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Are Career Advice questions useful to anyone except the poster? [duplicate] There seem to be a fair number of "should ...
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Frequently closing popular questions [duplicate]

Often on this site popular questions (either in terms of debate generated or upvotes) are closed for being against the mythical 6 guidelines. Basically, the 6 guidelines do not currently seem to ...
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Fierce and irrational subjective questions hunting? [duplicate]

Before starting, take into account that my English is going to be awful XD. I think you are appliying a very restrictive policy when considering if a question is too subjective or not. You must also ...
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Is empirical evidence off topic here? [duplicate]

I asked a question about whether an oft-quoted piece of programmer wisdom has empirical evidence to back it up. My question was closed within seconds using the close reason normally used for lazy ...
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Is a question about research material on-topic? [duplicate]

There's a discussion in the comments on this question about empirical support for commenting code to the effect that "resource request" questions are off-topic. It refers to Why did a question about ...
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Why was my career related question considered off-topic? [duplicate]

Here is the link to the question that was considered off-topic: I read the answer to another question on here (meta.programmers....
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Open letter to students with homework problems

It is September once again (today is the 8755th day of September), and once again students are asking their homework problems on Stack Overflow and SoftwareEngineering.SE. We start seeing questions ...
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New Site Name and Scope Proposals

From Ana, a Stack Exchange Community Manager in the previous question about changing the site name: It took us a good while, but the Community Team has circled up and here's where we stand on your ...
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Are you still confused about what Programmers (now called Software Engineering) is for?

I'm going to try and keep this short, because a lot of it has already been discussed. If you are interested in the history, you can find it here on Programmers Meta, but here's a very brief recap: ...
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What goes on Software Engineering (previously known as Programmers)? A guide for Stack Overflow

Moderator Note: Programmers changed its name recently to Software Engineering. This post has been updated to reflect the new scope, but it still refers to Programmers for historical reasons. Wherever ...
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How do I explain ${something} to ${someone}?

One of the not infrequently asked questions that shows up on Software Engineering.SE is along the lines of: I am trying to explain the differences between a NoSQL database and a relational database ...
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On the troubles of naming and terminology

Difficulty with naming has a bit of a history with programming. There are two hard problems in computer science: caching, naming, and off by one errors. It has been repeatedly revisited on meta ...
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Where to start?

Often the question shows up of something along the lines of: I'm trying to learn language XYZ. Where should I start? or I'm trying to do ${very large project}. Where should I start? Why are ...
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The number of votes required to close and reopen questions is temporarily reduced . . . for science!

This experiment is over. I will be adding an answer to show the results and suggest a plan for going forward. For the next 30 days, closing a question will require just 3 votes. Also 3 votes will be ...
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6 answers

On discussions and why they don't make good questions

I'll start off with the irony of this question being tagged with a discussion and point out that meta is different. Why don't discussion questions work in Stack Exchange? What is it about the ...
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