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Where can I have subjective discussions about programming?

I entered Softwareengineering Stack Exchange and unfortunately, it wasn't what I was looking for. I expected you would be able to talk about all kinds of programming, but the rules are much stricter ...
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Why does my question have a ton of views but no votes

I am the asker of this question, which has 2600 views and is the top Google result for the query "Why use a class for tkinter" and despite (in my opinion) being a relatively well constructed question, ...
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What is the problem with "Pros and Cons"?

<Some question about design or product> What are the pros and cons? Sometimes, these questions get closed as 'too broad' or 'primarily opinion'. Why is that?
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Should web-applications and webapp tags be merged?

Should web-applications (551 questions) and webapp (8 questions) tags be merged? I think so.
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Error in counting the answers for migrated questions

A migrated question has one answer. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/24416871/netbeans-changed-after-uml-installed But when I look at the list of questions, I see, that the question has zero ...
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Why does the questions 'tab' have different sub tabs than the main page?

If you go to the vanilla http://programmers.stackexchange.com URL, you get the standard tabs: active featured hot week month However, if you go to https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/...
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Finding out the reason for ban

After some months I got back to programmers.stackexchange to ask a question there. Now I get this really disturbing message: We are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help ...
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Stats regarding new users

Comment here expressed concern on whether site is attractive for new users. I would like some statistics to learn more about that. Per user ids it looks like site has got 5,000 new users this month, ...
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What is needed to really fix a question (an Atwood transform)

You've found a poor question that you really think has some merit to it. What things are needed to successfully do this transformation of making a poor question into a good one? The Atwood transform ...
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On discussions and why they don't make good questions

I'll start off with the irony of this question being tagged with a discussion and point out that meta is different. Why don't discussion questions work in Stack Exchange? What is it about the ...
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Where does this question fit?

I have a question but I have no idea what SE site (if any) it's applicable for. I was watching F1 this weekend, and all the cars have sensors which send real time data about the car to the pit lane, ...
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recommendations tag - burn? edit? blacklist? or kill one by one?

Historical questions about recommendations: Should we ban the recommendations tag? Is a [recommendations] tag really necessary? The general consensus of these two is that the tag really should go ...
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Link in code is indistiguishable from plain code

On SO and pretty much any other SE site, linked code is clearly distinguishable from non-linked code: But on programmers (and meta.programmers), the two are completely undistinguishable: You have to ...
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"You have asked terrible questions, please get away or ask better question"

Above statement has just been filed when I tried to post a new question (or maybe a bit cleaner wording, but the idea is the same nonetheles): Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-...
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Nav buttons floating over review dialog box [duplicate]

I was in the LQP review queue this morning and clicked the 'recommend deletion' dialog box. I dragged the dialog box away to look again at the question and noticed this: The nav buttons are floating ...
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Question "smell"

This question - Power of 2 and performance in SQL Server - is this a "good" question by the standards of this site? Sure, it's an advanced optimisation programming technique. But my first response ...
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Undelete particular question

Can some of the moderators revive (undelete) this question (my own) and it's answers? I was more than sure that it is completely useless and voted to close or delete it. But, other users suggests in ...
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This question is off-topic - so where is it on topic?

So this question I posted about data cleansing was deemed off topic, in spite of having attracted two upvotes, a favourite and a positive comment: Is there a standard way of cleaning data files? ...
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Cutting down on off topic posts

We are getting pummeled with the same off topic questions over and over again. So we clearly need to be doing a better job up front of educating first time posters. In the 'How to Ask' box that's ...
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Deleting tag: indexation

While posting a question in the realm of spatial indexing using quadtrees, I noticed the presence of both tag: indexing and indexation. Though the latter is a French translation of the former, the ...
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UI Bug During Review [duplicate]

(all annotations in red are mine) While reviewing, a random black bar appears across the question that I'm viewing. This appears on every post I review, only in the Close Votes category. Anyone ...
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To people who vote to reopen everything - *why*?

I've noticed in the reopen queue history and 10k close page that there are at least some people who will cast a reopen vote on nearly anything they see. I've gotta ask... why do you do this? A bit ...
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Opinion based questions-did not receive enough help

(hopefully this is the right place to ask) I am asking this question because I am a bit concerned that questions are often not competently flagged, and users don't get support they need. My question ...
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Are Questions Asking for Help Using a Tool Off-Topic?

Regarding questions like this one: It seems fairly clearly off-topic from the Tour page: Don't ask about... implementation issues and coding tools But the closest thing in the flag as off-topic ...
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Why are you moderators so strict?

You closed this question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/243309/how-to-find-original-source-code-of-javascript-implementation-code What is wrong with that question? ...
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I flagged a question twice?

When I click the "flag" link on this question, the popup claims I have already flagged it twice: it is a duplicate... This question has been asked before and already has an answer. you ...
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Are there actions taken on a question that are incompatible with voting to close?

