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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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Career Development Questions - Moving rather than closing? [duplicate]

I was surprised to see that the top five questions on programmers.SE this morning were closed as off topic. As is often the case, they were all career development questions. Since there seems to be ...
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Closed questions: What is wrong? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Career Development Questions - Moving rather than closing? As I write this post, out of 48 questions on the main page, there are are 27 that are closed. Is the FAQ is not ...
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Will this edit to “Burned out on programming and given up?” make it on-topic? [closed]

The question Burned out on programming and given up? is currently flagged for deletion. Would it be considered on-topic if the personal wall-of-text... er.. information was removed, and it is turned ...
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What needs to be done "What is the most productive way to handle development-related failures?" to salvage it? [closed]

The question What is the most productive way to handle development-related failures? is currently flagged for deletion. Dealing with project failures or your code being rejected seems like something ...
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What can we do about incorrectly pedantic moderation?

I've just seen a question closed by a moderator because "Career advice is explicitly off-topic, per the FAQ" (link), which is simply incorrect: the FAQ makes clear that career advice specific to ...
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Is it too hard for the community to re-open questions here?

I have posted a question on meta asking to lower standards for re-opening questions on smaller SE sites, and wish to provide a link here because the question was generated from the frustration I feel ...
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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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Can mods give us a chance to edit upvoted questions that were asked back when they were on-topic before closing/deleting them?

I get upset when I look for a particular question of mine to link to another question, only to find that it's been closed and I probably shouldn't be sending people to it. It's even worse if the ...
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What's all this about heroic edits?

I've heard there's a way to get questions reopened by doing something called a heroic edit. What is it, how can I do it properly, and how does it help?
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Voting on questions that might fall in the "All Careers" circle of FAQ

Can we stop closing good questions simply because they could be applied to more than just programmers, if the answer is something that would be unique to developers, or if the question itself is ...
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How did this general question not get closed?

This question seems to suffer from all the same pitfalls as questions I see closed regularly: Dealing with management that does not see value in improvements that are not immediately visible to the ...
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Why is the question regarding mentoring closed?

I am referring to this question:What you should do if your junior did not adopt your suggestion? . I was asked to take this question to Parenting SE or Professional Matters SE, because the question ...
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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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Had a question I remembered asking a few months ago that had an answer and both are gone

Now that's really annoying, I'm on the SE network all the time, why can't I get some sort of notification that some code snippet that I'd like to have gone back to is likely to disappear forever? ...
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If you realize you answered a duplicate question, should you move your answer?

I just answered a question and then another SE user pointed out it was a duplicate. Not only was the question asking about almost the same topic, but question body was literally copy/pasted. Usually, ...
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Why is it not suitable for ask how to name a process?

Here's my question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/128080/naming-an-operation-hibernate-archive-freeze I have created a process within a system and wanted to establish if ...
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Why is the question "Is there such a thing as a super programmer?" closed?

My question Is there such a thing as a super programmer? is currently closed as not constructive. Why? The question invites explanation; has inspired reasonably long answers; is worded in a fair way; ...
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Why was the maintainability question closed?

The question What hurts maintainability? recently got closed as being not constructive. In the comments two reasons were suggested: The fact that it has 18 answers is an indication that it's not ...
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Why Keep These 10 A Penny " How Long Will It Take To Program in Blah Blah Blah Language Questions" Open Yet Close This Question..?

Why keep this question open and others like it open which basically asks how long does it take to learn a programming language? Yet I ask a valid question which basically asks how esteemed is a ...
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Are questions about Developer Agreements on topic?

This question about iOS development was closed as off topic. At its core, this question boiled down the types of applications allowed by a software publisher (in this case the Apple App Store) would ...
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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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7 out of the top 15 questions have been closed

Just out of curiosity, I clicked to order the questions by vote count, and was surprised that 7 out of the top 15 questions were closed as not-constructive, duplicate, etc. While I wouldn't argue that ...
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Why is "are developers stakeholders" closed?

I came across this question that was closed because it's "not a real question" when cleaning up software-engineering. Why was it closed? So far, the answers are pretty poor. This question is easily ...
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What was wrong with the overtime question?

The question Should developers accept overtime/weekend work/denied bonus payments? was closed as "not constructive" by a single vote. I'm just curious — what was wrong with it? No comment was ...
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Why was the question about "when" statements closed?

