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Meta questions about why particular questions on the main site were closed.

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Why was this question directly closed as primarily opinion based and directly removed?

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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Reopen controversial question?

The question: Is it a good idea to make huge objects dynamic in C++? is closed as too broad for a reason I don't fully understand and, at the moment, can't support. The question is about the ...
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Reopen question?

The question Can a caller abort an execution of code invoked by HTTP request?, is IMO clearly asking about the network architect and whether a clients actions can effect what is in process on the ...
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What's so terrible about this naming question?

What's the name of the antipattern opposite to “reinventing the wheel”? [on hold] Many people tried suggestions of various derivatives - consequences, special cases, but none for the thing provided, ...
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Question got closed citing that it requests for “customer support”

Yesterday I asked this Qn: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/340510/24410 But some fellow members felt that, it belongs to below category: Why we're not customer support for [your ...
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So apparently it's illegal to talk about technology difficulty here?

I tried creating a question asking what work is involved in creating a facial recognition app and got recommendations on my life and how to spend my free time... I want to talk about what kind of ...
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Why was my question so quickly deleted by a moderator?

I asked a question and it was deleted WITHOUT any polite explanation, by Thomas Owens: I want to learn Symfony but I think, learning Symfony as a first framework is a TITANIC task for someone who ...
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How is user without gold tag badge closing questions as duplicates with no other votes?

Lately, I've seen a number of questions closed as duplicates with only gnat's vote, such as When to make classes that do multiple things? As far as I know, the only legitimate way to do this is by ...
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This question isn't remotely subjective

Why was the caret used for XOR instead of exponentiation? Seriously though, this question asks for a specific reasoning - it doesn't encourage (nor would I accept) subjectivity or conjecture. It has ...
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Call for volunteers: close voters

Programmers could benefit from a few more regular visitors who close questions on the front page and the Unanswered page that are clearly off-topic. "Clearly off-topic" means: We don't do code ...
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Reopening the question about dynamic image generation?

I came across this question when it was at 3/5 close votes for being unclear : How are dynamic images programmed? I didn't think it was unclear at the time, however I could see how people ...
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Refined question that was closed as unclear

My Question was closed as unclear. It was not really bad from the beginning but some people still did not understand what I meant. Maybe because they were not familar with the example I made. But I ...
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How to address the “Why do so few languages with a variable-type 'operator' exist?” question

Why do so few languages with a variable-type 'operator' exist? I made an edit to the original question which was basically, "what programming languages exist to do X?" One of the site close ...
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Why did we start closing and migrating algorithm questions?

This site used to be a good, safe place to get help on algorithms. Indeed, I would consider it one of the primary purposes of the site. It is prominently listed in our help center and tour. It's ...
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Reopen “How to identify the responsibilities for a health check?” after edit?

What should be the scope of a health check for a system which deploys a webapp? I believe this question is now on topic. The comments make the following objections: I'm thinking it's the job of ...
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Reopen “What is the next step up from shell scripts?” question?

What paradigm to use when determining shell script vs a "proper" programming language? I made a fairly significant edit to remove the "which language should I pick?" part of this question ...
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If the scope is wrong, which of these questions belong here?

Over in Is this site failing? And should it go away? I posted this list and haven't gotten a satisfactory response yet. If the site's scope is at issue, then some percentage of these questions should ...
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Is this site failing? And should it go away? [duplicate]

Fact 1 At the time I write this, 12 of the 15 questions on the questions front page have net downvotes. That is an extreme statistical outlier on stackexchange. Other sites tend to have between 1 and ...
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Does this question about glasses serve any historically significant function?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/38299/do-computer-glasses-work?rq=1 Does the above provide any reason why I should not delete it?
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The “Professional Engineers” question has 2/3 reopen votes AND 3/4 delete votes; what's going on here?

Can Software Engineers become certified Professional Engineers (PE)? This question was closed by the community as off-topic career advice back in June 2014. It has not received any edits aside from ...
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When someone asks a “code improvement” question, should we edit it to an “algorithm improvement” question instead of closing as off-topic?

Prompted by the recent-ish question How to scramble a word, keeping first and last characters the same? (JS), and today's MSE post about it: Question closed as off-topic after following suggestion in ...
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Does deleting a closed question remove a question ban?

I asked a question recently which was closed as being too broad. I disagreed with the reasoning, but I understand the position that programmers.SE moderators took on it and I want to ask questions ...
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Improving “What should a programmer experienced in high-level OOP language learn when moving to low-level C development?”

How can the following question be improved to allow it to be reopened and answered? What should a programmer experienced in high-level OOP language learn when moving to low-level C development? One ...
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What questions recently closed can be salvaged?

