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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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Why is this question too old to be moved?

A while ago I flagged this question to be moved to the Workplace beta, because it seems like a very good fit there, and it continues to get a lot of views. The flag was rejected because the question ...
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Appropriate questions on Java programming questions

I am currently taking a first year programming course, and I am curious as to whether it would be considered appropriate to ask questions related to general concepts and home work questions which I ...
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Is it acceptable to update questions with success/failure stories?

OK, so I added this question last year: Is it unusual for a small company (15 developers) not to use managed source/version control? The question got a fair bit of interest and a number of people ...
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Why are there so many minus points on questions in this site?

First, I think I will get minus too here or blocked I don't know why I want know this so why when I am looking at question list so many minus point on question here so they are asking about ...
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Programmers Stack Exchange question downvoting, what to do?

I've taken a shine to the Programmers Stack Exchange lately, but one thing I've noticed is it seems to have what I think anybody looking at the questions list would classify as excessive down voting ...
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Resource questions - automatic close?

Book (or resource) on Java bytecode was recently asked. I voted to close immediately, without really reading (or understanding) much of of the question. Should questions that request resources get ...
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StackExchange site for weird bug & workaround discussions

So I'm currently coding this signal processing with CUDA and I run over a very strange issue, which clearly is a bug in either the driver or the hardware. I tracked down the issue called over my ...
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Is it encouraged to refer jsFiddle?

I have a HTML related question. In stack overflow / programmers, is it a good practice to refer code shared in jsFiddle? Or should I post the code in the question itself?
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Best place to upload xml (for referring in this site)

Many a times we need to refer some huge files while asking a question in this site. If I have a question regarding HTML, CSS or jQuery I can use jsFiddle to upload the content. In the case of XML ...
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Area for more general / complicated questions

There seems to be some topics that come up repeatedly. Can there be a discussion on if these can be better served? Or is the point of allowing them to come up often a way to drive more traffic? It ...
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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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TRIZ for software engineers

Would a question on whether or not TRIZ was a useful framework to know for programmers be a good, bad, or off topic question?
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Accepting answers too fast

In my opinion, most new users who post their first question generally fall into one of two categories: People who post the question, get an answer they like, then ignore the site whatsoever. This is ...
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Two Wrong Posts Don't Make A Right

I have noticed on a number of occasions that people complain that their question or answer has received attention from people asking them to fix it up, when there are other questions that are just as ...
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Comment never put into an answer?

I had an answer to my question in a comment, but the author never put it as an answer? I tried to reach him via chat with no success. What do I do now? I want him to get the credit for the answer, ...
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Is a question about how to develop your brain relevant to Programmers.SE?

Out brain is pretty much the only tool we use. Sure a computer and an editor/IDE are necessary, but have nothing to do with being a successful or expert programmer. So, are questions about how to ...
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Encouraging the “unpolished” question?

I'm not fond of calling users out, but with this question, I'm a bit confused. It came across initially as fitting the "I'm question banned on SO, so I'm parking it here" category to be honest and ...
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How did this general question not get closed?

This question seems to suffer from all the same pitfalls as questions I see closed regularly: Dealing with management that does not see value in improvements that are not immediately visible to the ...
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Should there be a cap on upvotes per question to deal with populistic questions?

Questions sorted by votes: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions?sort=votes I'm not spending much time here, so maybe I'm missing something. But looking at the top questions - the ...
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Odd Highlighting of Questions with Favorite Tags

I have scrum, agile, unit-testing and tdd set as favorite tags. When I browse to tdd, I get two questions highlighted, followed by two not highlighted, followed by one highlighted, etc. It looks like ...
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How to detect questions inactive for longer than 6 months?

You see Excavator badge to be given to somebody who has: Edited first post that was inactive for 6 months This 6 month inactivity period has been mentioned in Archaeologist badge too. The ...
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Should surveys be allowed?

To clarify, I'm referring to statistical surveys and questionnaires that are well designed, ask open-ended questions, are relevant to programmers as per the diagram in the FAQ, aren't rants, and ...
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What are “algorithm concepts”?

Our FAQ says that "algorithm and data structure concepts" questions are on-topic on Programmers. However, we receive "migrate to Stack Overflow" flags on a lot of algorithm-related question. This ...
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Is profanity allowed in answers or questions?

