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The question you're asking is designed to solicit answers or opinions on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Why was this question directly closed as primarily opinion based and directly removed?

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 ...
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Where to ask questions about how to write a job application?

I have some special questions about 'job applications' for a software engineering job. Is this the right place to ask something about writing a job application?
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Angular 2 is a long time ago

The angular2 tag is somewhat outdated. I don't think it is a good idea to make a new tag for every version of Angular 2+ but most questions these days are about Angular 6 or 7. (And soon Angular 8). ...
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Should we discourage questions that are overly abstracted, with unrealistic examples?

Every so often, somebody asks a question about a piece of code, but the piece of code that they give is too abstract and unrealistic. For example, there's a question on the front page right now about ...
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2018: 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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How can I improve my question to get feedback instead of downvotes?

How can I improve my question? How to make a large scale change in a software project? I apologise as I'm not experienced with this platform.
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What happened to this question

I came across this question yesterday: I spend more time thinking about implementation rather than actually writing code. It had a great success. Lots of views and votes and was even featured on SE ...
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Is it ok to demand effort from the OP?

Say the original poster (OP) asks a terrible question so it gets closed. But others come by and see some value. So they edit to make it clear, focused, and on-topic. Does any of that matter if the OP ...
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Reopen controversial question?

The question: Is it a good idea to make huge objects dynamic in C++? is closed as too broad for a reason I don't fully understand and, at the moment, can't support. The question is about the ...
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Reopen question?

The question Can a caller abort an execution of code invoked by HTTP request?, is IMO clearly asking about the network architect and whether a clients actions can effect what is in process on the ...
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How do I find what made a question extremely popular?

A few days ago, someone posted an ordinary question, and I gave a mediocre answer. During those days, the question received much attention and my answer received an abnormally high quantity of ...
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Should I reference the open-source library used for posted code examples?

My question includes a code snippet from an open-source library. The snippet is used to illustrate what I believe may be poor programming practice, as relevant to the question. As I don't want to ...
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Software Engineering's updated site theme is live!

UPDATE - We've pushed this live for everyone now. Thanks to those who took the time to give feedback. Please do know, being live doesn't mean we can't address further changes for you! Write an answer ...
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How to deal with Accepted Answers that are actually dangerous to those that might use it?

This accepted answer it not just factually and technically incorrect on many levels, it is actually passively malicious in that it claims it is secure with arguments that are logically incorrect but ...
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Tag synonym inversion-of-control and ioc

I noticed that inversion-of-control and ioc are exactly about the same topic. Moreover, the description of the inversion-of-control even mentions IoC as abbreviation. I tried to propose ioc as ...
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Can I ask for general feedback on a project of mine

I have recently completed my first real software project, including a hopefully user-friendly command line interface, proper packaging and uploading to the Python package repository, license and at ...
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This question is often referenced, but it was closed as too broad. Yet it's a clear question with a good answer

This question was referenced as a possible duplicate of this question. I think it is a well made, important question, and it's referenced in other places. Why then was it closed, and importantly, ...
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How is it valid that a question considers another question a duplicate, but that other question was considered off topic?

This question cites two duplicates, one of which is this question, which was closed as off topic, with the specific reason "primarily opinion-based". I don't hang out much in this SE, but usually ...
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Is it `interface` or *interface*?

There's a tag on the main page called interface, which is very schizophrenic. Specifically, the excerpt says Questions about interface related design considerations, such as programming to the ...
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Why are comments on the original question locked on low rep?

I was looking at a question a bit earlier (Appropriate way to handle timezone for embedded/IoT devices to be more specific) and wanted to ask the OP a question to get better insight into their thought ...