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

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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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Closing a two year old question as a duplicate of a one year old question?

I just noticed that Is there a measure of code rot?, which was created in February 2011 was closed two weeks ago as a duplicate of How can I quantify the amount of technical debt that exists in a ...
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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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The coding for charity Q. Any hope of ever being on-topic?

A recent question was posted about coding for charity and finding organizations that help coordinate those activities. Currently, it's closed as off-topic. An attempt has been made (by me) to make ...
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Should I give more information to this question? How to improve

I just asked this question with regards to using cognitive enhancing drugs to assist with your coding job. It wasn't as good of a question as I thought it would be, considering I left out specific ...
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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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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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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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How can we help people who ask “What language should I learn next” ask a better question?

After reading the FAQ and the answers in Why is "what language should I learn" considered off-topic?, I feel that there is still a hole in the discussion, namely how can we help all those ...
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How to better fit the “on-topic” format

I'm not asking as a result of bitterness, I'd just really like to know what I am doing wrong per the spec. I have only two questions on programmers SE, both of which got closed. By contrast, I am an ...
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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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My question was closed as a duplicate of a vaguely related question without good answers

Best practices for sharing tiny snippets of code across projects was closed 6 months after being posted. It was marked as a duplicate to How to promote code reuse and documentation? I'm a heavy user ...
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Does the FAQ represent reality of this site?

I am having trouble getting to grips with Programmers despite having had good success on SO. My questions here keep getting closed. By my reading of the FAQ, my questions are good and on topic but I'm ...
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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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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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Is this “I hate the users” question constructive?

Please refer to the following question: I hate the users. Am I a sinner ? As of now, 4 people have already voted to reopen it, without leaving any comments as to why. It would appear to me that the ...
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I clearly got the wrong idea about what this site is about.

I have just signed up to this site in order to ask a specific programming question I thought would be unsuitable to ask on Stackoverlflow. My question was quickly closed down, here is a link to my ...
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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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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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What happens to a bounty when a question is closed?

So I recently posted an answer to this question. At the time I posted it, it had a 50 rep bounty on it. I knew it was a "shopping" question, but decided to post anyway. Now, it's been closed by a ...
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Why is this question closed? It's a good question about a bad idea. [closed]

Does giving a developer a slower development machine result in faster/more efficient code? Like most respondents, I am horrified that anyone would think this is a good strategy. But that doesn't ...
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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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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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Are questions about source control off topic?

Why is this question considered off topic? I choose to be fair and show all reasons why I dislike the current options - would've it been ontopic if I simply lied and only told I was dissatisfied with ...
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Why close a 2 year old question?

Okay, I'm very confused now. A question of mine from 2 years ago with multiple upvoted answers and upvoted to ten was just closed as not constructive. I'm assuming that someone stumbled across it and ...
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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 ...
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Questions are being closed too readily?

I asked a question on Programmers, and received 7 upvotes, but got the following comments, if you could spare a look: And then the question got closed for being not a real question. But then a user ...
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What can I do the question “Is taking frequent breaks really that beneficial when programming?” to make it on-topic?

The question Is taking frequent breaks really that beneficial when programming? got closed as off-topic today. I feel this is a valid question for software developers, and that the answers provide ...
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Are there “ex post facto” closes?

Can questions be closed for a reason that is valid TODAY but did not exist at the time the question was asked? Here is an example. Why close a 2 year old question? Questions are now "routinely" ...
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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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Something very strange going on in a closed question

Can someone have a look at this question? Some newbie who apparently doesn't understand the idea of abstraction came along and asked a question that, admittedly, is a bit ranty. Several people, ...
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How can my Question be improved?

I see someone felt like my delicious Question didn't meet 6 points of decent subjective Questions, and after having a look at that blog post, am curious which of those points did it fall short on? [...
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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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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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Why has my question been closed?

I would like to know why my question has been closed nearly instantaneously? What is a good product planning tool? I read the FAQ prior to asking, and it does not seem to contradict any of the ...
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What needs to be done “Most effective way to increase programmer salary besides just doing your job?” to make it on-topic? [closed]

The question Most effective way to increase programmer salary besides just doing your job? is currently flagged for being closed. This is very similar to a question I had about how to grow out of ...
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Require a link to the question it is a duplicate of

When people vote to close a question, and more importantly when it is closed, a link to the duplicate question should be displayed in all cases. This should one, reduce the number of claims of "exact ...
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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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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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Why was my question on Free/Open Software closed?

I asked a question about the overlap between Free Software (as defined by the FSF) and Open Source Software (as defined by the OSI). Note that this question was not subjective. I was not asking about ...
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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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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 ...