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Is this question about code reviews on topic? If not, why?

The question What is best practice when running code reviews (formerly How can I tactfully suggest improvements to review others' badly designed code during review?) seems to have been closed about a ...
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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

Our current guidance regarding software licensing can be found here. The current guidance says that a general rule of thumb is that questions answerable by experts in software development are on-topic,...
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I have made an observation, can i ask about the cause?

I am currently trying to figure out how it is possible that nearly all of our 2D software vector graphics engines exhibit a flaw. This flaw is known and we know how to circumvent it, there is even a ...
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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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Is "what algorithm could solve my problem?" off topic?

This question asks what kind of algorithm could be used to solve a particular problem. It has received a close vote as a resource request. That was my first instict, too, but actually asking about ...
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What topics are not "part of the SDLC" but are nevertheless still on topic?

It would be beneficial to aggregate in one location everything that is actually on topic here, particularly when topics are exceptions to "is it part of the SDLC?" as a rule of thumb. I had thought ...
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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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Why can't I ask customer service-related questions here?

I have questions about how I go about using various tools or products. Can I ask these questions here? If not, why? Where can I ask them?
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Are questions related to programming-related qualifications on-topic here?

As a teen I had no interest in going to university and getting a degree as I did not know what I wanted in life. I am now a few years in to what I could happily see grow into a life-long career as a ...
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I'm not a software engineer, right?

So programmers.se is going to become software-engineering.se? This means I still can't ask the burning questions about proper potted plants for programmers.... AND THAT IS OK BY ME But, I do have ...
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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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Follow-Up: New Site Name and Scope Proposals

I've been pondering these proposed changes to the site's name and scope for the past few weeks. This was, you'll recall, instigated by Ana's response to Rachel's proposal for a new name for this site.....
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Looking for algorithms

I have a problem I'm trying to solve and I'm looking for an algorithm to solve it. I'm sure a solution exists I just don't know what it's called to search for it. If I describe the nature of the ...
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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 ...
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Is question about negotiating method on buying data on-topic?

I think it's on-topic, since the negotiation tag exists, and one of its question (How do I negotiate with a company to develop software?) is similar to the question of mine. However, that question was ...
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How do I improve this productivity question to become less subjective?

I have a question regarding productivity, and it goes like this: Time difference between developing with unit tests vs no tests I'm a solo developer with a pretty time-constrained work environment ...
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New Site Name and Scope Proposals

From Ana, a Stack Exchange Community Manager in the previous question about changing the site name: It took us a good while, but the Community Team has circled up and here's where we stand on your ...
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First Windows Store Application

I have am writing my first Windows Store Application. I have some questions / advice not about the software itself but the process of submitting an application to the Windows Store. Would that be an ...
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Does "software escrow" count as on-topic because it is a "non-functional software requirement?"

In this question, the author wrote (in the original revision): Please note: This site specifically calls out questions about software requirements as being on-topic. Escrow is specifically listed ...
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What are the guidelines for "How would you... ?" questions here?

I did read the Six Subjective Questions post and its Enforcement Notice, as well as some of the following discussions. My question is about questions that asks users to share their experience and/...
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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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Why's this question on-topic?

I know about all of the discussion about what's on-topic, but I wanted to ask this question about a specific question, to satisfy my wonder. The question in question: Handling exceptions I don't know ...
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How to address the "Why do so few languages with a variable-type 'operator' exist?" question

Why do so few languages with a variable-type 'operator' exist? I made an edit to the original question which was basically, "what programming languages exist to do X?" One of the site close ...
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Why did we start closing and migrating algorithm questions?

This site used to be a good, safe place to get help on algorithms. Indeed, I would consider it one of the primary purposes of the site. It is prominently listed in our help center and tour. It's ...
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If the scope is wrong, which of these questions belong here?

Over in Is this site failing? And should it go away? I posted this list and haven't gotten a satisfactory response yet. If the site's scope is at issue, then some percentage of these questions should ...
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Can I ask for resource recommendations here?

