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Can I ask whether coding patterns are good or bad? If so, how should I ask?

I have a hard time with asking “is it okay”/“is it good practice” questions in ways that the community deems suitable for this site. I see popular and high-scoring questions about good/bad practices ...
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How is asking, "Is there formal terminology for storage of key value pairs?" an opinion based question?

"Formal" being the working term here. I did not ask what people "informally" thought. I asked Is there formal terminology for storage of key value pairs? And it gets closed for ...
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How to get at least a couple of examples of a topic on which "whole books have been written"?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/416068/what-are-the-tried-and-working-software-development-metodologies Nowadays all the rage is agile, marketed as superior to waterfall. So ...
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First off-topic close reason text should be updated for new Stack Overflow phrasing

Recently, Stack Overflow changed the "mcve" (Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable Example) phrase to "mre" (Minimal Reproducible Example). While the old links still work, the new canonical link is to ...
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Why was this question directly closed as primarily opinion based and directly removed? [duplicate]

I have recently asked Is there a short term to describe long technical terms abbreviations? which is related to software development terms such as i18n. I have quickly got an answer that pointed to ...
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What is wrong with this question

I asked following question on enquiring about the approach I should adopt while writing tests for controllers in REST api application? Within few hours it was downvoted three times but none of the ...
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Question marked as opinion-based—I'm seeking facts and references

I'm a little confused as to the nature of the 'opinion-based' categorization. I asked this question: Is there a design rationale behind the PHP-Style Nested Webform pattern?. I pointed out that this ...
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Why is this question considered opinion based?

This question essentially has a yes/no answer. From responses so far it seems like the answer is 'no', and the only way it could be 'yes' is if someone has specific knowledge about NuGet processes ...
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Is this question opinion based?

Is this comment acceptable under your C coding standards? As my comment states I am not asking if they think it acceptable, but, rather if their organization permits it. Which, while arguably ...
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Custom Close Reason Updates

First: We have a fourth custom close reason added. One of the most common close reasons that isn't accounted for by one of the current custom close reasons is for questions seeking legal advice or ...
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Should I answer a question which belongs on Stack Overflow?

I always believed that there is an important distinction between off-topic questions which are... well, “plain off-topic”, and the ones which are off-topic because they simply belong on a different SE ...
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Great Expectations... or, at least, user expectations

Well I just saw a second Meta question expressing strong ill-will for this site after first witnessing this, seemingly well-trodden, battlefield. Given that I am already weary of it, I can only assume ...
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Should the "primarily opinion-based" close-reason ever be used on Programmers, except on extreme occasions?

If one reads the description of this site, one finds that it's purpose is: Programmers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professionals and students in software development and ...
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Are our judgments of "too broad" too broad?

I noticed a trend in a couple recent questions. Identifying plagiarized jokes? [closed] (Two jokes with different proper nouns or slightly different word order may actually be the same joke.) How to ...
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Merge and replace custom close reason

We've been fairly consistently getting poor quality implementation and debugging questions. A previous suggestion (related: 1 2) to increase the count hasn't been acted upon and the suggestion for us ...
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Why are we getting so many off topic 'debug this for me' questions? what can we do about it?

Yes, this is a duplicate of Using Programmers as "learning and training area" for Stack Overflow kind questions intended to re-ask the question more clearly and without the tangents of ...
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Why do 'some examples' and 'list of things' questions get closed?

A common form of question that is often asked is the "what are some examples of..." While this is hinted at in the help center Please make sure that your question is not too broad, or strongly ...
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Are we using "Unclear what you are asking" correctly?

There's a question what is the meaning of manage c++? that is pretty clearly not a good fit for this site. There's a duplicate on SO, and the question was more or less answered in the comments. I'm ...
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Add a new close reason for implementation and troubleshooting questions

Code troubleshooting and code implementation questions are not in Programmers' site scope. Although there is an option to migrate such questions to Stack Overflow, the vast majority of them are not ...
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Primarily opinion based error

Why was my question closed as primarily opinion based ? What is a Sa Mgr.? I read some (software engineers) linkedIn profiles where they have "Sa Mgr." as current job role. What is a "...
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Why was my Magento development question closed?

I asked a question here, because I didn't get any suitable answer from this question. It got 5200 + views with good answer, but mine was closed without any answer. Why did this happen? How could I ...
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Help Center tuning: "help/on-topic/and it is not about..." += references to meta guidance

Per recent discussion, I drafted some updates I'd like to have in Help Center -> What topics can I ask about here, section not about... Added text is in bold, deleted is crossed, and some links are ...
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Update required for the close questions help page?

