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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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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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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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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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So apparently it's illegal to talk about technology difficulty here?

Q & A, of the type that we practice here at Stack Exchange, rests on a few fundamental principles and assumptions: Each site has a specific subject matter area. Questions asked on Stack Exchange ...
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This question isn't remotely subjective

I read your original question, your question here on Meta, and the comment chain on Robert Harvey's answer. After reading everything, I casted a reopen vote on your question. It's been a while since ...
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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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How many questions do we get from users recently blocked at SO, how many of these are closed / deleted?

While running a test on Stack Overflow, there were some questions about whether we were driving traffic to Programmers, so I decided to rerun some of the numbers in Shog’s original answer and compare ...
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Question got closed citing that it requests for "customer support"

You are asking the SE community why a specific vendor (in this case Google) made a decision to favor tool X over tool Y. Honestly, the community here is the wrong audience for such a question. If the ...
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So apparently it's illegal to talk about technology difficulty here?

What you were asking for is a topic where a useful answer could fill a whole book. Such questions are usually considered as too broad for the Q&A format of this site. Note that facial recognition ...
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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?

As I wrote in the comments above, I first was very sceptical about this change when Robert asked for it. In the meantime, however, my opinion changed a bit and I think the positive effects of the ...
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How is asking, "Is there formal terminology for storage of key value pairs?" an opinion based question?

Unfortunately, there is often no universally, or even widely accepted, term for many concepts in software engineering. Even with projects like the IEEE Computer Society and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC7 (the ISO'...
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Why my question about user storage is closed?

I see some issues with the question. One of them is the unclear problem statement, since the question seems to contain three different ones: What is the "preferred way" of storing small ...
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Refined question that was closed as unclear

I'm one of the users who originally voted to close it, and I also voted to leave it closed in the reopen queue after the edit. I also posted the longest and most upvoted comment on that question which ...
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Reopen controversial question?

I agree the close reason given might be debatable. The question was originally so badly written I was not even sure I understood what the OP really meant. And for questions which make us play guessing ...
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My question was simultaneously answered, put on hold, and finally deleted. Why, and how can I improve my question?

First, let me say Robert did not really answer your question (and I don't mean the fact he only used the comment sections): The comment to your first bullet point gives just a starter for an idea of ...
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When every question pertaining to Software Engineering has been more or less asked, do we broaden the scope of questions allowed to be asked?

This is why we close as duplicate. If we link the questions the new ones act as signposts pointing at the old ones. As we grow that should happen more and more. If you are instead saying we should be ...
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Is this question a good candidate for reopening?

The proposed answer is well-written, but the question is one that cannot be answered with facts or citations unless you happen to work a Microsoft and have access to information about design decisions ...
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Is this question a good candidate for reopening?

I think the question might be rewritten in a way it does not give the - maybe wrong - impression it requires mindreading in the heads of Microsoft designer's. One could ask about which UI control to ...
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Question closed for being "opinion-based" but I only asked for the name of a principle

Personally, I like these sorts of questions. Knowing the official name of something can unlock a huge trove of resources for learning more about it. Yes, sometimes, there doesn't happen to be a good ...
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Why was my question for reasons to initialize using arguments over member variables flagged as an "Opinion based question"?

Well, the literal reason for closage is questionable. But IMHO the post looks a lot like one of those micro-optimization questions where the only viable answer is "it will most probably depend on ...
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How can I update a terminology question so it can be answered with facts?

I don't think the question is salvageable here. In order for a terminology question to be a good fit, there would have to be some level of agreement about what the term means. If there is no widely-...
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What's a reasonable delay before getting feedback from a reopen edit?

This site is not a high frequency site like Stackoverflow - sometimes things take time, and - believe it or not - sometimes even very active community members are bound to other things in life for ...
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