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What's the proper to phrase a question pertaining to good practices so that it doesn't get closed?

I asked a question about good practices: Are there good practices or even conventions to store LLM prompts I use while coding? It got closed as opinion-based. I looked at other questions tagged ...
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Removed question was before closed by moderator

Is it possible to know why this question was removed? https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/452793/how-do-you-build-a-high-availability-horizontally-scaling-application I was looking ...
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Should we request a banner to communicate our policy regarding generative AI in posts?

Staff recently completed a test of a banner to inform users of a site's policy regarding the use of generative AI, finding that it doesn't significantly impact answer rates but that it does reduce the ...
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What's a positive question record?

Good afternoon, In my reputation view, there is the following: While checking my account, I see four questions with a negative score, one with a zero score, all the rest (ten in total) have a ...
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Is it appropriate to ask to check exercises from Dragon Book here?

I am studying the Dragon Book about compilers and it has exercises which I try to solve. Unfortunately, there is no-one nearby who could check my solutions. Is it appropriate to post my solutions here ...
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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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Reopen a question that was closed, then changed, and now is missing last reopen vote

I was directed here to ask about reopening my question after the revisions I made: Creating necessary documentation for maintenance staff when only Code repository contents can be relied on This was ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Why are questions asking for resources about conceptual problems that age well off-topic?

From Can I ask for resource recommendations here?: Resource requests are asking for specific resources that are relevant to the broader concepts. Links to tutorials and blogs can stagnate: if you ...
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Why is the question asking about guideline on modelling a domain unfocused?

The question Is there any guideline on how to choose the objects to be modelled? is closed for being unfocused: If your question has many valid answers (but no way to determine which, if any, are ...
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Is it wrong for a question to be wrong?

Off topic and useless questions aside, what about questions that have an incorrect premise? Every question makes some assumptions. Does the question need to be closed when those assumptions are wrong? ...
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Should we synonymize these tags: scope, off-topic, on-topic-definition?

I see that there are 3 tags with similar usage: Tag Description scope Scope refers to "site scope," the area of topic focus within which users are permitted to ask questions. For example, ...
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How to improve my question

I'm writing this question to follow the suggestion that @Thomas Owens has given me by a comment added to a his answer to one my question. In that question on META I have summarized the content of one ...
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Are questions about explaining concept of computer science on-topic?

Here is how I come up to this question: I want to know what are the differences between immutable and readonly There is already a question asking about this on this site: Immutable vs Read-only vs ...
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Why is the question asking about similar concepts of low code unfocused?

The question What are similar concepts of low code/no code? And how are they different? (closed) is closed for being unfocused. I understand that it consists several questions, but I think that they ...
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Is asking whether "the Java Collection framework is an example where 'favour composition over inheritance' is not suitable" on topic?

For instance, would the following question be on topic? I was recently exposed to the design principle "favour composition over inheritance", as well as some guidelines suggesting that ...
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How big can our question be?

I’m building out a new kind of distributed, multi-modal database from scratch, informed by lots of existing solutions, and I’m about to embark on the most crucial part of its development: range keys ...
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How to improve my question "Structure of enterprise application with interchangeable technology interface underlying in C# with DDD approach"

I think this site is about design and best proactive in software engineering as you can see in https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic and question must be good question as you can ...
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is question review appropriate for meta?

Is it on-topic here to ask how you can improve a particular question before posting it on main? Or is it required that the question be posted on main first?
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Avoid using ChatGPT or other AI-powered solutions to generate answers to questions on Software Engineering

Although the problem is not yet as big as it is on Stack Overflow, there have been some confirmed attempts of accounts using AI-powered solutions, like ChatGPT, to generate and post several answers to ...
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Guidelines for questions about a specific language lacking a specific feature

I have asked some questions about why a specific programming language does not have a specific feature. They seem to have unpredictable/mixed reception as they are sometimes but not always closed as ...
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Was my question too specific and asked for opinionated answers? - Are there any general-purpose languages which don't support C?

It seems like a pretty specific question where any answer containing a general purpose language that doesn't support C would qualify. Or is it that there is the possibility of more than one correct ...
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Are questions about the architecture of well-known software products within the scope of the site?

