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Once a question starts getting downvoted, is it doomed?

This post was inspired by this question. Suppose a new user asks a question, but it isn't clear what the question is asking. Within minutes, it will start attracting down-votes and votes to close. At ...
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Why was this question downvoted?

Here's a link to a question I just posted. I wanted to understand the trade-off between WET vs DRY code better so I wrote a question about how I've never understood the WET approach to coding. The ...
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Why Is One Question Closed for Legal Advice and the Other Upvoted?

So I recently submitted a question that got shot-down immediately for asking legal advice. It is as follows: Hybrid Source License That Is Basically Open Source but Prevents Competition? However, ...
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Feedback on new tag: Visual Testing

I've been here for years now but I have finally added a tag. Consider me a newbie on this and critically review Visual Testing About I've tagged it on How to test UI frameworks and will add it to ...
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Fast mod-deletion of positively scored question

I was reading this question Is there any programming language with a “negative” type system? (10K link), when the system informed me the question had been deleted. The question was deleted by a ...
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Contradiction in the site's scope definition?

For questions not being too opinionated, we expect them ideally to be backed up with facts and references. But when a question explicitly asks for references like research papers or statistics, it ...
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Why is this question closed as off-topic?

What algorithm to use for substractive machining RT simulation? Regarding this question, I am asking about the current state of the art, that is, the proper algorithm for this problem. To put an ...
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Last chance for this question - can someone explain what is wrong with my first question?

Yesterday after 5+ years of membership I asked my first question here. Within 16 hours it received 2 negative votes and 60-something views. I don't want to reiterate all that philology that's been ...
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Can you give an example of a question that is welcome on SE, but is off-topic on SO?

Can you give an example of a question that is welcome on SoftwareEngineering, but is off-topic on StackOverflow? If you can't, why does this site exist?
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Can I ask for feedback on a list of ideas and thoughts, and the pros and cons I could think of, about designing a chess game?

I'd like to try coding a program to play chess. Therefore, to help myself, I'm writing down some possible choices that I will have to make to design the program (e.g. what data type for the chessboard,...
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How make a question about feedback for an university exercises?

I would like ask for feedback in exercises which has a little extensive statement. More specifically there are use cases exercises which have a business description that can be 1 or two Word pages but ...
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How to make a question about Elastic Search on topic?

I have a question about my Software Engineering Stack Exchange post: How does Elastic Search differ from Google or Yahoo Search? How can I make this on topic please? I'm not trying to advertise or ...
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Question about “What does XYZ Cloud Technologies, Inc. offer that Big Tech clouds don't?”

I have a question about my Software Engineering Stack Exchange post How can I make this on topic, please? The close reason is Questions asking us to find or recommend tools, libraries, programming ...
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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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Is it allowed to ask questions about interview design questions? [duplicate]

The interview tag mentions not to ask related questions. I wonder if discussions on product/API/distributed system design, especially on how to prepare, what to consider in the design, are allowed?
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Reopen UUID collision probability question?

I'm researching implementing UUIDs in an app for the first time, and the very first thing I want to know is 'what is the probability of collisions'. I think it's an incredibly important software ...
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How to get at least a couple of examples of a topic on which “whole books have been written”?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/416068/what-are-the-tried-and-working-software-development-metodologies Nowadays all the rage is agile, marketed as superior to waterfall. So ...
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What is actually on-topic for this site, if anything?

Before you link me to the page that explains the topics of the site, I've read it. But it seems extremely subjective and people who're doing the interpretation all seem to think just about nothing ...
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Unclear question is clarified in comment, later comment is deleted and contradictory clarification added to question

I recently encountered the following scenario: OP asks a question which is missing some information. Answerer asks for clarification in a comment. OP clarifies in a comment but does not edit the ...
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Can't ask question so what next? [duplicate]

Previously I asked what to do after being blocked from asking question. It looked like they are full of rhetoric on asking good questions but nothing on how to proceed after some questions are deemed &...
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Could those comments be moved to chat, and is this the right way to ask it?

My answer got a substantial amount of comments. The user commenting the most suggested recently to continue the discussion in chat, and this is indeed a great idea. Would it be possible to move the ...
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Is this a question with answers or should I look elsewhere

My employer has instituted a policy whereby access to github is blocked at the network level. So if you attempt to go there using http/s its blocked, regardless of what you are accessing. This was ...
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How to ask for a list of usable criteria

In this post, I've asked for a list of criteria I can use to make a correct choice for a programming environment. I received some pretty useless comments, and then, apparently after not more than 25 ...
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How can I improve this question about software architecture?

