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Do we have any responsibility to take any action if someone says they're thinking about suicide in their post?

There's a post that was closed as off-topic, which it is. It's a rant, one that definitely doesn't fit within the scope of our site. The author of the post mentions he's contemplating suicide. Is ...
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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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Migrating Crap to SO. Really, Programmers?

So there was this question asked by a new user. And it's undeniably crap. It is a code-dump showing 0 research effort, not even a problem statement. This is the prime example of what a crap question ...
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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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Question marked as opinion-based—I'm seeking facts and references

I'm a little confused as to the nature of the 'opinion-based' categorization. I asked this question: Is there a design rationale behind the PHP-Style Nested Webform pattern?. I pointed out that this ...
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Is curiosity allowed on programmers.stackexchange.com? [duplicate]

Is curiosity allowed on the various stackexchange sites or does every single question need to be a question about a precise problem to solve? For example, are the two following questions valid ...
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What is “not constructive”?

Jul 20 update: question has been unlocked per discussion in chat and reworded as follows: Looking for a definitive answer from a primary or secondary source for why did (notably) Java and C# decide ...
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Delete/Unlock the “Historically Locked” How and where do you store your private work/sourcecode?

The question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/35898/how-and-where-do-you-store-your-private-work-sourcecode/ is currently locked, but not deleted, as it is being kept for ...
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New lock type for truly collaborative questions and answers

We have a new lock type that can be added to questions that are not strictly on topic or constructive but have, because they have been edited and expanded, become a valuable resource. The first ...
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Reconsider historical lock on “How many monitors do you use? Why? How they are used?”

The post https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/2757/40980 has the question body of: Why more or less monitors is worse than your configuration? Why is important use it in this way (...
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Clickbait titles, their metaphor posts and what to do with them

Yes, other sites have them and have fun with them. Programmers.SE community tends to have a bit of drama around these questions with them getting a bunch of answers, closed and reopened at least once, ...
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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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Why was my question asking who is developing Wakelang closed?

My question Who is developing Wake? (10k link) was closed as unclear what I'm asking. In addition, one user posted a comment on my question saying, "recommended reading: Why we're not customer support ...
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Why was 'How can I deal with the cargo-cult programming attitude?' reopened?

The post was closed yesterday by five community members as 'too broad'. It has 34 answers, and it really becomes a poll/discussion of ideas. Very few of these answers are well thought out and serve ...
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Is this question specific to programmers, or has everyone forgotten/relaxed about that requirement?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/74116/how-often-is-too-often-to-change-workplaces The FAQ says: If your question can also be applied to other jobs then it's not really ...
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Content Dispute for “Why do programming languages, especially C, use curly braces and not square ones?”

Why do programming languages, especially C, use curly braces and not square ones? This post has generated very rapid close/reopen votes along with an extended discussion in the comments. I have ...
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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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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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How can we (or should we) keep “Amateur question about corrupt software” open?

The question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/284881/25936 My initial reaction to it is essentially the same as the first comment it got: This question pushes the boundaries of ...
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Re-evaluate the historical lock on 'What are some easter eggs that went wrong'

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/63342/what-are-some-easter-eggs-that-went-wrong What are some easter eggs that went wrong and resulted in unintended consequences, e.g ...
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Could we delete these old opinionated, chatty, discussion questions?

I came across this question: What are the key differences between software engineers and programmers? It appears to be a typical opinion-based, open-ended, chatty, discussion type of question from ...
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What should we do with “Should UTF-16 be considered harmful?”

Today we stumbled across an old question: Should UTF-16 be considered harmful? I'm going to ask what is probably quite a controversial question: "Should one of the most popular encodings, UTF-16,...
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What is this site's definitions of development methodologies?

I have a question that was put on hold a little while ago. Not the end of the world, it was a question about agile development and that's not strictly a programmer topic. But when I looked at the on ...
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Why was this newly historically locked?

I've expounded on locked questions before and mentioned that these often age poorly. If something is to be locked, especially today, it should have some amount of moderation and curation done. These ...
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Does this site support questions asking to evaluate alternative solutions to a problem and if yes, how can I ask them?

This is how I tend to use this site (and other SE sites): I work. I run into a problem I cannot solve myself (at least not easily, without devoting very substantial time or effort I cannot now devote)...
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Why should we not delete a question about using a factory class instead of direct object construction?

