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Can we resuscitate more content?

Noobs everywhere Ok, so we have people new to programming, poor English speakers, and sometimes their intersection asking questions here. Their questions aren't always the best, but sometimes there ...
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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The angular2 tag is somewhat outdated.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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Call for volunteers: close voters

Programmers could benefit from a few more regular visitors who close questions on the front page and the Unanswered page that are clearly off-topic. "Clearly off-topic" means: We don't do code ...
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Burninate and blacklist request: [career-*] [job-*] [resume]

This is not a duplicate of this: Usefulness of [career-development] and [career-transition] tags ... it's time for them to be blacklisted. The narrowness of scope of what actually would be on topic ...
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Looking for algorithms

I have a problem I'm trying to solve and I'm looking for an algorithm to solve it. I'm sure a solution exists I just don't know what it's called to search for it. If I describe the nature of the ...
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How do I ask a good question?

We’d love to help you. To improve your chances of getting an answer, here are some tips: STOP! Programmers is primarily about software design. We don't do code troubleshooting here, so if your ...
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Some stats on first and second posts

One of the things that we occasionally see on P.SE (and more often at the start of a new college semester) is new users posting their homework. With single posts, we are often able to comment and ...
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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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Should the thinking tag be removed?

Should the thinking tag be removed? It seems vague, is used in only 13 question, and has only 1 follower. I'm thinking it should be pruned.
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Updated /help/on-topic Page in Help Center

Following a Meta discussion and some discussions in our chat room to iron out some finer points, we have completed an update to the "What topics can I ask about here?" page of our Help Center. Here ...
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Burninate then Blacklist the [tutorial] and [tutorials] tags

I feel that the tutorial and the tutorials tags should be blacklisted. They are for the most part called out in the FAQ as off topic, and even when they are non general knowledge and cannot be easily ...
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Custom Close Reason Updates

First: We have a fourth custom close reason added. One of the most common close reasons that isn't accounted for by one of the current custom close reasons is for questions seeking legal advice or ...
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Why should we not delete a question about using a factory class instead of direct object construction?

This meta-question is about the following question on the main site: Why should I use a factory class instead of direct object construction? [closed] Currently, it has a lone delete vote. The only ...
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Reconsider historical lock on hardware recommendations

Some of our older questions are about hardware recommendations. Well, Hardware Recommendations.SE is now live - lets clear up some confusion. No, I'm not suggesting migrating these questions there, ...
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Reviewing first posts from new users

I took a quick look at the review history in our first posts review queue and I've noticed some "No Action Needed" reviews that I didn't agree with. That's not a problem, I don't expect anyone to ...
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My question was closed as a duplicate of a vaguely related question without good answers

Best practices for sharing tiny snippets of code across projects was closed 6 months after being posted. It was marked as a duplicate to How to promote code reuse and documentation? I'm a heavy user ...
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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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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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Reevaluate historical locks on some books

While stumbling across an update link project for Stroustrup's homepage (as I write this there are about two dozen posts that link to an old page that doesn't exist anymore), I found two book ...
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Add a question link to the tour

What's the difference between Programmers and Stack Overflow? This question should be added to the tour of programmers.stackexchange.com IMHO. Every programmer coming on the site tries to know ...
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2013 Community Moderator Election

The 2013 Community Moderator Election is now underway! completed! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and ...
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Is programmers the appropriate website to ask about system design questions?

Note: This is a follow-up question to this one. I'm planning to practice some system design questions asked during tech interviews, and I'd like to get reviews/opinions on how I'd design some systems ...
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Do we need to provide guidance for questions related to ethics?

I would like to edit this question/answer to provide specific guidance for asking and answering questions related to ethics on Software Engineering: Ethics questions are on-topic, given that direct ...
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Tag ambiguity - “activity”

I've just noticed the tag activity which is rather infrequently used and seems to cover a variety of concepts. About half of the questions seem to be concerning the Android user interface concept, ...
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10k flag handling gone and what you can do about it

With Let's get rid of the 10K flag queue (MSE), the ability for 10k users to see flags (particularly not an answer and very low quality) is gone. This means that the little blue box for notifying a ...
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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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Why was this question closed as duplicate

Clean Code comments vs class documentation was closed as a duplicate of "Comments are a code smell" There are a couple of reasons I'm finding this difficult to understand. First, they ...
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Is the question ok here?

