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Is discussion of models for hiring, promoting, and reviewing developers on-topic discussion?

Background tl;dr question is at the bottom I am currently working as a middle manager for a mid-market manufacturing company that has an IT department consisting of: 6 developers (one lead, two ...
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“Most common “Y2K-style” bugs today” … Keep or Delete?

This mildly interesting question has a respectable number of views, but it's clearly off-topic, it being a "make-list" question. I've looked through the answers, and frankly I don't see a whole lot ...
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First off-topic close reason text should be updated for new Stack Overflow phrasing

Recently, Stack Overflow changed the "mcve" (Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable Example) phrase to "mre" (Minimal Reproducible Example). While the old links still work, the new canonical link is to ...
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Where to ask questions about how to write a job application?

I have some special questions about 'job applications' for a software engineering job. Is this the right place to ask something about writing a job application?
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Why is this question off topic?

I've asked a question, trying to understand a language specific "anomaly", as it's not within my immediate skillset to answer. What is the purpose of this forum if not to answer Software Engineering ...
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Off-Topic : Are questions addressed to convince people off-topic? [duplicate]

I was reading questions and answers here and there, and I came across with this comment Thank you for that, however I don't need to be sold on separating product from technical version. My issue ...
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I think it's time we just make all licensing questions off-topic

Why? Because all the remaining questions are either crap, or they get closed anyway. Crap questions Most recent questions it seems are either some sort of: Tell me how to follow this license ...
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Are questions regarding to Software performance testing off-topic?

I have been asked to prepare the whole performance test plan for the current project I'm working on. This is the first time I have to take forward such task by my own and ,honestly, I don't even know ...
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Is it on-topic to ask for an objective list of something?

A request question is asking to enumerate all JavaScript functions that return null or undefined. I thought that questions which ask to make a list of things are off-topic here; however, I can't find ...
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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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Are readability/coding conventions questions on topic?

I would like to know if questions regarding readability/coding conventions are on-topic here. I'm learning a new language, and in the official documentation they routinely add whitespace in a way ...
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Would this be an on-topic question here? [duplicate]

I asked this question on SO, but it's likely going to be closed for being OT. Would it be on topic here? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/33574155/notable-electronic-systems-that-dont-have-a-cpu-...
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Revisiting what is on topic, with respect to new sites: Open Source, Law, and Software Recommendations

In the past 2 months, two new sites in the Stack Exchange network opened up and are now in Public Beta: Open Source and Law. A third, Software Recommendations, has been around for about 1.5 years. ...
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Is a question about definitions in an IEEE standard for software lifecycle processes on-topic?

Is it on-topic to ask questions about the meaning of terms in IEEE standards, or how those standards would be applied to specific documents? Specifically, it's IEEE/EIA 12207.1.-1997 Software life ...
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Add a new close reason for implementation and troubleshooting questions

Code troubleshooting and code implementation questions are not in Programmers' site scope. Although there is an option to migrate such questions to Stack Overflow, the vast majority of them are not ...
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Putting soft questions on hold unproductive? [duplicate]

I understand you want questions that can be answered definitively, that's the point of a stack. But given how many sappy personal advice questions you're getting, maybe it's time to create a support ...
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Why was my career related question considered off-topic? [duplicate]

Here is the link to the question that was considered off-topic: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/277933/69485 I read the answer to another question on here (meta.programmers....
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Where does my tool question go?

I have a question about tools. According to the on-topic page, tool questions are off-topic on Software Engineering Stack Exchange. Is there a site for me to go to ask specific tool questions?
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Where can I see what kind of questions are or are not relevant on /programmers?

Where can I see what kind of questions are or are not relevant on /programmers? From usability point of view, it's pretty hard to find.
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'Problem' and 'help' titles in off-topic questions of new users coming from Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I recently learned that some off-topic questions seem to be posted at Programmers with sole purpose to circumvent 'problem' and 'help' title block at Stack Overflow. Can we do something to save these ...
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How is this question off-topic?

I posted a question about the terminology for 3-byte integers (since we have terms for 4 bits, 1 byte, 2 bytes, and 4 bytes). It was fine for a long time until it was finally closed as subjective. I ...
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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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Clarification on what is career advice

WRT the topic "How common are jobs for open source R&D?" I'm not sure about why I am asking for clarification.
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Where did the “What's off-topic” list go?

I think all the SE sites used to have a /faq that included a bullet list of topics that should be covered by the site, along with things that shouldn't be covered by the site. Now, /faq redirects to /...
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Is this question appropriate here?

Next semester I'll be teaching a course where we constitute our senior majors as a software development house, working in groups of three or so on projects that faculty in other departments have ...
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Where can I have subjective discussions about programming?

