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Open letter to students with homework problems

It is September once again (today is the 8755th day of September), and once again students are asking their homework problems on Stack Overflow and SoftwareEngineering.SE. We start seeing questions ...
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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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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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Am I being selfish by asking on-topic, yet very specific questions?

After discovering Software Engineering(Previously called Programmers), I've been using it to aid me in finishing a hobby project of mine; building an interpreter, for a language I've been designing. ...
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Why do interview questions make poor Software Engineering.SE questions?

Occasionally a question that is asked at an interview comes up - "how would you design Amazon Web Services" or "how would you write Google" or some such question. These questions find their way to ...
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I get more and better attention on Stackoverflow

I have been trying out "programmers" for quite a couple of weeks now and I feel disappointed. The questions I have been asking are for the most part left completely unanswered or get a answered with ...
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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?
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Could we please detect troublesome questions using Stack Overflow data and offload them to Triage review for an hour or two?

Propose to detect troublesome questions using Stack Overflow quality scoring data and put them to Triage queue for an hour or two. If the timeout expires before decision is made, let questions go to ...
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How to ask a batch of related questions?

I asked a batch of related questions in When did current source control management emerge? and I am wondering what is the best preactice to do so. If one asks several related questions in a single SE-...
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So many bad questions

At the time I am writing this, 7 out of 15 questions in the first page have negative score. That's almost a half. Second page has 4 out of 15, and the third page has 6 out of 15. I never counted them ...
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Why are answers almost always upvoted more than the question

The answer almost always has more up votes than the question, sometimes significantly so. I almost always scroll back up and up vote the question after up voting an answer (unless the question was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is research important?

You've probably seen it somewhere Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you've tried and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to ...
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Should “Programming with Kids” have a canonical post?

Questions like this one have me wondering if introducing kids to programming isn't a good candidate for doing a "one post to rule them all" that gathers all of the good ideas we've accumulated on the ...
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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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How bad are “Shopping for Patterns”-type questions?

There is a somewhat frequent type of question around SE.SE that makes me scratch my head in confusion, sometimes - The "What's the best pattern for X" questions. More often than not, the person who ...
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Why question becomes commmunity wiki after >10 updates?

I often update and save my question to see how it renders, instead of checking it in instant preview. I prefer that way. Also, I often spot single problems in my post and want to correct them ...
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Should we discourage questions that are overly abstracted, with unrealistic examples?

Every so often, somebody asks a question about a piece of code, but the piece of code that they give is too abstract and unrealistic. For example, there's a question on the front page right now about ...
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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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Should we edit “recommend a design pattern” questions so they don't use the phrase “design pattern”?

Every so often, we get a question asking what design pattern to use in order to achieve some goal, such as... recommend a design pattern for a C++ application that takes some data, processes it, and ...
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Where and how to improve questions?

This bit came up in chat the other day: more discussion needs to happen on meta regarding question x and how to make it better A quick search can find it, but I'm not going to link it to bring up ...
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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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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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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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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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Why always answers of users who have the maximum reputation in a question accepted and voted up?

Even my answer is more helpful, users upvote an answer which is written by a user who has the maximum reputation and owner of the question accepts that answer. On the other hand, a downvoted answer ...
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What happened to: “What benefits are there to native JavaScript development?”?

I was reading this question and answer this morning and I noticed it disappeared now and I get an error page with "removed for reasons of moderation" What happened to the question and why? I recall ...
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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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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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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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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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Are locale or time-dependent questions acceptable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Too localized: by population size instead of geographical area Should questions that depend on a specific location (continent, country, city) or time (anything that changes ...
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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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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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Current events - Questions and answers

Related: The coding for charity Q. Any hope of ever being on-topic? https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/157022/coding-for-good-or-charity How can programming ability be used to ...
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how to structure compound questions

I have this question Guidance in naming awkward domain-specific objects? open on P.SE currently. My original focus is captured in the title, specifically I was worried about naming. Several of the ...
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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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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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Are meta-“opinion based” questions opinion based?

Imagine a question: I have to do <some task>. I am trying to do this task in <some situation>. I can think of two technically valid ways to do this task. Here they are: Way 1: //...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...