I wish to ask what are the good resources to understand Python source code written in C language. Like there a book for Ruby i.e. Ruby under a microscope. It deals with low level implementation of ...
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Show a banner to new users linking them to the help center

Some time back Doc asked How can we encourage people to read the FAQ before asking their first question? which is a really good question and a fairly consistent challenge to get people to ask ...
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Great Expectations... or, at least, user expectations

Well I just saw a second Meta question expressing strong ill-will for this site after first witnessing this, seemingly well-trodden, battlefield. Given that I am already weary of it, I can only assume ...
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Is this site failing? And should it go away? [duplicate]

Fact 1 At the time I write this, 12 of the 15 questions on the questions front page have net downvotes. That is an extreme statistical outlier on stackexchange. Other sites tend to have between 1 and ...
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can I ask my question in programmers.stackexchange.com?

I want to know, How to do the following in program ? I am looking for logic/algorithm so that, I can implement it. I want to split the joined & wrongly spelled words to give a correct result ? ...
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Are questions about software technologies' "fitness to scenarios" acceptable?

(I am adapting and copying my question here from Software Recommendations.) Would a question about which software technology to choose for a given scenario be on topic ? The question I need to ask ...
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Could a question about the appropriatenss of a tool for a particular use-case fit in here?

This question, about whether Erlang is viable on embedded systems, seems like a valuable type of question for professional programmers to ask. Knowing the pitfalls of particular technologies for ...
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Why are implementation and debugging questions off-topic on Software Engineering?

Questions that are asking for debugging ("help me find this error") or implementation ("how do I write...") have tended to be closed and down voted. Why is this? And where should I ask these ...
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Why is question about critical embedded software for nuclear reactors on hold?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/306557 This isn't career or educational advice. I just wanted to ask a qestion that I think is very interesting, and then it went on hold. Why?
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Asking about the programming industry, and does it fit my personality is acceptable?

I wrote a quite long, specific question about my experiences about programming, is it acceptable here? I'm searching for the appropriate forum for a long time now. Is there any of them fitting my text ...
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where to ask scientific-programming-education questions?

I note several Programmers questions have been closed as off-topic for seeking career or education advice (e.g., here, there). I'd like to ask a question about what academic schools/departments have {...
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Please link to discussions which lead to a transition to the current (strict, less personal) question expectations [duplicate]

"I dislike that so much valuable information gets deleted for the sake of "maintaining a clean site", dislike the way many users are treated (particularly new ones), and dislike the way the ...
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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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Appropriate response

What's the appropriate response to this (at "Programmers") "You are asking a fairly wide open question and then asking opinions on possible answers. It sounds like you haven't really done your home ...
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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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Should questions on Big-Oh be on-topic here?

Currently, questions on Big-Oh are on-topic on the Programmers main site because they fall under "algorithm and data structure concepts." Does the community feel that these questions should continue ...
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Would questions concerning how a segment of code would likely be written in another language in topic?

Let's say I know Haskell and I'm learning Scala? Could I ask "I'm trying to accomplish X in Scala, I couldn't get it working. Here is the Scala I wrote that either I don't think is idiomatic, or isn'...
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Are questions asking about what a particular segment of code does on topic here? [duplicate]

Suppose I'm reading through some open source project and I encounter a block of code that I just don't understand, despite going to documentation websites and utilizing Google search to piece it ...
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Historical locked trash, please delete

I cannot flag this question for deletion, nor vote to delete it. It has been apparently decided that it should be locked, so that it may fester in our backlog permanently. I disagree. I should like ...
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Why was "Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?" re-opened?

Every day we get opinionated questions asked here. People seem to think that this is the place to ask them. New users point to the old open questions that have fallen through the cracks of time as ...
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What was wrong with this terminology question?

I posted the following question which was very quickly put on hold, likely because the way it was phrased invited low-quality, opinion-based answers: What's the formal term for “usual way to solve a ...
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Using Programmers as "learning and training area" for Stack Overflow kind questions [duplicate]

Related: Create a New Stack Overflow Instance for Beginner Users and Content (MSO). We are getting many off-topic / implementation and coding kind questions where askers appear to be aware of Stack ...
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Question on role duties

I want to understand: What is the difference between "Technical Program Manager" and "Software Development Manager" in terms of roles, responsibilities and people management requirements. Will ...
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What questions recently closed can be salvaged?

When people ask about Programmers.SE being too negative, closing too many things, or needing to be more inclusive - the best way to approach this is probably to look at the questions that have been ...
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