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Questions tagged [faq-proposed]

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First-time user suggestion for improved on-topic clarity

I have this question that I thought was well-suited to a site that describes itself as: ...a question and answer site for professionals, academics, and students working within the systems ...
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How do I ask a “Best Practices” question?

Questions containing the words: What is the "best practice," or What is the "right way," or Which technique is "most popular," "most sensible," "most reasonable," "okay," "wise," "acceptable," "most ...
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Are Career-Advice Questions On-Topic Here?

I have a question about Education, Finding a job, Hiring, Interviews, Job Titles Training Materials, Classes, Certifications, Skill sets, Marketing, Job Stress, Workplace Interaction, ...
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What is this “Software Engineering” site you speak of, and what kinds of questions can I ask there?

Programmers has changed its name. Why has this name change occurred? Has anything else changed? What kinds of questions will I be able to ask, now that the name has changed?
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What kinds of questions should I avoid asking here?

This post is a supplement to the Help Center Article of the same name. That article, in a nutshell, describes questions that are either too broad, too opinionated, or too discussion-oriented to make ...
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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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How do I recommend posting on another Stack Exchange site?

We have all seen it: a user asks a question on Software Engineering that belongs on a different site. There are many technology sites on Stack Exchange, and sometimes navigating the lot of them to ...
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Why is “Is it possible to…” a poorly worded question?

A lot of questions try to cast a net into sea of possible designs with the wording "is it possible to...". These questions often get closed for one reason or another. What steps should I take to try ...
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Green fields, blue skies, and the white board - what is too broad?

I've been accused of having questions that are too blue sky-y or green fieldy and not white boardy enough. What does this mean and why do those questions get closed?
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On discussions and why they don't make good questions

I'll start off with the irony of this question being tagged with a discussion and point out that meta is different. Why don't discussion questions work in Stack Exchange? What is it about the ...
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Should cross-posting be allowed sometimes on Programmers?

I ask the community. The following question here led to the OP asking the greater meta.stackexchange.com site here which seems to have a broader and more popular consensus that when a question is ...
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I just failed an audit, but I was right and it was wrong. What now?

I just failed an audit on this question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/review/first-posts/60664. This was submitted as a first post from a new user, but that's wrong. I remember this ...
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Why is research important?

You've probably seen it somewhere Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you've tried and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to ...
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There seems to be some contradictory guidance with respect to asking career development questions

The Help Center says this: and it is not about... career advice, salary or compensation, ... but it links to an answer that cites this question as being an acceptable career-development ...
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Why do certification questions keep getting closed?

Whenever I look at certification questions on the front page or in tags, they seem to be closed. Why is this?
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Where to start?

Often the question shows up of something along the lines of: I'm trying to learn language XYZ. Where should I start? or I'm trying to do ${very large project}. Where should I start? Why are ...
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Why do interview questions make poor Software Engineering.SE questions?

Occasionally a question that is asked at an interview comes up - "how would you design Amazon Web Services" or "how would you write Google" or some such question. These questions find their way to ...
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How to ask a batch of related questions?

I asked a batch of related questions in When did current source control management emerge? and I am wondering what is the best preactice to do so. If one asks several related questions in a single SE-...
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Where does my git question go?

You've got a question about git. Its not uncommon, lots of people have questions about git. But where should the question be asked?
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Current events - Questions and answers

Related: The coding for charity Q. Any hope of ever being on-topic? https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/157022/coding-for-good-or-charity How can programming ability be used to ...
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Is programming history on topic?

History questions are on topic on Programmers, but have proven to be particularly troublesome: It's not uncommon for history questions to get closed (and re-opened, and closed, ...) It's not uncommon ...
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Adding the definition of a “shopping list/request” to the FAQ

I have noticed that we are getting a lot more questions being posted that are interesting, engaging but ultimately amount to a glorified "Shopping List". https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/...
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Changing the FAQ to reflect the site's name

A while back I made a suggestion to either rename the site to match the FAQ, or change the FAQ so it matches the site name to help clear up a lot of the confusion I see over what P.SE is for. That ...
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What's all this about heroic edits?

