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Closed question about visual programming paradigms

I had a question closed today, Why did visual programming never take off and what future paradigms might change that? which I do not understandy why. People keep responding the question, and for me ...
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What have I missed in asking a subjective question?

Before posting my question I searched to see if I could find some similar question (which I did not). I read the faq, and I did read the Good Subjective, Bad Subjective blog. I phrased the question in ...
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Is this "20% time" question on-topic or off?

Is this question off-topic?
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Why was this question closed, it is clear and has factual answer

This question was closed as not a real question, but it seems obvious enough? Restated it's asking if Apple offers the equivalent of Sun's Java programming certificates. The question could be stated ...
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How are these duplicates?

This question was closed as a duplicate, but I'm not seeing it. One's asking us to consider issues for a college group project for people who have little to no experience with version control. The ...
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Closed question on programmers how-to-write-less-code, explanation please

The moderators have closed following question, which was, in Oct 2010 apparently a valid question. I would like to know the reasoning behind the closing as "not a real question". I have made a ...
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Should the question asking for articles on writing a good job description for a web developer position have been closed?

This is the question I'm referring to. Are developers the best suited for answering questions about job postings for developers? Should the question therefore have been left open?
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Why is this question non-constructive?

Recently this question has been closed. Summary of the question: "I want to use the actor model in C++ (more precisely, remote actors), can someone indicate a framework supporting this concept?" I ...
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Why has this question been closed?

A recent question of mine has been closed as non-constructive. The question was IMO very clear: what are / would be the technical problems in dropping backward compatibility from C++. I got a quite ...
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Looking for clarification on Programmers Stack Exchange scope

This question was closed: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/140512/can-it-be-a-good-idea-to-lease-a-house-rather-than-a-standard-office-space-for-a#comment264887_140512 I was a ...
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Why was the XAML question closed?

About the question: In hindsight, is XAML a mistake or a good approach? I think this is a solicitation of constructive criticism and praise for an existing technology. We want to know what lessons ...
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Can we reopen the question about what technology is the best fit for small, browser-based games?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/139000/1130 The question is asking what language to use for small, in-browser games, such as tower-defense games, RPGs, and multi-user dungeons. The ...
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Why is this question open?

How can I demonstrate my productivity to management? Is this on topic? There is no reference to programming. It can be extended to other fields as well, not just programming? I ask a question in the ...
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Is this question a poll?

Background on polling questions: Stack Exchange by it's very nature to a voting Q&A site, which is to say every question is a poll. The best explanation of the difference between a "polling" ...
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Should the 'good question' criteria be revised, or, has flagging become over-zealous?

First off, let me say I love the community moderation system. I think it's tops. But I feel like too many questions that could elicit interesting answers (specifically, interesting as a programmer) ...
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Is there a way to phrase a localized question that works for the site?

In my opinion, this question was doomed, not because of what it was asking, but because it too obviously didn't match the phraseology of a question you're supposed to be able to ask on SE websites. I ...
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How can a good question be closed for being Off topic?

I was referring to a question here: How to correct a junior, but encourage him to think for himself? This was closed as off topic! If you see it received 38 reps and there were great ...
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Should we clarify the wording of our "Not Constructive" close reason?

Our "not constructive" close reasons is as follows: This question does not meet enough of our six guidelines for constructive subjective questions. All questions should be practical, answerable, ...
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Why did you close this question?

Why did you close this question? https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/127424/yearly-commitments-for-software-engineers-better-to-set-low-and-hit-home-runs Do you not care about ...
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Voting to close - duplicate of a closed question

I recently marked a question (subsequently closed as not constructive) as an exact duplicate of another, closed question. Another user questioned this as being nonsensical. While the question wasn't ...
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Why did this non-meta question get moved to meta?

The following question got moved to meta: "Would it be possible to create an open source software library, entirely developed and moderated by an open community?" It contains the following two sub-...
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Migrated question from Stackoverflow with no updating of reputation

I got a question migrated from Stackoverflow Visual Programming paradigms, and it continues to be responding, so my reputation on Programmers should increase. However I did not get any increase from ...
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When are questions about the quirks of a language on topic?

I recently posted a question regarding the syntax of Python. It wasn't a how question, it was a why question, specifically wanting an explanation of the reason behind what I consider a quirk of Python....
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Why was my question about being asked to do an unpaid job closed?

