This question has been closed as being not constructive. The main point is:

Does anyone still use flowcharts and if so, under what circumstances?

This question is answerable and relevant answers can include pointers to contemporary development methodologies that uses flowcharts. I fail to see how it is non constructive. Can someone shed a light on this issue?

  • I've edited the title and body of your question to (hopefully) make it a little more focused, and cast a reopen vote. But it looks like your question has already attracted some pretty good answers. Sep 10, 2011 at 16:08

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The problem is that as phrased the question is a poll. If you check the What kind of questions should I not ask here? section of the FAQ you'll see the following:

avoid asking subjective questions where …

  • every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite ______?”
  • your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more answers: “I use ______ for ______, what do you use?”
  • there is no actual problem to be solved: “I’m curious if other people feel like I do.”

The question fails (as I see it) because the poster doesn't have a problem they're trying to solve, every answer is fundamentally equally valid ("Yes I still use flow charts", "No I don't use flow charts any more") and it answered the question in the question.

Also check out the blog post on Good Subjective, Bad Subjective linked to from the close reason. This goes into more details about the type of open ended question that makes a good question.

A more useful question might be something along the lines of

Are flowcharts still useful with modern software development techniques and methodologies.

Though I'm sure someone else could phrase that a lot better.

  • It's not my question actually, I just though that it was good enough to be kept open. After I casted a reopen vote I asked here because I couldn't see why it was closed in the first place. Thank you for clarifying.
    – Vitor Py
    Sep 10, 2011 at 16:55
  • @Vitor - sorry I should have checked. I'll correct the answer.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Sep 10, 2011 at 16:57

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