I am interested in the answer to the following question: https://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/74049/mathematical-model-for-a-webpage-layout ( Mathematical model for a webpage layout? - ...
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Flagging dialog has slightly misleading text

I flagged a post for closure (not as a duplicate). When I went again to the flagging dialog it correctly displayed that you have already raised this type of flag but this text was also displayed under ...
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Performance, website-performance, software-performance, performance-tools and job-performance tags

Currently, there are five tags containing "performance" in their title: performance (141, 38) “Questions related to improving application performance [...]”, software-performance (10, 4) No wiki ...
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Getting downvotes on the main site, despite improvement attempts

I'm still getting downvotes on a question that I thought I had improved considerably after feedback from commenters. But although the downvoters aren't commenting, they're still downvoting. The ...
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What is wrong with the given question?

I am struggling for a couple of times to put a good question for discussion. I need help to understand what is wrong with the this questions?
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What to do when the best answer doesn't solve the question

I have a peculiar situation. I asked this question and someone answered the question well by saying that the implementation I was planning on using is more of an anti-pattern as it is not addressing ...
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FAQ index links

I just made some updates to https://softwareengineering.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1646/faq-index-for-programmers-se, adding some missing faq questions, mostly. I think that each of the ...
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What's wrong with proving best practices through statistics?

The guidance for off-topic questions has this to say about the use of statistics: Asking for a link to something or statistics This is a subtler meaning of the 'favorite off-site resource' ...
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Tag merge / Synonym request : [coding-standards]

The following terms are all related and cover the same topic: coding-standards x 301 Wiki: Coding standards a set of conventions and practices used in software, such as naming classes, variables, and ...
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When you can't see the trees for the forest - how can you ask a question that's not 'too broad'

I've just deleted my question that had been put on hold as 'too broad.' I don't think that it shouldn't have been put on hold. While the comments I received helped me solve my problem, I recognize ...
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Can you please review the modifications for this question?

I modified the original Building a distributed system on Amazon Web Services after the comments mentioned about Why do interview questions make poor Programmers.SE questions? The question now is more ...
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Do we need to ban the [free] tag?

It's not widely used but it's hugely ambiguous as to what its exact meaning is and in all cases the questions were either off-topic or better covered by existing tags that were already applied. I've ...
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Why is my question closed?

My question was closed. Can someone please explain to me why this is? None of the people who voted to close it left a comment. The inbuilt message says it was closed because "We expect answers to ...
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What to do with the [learning] tag

I have noticed that many questions tagged as learning are closed. I counted in the first 100 questions only 34 were not closed. I think it gives the false impression that questions like "Where can I ...
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Merging tags metrics measurements and code-metrics?

The tags metrics, measurement, code-metrics seem to overlap very much: metrics is the most used with 77 questions to date. I propose to keep this one. measurement has 9 questions which are also ...
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Does “There is a new answer” pop up too early?

I just had this scenario: a question where an impulse answer came to mind. Posted that but for sure it was not good enough. However, there's a 5-minute grace period where edits can be done without ...
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What's that text above the viewport?

I was scrolling back up to the top of a page when I noticed this weird red text floating above the viewport in the "rubber-band-scroll" region. It says "Stack Exchange Inbox" and "Reputation and ...
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Why is this question still around?

I'm talking about this. The user is obviously a troll and should probably be question-locked and some serious action taken to limit their ability to comment. I flagged it for moderator attention, no ...
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Answer to a specific question and a very broad question

I was composing an answer to Can I distribute a GPL executable (not a library) in a closed-source application? when I discovered it has been closed as a duplicate of Can I use GPL, LGPL, MPL licensed ...
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Asking about specific term of software implementation

Can I ask about Barium Meal Test or Canary Trap implementations samples in this site? Or should I asked in StackOverFlow.com? Or none of them?
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what's wrong with question: on listening to java http requests

I asked a question basically on packet sniffing (or whatever the term might be). ** How to identify http requests made from a closed-source java app? ** Instead of asking on StackOverflow, I ...
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Update required for the close questions help page?

Referring to: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/close-questions Specifically for duplicates it states: When should I vote to close a question? Questions should be ...
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What is the correct stackExchange site to ask about conceptual question about computer systems?

What is the correct stackExchange site to ask about conceptual question about computer systems? Is programmers better or computer science one better? I am not really planning on asking anything ...