My question stemmed from happenings on this question. There was one person that voted to close, that also answered the question. The same person also edited the question. On other sites, at least, I'...
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How to use "Software Engineering" well?

Still feeling not very clear about Stack Overflow and Software Engineering after reading: rule for posting programmers vs stackoverflow, so continue to this post, here goes my questions: "... Stack ...
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Should you edit questions which have a moral value statement in it?

This question ticked me off a bit: Software monetization that is not evil It's basically a question about how to monetize software without using toolbars. And while I know a large population hates ...
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Looking for guidance on using "No Action Needed" in the first posts review queue

Following the post from Yannis Rizos about the use of "No Action Needed" for posts that are not all that good (Reviewing first posts from new users), I am struggling to understand when to use "No ...
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Reviewing first posts from new users

I took a quick look at the review history in our first posts review queue and I've noticed some "No Action Needed" reviews that I didn't agree with. That's not a problem, I don't expect anyone to ...
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How to have nice things

At last year's Summit Joel Spolsky gave a talk entitled "How to Have Nice Things" in which he described why there must be rules on content based factual sites and why the rules that exist on SE are ...
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What is wrong with this question ABOUT programing?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/241503/jira-full-blown-solution-for-the-single-developer what is wrong with this question, in gods name, can someone tell me what the problem ...
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If a duplicate question has a different accepted answer, does this imply the question is too opinion based?

There are two questions on whether one should lower his coding practices to meet those of the surrounding team: Simplicity-efficiency tradeoff If my team has low skill, should I lower the skill of my ...
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Bottom bar floating in middle of the page

The bottom bar (that black almost a straight line thing) is floating in the middle of the page on reviews. This may be a regression of: Footer line floats up too high in the main review page Line in ...
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Should cross-posting be allowed sometimes on Programmers?

I ask the community. The following question here led to the OP asking the greater meta.stackexchange.com site here which seems to have a broader and more popular consensus that when a question is ...
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Can I ask this question about the effectiveness of a mathematical programming concept?

I'm thinking of doing an experiment with a JS program to utilize Japanese Multiplication, and I want to ask whether or not a software math shortcut is actually a shortcut at all. To be clear, I'm ...
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Is it kosher to copy a tag wiki from another SE site?

I see that the [VBA] tag doesn't yet have a tag wiki on Programmers, whereas the one on StackOverflow is well established. Since the tag is exactly the same, would it be acceptable to simply copy ...
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What difficulties could be there in establishing automatic checks for SO cross-posts on a site like our (50-100 questions a day)? [duplicate]

The automatic check I would like to learn about looks like as follows: For every question posted (alternatively: voted to close or pushed to close queue), Check if asker has linked SO account If yes,...
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Why didn't auto-protection kick in in this question?

Per my reading of the timeline, this question has got 3 answers in 24 hours from new users (i.e. users who earned less than 10 reputation on the site, excluding any association bonuses): https://...
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Programmers vs Stack Overflow, why does this site exist? [duplicate]

This site really does baffle me. I do not understand what question someone could ask here that he or she could not ask on Stack Overflow.
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Most top rated questions could've been closed

My first and only question on this site has been closed. I've a fair amount of rep on SO and I know how things work here. Before asking it I have read the FAQ and the What topics can I ask about here? ...
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Asked design pattern question that was put on hold as off-topic - why?

Here the link to the question: ExtensionPoints design and architecture with examples
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Is it deemed off-topic to ask how come that many commercial companies rely on a specific freeware software?

I'd like to ask the reason why many commercial software companies are using a freeware tool for their product lifecycle by giving the company which produces this tool an advantage and the power to put ...
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Examples of inappropriately closed questions

This is a follow up to BartMan's question, which is now locked. We shouldn't be dismissive of the over-moderation concerns of potential new users. You asked for 10 examples of inappropriately closed ...
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Think someone's reputation on Stack Overflow should prevent them from being banned on programmers

Just finally figuring out exactly what kind of questions are meant for Programmers. Now when I try to ask a question my account is banned? Really? I have over 400 reputation points on Stack Overflow ...
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How is this site different than StackOverflow [duplicate]

The purpose of this site is presumably to help professional programmers with programming tasks they encounter in the course of their work. Both sites contain code examples, so that doesn't seem to be ...
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Top bar shows large number of suggested edits, but the review queue is empty

When logging in today, I saw a notification that there were 31 suggested edits to be reviewed (which is an unusually large number), but when going to the review page, the queue was empty. Even after ...
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Cannot Answer Protected Question with 101 Rep

I was browsing and I noticed this somewhat old question: here. I just got an association bonus from my other accounts, so now my reputation is at 101. However, I still get: protected by GlenH7 Dec ...
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How do I explain ${something} to ${someone}?

One of the not infrequently asked questions that shows up on Software Engineering.SE is along the lines of: I am trying to explain the differences between a NoSQL database and a relational database ...
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