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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Is there a plan to test Triage review at Programmers?

Triage review is being tested at Stack Overflow for about three weeks now. I briefly "triaged" it myself and as far as I can tell, Programmers can benefit from such a review too. Is there a plan to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Better Selection / Title for Top Questions List

With more Stack Exchange sites being created I typically skim over the Top Questions list for each to quickly see if there is anything interesting to get into. I've noticed frequently on Programmers ...
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Is this something that we can learn from Stack Overflow?

A (first-day) user quickly dropped two code dumps at our front page: 1, 2. That's all-right, 'it happens, and these will probably be closed and deleted soon, which is fine. What made me raise ...
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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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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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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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How can I ask this question better? [duplicate]

I really tried to write this question in such a way that it was not a shopping question. I've been using stackoverflow and similar sites for a long time and know why shopping questions and opinion ...
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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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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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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 ...