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Why was my question asking who is developing Wakelang closed?

To me, it seems like this is a very simple "please find me my information" request. It's best suited for a search engine. In fact, you don't even need one. From the Wake homepage, click on the "View ...
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How can I get my question reopened as someone answered in the comments?

There are three things you can, and should, do: Edit the question. Remove any ambiguity, add extra details, fix the spelling and grammar, etc. Generally improve it. This will add the question to the ...
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Does closing a question before an answer is received change the behavior of a user on future questions?

I wrote a query that provides the raw data for the answer. You can find it here. http://data.stackexchange.com/programmers/query/307939/first-posts-closed-compared-to-second-posts-closed The raw ...
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What's the reopen rate for closed questions on Programmers?

First, the all-time stats: Closed Closed then Edited Closed then Reopened Closed then Edited then Reopened ------ ------------------ -------------------- -------------------------------- 34567 ...
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Why was my question so quickly deleted by a moderator?

If you read the Help Center's page about what you can ask about here prior to posting, you would see that some questions aren't a good fit for this environment, specifically questions about "finding ...
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Where and how to improve questions?

My personal 2 cents... stop downvoting people who post on meta trying to get questions fixed. That's what stopped me a while back from doing it. It became such a chore to constantly feel like I'm ...
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How is user without gold tag badge closing questions as duplicates with no other votes?

It's not single-handed: notice the presence of Community in the close voter list. Last year a feature was introduced to Stack Exchange to allow question askers to single-handedly close their ...
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Question closed for being "opinion-based" but I only asked for the name of a principle

I cannot speak for the other close voters, but I voted to close it because of two things: the question does not ask for a name for a well-known software engineering concept, it asks for a social ...
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The "Professional Engineers" question has 2/3 reopen votes AND 3/4 delete votes; what's going on here?

Most certification questions are either individual career advice or the answer is "go ask them" (and changes yearly). This is closer to being a question about the legal status of software engineering ...
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How many questions do we get from users recently blocked at SO, how many of these are closed / deleted?

I'm working on something related to this right now, so it's worthwhile to pull the data. More on that in a bit, but first... 1380 questions asked here in the last 30 days, from 1219 distinct accounts,...
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When someone asks a "code improvement" question, should we edit it to an "algorithm improvement" question instead of closing as off-topic?

Stating that a question about code performance being off-topic here / belonging on Stack Overflow is inherently wrong. Those types of questions should be posted here ("software architecture and design"...
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How to address the "Why do so few languages with a variable-type 'operator' exist?" question

After having similar doubts myself and mulling it over for a few days, here's how I currently feel about that question: 1) It's clearly possible to write an answer to this question that's interesting ...
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Now that 3 close votes has been proven and implemented on Stack Overflow, can we have the same on Software Engineering, please?

Some of you may have noticed the Meta Stack Exchange post - Testing three-vote close and reopen on 13 network sites (it's linked in the featured on meta sidebar) - we've finally got this project under ...
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Question closed for being "opinion-based" but I only asked for the name of a principle

Often, there is not an "official name" or even a singular common name for concepts. Asking for one invites people to share their opinions on what they call it or believe it should be called. ...
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Recent Trouble With Popularity

It was quite interesting to observe impact of this meta post on the listed questions ("meta effect"). Or, more precisely, lack thereof. First thing I noticed is there were no attempts to improve / ...
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Improving "What should a programmer experienced in high-level OOP language learn when moving to low-level C development?"

I made a significant edit to this question. The core problem is more or less this question as gnat points out. And as I said in my comment on the question: @KarlBielefeldt there is an [edit] ...
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When someone asks a "code improvement" question, should we edit it to an "algorithm improvement" question instead of closing as off-topic?

Whenever we see a question about fixing/improving code that can easily be interpreted as asking us to suggest a better algorithm, should we edit it to focus on the algorithm instead of closing it as ...
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When someone asks a "code improvement" question, should we edit it to an "algorithm improvement" question instead of closing as off-topic?

I made an edit attempt to focus the question to being one of the best algorithm approach that would result in the least amount of operations worse case. I also reopened it, it was close to being ...
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