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What's not focused about my idiom-adoption question?

I've recently asked: Pros and cons of using the "die" idiom in C++? and the question was closed as unfocused. It has an answer and some comments, but no comment explaining why it is ...
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Should there be a shorter subdomain for the Software Engineering Stack Exchange?

A previous feature request has come up for attention by the development team. The idea is that "softwareengineering.stackexchange.com" can be quite long and annoying in the cases where ...
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How can this question be improved so that I can get an answer?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/439054/does-this-design-of-a-simulating-halt-decider-meet-the-requirement-that-hp-p-c Software engineers competent in C and the x86 language ...
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What's a reasonable delay before getting feedback from a reopen edit?

Context This question was closed because it was not focused enough. I've edited it within a day or two. As of writing this, 11 days have passed since my edit and I did not get any feedback. The ...
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If my ethics question is opinion-based, aren't all ethics questions opinion-based?

I've asked this question: Is it legitimate to track down a library maintainer who has disappeared? This is a question about whether something is ethical or not. Naturally, ethics are a matter of ...
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Bots, bots everywhere (a.k.a. I need a "report this suggested edit" button)

First of all, congratulations for tricking me into reviewing a suggested edit by showing me a dialog that informs me that I now have the privilege to review suggested edits, and then serving me, ...
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How can I update a terminology question so it can be answered with facts?

I am active on plenty of sites on the SE network, but I asked my first question on Software Engineering SE today: What is a Drop Release? asks about a definition of a term from release management. To ...
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Question deleted even though there are similar questions on the site

I fond similar questions on the site, so decided it was the right place to ask it here. I have provided those questions in the comments. And the question was not just closed, it was deleted by a ...
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Can I ask whether coding patterns are good or bad? If so, how should I ask?

I have a hard time with asking “is it okay”/“is it good practice” questions in ways that the community deems suitable for this site. I see popular and high-scoring questions about good/bad practices ...
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Is this SE site the appropriate one for “Figma architecture questions”?

I asked the following question on ux.stackexchange.com, but it got closed as off-topic. Also, I suppose it does not belong on neither Stack Overflow, graphicdesign.stackexchange.com nor superuser.com. ...
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We are no longer accepting questions from this account?

Can anyone shed a light on this ? My last question received two answers, no criticism and it was as comprehensive as possible. One closed vote without citing a reason. One upvote and a downvote ...
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How is this question not focussed?

"Which programming languages support closures?" seems pretty straight forward and focussed? That is, there is a clear question, a reference to what closures are (so there cannot be confusion)...
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What´s wrong to ask about code checks in typescript

Following the rules, stackexchange/SoftwareEngineering is about this topics: If you have a question about... Software development methods and practices Requirements, architecture, and design Quality ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Would a question along the lines of 'what is the link between one programming language and another' be on topic?

I am curious to know the relationship between a language I program in and another, older, language which influenced it. There is no specific aspect I'm interested in, it's more that I am interested to ...
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Is a question about git wrapping scripting adequate in this forum?

Is this question better/well-places in SE? "maybe it could be beneficial to have shortcuts similar to virtual environmentwrapper vs venv for standard activities with git which could be time ...
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does my question focused or still not?

I have a question about my Software Engineering Stack Exchange post: Tips on converting UBER app for waste management app So I asked here to have some comment about the needs for reopening the ...
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Why was my question for reasons to initialize using arguments over member variables flagged as an "Opinion based question"?

In c++, Is there any reason to initialize using arguments over member variables ( Or vice versa )? A reason is different from an opinion. And I qualified that I was interested in whether there was a ...
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Why is asking if someone elaborated on a decision, an "Opinion based question"?

This question here: Why is/was Bjarne opposed to adding strong/opaque typedefs to the core language of c++? Is asking if Bjarne ever elaborated on why he opposed strong or opaque typedefs. It got ...
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Why my question about user storage is closed?

I have an issue while storing user data. Firstly post in on code review. Someone tell me that this site will be more appropriate. Such as I was doubting between both, I post it on Software Engineering....
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How is asking, "Is there formal terminology for storage of key value pairs?" an opinion based question?

"Formal" being the working term here. I did not ask what people "informally" thought. I asked Is there formal terminology for storage of key value pairs? And it gets closed for ...
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Would a question about when to use (and not use) subdomains be on topic?

I was going to use subdomains to allow routing to various categories on a site, but someone advised against that approach (but didn't say why). For example, routes like baseball.example.com basketball....
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I think my post was mismarked as spam

I have a question about my Software Engineering Stack Exchange post: Could H correctly decide that P never halts? This SE meta post says, a post should be marked as spam only if it promotes a product, ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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Question closed for being "opinion-based" but I only asked for the name of a principle

A bit earlier, I posted this question : Has "Using the inappropriate technology bias" an official name? It has been down voted and closed for being opinion-based. I don't understand why ...
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Question about designing a schema - on topic?

I have an SQL schema and I have some doubts whether the schema is going to massively change in the future. The schema describes entities of a game like user, rooms, board etc. Would a question ...
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How can the OP improve this question further to get it reopened?

Concerning this question: Possible trajectories with time travel I see currently four close votes, casted before the OP's latest edit, which was made with the intention to make the question more ...
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is this the correct place to ask educational/review questions?

I have a question about my Software Engineering Stack Exchange post: Any good resources on oracle PL/SQL for review or study? I recently posted a question here about educational resources, is ...
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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?

The "don't ask" page of the site says, a good question should insist on answers where opinion is backed up with facts and references. But when a question - even when well written and ...
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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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