the linked blog has little to do with the OP under which the comment is pasted
    • the examples have nothing to do with precise terms such as "alpha substitution"
    • the intent of the question is totally different than a so-called "guessing game"

If you believe that a question is low quality, then (IMHO) please say why you think so, downvote it, or vote to close it. But please, do not copy-paste such comments when they don't apply. I believe it's simple harassment, incites pointless debate, turns off people from using the site and is unhelpful.

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  1. yes, absolutely, these questions are on-topic, and here's why I think so:

    • knowing the right word enables you to find a precise definition, and to search through the literature for more background information
    • knowing the right word enables effective communication. If you don't know what a "free variable" is, I think it would be nearly impossible to have a good discussion about them
    • the answers are rarely opinion-based. Most have been established in the literature and are well-defined.
    • in the few cases where there are multiple possible names, the question provides an opportunity to cover the exact differences between what the names refer to
  2. criteria for good naming questions: here's some good answers. I would add that good naming questions:

    • focus on what already exists and has already been defined
    • aren't trying to come up with new names
  3. let's keep in mind that a bad question is a bad question, and a lazy asker is a lazy asker. Ultimately, good users will (probably) generate good content, and abusize users will game, abuse, and damage the system, no matter how complicated or precise the rules are.


Lastly, I have seen this comment appearing frequently under suspected naming questions:

This question appears to be off-topic because it is a "name that thing" question. "Name that thing" are bad questions for the same reasons that "identify this obscure TV show, film or book by its characters or story" are bad questions: you can't Google them, they aren't practical in any way, they don't help anyone else, and allowing them opens the door for the asking of other types of marginal questions. See http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2012/02/lets-play-the-guessing-game

I would like to request that users stop posting this. Oftentimes, it is inappropriate for the OP under which it was posted, because:

  • you can google them (see #1 above)
  • they are practical (see #1 above)
  • they do help others. Of course they don't help everybody, but no question does.
  • it uses unwarranted pejorative language ("guessing game")
  • the linked blog has little to do with the OP under which the comment is pasted
    • the examples have nothing to do with precise terms such as "alpha substitution"
    • the intent of the question is totally different than a so-called "guessing game"

If you believe that a question is low quality, then (IMHO) please say why you think so, downvote it, or vote to close it. But please, do not copy-paste such comments when they don't apply. I believe it's simple harassment, incites pointless debate, turns off people from using the site and is unhelpful.