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What is a position of [software-developer]?

software-developer is a blatant meta-tag; everyone on this site should already be a software developer, so the tag does not add anything. If you see it, feel free to edit, vote to close and/or cast a ...
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What is a position of [software-developer]?

I've already removed the tag from the historically locked questions. I do ask that people take a few minutes before casting delete votes on closed questions, especially questions that are marked ...
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Is this a good place to ask a question I have about programming?

You're in the wrong place. For coding issues you need to ask on Stack Overflow. This site is for conceptual and design issues. The simplest explanation is that if you're standing in front of a ...
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'Problem' and 'help' titles in off-topic questions of new users coming from Stack Overflow

Assuming that this doesn't happen frequent enough to warrant changes to the system, one approach that comes to mind is to flag these cases for moderator attention. Flag message explaining the issue ...
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Current state of the [job-market]

Update - follow-up feature request to establish popup as discussed here: Improve question quality by informing askers of expectations in some career related tags As explained in another answer, tag ...
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Can I ask here about nuances of a certain technology?

Without seeing the exact question, I would say that what you describe falls into "providing support for tools or products", which is off-topic for Software Engineering. If you are confused about the ...
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Can I ask whether coding patterns are good or bad? If so, how should I ask?

It is really difficult to ask a good question about best practices, as also discussed on MSE: Why is asking a question on "best practice" a bad thing? In a nutshell, asking about best ...
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Improve question quality by informing askers of expectations in some career related tags

Update - these questions are now considered wholly off-topic here, so I've simplified the guidance further: Wait! Job / Career questions are off-topic here. Yes, there are still a few around; it's a ...
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Improve question quality by informing askers of expectations in some career related tags

Nice idea, but that guidance was waaaay too long to fit in a pop-up. I trimmed it down a bit: Wait! Personal advice is off-topic here. Please ensure that your question… …is specific to ...
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Code formatting, ratio checks enabled

6 days later, five different users have hit the code formatting check (including the author of this deleted question, who tried to post it 12 times before finally getting the formatting almost right). ...
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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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How to ask questions about bad practices in Stack Overflow (or other technical forums)

It is a little difficult to reply without an example but I think there are a couple of things to consider. Is the bad practice you are going to use actually bad practice (eg too many lines of code ...
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Most top rated questions could've been closed

Closing your question was correct. The topic was indeed quite interesting, but let's look at this excerpt: how do you categorize them, where are they sticked to? In general: how do you use them? ...
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will it be a good fit for this site to ask for explanation of interface injection quoting from Wikipedia?

I think your question is perfectly justified, when I read that part first, I was just as puzzled as you about what the Wikipedia author meant. After reading it 3 times, I think got it now, and if you ...
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Why questions about naming are considered "opinion-based"?

If I can logically ground why one name can be more "effective", "readable" in particular case, than another, then, I think, it cannot be, so easily, considered as opinion-based anymore. Sorry, but I ...
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Is it allowed to ask questions about the content of a SE portfolio?

These types of questions would be off-topic. They all appear to be primarily opinion based. Building a portfolio is also a career development subject, which is also off-topic here.
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If the scope is wrong, which of these questions belong here?

It's not the scope that is wrong, it's the name. I took your exercise again to demonstrate, and came up with these results: Programmers.SE : 37/37 SoftwareDesign.SE : 13/33, with 4 being a Maybe ...
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Isn't this a good site for "What language is this?" questions?

No, this isn't a good site for "What language is this?" questions. These questions don't help "make the internet" better. They don't help future visitors to the site and they don't really help the ...
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Are questions at this site recommended as being language agnostic?

I will use both of your examples to talk briefly about the issues I see with them being posted here. How could I implement a simple blog in PHP? This would not be a good question for the site, not ...
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How can I improve this question about software architecture?

Down votes and close votes do not necessarily mean your question is bad. Every single question yesterday attracted down votes and/or close votes. Some people answer in comments instead of answers ...
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How can I improve this question about software architecture?

The question is perfectly on-topic, and the (currently) one downvote should not bother you. There are some individuals in the community here who are very resistant against any arguments I brought up ...
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Current state of the [job-market]

Could we do something to help askers understand the risks associated with this tag? Maybe; if we can come to an understanding of the rewards of the tag. By which I mean, if we're to warn folks ...
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