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What can we do to help users understand our site better?

As of right now, the close/migrated question rate for the past month or so is around 43% (see notes below) The majority of the closures are valid based on our site standards, however the fact users ...
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Answers to this question involved facts, and yet it was closed as 'Not Constructive'. Why?

Answers to this question involved facts, and yet it was closed as 'Not Constructive'. Why? A single language to learn to develop desktop and mobile phone applications?
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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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Question tagged training was closed as off topic

Why was this question closed as off-topic? It was tagged training and when you look at the definition of the tag training: You may use this tag when your question revolves around for example: ...
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What should I do if I think a good question got closed as a duplicate to a worse question?

I noticed Why do we need private variables? got closed as a duplicate of Do ALL your variables need to be declared private?, but I thought the first question and its answers were much better than the ...
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My question was closed. Is there a way to ask something similar that does fit Q&A?

I asked this question about Observer pattern, so I could get some help with my talk that I have to hold. I understand the problematic part that its teasing a debate, but I tried really hard to phrase ...
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Are questions asking if something is normal for programmers on-topic?

I've seen a few of these and often up-vote them because I've had the same questions and am interested in the answers, however these questions frequently get closed as not constructive, and one is ...
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Issues of possible innovation via new programming languages, removal=censorship? [closed]

If someone raises new ideas of innovation , to improve usability or productivity, especially in a category of programming languages where it is pretty badly needed (and problems haven't been solved ...
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Lock the top-voted questions that are closed

Due to a huge amount of feedback received on Meta Stack Overflow regarding the deletion of massively-upvoted but off-topic/not-constructive questions, questions locked for historical reasons have ...
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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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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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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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Should we be concerned that @StackProgrammer tweets refer to closed/deleted questions?

Like 634 others, I follow @StackProgrammer on Twitter to read and retweet hot questions. However, it's been nagging at me recently that I perceived "a lot" of these tweets -- tweets ostensibly meant ...
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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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Delete some questions instead of just closing them

There are the FAQ's, plenty of closed questions (heads on top of spears), and comments about what types of questions are appropriate, but since so many questions of the same type are closed, should ...
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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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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 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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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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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'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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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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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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Too many answers is the sign of a bad question

You may have noticed a few whale questions—ones with a ton of answers—getting bumped to the front page and subsequently closed as "not constructive." This is part of a cleanup based on some new ...
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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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How to reconcile guidelines, community opinion and moderation

First of all, I realize that this topic has already been discussed ad nauseam, so I apologize in advance if nothing fruitful comes of this. I strongly feel that there is a large disconnect between ...
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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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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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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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Programmers.SE Summer Cleaning

So it's summer-time, and while you may be thinking that means warm temperatures and blue skies (sorry, Southern Hemisphere!), the Stack Exchange network has caught the clean-up bug. Our sister sites ...