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Are questions about terminology and canonical definitions on topic here? [duplicate]

This question I asked here: What do you call the state reducer pattern used by redux? Has not been well received (-2, and two close votes for requesting tutorials/tools, at time of posting this ...
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The community needs your support! Can you provide it?

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you're fully aware of the problems plaguing the network right now. Effectively, this site is now un-moderated. Two moderators have ...
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I'm resigning as a moderator from all Stack Exchange sites

I'm resigning as a moderator from all Stack Exchange sites, effective today. I didn't make this decision lightly, frivolously or suddenly. A persistent pattern of corporate missteps, and a ...
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Can you help me in finding a way to phrase or a community where I can have an answer to the following question?

We are often building and testing new file formats. We are looking for a list of features and standard figure of merits of a file format for comparison and evaluation. For instance, writing and ...
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Is discussion of models for hiring, promoting, and reviewing developers on-topic discussion?

Background tl;dr question is at the bottom I am currently working as a middle manager for a mid-market manufacturing company that has an IT department consisting of: 6 developers (one lead, two ...
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Drive-by downvoters?

I gave an answer to a python question and got a downvote pretty quickly. No comment, so I asked (somewhat humorously) what caused the downvote. Then I got another downvote, and my comment was deleted. ...
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What's wrong about this question?

I have a question about my Software Engineering Stack Exchange post: Why (lots of) developers prefer whitespacing everywhere? The question is about coding-style, I confirmed that I've asked the ...
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Can I ask about changes in Programming Language version changes here?

Can I ask about changes in Programming Language version changes here? Is this appropriate for SE? Context: I wanted to ask if I can ask here what was changed since JDK 1.8 to 1.12, since I was ...
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What can be done about repetitive posting of homework questions?

There has been a number of repetitive postings of what seems to be unedited homework questions ("what is the best technique to..."), apparently from first-time users probably going through some kind ...
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Stack Overflow for Teams is now an official sponsor for Software Engineering

Last year I announced a "site sponsorship" program aimed at industry and project-team leaders to help drive more support to these sites. You can read more about how Site Sponsorships work below: Site ...
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“Most common “Y2K-style” bugs today” … Keep or Delete?

This mildly interesting question has a respectable number of views, but it's clearly off-topic, it being a "make-list" question. I've looked through the answers, and frankly I don't see a whole lot ...
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Why has my question been considered off topic and deleted?

I posted a question about architecture of a front-end application, and it has been closed as off topic, without any explication regarding why it would be off-topic : https://softwareengineering....
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Abuses of closing and deleting posts suppress normal participations: call for moderation on abuses from privilleged users

I think the deleting and closing of my posts are very much questionable. https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/393891/is-broker-a-design-pattern-and-mentioned-in-design-patterns-by-...
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Why questions about “the correct way” are too broad

Questions of the following form are often closed as too broad: "Review My Design" "What is the Best Practice?" "Will my approach work? Is it viable?" "Is this the correct / preferred / accepted / ...
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Tag Synonyms / Merging: Estimates

Right now, we have 4 estimation tags on SESE: estimation and its unmerged synonym time-estimation (239 questions), cost-estimation (29 questions), and workload-estimation (11 questions). I present ...
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Question closed for duplicate - while the reason why I though the duplicate was not a duplicate is removed?

Well I had a question regarding releases and continuous delivery methods. Rightfully someone initialy showed the "same" question. However that question was about option "A" and "B", - and the answers ...
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What can be done about the misuse of the “primarily opinion-based” close vote?

The question, Why not program our video text terminals/terminal emulators to use something JSON or XML on the backend instead of ANSI escape sequences? was closed yesterday by the admin, Robert Harvey....
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How can I ask this question better? [duplicate]

I really tried to write this question in such a way that it was not a shopping question. I've been using stackoverflow and similar sites for a long time and know why shopping questions and opinion ...
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Why was my valid edit rejected?

I want to draw attention to other mods regarding rejection of the edit here, https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/202550 This post seems directly related to object ...
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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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How to deal with cross-site duplicate closed posts

Stackoverflow is not accepting any post from my account due to some low quality auto/self deleted posts with negative net scores. Response of the site is as follows, You have reached your question ...
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Historical lock (or deletion) for these questions?

Going through some older, closed questions, I found these ones here: Studies on how noise affects productivity of programmers Techniques for getting off the ground in any language How to choose ...
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We are no longer accepting questions from this account

When I try to post a question in software engineering site of SO, it gives me below message and I cannot post any. Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help ...
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Would “Has <programming practice> ever gone badly wrong” questions be on topic here?

