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Are “name that thing” questions on-topic? [duplicate]

Occasionally, we'll get a question asking for help about naming a concept or symbol, and we've been closing them as "off-topic" and "not constructive" on the basis that naming questions rarely amount ...
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Why is this terminology question not well received in programmers.SE? [duplicate]

Refer to this question which I've wrote yesterday. I don't have much experience with packages terminology, so I've put my best effort into constructing a scenario to illustrate a real and simple use ...
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Are questions about terminology and canonical definitions on topic here? [duplicate]

This question I asked here: What do you call the state reducer pattern used by redux? Has not been well received (-2, and two close votes for requesting tutorials/tools, at time of posting this ...
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Structured Tag Cleanup Initiative Phase II

Back in 2012, we launched the Structured Tag Cleanup Initiative (STCI). It was very successful in identifying tags to create, merge, remove, and blacklist. However, it has been about 3 years since ...
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Why was my question closed or down voted?

Help! My question was closed (or down voted). Why? And what can I do about it? Downvoted Duplicate Off topic What technology to take up next Recommend a software library, tool, book, research paper,...
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4answers
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Why is this terminology question considered as “opinion based”?

I recently asked What is the name of the functional argument in fold which is now marked off-topic because it might be opinion based. I do not understand what makes this opinion based. This question ...
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1answer
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Why is research important?

You've probably seen it somewhere Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you've tried and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to ...
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2answers
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Why is this question wrong? (asking for the name of a specific practice)

I was told to make a post here to understand why is my question wrong after it was placed on hold: How is it called when you define constants that simply refer to a large namespace? Context The ...
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1answer
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What kinds of questions should I avoid asking here?

This post is a supplement to the Help Center Article of the same name. That article, in a nutshell, describes questions that are either too broad, too opinionated, or too discussion-oriented to make ...
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2answers
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Is asking “what is the technical term for this” on-topic?

I am writing a Python script for downloading a website for offline viewing and changing the links in the downloaded webpages for proper links between the downloaded webpages. I don't know the ...
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2answers
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Absurd downvoting

I posted a question after having thought about the concept for a week or so. I posted the relevant research I had done and the sample code I used for trying out the concept. The question was long and ...
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2answers
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Where to ask about IT terminology?

I have a question regarding my question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/387226/how-to-phrase-problem-with-thread-work-balancing (10K link) With this question, I want to learn ...
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2answers
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Question about naming conventions “not constructive”?

I'm confused as to why my recent question on naming conventions in JavaScript was closed as "not constructive." The best explanation I can find in the closed notice and FAQ is that "this question will ...
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1answer
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“Name that thing” questions

I'm a repeat offender of asking "Name that thing" questions. The most recent one is here (now deleted). Where can I ask this kind of question if not here? I strongly feel that well formed questions ...
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Looking for algorithms

I have a problem I'm trying to solve and I'm looking for an algorithm to solve it. I'm sure a solution exists I just don't know what it's called to search for it. If I describe the nature of the ...
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1answer
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How is this question off-topic?

I posted a question about the terminology for 3-byte integers (since we have terms for 4 bits, 1 byte, 2 bytes, and 4 bytes). It was fine for a long time until it was finally closed as subjective. I ...
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1answer
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I suggested an edit to clarify a question. Why was my edit rejected?

The other day, I came across this question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/337857/name-for-a-list-whose-structure-is-only-defined-by-the-structure-of-the-elements I saw that ...
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1answer
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What was wrong with this terminology question?

I posted the following question which was very quickly put on hold, likely because the way it was phrased invited low-quality, opinion-based answers: What's the formal term for “usual way to solve a ...
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1answer
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Where can I ask for word suggestions?

I was about to post a question asking what to call something, when I noticed that other people had already asked a number of questions starting with "What do I call a...", which were closed as opinion-...
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1answer
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My terminology question seems to fit the on-topic conditions, but I was downvoted and linked to meta. Explanation (please)?

terminology tag (as defined by you guys): Questions about the objective meaning or common understanding of words and concepts that programmers encounter. Well I need to develop ...
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1answer
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Why questions about naming are considered “opinion-based”?

Why questions about naming are considered "opinion-based"? If you working in the team you will spend some amount of your "productive" time on the naming. I am pretty sure that every developer have ...
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1answer
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Are readability/coding conventions questions on topic?

I would like to know if questions regarding readability/coding conventions are on-topic here. I'm learning a new language, and in the official documentation they routinely add whitespace in a way ...
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Is this terminology (word-request) question really opinion based?

Yesterday, I posted a question. The question was misunderstood. "It was very confusing. What on Earth did you want? It was a word-request question. I needed a word (or phrase, or expression) to name/...
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1answer
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Questions being closed as opinion-based *without* an explanatory comment

I recently saw my question get closed under the mantra of "Primarily opinion-based". I agree that opinion-based questions should be closed, but couldn't see what about my question fell under that ...
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How can I ask this question better? [duplicate]

I really tried to write this question in such a way that it was not a shopping question. I've been using stackoverflow and similar sites for a long time and know why shopping questions and opinion ...