I entered Programmers Stack Exchange and unfortunately, it wasn't what I was looking for. As the name suggested, I expected you would be able to talk about programming, but the rules are much stricter ...
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Cutting down on off topic posts

We are getting pummeled with the same off topic questions over and over again. So we clearly need to be doing a better job up front of educating first time posters. In the 'How to Ask' box that's ...
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Are Questions Asking for Help Using a Tool Off-Topic?

Regarding questions like this one: It seems fairly clearly off-topic from the Tour page: Don't ask about... implementation issues and coding tools But the closest thing in the flag as off-topic ...
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Is it deemed off-topic to ask how come that many commercial companies rely on a specific freeware software?

I'd like to ask the reason why many commercial software companies are using a freeware tool for their product lifecycle by giving the company which produces this tool an advantage and the power to put ...
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How could this question be worded to avoid being stamped on?

I asked a question last night which I believe was worthwhile and could have received some interesting responses, but sadly it was swiftly stamped on by the community. I'm doing my best to figure out ...
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Are career questions OK if both the question and answers contain generally applicable information? [duplicate]

I asked a question about joining a startup as a grad, specifically about the scenario where there wouldn't be any more senior programmers working above the grads: https://softwareengineering....
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How to flag off-topic questions that don't fit any off-topic categories?

When a <3K user flags a question as off topic, it is required to specify how the question is off-topic. My choice path goes: flag it doesn't belong here, or it is a duplicate... off-topic because.....
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Where can I ask for feedback on my concept?

I thought out a software architecture for a larger application I'll be working on. Before actually starting to code, I'd like feedback on the architecture. Since this is about the needs of only my ...
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Algorithms topic question

I have a question about a business problem that I could not find its appropriate algorithm that can resolve it. Is my question on or off topic ? the question is here
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Canonical “what next” curated question?

From programming practices starting (a stereotypical "what do I start with" college question): Community: Since this question keeps coming up in one form or another ("what should I do next?"), and ...
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Confusing Closing -> Off Topic dialog

The dialog for closing questions as being off topic lists the following reasons: Questions about specific programming problems encountered while writing code are off-topic, but can be asked on ...
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What should our predefined off-topic reasons be?

There are some fairly major changes coming soon to how posts are closed, you may want to read up on the details: Closing changes: [on hold], unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic reasons, bye-...
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Off-topic? Best practice to sync long paths to filesystems where path length is limited?

I first wanted to post this question on Stackoverflow, then thought Programmers is more appropriate, now hesitating. Is the question below on-topic here, or better on Stackoverflow, or elsewhere? I ...
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Is there a market for “which language to learn, which book to read” questions?

With all the discussions about how to handle "which language should I learn" or "which book now" questions, and the consensus being to close these questions, I wonder if there's room for a new SE ...
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How is a question about ports and sockets on topic at Programmers?

I just flagged this question about the difference between a port and a socket as off-topic. My flag was declined. Can someone explain to me how is this question related to programmers? To me, it's ...
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How is a question asking about development methodologies off topic?

I am talking about a question I asked recently. What is the proper way to create a cross-fade effect? Moderator Yannis is repeatedly claiming it to off topic question. I want to know what exactly ...
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Summer of Love and questions that the FAQ says should not be asked

Recently Does C# give you “less rope to hang yourself” than C++? was asked - I thought the question was too wide in scope, voted to close and commented as such: From the FAQ: Your questions should ...
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Is this Q on topic at P.SE: Suggestions on which frameworks to port to

I wonder if a question like this one is on topic, at programmers.stackexchange.com. (If not, do you know some other StackExchange site where I could ask?) The question is something like this: "To ...
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Why is this (“is just publishing on github enough”) question offtopic? Where should I ask it?

I asked the question, but instead of answers/comments got only downvotes and close votes. I though programmers.SE is just right place for this question because of, being not technical (so SO is not ...
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Suggestions on how to improve my “not constructive” question?

My question Worst practices in C++, common mistakes was closed for being "not constructive". Actually, my sole intent was to get answers that "generally involve facts, references, or specific ...
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One stand-point to decide if it's a “Programmers”-related question

I found this question today Find a "hole" in a list of numbers For me, it's a very StackOverflow specific question. The op have a very specific task to solve and created a technique-...
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Question tagged training was closed as off topic

Why was this question closed as off-topic? It was tagged training and when you look at the definition of the tag training: You may use this tag when your question revolves around for example: ...
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Are questions asking if something is normal for programmers on-topic?

I've seen a few of these and often up-vote them because I've had the same questions and am interested in the answers, however these questions frequently get closed as not constructive, and one is ...
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Can we put “Software Licensing Questions are off-topic” in the FAQ?

These questions have a number of problems. They are questions about legal issues, and none of us are lawyers. They are proxy support questions for the FSF and other such organizations, who should be ...
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Do moderators discretely neglect the FAQ when they close certain question and not others?

My question was close because it was off topic. Here it is https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/132878/how-to-sell-yourself-to-the-manager It was asked in the context as developer....