I have never seen anyone swear in a question or an answer, but I haven't seen any rules regarding profanity either. I'm just wondering: is there some sort of regulation against profanity, or is it ...
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Automatically marking questions as potentially localised?

Would it be desirable for a message similar to the The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed. notification to be displayed for this SE, while questions are being ...
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Poll type question - Should it be closed?

I've noticed this question; If you had the power to remove one thing in your daily job, what would it be? floating around on the 'active' page and I can't help but wonder how this is still open when ...
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is there a way i can see all my favourited questions in one place

in other words how can i "archive" my favourite QA's
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Inclusion to the question topics section of the faq

Should 'Programming psychology and philosophy' be added to the list of topics for questions in the faq? A lot of questions fall under that description Edit: This answer to Questions barely or not ...
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Should questions about SE and not about PSE be moved to MSO?

Sorry about the all the acronyms in the title. There are many questions here on Meta Programmers that are neither: about Programmers.SE at all about a general SE problem, but related to a question ...
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Why is it only 5 reputation points for an up vote on a question?

I would have thought that it should be the same as it is for answers. A good question is just as important as a good answer.
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Suggestions for questions begging for a “Let Me Google That For You” link

A very good example would be this question that came in today: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/63584/parsing-rss-feeds. I purposely avoided the LMGTFY, although a question ...
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Is it proper to ask geographically based questions?

Is it proper to ask geographically based career questions? For example, "What US city has the greatest opportunity for software engineers?"
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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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Hide Questions Asked?

Is it possible to hide questions asked in the user profile? I have some questions that I posted recently that I wouldn't like potential employer's to find as they could impact one's ability to be ...
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Is linking to a blog post of yourself to get more constructive opinions a bad practice?

Being quite new to Stack Exchange, I don't know what the general opinion is about asking a question, based on a blog post of yourself. For Stack Overflow, where only non-subjective questions are ...
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Real Questions Have Answers

There's a new post on the Stack Overflow blog entitled Real Questions Have Answers, which serves to expand upon the six subjective guidelines we all know and love. I encourage you to read it and the ...
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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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How to answer “it depends” questions

As I've participated in this site I've seen quite a few questions whose answer will always be, "It depends." I think that all answers should give a justification for their opinion. Answers like this ...
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follow a question

How i can follow a question without bookmarking the question web page ? is there any specific way to follow an interest question and be mailed when some one write down another answer or some change ...
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Are questions posted on weekends at a disadvantage?

When a person such as me is bored on a Friday or Saturday night and decides to spend it surfing Pr.SE, is a question they post going to be at a disadvantage for attention due to the smaller audience ...
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What sort of edits are appropriate?

The Reputation Privileges state that editing should be: to fix grammatical or spelling mistakes to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it correct minor mistakes or add addendums / updates ...
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Questions like a forum thread

See that question: Does giving a developer a slower development machine result in faster/more efficient code? From OP's comment "many many responses... but not many answers.". This question is very ...
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Is this kind of activity allowed?

I found a question which was asked in two sites https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/4823/are-you-a-geek-or-nerd https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/17779/are-you-a-...
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Should the “Six Subjective Question Guidelines” be revised?

We all know about the "Six Subjective Question Guidelines" which we were ENFORCED to follow while asking questions in Programmers.SE. For convenience I am quoting them here- 1. Inspire answers that ...
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I don't think people (or me) understand programmers.se

I trully understand when a question is unproper for a site, but this is ridiculous. My question was 'Do you have a phone on your desk?'. Obviously my intent was to share experiences from fellow ...
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Question I asked dissappeared

I asked a question(on meta) last night about my reputation, "Why Isn't My Reputation Updating?", but today I can't find it. It's not listed with my questions(on meta). A search doesn't find it. Was ...
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Asking Better Questions

Jeff Atwood post new article about Asking Better Questions. Please read and help us enforce the quality of questions. if you see a great, thoughtfully asked, well researched question, vote it up — ...
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Are argumentative questions allowed?

See: Why don't people use white space inside parentheses To me, questions related to coding style / standards are clearly within the remit of Programmers.SE, however the tone of the question I linked ...
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“The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed.” yeah baby!

Since everything is pretty much subjective here, perhaps this message should be disabled on this site. "The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed." Thoughts?