Why do decent questions get unilaterally closed by one admin? Here's only the most recent case: Is there such a thing as a "when" statement? I can understand the need for the pure junk/...
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Why was my question closed?

I recently had my question closed, but I don't understand why, and it doesn't seem fair. Why wasn't my question left open so others can decide if the question is good themselves, and how can I get ...
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Can a question with 800 views, 7 answers, 20+comments and 9 votes be still counted as vague

I asked a question few days back, which was very clear in its statement. The question was regarding compiler and definitely can be answered and was answered pretty well by the fellow programmers. But, ...
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Yet, another example of a question being closed as ‘not a real question’

Are MS Server OSs a requirement for DVCS systems (Mercurial or Git) on the windows platform? [closed] Yet, another example of a question being closed as ‘not a real question’. I grant the question ...
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Questions barely or not related directly to programming. We need handling them.

Next week we will receive an avalanche of questions migrated from SO. We have a lot of questions not related to programming jobs if we drop the "programming" word. Nothing new so far. But we need a ...
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Can the migration path from SO be reconsidered?

We've had some discussion recently about bad Programmers questions being migrated from Stackoverflow. The number of close votes required to migrate on SO was changed from 3/5 to 4/5 in response. ...
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Is there a way to ask a question contrasting the advantages or differences of C# and VB.NET without it being closed?

I was told to come ask this here, so hopefully it doesn't get closed or down voted here too. I've always been curious why people seem to move from VB to C# when VB.NET seems to have some technical ...
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Why was my question about migrating VB.NET developers closed?

I asked a question about VB.NET and C#, but a moderator closed it within a few minutes of it being asked without allowing the community to decide whether it should be worthy of the site. I want to ...
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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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Response to question being closed: What kind of programmer

A question I asked recently was closed on the basis of it being to localized and / or not helping any future visitors. I wanted a chance to explain myself as this is a very important question to me ...
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How to handle new user with significant amount of closed questions

I have noticed recently a number of new users who have a significant amount of closed questions. One user in particular has around 50% of 28 questions asked that have been closed. A lot of the ...
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What's the point of closing a question?

What's the point of closing a question if people can still answer, vote it up/down, favorite it and add comments? I dont get it :(
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How to prevent "Why is my question being closed?" and User Frustration?

There are a lot of frustrations all on the front page (Nov 2010, still occuring Jun 2011): Why is this question closed? It's a good question about a bad idea. I don't think peaple understand ...
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I don't understand why a question of mine has been closed

A question of mine has been closed and I really can't understand why, It followed all the guidelines and was very much a real question with a real concern of mine. How to keep your eyes on the prize? ...
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How does stackoverflow prevent the tyranny of selfish moderators? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What are the rules around moderators closing questions outright? When is it acceptable for a moderator to make a unilateral decision to close a question? How does ...
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Putting contentious questions on probation

Say I've asked a question that may be rather controversial. Oh, wait, I have. It was closed, and for good reason: it's probably not the best fit for Stack Exchange, no matter how interesting the ...
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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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How do I get my age bias question reopened

I feel strongly that my question was improperly closed. There is clearly a sharp difference of opinion on this question, but that is far different than the question being "ambiguous, vague, incomplete,...
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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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Why "Where to find “good” clients?" closed?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/68724/where-to-find-good-clients I specificity bold this line: I’m simply search for a site that ranks clients based on employer/freelancers ...
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Why did 'must have developers tools' get closed?

Why did https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/1920/what-are-the-must-have-development-tools-for-linux get closed? To me, it looks like someone just read Fails 1, 2, 4, and 5? Maybe ...
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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 was my programmers question closed but not one similar?

My question was closed today: What is programming like in the Japanese language? This question was never closed: Do people in non-English-speaking countries code in English?
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Are there closed/deleted questions on SO that you guys actually want over here?

I'm trying hard to avoid using Programmers as the new and improved dumping ground for unwanted SO questions, but the flags keep coming. Right now the question How to handle people who lie on their ...
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Why are questions about programs verboten?

I've noticed that every time somebody poses a question along the lines of "What are some programs other coders find useful that I might not know about?", it is, no matter how many upvotes or answers ...