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Congratulations, Anna Lear!

Good news, everyone! Everyone's favorite Programmers mod, Anna Lear, has joined the Stack Exchange Team as a Community Manager, where she'll be working her magic across the network. Anna's been an ...
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The Six Subjective Question Guidelines — Enforcement Notice

Just a quick note here on meta to let everyone know we will be enforcing these six subjective question guidelines. Great subjective questions... inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”. tend to ...
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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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What are the rules around moderators closing questions outright?

I'm not a fan of seeing questions closed without the usual 5 closing votes, but I understand that sometimes that's necessary. Still, what are the rules around moderators closing questions outright? ...
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Moderators Taking Community Function

Hi All, I have come across quite a few questions now that have been closed a single Moderator (and a couple with 1 Moderator, and 1 Community Member). Shouldn't this not happen? Half the point of ...
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What Are Some Examples of Good “Guiding Comments” to Leave Users To Help Understand The Site?

From Chris F's Meta Post: You can help out. If you see a question or answer that doesn't meet our community standards, use a (polite!) comment to ask the author to fix it, or be bold and edit it ...
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Programmers.SE Summer Cleaning

So it's summer-time, and while you may be thinking that means warm temperatures and blue skies (sorry, Southern Hemisphere!), the Stack Exchange network has caught the clean-up bug. Our sister sites ...
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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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Ability to review questions being transferred from SO before they appear

A significant proportion of questions being transferred here from SO are being closed pretty rapidly upon arrival. Would it be possible to have them transfer to a holding area where they can be ...
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Is it a good idea to edit out curse words and foul language?

I have gotten in the habit of editing out curse words and other foul language from questions and answers when I come across them. Sometimes it is a great question or answer, just that unnecessary ...
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What is an “extended” discussion?

Since I've recently noticed, for the first time, that some higher ranking users have the habit of deleting discussion in the form of comments in bulk, under the justification that it falls under the ...
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Posse request: jobs/career/etc. tag cleanup

We discussed merging career and jobs, but now it's time to put a plan into action. Aaronut's plan is great, but we need some help from the posse: Step 1: Clean up the tags There are currently ...
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How do we define constructive questions?

Background Mark Trapp closed this question on the licensure of software engineers on Programmers for the reason of not being constructive. More recently, another question about replacing XML with ...
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What to do about the proliferation of bad questions from generic accounts?

For instance, user252244 has asked twelve questions in the three days they have been a member and ten of them have been closed. That's an 83% close rate. These generic "userXXXXX" accounts seem mostly ...
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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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The business of being a migration path for Stack Overflow

So over the past few days I noticed a bit of an up-tick in the number of questions being migrated from Stack Overflow that aren't good fits for Programmers.SE or Stack Exchange in general: either they'...
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How to better fit the “on-topic” format

I'm not asking as a result of bitterness, I'd just really like to know what I am doing wrong per the spec. I have only two questions on programmers SE, both of which got closed. By contrast, I am an ...
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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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What's constructive about being lazy and incompetent?

So we have a question that's pretty popular today: Are programmers getting lazier and less competent Which, to me personally, reads very much like a rant and the answers its received have mainly been ...
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Since when did Vote Count indicate the correct answer to the question?

Really! We find highest voted answers to the questions often not conveying the point or answering the direct question. I find Vote count is more of a popularity contest ,rather than what ...
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What's constructive about being CVS-crazy and Bugzilla-nuts?

So we have a question that's pretty popular today: Software engineering has become all about the red-tape and not about the programming. Which, to me personally, reads very much like a rant and the ...
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Programmers.SE Summer Cleaning, Part II: Electric Boogaloo

So in Part I of the summer cleaning project, we focused on deleting the bottom portion of our closed question backlog: things that never got any love and just were dying a slow, cold death. In part ...
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Are general NDA questions on-topic?

There is some controversy about this question. There have been multiple questions about non-disclosure agreements. A quick look at the tag shows that many of them are open, even though just as many of ...
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If I was a homework cheater, [duplicate]

...if I was a homework cheater, I would applaud an approach like that... I'm for deletion if not improved in a reasonable timeframe. But minutes after closure is, I think, too speedy. I tend to ...
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Why are spam flags for posts that were deleted being dismissed as invalid?

Silly question? I don't think so... Referring to the question What is the flag option for, and the accepted answer provided, I should be contributing by flagging obvious spam as such, which I ...
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How to dissuade “iterative” questions?

So this question recently came up, and I'm not sure quite how to deal with the problems it caused. There are (at time of writing) 39 edits. Now some of them are grammatical, and some are clarifying, ...
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Is This Moderation Style New? If So I Like It

I just noticed the warning box in the following question: Is there a canonical book on functional design specifications? I think it is very helpful. Is this new? Who can moderate questions like this?...
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Is it really a good idea to revert privileges from people who already gained them?

