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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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Is this welcoming behavior?

Just now, I came across this question: Structure AWS environment following best practices I have recently completed "AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner 2019" from aCloud.Guru. The course essentially ...
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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 ...
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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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