Are questions regarding the internal workings and the architecture of a particular software product (e.g. Oracle database, SQL Server, etc) within the scope of the site?
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Someone plagiarized one of my answers. Now what? [closed]

Recently someone commented on an answer I wrote to Difference between 3-Tier architecture and MVC (Model, View Controller) in ASP.Net that they believe a blog post on blog.devgenius.io (a site ...
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Are questions asking for names of [anti-]patterns really off-topic?

The question essentially asks: "Here's this bad thing I've noticed. It seems like an anti-pattern. Is it a recognized anti-pattern? What is it called?" It was closed as "opinion-based&...
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Are questions asking for better ways to represent a particular concept in a given language within the scope of the site?

I asked this question in CodeReview and I was informed that I could find better answers in the SoftwareEngineering community. But, just to make sure, would the question be within the scope of the site?...
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2022: 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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Is this site's penalty factor for Hot Network Questions still necessary?

Currently, this site has a penalty factor imposed on the "hotness" score used by the system to determine if a question on this site should be selected for Hot Network Questions: once a ...
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Is the block against unregistered users asking questions still necessary?

Since 2012, unregistered users (users who haven't explicitly signed up for the site) have been prevented from asking questions (not answering questions) on this site. This block was implemented ...
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Is it okay to be a serial minor editor?

Today I opened the homepage and saw this: and here's one of the edits: I was wondering whether this kind of editing spree was appropriate. The pictured edit occurred to a question that had not been ...
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Books for Programmers Contest [closed]

As you may already know, Programmers.SE will soon hold it's first ever, site-wide contest. However, there is one more thing we need community input on: prizes. So, until Thursday, at 20:00 UTC, we ...
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why are old questions edited?

I'm sure this question must have been asked before, but I can't find it using the search function. Why are old questions that haven't had any recent new answers edited, which then causes the question ...
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Why was a terminology question closed as "opinion based"?

I asked a question (link) about the origin of a term which I see frequently while programming. It was just a personal curiosity, but this type of question seems in line with many other questions on ...
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Are JIRA usage questions on topic here?

I recently asked Adding todos for myself to JIRA issues assigned to others, and it was quickly closed (and poorly received by multiple users) with a reason stating that it belonged on SO. This is fine;...
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How long should I expect to wait for a simple edit to be approved?

Two weeks ago, I proposed a minor edit to fix spelling and grammar problems with an answer. On most SE sites, that would have been reviewed within a couple of hours, but here, it's been waiting for ...
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How to determine which answer is most correct

My question, if there is ...a canonical way to format 'usage' output for a cli script? has two good answers. One addresses the question posed, but the other addresses my specific use case presented ...
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Are opinionated answers or a whole book the only way to answer a question about flaws in a development plan?

C# coding style, functional approach was closed for being opinion-based. But consider what was really being asked here. We were presented a development plan and asked if any problems are already ...
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Asking a good question about identity management

Some of my questions were not accepted well; I'll try my luck with Meta first. To formulate the topic/subject: given an auth API for user/group management: create users with passwords, add them to ...
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Open letter to students with homework problems

It is September once again (today is the 8755th day of September), and once again students are asking their homework problems on Stack Overflow and SoftwareEngineering.SE. We start seeing questions ...
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Why were all of my points stripped on the basis of asking this question?

I have a question about my Software Engineering Stack Exchange post: Does software engineering in C derive a new insight into the halting problem? The official SE guidance on SPAM: How to not be a ...
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Will removing link to author's own research paper be enough to make this question not spam?

This question is an extension of another meta post: Why were all of my points stripped on the basis of asking this question?. The original question was marked as spam, and deleted. The meta question ...
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Reopen edited "Managing a project with an unfamilar programming language"?

I've edited out the offending resource request in Managing a project with an unfamilar programming language. I don't see yet another good close reason. Any chance we can get this reopened before it ...
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Is my question, about TypeScript and learning difficulties off-topic because I suggest supporting claims with evidence?

I asked https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/440554 and defined what I though were objective criteria, and hoped to leverage the site's expertise in a software engineering topic (I ...
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Do you think the word 'master' in master server or master node is offensive?

I just finished posting a question about Amazon OpenSearch on repost.aws. The question text contained multiple references to the master nodes that elastic search/open search needs to function properly....
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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? [duplicate]

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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What is the problem with "Pros and Cons"?

<Some question about design or product> What are the pros and cons? Sometimes, these questions get closed as 'too broad' or 'primarily opinion'. Why is that?
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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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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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