I have recently posted this question which quickly attracted downvotes and close votes. Some were accompanied by useful comments that helped me edit it to avoid some pitfalls (e.g. pros and cons). ...
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Should code smell and anti-pattern be synonomous in Software engineering stack exchange?

I was about to ask a question in the Software Engineering stack exchange channel. I noticed that tags exist for both anti-pattern and code smell. But isnt every anti-pattern a code smell? and isnt ...
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What is spam, according to Stack Exchange and Software Engineering.SE?

I just found two curious holes in the Stack Exchange definition of spam. How to not be a spammer is only concerned with answers, not with questions. Neither What types of questions should I avoid ...
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Interview questions are off-topic. What about questions that I, as the interviewer, have?

If I'm interviewing someone for a programming job and I have questions about how I'd best assess whether the candidate actually has a particular skill, would that be an on-topic questions? An example ...
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Suggestions to make my question about structuring a Python script more on-topic?

This always happens to me as a neophyte programmer. I devise a way to handle some meta-feature of my code. I can write workable code, but if you stray out of algorithms and best practices, and ask for ...
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Cloud computing vs. Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Software as a Service

Which Stack Exchange best for https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/410410? -- How distinguish Cloud Computing vs. IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS? I don't know computer science or programming...please ...
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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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Should we add a warning to tag legal

Today I realized we have a tag legal on the main site with the excerpt Questions about legal problems which may arise during software development or questions about software law, patents and ...
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Can we also get rid of [design-decisions]?

Motivated by Glorfindel's last meta question, I checked the tag design-decisions as well. It is currently used for only 21 questions. However, I think half of the on-topic questions on this site ...
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Can we decide to get rid of [decisions]?

The decisions currently has 30 questions, no tag excerpt and is used for all kinds of decisions: design-decisions (also a vague tag), technical decisions, decision tables. Not surprisingly, since ...
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How can I ask multiple questions in the same “question”?

I have asked multiple questions in the following thread: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/408184/server-side-javascript-rendering-ssr-from-java Since I have no previous ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Question about design rationale / history of CSS feature closed as “opinion-based”?

My question Inline HTML elements don't allow setting “width” - why is that? was just closed as "opinion-based". I'm a bit confused as to why. I'm not asking for opinion, I'm asking for the rationale ...
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Is the [recruiting] tag on topic?

The recruiting has been around for a while. That tag info appears to have been copied from Wikipedia. It has 14 questions, the 12 oldest of which are closed. Does this tag invite off-topic content?...
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Hostile community

I have been banned from the software engineering community for no real reason. My contributions were quite positive and in areas no one bothered to contribute. And even if they were not so positive, ...
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Moderators: stop deleting benign comments!

OK, I'm going to escalate this to a formal complaint. The active deletion of comments that are not harmful to the site has to stop. Under this answer, there was a brief but meaningful dialog in the ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is it ok to try to enforce vague, opionated rules?

Sometimes, I see people go into the comments and post links like the following and starting discussions Why is asking a question on "best practice" a bad thing? But other times when I look ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

On this question, I left a comment to the effect of You should write equality tests that make sense for your specific object. This may or may not include all of the properties of said object. ...
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Why were the comments on this answer locked?

Why is JavaScript not compiled to bytecode before sending over the network? Really? Please use comments for improving or clarifying the provided answer, in a civil tone. Personal attacks and ...
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Is this question on-topic here?

Not sure if SE is the right place to ask, so checking first... I am writing a web-based app for use in a private office (local network, no outside access). We have an agreement that they are not to ...
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Can moderators please provide me links to all my posts that have been deleted?

Can moderators please provide me links to all my posts that have been deleted? I am constantly looking for some posts but realize they have been deleted and how cheerful it is. For example, I am ...
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Why is the question “Is it a bad design for a programming language to allow spaces in identifiers” primarily opinion based?

I was checking the "top questions of week" and I just saw the following question was put on hold with the reason "primarily opinion based": Is it a bad design for a programming language to allow ...
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Introduction of the new tag: “TTS”

I am somehow concerned about missing tags in Software Engineering, on Stackoverflow, several terms can be found quite easily, whilst they are missing on Software Engineering, e.g. TTS. Is it possible ...
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Does this site support questions asking to evaluate alternative solutions to a problem and if yes, how can I ask them?

This is how I tend to use this site (and other SE sites): I work. I run into a problem I cannot solve myself (at least not easily, without devoting very substantial time or effort I cannot now devote)...
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What's wrong with this question about React event handling conventions?

Is there a standard convention for onChange handlers for react components? This question attracted -3 votes within the first hour of posting. It relates to function signatures for onChange on React ...

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