Referring to: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/close-questions Specifically for duplicates it states: When should I vote to close a question? Questions should be ...
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Why does Meta have a close reason 'primarily opinion based'?

I was very surprised to see that Meta questions can be closed as 'primarily opinion based'. IMHO, that doesn't make much sense :-) Can the close reasons on Meta be different from the ones on ...
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What's wrong with proving best practices through statistics?

The guidance for off-topic questions has this to say about the use of statistics: Asking for a link to something or statistics This is a subtler meaning of the 'favorite off-site resource' part of ...
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Popular software recommendation question - acceptable?

The following question: What tools can be used to facilitate code reviews after commits? It has quite a few upvotes, many answers, and over 2k views. I didn't think this'd be the kind of acceptable ...
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What is the problem with "Pros and Cons"?

<Some question about design or product> What are the pros and cons? Sometimes, these questions get closed as 'too broad' or 'primarily opinion'. Why is that?
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What is needed to really fix a question (an Atwood transform)

You've found a poor question that you really think has some merit to it. What things are needed to successfully do this transformation of making a poor question into a good one? The Atwood transform ...
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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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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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New custom close reason here on meta [closed]

I've proposed the following new custom close reason for here on Meta.Programmers: The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to the circumstances affecting the ...
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How to reopen question that was marked as duplicate but it is clearly not a duplicate

The question below was marked as a duplicate. However, it is very clear based on the comments associated with the question I posted that my question is not the same as to what it is marked as. What ...
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Are meta-"opinion based" questions opinion based?

Imagine a question: I have to do <some task>. I am trying to do this task in <some situation>. I can think of two technically valid ways to do this task. Here they are: Way 1: //snip ...
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What is the difference between software licensing and copyright

Over the past months I see that questions regarding copyright on software are receiving close votes, with a custom close reason along the lines of This question appears to be off-topic because it ...
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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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The real borderline for "Opinion based" in Software Engineering

In Software Engineering.SE (formerly known as "Programmers.SE") most of the questions are correctly related to design, patterns, metodologies and architectures. Now, my question is: when does a ...
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Discuss this ${blog}

Occasionally there are questions asked that seek to explain some soundbite of thing someone said or wrote. These questions take a few sentences from a larger piece and ask what it means, or disprove ...
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Was this question closed for the right reason?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/223192/will-i-get-acceptable-performance-for-learning-c-python-if-i-use-a-vm-as-my-lear I've always considered "opinion-based" questions as ...
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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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Why do interview questions make poor Software Engineering.SE questions?

Occasionally a question that is asked at an interview comes up - "how would you design Amazon Web Services" or "how would you write Google" or some such question. These questions find their way to ...
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Collection of frequently used custom close reasons

This question is partly inspired by this question. The difference is that this question doesn't care about "how" to create a good custom close reason. This question is to identify the good, already-...
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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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Wrong displayed reason from multiple close reasons

In this answer, Thomas Owens says If 5 users vote, I believe it's majority vote gets the reason. However, if a moderator closes, it's always the moderator's reason. However, I cast the last close ...
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How can I reword my question in a useful manner without a clear reason why my question has been closed?

My question Which concepts are pertinent to plan a “end-user documentation” strategy? has been closed, and I do not completely understand why.The reason invoked is "Questions asking us to recommend ...
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Is quality of a question determined solely by the question itself or the content it generates?

This question is prompted by some of the discussion in How can we avoid turning off potential participants who see the wall of Closed questions? Specifically, what MichaelT wrote to JensG and the ...
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How can I write a good custom close message?

We only have so many canned, built in, close reasons. There are so many other reasons to close something at times - giving a better message than trying to shoehorn the reason to close something into ...
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Why are there so many closed, on hold, and down voted questions here?

Compared to Stack Overflow, the number of questions which are down-voted, put on hold, or closed is astounding. I think it's a sign that the criteria (and possibly usefulness) of this site is poorly ...
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Can the number of custom close reasons on Programmers be expanded?

Right now, we are limited to three custom "off-topic" close reasons. I wrote a fourth this morning to address a number of recent closures, but it's not possible to even turn it on without turning off ...
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close reason (and associated expand the close reason count) request

I really don't like migrating crappy questions to SO. This is really the only place where its an issue because of the migration path (no, taking away the migration path would mean more suggestions to ...
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"What reasons do questions get closed for here?" should be in the help center under the "Asking" heading

Our new off-topic close reasons have come in so handy and been so well used I think they do a good job of giving clear guidance to many on what they can expect they should avoid. Granted they're a ...
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