I've heard there's a way to get questions reopened by doing something called a heroic edit. What is it, how can I do it properly, and how does it help?
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How should I go about getting rid of bad tags en masse?

I'd like to help deal with many of the bad tags on Programmers, but I'm not sure how to deal with them properly. What should I keep in mind as I work through a bad tag?
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Should “legal advice” or “copyright, trademark, and patent law” be added to the list of things this site is not about?

At one point, software law topics were on-topic, but that was replaced with "software licensing" to differentiate questions about various licensing issues and creating or using software under a ...
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How can Programmers.SE be used to assist students with class assignments?

We've had recent discussions here on meta regarding how to handle homework questions, but I would like to turn the discussion around a bit. Instead of discussing how to handle these kinds of ...
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Addendum to off topic themes in the FAQ

As an extension to this previous question - Should our FAQ contain a list of what's off topic and if so what should that list contain?, can we add two categories of questions that are often asked by ...
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Basic guidelines for discussing business logic and programming

The FAQ of Programmers describes this site as a site for professional programmers who are interested in getting expert answers on conceptual questions about software development . Since business ...
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Are “what did <person> mean” questions on topic?

I've noticed several questions along the lines of What did <Person> mean when he said X. The questions are asking for some explanation of the quote. They seem a bit trivial (and in the case of ...
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Are “Why is X code snippet done this way?” questions on-topic?

There was a bit of a tussle earlier about a specific question related to why a specific line of JavaScript code was crafted the way that it was: What's the point of initializing a variable with ...
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Are “I need data on X phenomenon” questions on-topic?

Two questions were recently asked regarding research or studies about a specific topic: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/121953/what-data-is-available-regarding-cowboy-coding ...
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Legal Disclaimer in the FAQ

Since the FAQ allows the topic of software licensing, I think it would be a good idea to put a legal disclaimer in the FAQ addressing the issue that the opinions expressed on the site do not ...
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Are marketing questions on topic?

A question was asked about the return on investment for swag included with software, and it was not received well: it garnered several downvotes and flags within 15 minutes of asking. While marketing ...
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When should comments be deleted?

It has been suggested in this question that comments should be for the purpose of clarification of a question or answer, and that eventually the clarifications should be editted into the question/...
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FAQ should include examples of good questions

At the request of Mark Trapp, I'm turning one of my answers to another topic into a feature request. Currently the FAQ does not provide very much specific information on what exactly defines a good ...
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How to reconcile guidelines, community opinion and moderation

First of all, I realize that this topic has already been discussed ad nauseam, so I apologize in advance if nothing fruitful comes of this. I strongly feel that there is a large disconnect between ...
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Are new users allowed to advise without mini-modding?

I had a question about commenting on posts by new users (and sometimes experienced users). I see a post that just has a link without context, or some vague/poorly formatted answer, and I think about ...
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How can we improve our guidance about the purpose of comments?

Based on network-wide guidance and a discussion here, we've been actively deleting comment chains that have become obsolete, chatty, or pointless. This has been met with some resistance, in part ...
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Why was my question closed?

I recently had my question closed, but I don't understand why, and it doesn't seem fair. Why wasn't my question left open so others can decide if the question is good themselves, and how can I get ...
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Can something highlighting the difference between Programmers and SO be added to the FAQ?

As many, I had a question migrated from Stack Overflow to Programmers.SE. I actually liked the fact it was migrated, as I initially also had the gut feeling it was more appropriate on Programmers.SE ...
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When are career questions too localized? Should this be more strict?

From the FAQ: Can I ask career advice questions? Yes, within reason. Most career advice questions are specific to the poster's situation and run the risk of being closed. Try to generalize ...
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Should each point be posted in a separate answer?

This is an issue in a lot of subjective questions but is relevant particularly here. Should people post large answers with lots of points or post each one in a separate answer?