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Are Design Review questions on-topic?

There is a gray area between Software Engineering & Code Review regarding design reviews. Code Review's on-topic page explicitly calls out design reviews as off-topic. However, if your question ...
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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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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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About good quality and kind of questions in "Programmers"

Just a newbie here and I also read a lot about the difference between "Programmers" and "StackOverFlow". Yes, for a new-comer it's really careful and easy to be confused. So what I continue wanna know ...
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Design choice of existing code; Programmers.SE or CodeReview.SE?

I want to ask a question about an abstract factory that I have implemented but am in doubt of the best design choice. My question is about should I have a design that requires addition of new make ...
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Is quality of a question determined solely by the question itself or the content it generates?

This question is prompted by some of the discussion in How can we avoid turning off potential participants who see the wall of Closed questions? Specifically, what MichaelT wrote to JensG and the ...
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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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Would my question be on topic for Programmers?

I have looked through What topics can I ask about here? in the help-centre. If I were to define a category for my question I would go with freelancing and business concerns. On the other hand I have ...
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Where can I ask about dojo interview questions?

I'm going to attend a dojo interview by this week. But google doesn't help me to find the list of dojo interview questions. I just wanted to know whether this site is a best place to ask interview ...
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Are self-answered "best option" questions allowed here?

I'm often faced with architectural questions wherein I have one or two general solutions in mind. Would it be off-topic for P.SE to post something like, What might the ER's for X look like to ensure ...
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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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Is asking "what is the technical term for this" on-topic?

I am writing a Python script for downloading a website for offline viewing and changing the links in the downloaded webpages for proper links between the downloaded webpages. I don't know the ...
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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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Off-topic? Asking whether a Kerberos programming tool exists

Would the question below be acceptable on Programmers? If not, how could it be salvaged? I am a programmer, and want to test my client software for Kerberos compatibility. I need a Kerberos server to ...
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Difference between programmers and cs.stackexchange

I recently found cs.stackexchange and have been confused with the difference between programmers and cs. The about page of cs isn't very detailed and only mentions specific issues with computer ...
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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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"How to avoid null" question

Does a canonical "how should I avoid passing around null" question exist on programmers.SE? I tried searching but couldn't find any good candidates.
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What are examples of "freelancing and business concerns" that are unique to software development, but do not require expertise in business or law?

Back in February, there was a discussion about the "freelancing and business concerns" bullet point in the list of things that are on-topic. All four answers identified that this was somewhat ...
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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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Are questions about collecting payment from a client for freelance work on topic?

This question is posed in terms of ASP.NET, but (in my opinion) is really about collecting payment. (See xy problem) Are questions about collecting payment for freelance work on topic? The FAQ lists "...
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Is this resource request question on-topic?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/194414/what-psychological-factors-account-for-readability was asked after a related question was closed. gnat posted a comment that detailed: ...
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Are questions about app stores on-topic here? [closed]

This has been discussed before, but the App Stores proposal is inching closer to fulfilling the commitment requirements and I'd like to raise the topic again just to see if anything has changed in the ...
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"How is it built?"

Where do I ask a "how is it built?" question about an application. Assume I find a webpage or an app, and would like to learn more around what languages and frameworks that are used. I think I would ...
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Are career questions acceptable or not? [duplicate]

faq says it is not about career advice, salary or compensation, I see lots of career questions asked on programmers.stackexchange, some closed, many not. For example, https://softwareengineering....
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Let's make getting started/resource questions on topic [duplicate]

Per Yannis' suggestion, I decided to go through the list of closed questions, pick out some specific examples, and make a detailed case for why those questions should be welcomed on the site. The ...
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Ok, I'm confused about what people think Programmers *should be*

With this recent spurt of activity on meta, a number of opinions have come out. A number of these describe some rather radical changes. (please pardon me if I ascribe rather extreme positions) On ...
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Is this the right forum for web development & design?

I have just asked a question on web dev at ProWebMasters StackExchange regarding Internet Explorer CSS issues. I'm not sure which is the right forum for web dev & web design? Also if anyone can ...
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Are you still confused about what Programmers (now called Software Engineering) is for?

I'm going to try and keep this short, because a lot of it has already been discussed. If you are interested in the history, you can find it here on Programmers Meta, but here's a very brief recap: ...
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Is programming history on topic?

History questions are on topic on Software Engineering, 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 ...
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We've got to talk about Freelancing and Business Concerns

In the FAQ, I see Freelancing and Business Concerns as being on topic but I routinely see these types of questions closed. While I understand the office politics and localized situations are off-topic,...
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How Basic is Too Basic?

Straight from the FAQ: Programmers — Stack Exchange is a site for professional programmers who are interested in getting expert answers on conceptual questions about software development. What ...
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Is a question about research material on-topic? [duplicate]

There's a discussion in the comments on this question about empirical support for commenting code to the effect that "resource request" questions are off-topic. It refers to Why did a question about ...
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How is a market research question off topic?

I recently asked a question about very development-specific market research: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/187476/how-to-do-market-research-for-plugins-to-proprietary-...
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Flags and close votes based on ethical or moral issues

I believe that we should not use flags or close votes to enforce content that is legitimately on topic, yet has potential ethical or moral issues involved. https://softwareengineering.stackexchange....
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Would this question on future-proof programming fit on Programmers SE?

Last week I asked a question on future-proof programming on Stack Overflow. It was closed as off-topic there. I flagged it for migration, but although the flag was deemed helpful, the non-migration ...
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Why is this question not relevant? [duplicate]

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/184039/what-would-be-a-good-entry-level-programming-job None of my first 3 questions is relevant. I thought Programmers Stack Exchange is to ...
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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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Are word origin questions on-topic?

The latest example is here: Why are actual parameters called "arguments"? Note that the OP is not asking for the difference between "parameters" and "arguments," or even what the word ...
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Are there a subset of tool questions that are appropriate for Software Engineering? [duplicate]

I'm mainly looking at this question and the list of things that are on-topic in our FAQ: algorithm and data structure concepts design patterns developer testing development methodologies ...
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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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Discussion on if questions about EULA's are on topic

It seems as if there is enough debate about this that I wanted to start a discussion about if EULA's are currently considered on topic, and if they are should they be. Can an EULA restrict what you ...
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Why did a question about programming books get closed on Programmers.SE?

So, today I wrote a question that follows the general pattern for book questions on Programmers (Is there a canonical book on [x]?) about a topic that's definitely related to programming (data ...
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Does Programmers accept "Will apple accept or reject my app?" questions? Why or why not?

More generally, does Programmers accept questions of a customer service nature having to do with Apple's app submission process? Example: https://stackoverflow.com/q/8922619/102937 Do you think ...
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Is this question about the intricacies of Apple's distribution process on-topic?

How to Release to the App Store as an Individual I've written an iOS app, and I'd like to release it on to the App Store. I'm an individual so it's not being released via a company or anything, ...
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Do we accept "What price should I charge" questions?

How can I determine how to charge for supporting SharePoint sites and SharePoint development? I recently created a site in SharePoint and I need to setup a maintenance/support agreement for the ...
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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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Questions about design approach and technologies

Since I spend most of my time on Stack Overflow and MSO, I'm already know my question is off topic on SO. Since I don't spend nearly as much time on this site, I wanted to ask about whether a ...
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Why are "reference request" questions off topic?

My question was closed. Robert Harvey says: Questions asking for links to external resources are more or less off-topic throughout the Stack Exchange network. That's what search engines are for. "...
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