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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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How to improve my question "Structure of enterprise application with interchangeable technology interface underlying in C# with DDD approach"

ITNOA 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 ...
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Why do edit/reopening and reasking behave differently?

ITNOA In case of a question getting closed, the asker sees a message like the one below: You can edit the question or post a new one. Often, this type of question has already many down votes. Many ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is this a place to ask blockchain questions?

I don't have a specific question, but I can see the possibility of future questions about blockchain development. I believe there are enough questions that could and will be asked about blockchain ...
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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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Shall we change the reference tag description?

There was a question some days ago asking for 3rd party resources or references, tagged with reference. After the question got closed, the OP asked me about the purpose of the tag, which caused me to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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