When people ask about Programmers.SE being too negative, closing too many things, or needing to be more inclusive - the best way to approach this is probably to look at the questions that have been ...
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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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Recent Trouble With Popularity

A few recent questions seem to exhibit issues explained in The Trouble With Popularity article: we discovered that these posts... truly start to drown out everything else on the site... it's too ...
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How to ask “how to understand some code” questions

Often we find questions along the lines of Help me understand this C program #include<stdio.h> main() { printf("Hello World"); } Well, that one may be a bit simplified - but its not an ...
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Answer to a specific question and a very broad question

I was composing an answer to Can I distribute a GPL executable (not a library) in a closed-source application? when I discovered it has been closed as a duplicate of Can I use GPL, LGPL, MPL licensed ...
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Why is this question locked?

This question shows up in the 10k delete review list because it has a delete vote cast: How do I explain a “Hello World” program for beginners? [closed] The question is a classic example of How do I ...
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I believe my question was closed unjustly

I asked a language design / theoretical question and it was closed as "unclear what I'm asking". The problem is not that it's unclear -- it's just a bit theoretical and language design-specific. ...
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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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Does closing a question before an answer is received change the behavior of a user on future questions?

One of those ideas that got bantered around - does closing a question have any evidence at modifying a user's future behavior if it happens before they get an answer? We often see people ask a ...
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Does asking a question perceived as too broad warrant a down-vote / close-vote, without discussion?

We'll this recently happened to me, and now I'm out for social justification, so to speak...I'm quite an avid user of StackOverflow, so I do realize that the use of the voting mechanism had been ...
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Why is “Is it possible to…” a poorly worded question?

A lot of questions try to cast a net into sea of possible designs with the wording "is it possible to...". These questions often get closed for one reason or another. What steps should I take to try ...
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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: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/277933/69485 I read the answer to another question on here (meta.programmers....
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Question closed because of “asking for advice on what to do”

My question got closed as off-topic with the reason that it's "asking for advice on what to do": https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/274551/what-are-the-possible-repercussions-of-...
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Why was my question asking who is developing Wakelang closed?

My question Who is developing Wake? (10k link) was closed as unclear what I'm asking. In addition, one user posted a comment on my question saying, "recommended reading: Why we're not customer support ...
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Misleading “protected” message on closed question shown to users who are not logged in or have less than 10 on-site rep

Should I choose Doctrine 2 or Propel 1.5/1.6, and why? Is this the intended behavior? I was searching for the "answer" button because I read that I need at least 10 reputation because the question ...
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Why was my question migrated?

I asked this question a few days ago. Shortly after I placed a bounty on it (due to low attention), it was migrated to Stack Overflow, with no comment or anything (and, weirdly enough, the bounty was ...
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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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Where and how to improve questions?

This bit came up in chat the other day: more discussion needs to happen on meta regarding question x and how to make it better A quick search can find it, but I'm not going to link it to bring up ...
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Questions related to “deliberate practice” are all marked duplicate, locked, or closed

There exists an excellent question: How to Deliberately Practice Software Engineering? This question is marked a duplicate of the following questions: Continuous Professional development – the best ...
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How can I get my question reopened as someone answered in the comments?

I posted the following question on programmers.stackexchange.com : Is there any language-agnostic specification for "String Natural Sorting Order" I posted it on programmers.stackexchange....
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Is the line between a discussion based question and a definitive answer question fuzzy? [duplicate]

I know StackExchange has a pretty strict policy about discussion based questions, as I recently discovered. It got me thinking, how does the StackExchange community define opinion-based or bad ...
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What's the reopen rate for closed questions on Programmers?

Inspired by "How often are closed questions re-opened?" on MSO, I wanted to find out how often questions on Programmers get re-opened. One of the answers there provided two queries to get fairly ...
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“You have asked terrible questions, please get away or ask better question”

Above statement has just been filed when I tried to post a new question (or maybe a bit cleaner wording, but the idea is the same nonetheles): Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-...
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What is wrong with this question ABOUT programing?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/241503/jira-full-blown-solution-for-the-single-developer what is wrong with this question, in gods name, can someone tell me what the problem ...
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Most top rated questions could've been closed

My first and only question on this site has been closed. I've a fair amount of rep on SO and I know how things work here. Before asking it I have read the FAQ and the What topics can I ask about here? ...
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Asked design pattern question that was put on hold as off-topic - why?

Here the link to the question: ExtensionPoints design and architecture with examples
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Examples of inappropriately closed questions

This is a follow up to BartMan's question, which is now locked. We shouldn't be dismissive of the over-moderation concerns of potential new users. You asked for 10 examples of inappropriately closed ...