This meta-question is about the following question on the main site: Why should I use a factory class instead of direct object construction? [closed] Currently, it has a lone delete vote. The only ...
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Reconsider historical lock on hardware recommendations

Some of our older questions are about hardware recommendations. Well, Hardware Recommendations.SE is now live - lets clear up some confusion. No, I'm not suggesting migrating these questions there, ...
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How can we “gently” tell the OP that he must improve the grammar of this question?

How to match responses from a server with their corresponding requests? Preface: I'm very mindful of 'The Summer of Love'. Problem: I feel like the OP has a genuine question here. It's just that it'...
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Should a question about older code being updated to use newer language constructs be closed as a duplicate?

This question: Should older code be updated to use newer language constructs, or should outdated constructs be sticked with? was closed as a duplicate of this question, a canonical locked question ...
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How to re-word or 'fix' my question so it can be answered

My question here: Strategies to troubleshoot an error that only happens on a specific device was closed due to being too broad. I don't quite understand why it's too broad, but that's fine, if it's a ...
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Advice on making this closed question on Github vs. Bitbucket productive?

My question here was almost immediately closed. I can see why. However I feel like there is still a well-formed question lurking in here somewhere, and it seems like if I could get to it this would be ...
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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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The stock hardware question is a good one

What is the difference between a stock-hardware and a micro-coded machine in "A Critique of Common Lisp"? started out ranty, and people got carried away in the comments, but the underlying ...
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Please Close This Question

Please close this question ASAP. I'm not sure if I've ever seen a non-spam question that was more off-topic.
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Reevaluate historical locks on some books

While stumbling across an update link project for Stroustrup's homepage (as I write this there are about two dozen posts that link to an old page that doesn't exist anymore), I found two book ...
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is this question OK? (“how to be… without a CS degree”)

Is this question OK for Programmers? How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree To me "the essence of question" somehow does not feel quite right. This in essence, is my question: ...
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Is the question about statements being terminated by semicolons appropriate for Programmers?

update At Rev 5, there was a major edit to question text, based on discussion in comments made to this answer. As of Rev 6, question has been reopened. Reference: question timeline. Below applies ...
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Closed question dispute

Should I try to persuade my manager that code tidying should take priority over meeting deadlines? I do not agree that this question should have been closed. If it was truly a duplicate, than the ...
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Should the “stressors” question have been left open?

I am referring to this question: What stressors do programmers encounter on the job? I can see that one of the moderators stepped in and added some guidance for answers, but it sure doesn't look ...
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Let's clean up the Data Structures for Interviews question

Why are data structures so important in interviews? This question has almost 60,000 views, and is in the top 50 in views in questions that are not closed. However, it's pretty clearly off topic, ...
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Is it OK to ask P.SE to do your job?

People Asking the community to do their homework are shut down fast.. Why wasn't this Question? Software solution from the 2000's, should I attempt to patch or remake the whole thing? His job was to ...
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How can I reword my question in a useful manner without a clear reason why my question has been closed?

My question Which concepts are pertinent to plan a “end-user documentation” strategy? has been closed, and I do not completely understand why.The reason invoked is "Questions asking us to recommend ...
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Where did this question go wrong?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/153532/how-to-deal-with-bad-developers-who-hold-back-the-project I suppose that it could have gone on Workplace (I didn't realize that site ...
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How to handle BDD / TDD duplicate questions?

Recently, @gnat proposed a duplicate where this is the source: What is the difference between writing test cases for BDD and TDD? and this is the target: Relation between BDD and TDD I agree that ...
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Where did that recursion question go?

That recursion question «Is recursion not something programmers know?» (10k link, img) suddenly disappeared. Why and what happened to it?!
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Should this question be closed or stay open (with or without edits)?

I'm looking at Form screenshot for legal proof of clicking one of the checkboxes? and it feels like a mostly legal problem rather than a software development question. We have visited legal questions ...
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Lets delete “What is Java used for these days?”

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/17053/40980 was asked in 2010 (Java 6 was still in active development). The information in it is quite dated (J2EE isn't a thing anymore - incidentally, ...
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The OP Seemed Genuinely Curious: Couldn't An Edit Have Saved This Question?

Can applications affect power consumption in a substantial way? Indeed, as currently constituted, this question probably should be closed. Yet the OP seemed genuinely curious, and the answers and ...
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Reevaluate historical lock on “Is Java “dead in the water” …”

The question https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/6352/40980 (yea, what a title) is about predicting the future (five years ago) and some armchair quarterbacking CEOing. The question body ...
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Reopening the question about dynamic image generation?

I came across this question when it was at 3/5 close votes for being unclear : How are dynamic images programmed? I didn't think it was unclear at the time, however I could see how people ...