Being asked to do a job without being paid for it I asked this question because I've seen several ethical questions proposed on this site with fairly good responses. The question got closed because "...
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Should recruiting related questions be considered on topic?

The Programmers.se FAQ states that "Freelancing and business concerns" are on topic for this exchange. As a developer involved in recruiting, I consider recruiting to be an critical 'business concern'...
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I think this reference request should not have been closed

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/98899/haskell-code-accompanying-the-paul-hudak-1994-us-navy-experiment-paper The paper cited is a much-referenced (in the PL world) classic. I ...
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Could mods please leave a message explaining the close?

A question of mine was recently closed as 'off topic'. There was no message left explaining the reason, and it is not as obvious to me as it apparently was to those closing it. I initially posted ...
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My question has been closed. I would like to understand why.

My question "Evolution of mainstream programming languages: simplicity versus complexity." has been closed. I am not sure I fully understand why. The explanation I got from the moderator(s) is that "...
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Close due to ensuing discussion and not original question?

My question here was directly prompted by this QA: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/85921/how-do-i-explain-to-hr-that-my-work-experience-is-relevant-even-if-it-doesnt-mat I'm ...
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Should "How do you ask or get asked to speak at a software conference?" have been closed?

Earlier today we saw https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/80898/how-do-you-ask-or-get-asked-to-speak-at-a-software-conference asked and subsequently closed as "not a real question". ...
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Objective question closed as subjective?

I'm not saying my question was the best in the world, or even the worded in the best way, but I don't think it deserved to be closed: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/80396/...
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This question about word meanings was closed as off topic, but does not seem to be off topic.

This question: AddIn, AddOn and Plugin has been closed. When I first read it I thought it might be better suited to EL&U, but since the question is something specific to computer programmes, this ...
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Is this question specific to programmers, or has everyone forgotten/relaxed about that requirement?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/74116/how-often-is-too-often-to-change-workplaces The FAQ says: If your question can also be applied to other jobs then it's not really ...
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Is it appropriate to close questions as "too localized" because the answer might change over time?

This is a question that I thought was perfectly reasonable for P.SE. It was closed as "too localized" due to the fact that the answer may change over time. I find this to be a strange reason to ...
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Need a link to the rules

I'm not sure if this where it's brought up, but i can't see any other avenue to discuss (or query) why this question was closed. Should this be the wrong avenue, please email on my username with a ...
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Why isn't there an "off-topic" off-topic option?

When flagging a question as being off-topic, only meta.programmers or Stack Overflow can be chosen. What if the question doesn't fit either of those options, or maybe not any site on the Stack ...
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Why do we use the phrase exact duplicate instead of just duplicate?

Why is the phrase "exact duplicate" used instead of just "duplicate"? Can there be an inexact duplicate? I've actually never seen an exact duplicate of another question (i.e. word for word the same) ...
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What are questions where "every answer is equally valid"?

Short version: Is this the same as a question "without a definitive answer"? Long version: Personally, I understood "subjective" to mean, "without a definitive answer", yet I keep seeing ...
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Some inconsistency in closing questions?

There's two questions: favorite programming language worst software bug in history How come one is still open, and the other one closed? I ask because both seem to me to be mere curiosity questions.
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Moderators Taking Community Function

Hi All, I have come across quite a few questions now that have been closed a single Moderator (and a couple with 1 Moderator, and 1 Community Member). Shouldn't this not happen? Half the point of ...
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Do we need a definition and policy on what would be considered "overly broad" questions?

It seems to me there is a difference of opinion about how to handle questions that would be considered overly broad, and that is leading to inconsistent handling of questions. For your consideration,...
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Legitimate question closed.

This is a summary of the question : Gives a file size and encryption method. Seeks information on how easy/difficult it is to crack, what kind of infrastructure is required and what are the best ...
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Confused about questions allowed here

I recently asked a question about how PHP can be improved: What features would you like to have in PHP? which was promptly closed as "not constructive" - even though I specifically asked constructive ...
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Can there be a rule to only vote to close if it belongs on a better *.SE site?

I kind of think being in beta and the fact there is much discussion about on-topic/off-topic sites, some mods are hasty to close questions without first determining the best place for it first. see: ...
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Grammar of Off topic close reason

So this question was closed at off topic, but the close reason took me back Questions on Programmers are expected to generally relate to indirectly relate to programming, within the scope ...

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