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Vote to accept a question if it is worthy rather than to close when it is unworthy

It is my impression that most new questions on SESE are closed quickly, often rightfully so. This is problematic for a number of reasons. We have been urged to be friendly and welcoming. Having your ...
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How can I update a terminology question so it can be answered with facts?

I am active on plenty of sites on the SE network, but I asked my first question on Software Engineering SE today: What is a Drop Release? asks about a definition of a term from release management. To ...
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Question deleted even though there are similar questions on the site

I fond similar questions on the site, so decided it was the right place to ask it here. I have provided those questions in the comments. And the question was not just closed, it was deleted by a ...
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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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Why was my question for reasons to initialize using arguments over member variables flagged as an "Opinion based question"?

In c++, Is there any reason to initialize using arguments over member variables ( Or vice versa )? A reason is different from an opinion. And I qualified that I was interested in whether there was a ...
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Why is asking if someone elaborated on a decision, an "Opinion based question"?

This question here: Why is/was Bjarne opposed to adding strong/opaque typedefs to the core language of c++? Is asking if Bjarne ever elaborated on why he opposed strong or opaque typedefs. It got ...
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Why my question about user storage is closed?

I have an issue while storing user data. Firstly post in on code review. Someone tell me that this site will be more appropriate. Such as I was doubting between both, I post it on Software Engineering....
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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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Question closed for being "opinion-based" but I only asked for the name of a principle

A bit earlier, I posted this question : Has "Using the inappropriate technology bias" an official name? It has been down voted and closed for being opinion-based. I don't understand why ...
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Is this question a good candidate for reopening?

I don't think this question is worthless to this site. While it has a misleading title ("Why use dropdowns over textboxes in this case" would be better) I had thought it worth answering. I ...
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Question is not a duplicate: can we reopen?

Over here: Clean OOP and efficient GPU buffers: not possible without data duplication? This isn't really a DOD question as it was marked duplicate. It's about avoiding duplication between memory ...
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When every question pertaining to Software Engineering has been more or less asked, do we broaden the scope of questions allowed to be asked?

Have other Stack Exchanges run into this, where activity slows due to the lack of novel questions remaining? Is that even seen as a problem? If and when it does happen, would there be greater ...
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Now that 3 close votes has been proven and implemented on Stack Overflow, can we have the same on Software Engineering, please?

I won't belabor the research by repeating it here. It's been described in exhaustive detail at this post. The executive summary: Closing, editing and reopening all become more effective. Can we ...
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My question was simultaneously answered, put on hold, and finally deleted. Why, and how can I improve my question?

Regarding this question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/393863/how-to-intelligently-discover-and-track-meaningful-changes-in-html-with-a-c-qt I laughed, because the answers/...
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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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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 ...
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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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