I'm wondering if questions about whether a given programming practice has ever been the cause of a large problem, would be on topic here. Note that when I say "programming practice" I mean a way of ...
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Example of incorrect close voting

So this question : Why do we still have programming languages that rely on indentation / white space? put on hold a opinion based, when we have this question: Why should a language prefer ...
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Should we request a question wizard for questions on Software Engineering?

Stack Overflow now has a question wizard called "guided mode" to help newer users asking questions. I clicked through it and it does an excellent job of putting caution tape around the typical ...
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How to ask about “How to write specification for a web application?”

I'm a software developer, and I have a friend who isn't (maybe call him an aspiring product manager) He has an idea for a web application, and wants to write a design or specification for it: So ...
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Am I overreacting when ordered to stop violating rules I didn't violate?

After reading the question How to architect a globally distributed website, from an IP address perspective, I considered that in its current form, the question may be off-topic. I saw the discussion ...
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Questions linked by meta questions shouldn't be permanently deleted

I recently asked a question about terminology/'is there a name for this' that was promptly deleted. So then I looked on the software engineering meta to see 'are questions about terminology on topic?...
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How could I make this question more “clear”?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/384917/why-would-i-not-need-to-run-e2e-tests-slowly-if-i-want-to-debug-them I asked this question a few months ago but deleted it because I was ...
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Arguing with answers VS expressing ideas

I'm talking about this edit of Why not use SQL instead of GraphQL?, a quite controversial question by me. Basically, I got a lot of enlightening comments and answers from this community, but I'm ...
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Can this question be salvaged?

This question How to write maintainable event code in C#.NET? was closed by Robert Harvey (and deleted afterwards by others). I add a picture of the question for those lacking privileges to read it: ...
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Broaden Allowed Questions : Project/Team Management

I am wondering why the following question has been downvoted How to distribute code reviews workload in a small team? Clearly, code reviews and team dynamics are not pure software engineering. But ...
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Broaden allowed questions : Asking for recommendations

I think we should allow more questions. Specifically we currently have a very broad definition of "Asking for recommendations" It seems to me that questions will be downvoted and close voted if they ...
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How do I know if something is opinion based?

Most of my questions about good practice I want to ask are like this: Is it good practice to do [thing]? Sometimes there's a non-opinion based answer like "You should always do that" or "You ...
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Why is my question getting so many down votes? What am I doing wrong (despite being a newcomer in this community)

The question in specific is this one: Integrity rules for Document-based DBs from the DDD perspective I'm getting down votes with no explanation. And I truly think it's a valid question. Possible ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Software Engineering's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank ...
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Can we improve our style of self-moderation for not-too-bad questions?

Over the last months and maybe years, I observed some tendency on this site of what I would call “hostile downvoting”. I see often questions which are not-too-badly written (sometimes even well-...
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Where to ask about IT terminology?

I have a question regarding my question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/387226/how-to-phrase-problem-with-thread-work-balancing (10K link) With this question, I want to learn ...
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Does humour have a place on Stack-Exchange?

This is a serious question. As this is the Software Engineering Meta Stack Exchange, please approach the answer from that point of view. Specifically, if the answer is "Yes", how do we produce ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Will runnable stack-snippets ever be a feature for this site?

StackOverflow has had runnable snippets for a number of years. I notice the feature is absent from this site. It's been noted that having source code in your question is okay here, so will this ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

Software Engineering Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election starting next week, February 25th. In connection with that, we will be hosting a Q&A here for candidates. This will be an ...
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Why lot of questions are closed on the name of 'primarily opinion-based'

Why lot of questions are closed on the name of being 'primarily opinion-based' ? All the answers I read here are primarily opinion based because the questions of this field are of that nature (...
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will it be a good fit for this site to ask for explanation of interface injection quoting from Wikipedia?

I just want to know whether the following question will be a good fit for this site. Question Starts : Quoting from Wikipedia : "The advantage of interface injection is that dependencies can be ...
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Why is this question not a good fit and how to improve it?

I asked a question here which was down voted. Let me put the question here: " I know that dependency injection (DI) is one kind of Inversion of Control (IoC). There might be different types of ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Are “give me an algorithm” questions on topic?

I have a collection of floor-plans as SVG. Bad ascii art follows Room walls are SVG paths like this (door added separately, but a room can be defined as an enclosed path. +--------------------+------...
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Popular, detailed, controversial answer on a legal topic deleted. Appropriate?

I was surprised to find that my answer "Reports of GPLv3 and AGPLv3 "virality" are greatly exaggerated" for the question "AGPL - what you can do and what you can't" was deleted -- the first time a ...