The community seems to have been doing a good job in keeping the questions on-topic around here. I have helped, and have enjoyed being part of it. However, now that Programmers is out of beta, I no ...
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Was a comment complaining about sexism deleted by a moderator?

In Are there any jobs in the programming field that don't require you to sit at a desk all day?, one user said in comments (2 upvotes) +1 this is a good suggestion... I forgot to mention that. ...
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Moderation for NSFW topics

I recently came across a question on Programmers asking what the first known pornographic video game/software/etc. was (wasn't able to find that particular question). A comment on there asked if ...
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Moderator closing, reasoning behind it, and handling thereof

I am leaving the relevant moderator's name out of this question because I wish to focus on the actions and facts and not on the person. First, I sincerely thank whomever migrated my question (Need to ...
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Are we notified if comments are deleted?

Update: Changing this to be a feature request. Request: Notifications of removed comments with included rationale. Reasoning: Personally, pandering to people's sensibilities is silly from my ...
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How does one deal with trolling, when more than a single comment is involved?

A user has been going around on this question and trolling -- posting anti-C++ answers -- to a question whose activity ended ~3 months ago, with no technical basis, to every possible comment box. ...
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inconsistent application of deletion of “uncivil” comments

dunno who the moderators are but the deletion of my comments in this thread coupled with the retention of similarly disrespectful comments from gnasher729 appears to show favoritism, or at least, ...
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Is a question asking for regex engine comparisons and benchmarks really off-topic for all of stackexchange?

looking for regex engines comparison and benchmark was closed as "not a real question". The user was told stackexchange does not have a place for technology comparisons. This seems odd for a few ...
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Do we need a definition and policy on what would be considered “overly broad” questions?

It seems to me there is a difference of opinion about how to handle questions that would be considered overly broad, and that is leading to inconsistent handling of questions. For your consideration,...
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New Site Name and Scope: how to handle blatant debugging questions?

Per my reading of July 22nd discussion primary focus of the coming changes is to prevent the flood of debugging questions. Both SE Community Manager and our moderators appear to be in agreement about ...
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How do I get the text of a comment that was deleted by a mod?

I wrote a comment yesterday to somebody else's answer. Today all comments for that answer were deleted by a moderator ("Comments removed as they were getting noisy"). Can I somehow get at the text of ...
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Need a link to the rules

I'm not sure if this where it's brought up, but i can't see any other avenue to discuss (or query) why this question was closed. Should this be the wrong avenue, please email on my username with a ...
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Incorrect order of checking the close vote reasons? [closed]

See the close votes and comments on the question When will IE6 be irrelevant?: Off topic (2) Not constructive (1) Not a real question (1)   Can you edit this question to meet "...
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Too many answers is the sign of a bad question

You may have noticed a few whale questions—ones with a ton of answers—getting bumped to the front page and subsequently closed as "not constructive." This is part of a cleanup based on some new ...
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What happened to the question “is the mvc software architecture used only in web development”

I had just finished typing a great answer, and It wouldn't let me post?
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Should we be deleting questions which still have valuable answers?

Reviewing an old answer of mine, I noticed that one of my links to another answer of mine had gone stale, losing both the content and the context of that answer. Now I seem to remember that the ...
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What recourse is there for a post that is locked for reasons that one does not understand or agree with?

This post: < Best practices for refactoring parameter file structure in multiple environments > was locked. I believe I set out a very dispassionate and objective counter-argument to the points ...
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Should reputation requirement for moderator be increased?

Currently the reputation requirement for using moderator tools set at 2,000 points. Seeing as many members are reaching that limit, should it be increased?
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Can we keep these questions open, but locked?

There are some highly-voted questions on our site that don't match the FAQ, but I feel are extremely valuable to programmers. I've only been programming a few years, and when I came across these ...
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Migrate one question, Close another

This question: Why is "||" the symbol for or? was closed for being Off-topic on StackOverflow. I recommend that it be migrated to here, where it would be decidedly more topical. Then, I recommend ...
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Where did my comment go?

This question has some controversy over whether it belongs on P.SE, so I posted a comment yesterday pointing out that the FAQ says "freelancing and business concerns" are on-topic. Someone upvoted ...
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Should I approve edits on off-topic questions or answers to poor or off-topic questions?

Should edits to off-topic or low quality questions (such as this) be approved if they do nothing to improve the topicality or quality of the question itself?
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How to defend myself from the accusation of being rude.?

I have a question about my Software Engineering Stack Exchange post: && and || are not logical but conditional operators? I would like to know how to defend myself from the accusation of ...