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I agree with this open letter. I guess it's more directed at the people potentially answering this kind of thoughtless questions, because the people asking them -- more often than not Help Vampires -- will never read meta, or the FAQ, or try to understand the issues involved. So I guess it could be rephrased to say: "potential answerers, don't encourage ...


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Software Engineering. I think it's as good a site title as you're going to get. Here's why: It's not "Programmers," which smacks of people who write teh codez. Electrical Engineering's name change (from Electronics) was very good for them. It raised the quality bar on that site significantly. The On-Topic page, Tour Page, or Whatever New Users See First™...


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This answer is to summarize the requests for Stack Exchange in a single post. It is a community wiki, so if something else seems to be a consensus in this thread, feel free to add or edit it. Name Change to Software Engineering Tour / Tag Line Welcome Software Engineering is a question and answer site for people involved in the Systems Development Life ...


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I hate to sound callous about this, but... This isn't a support group; y'all probably aren't trained to deal with the outpouring of grief and despair of someone you've never met and may have absolutely nothing in common with. I'm certainly not. Indeed, there's a decent chance that leaving a post like this around could end up just making things worse. ...


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We made it, y'all! We just pushed the changes and now, after 8 long months... The name for the site has changed to Software Engineering Stack Exchange. The logo for the site has been updated to the one shown in the top left of the page. The default domain for the site has changed to softwareengineering.stackexchange.com. The site scope has been simplified. ...


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Do you care about applying craftsmanship1 or engineering to the planning, design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance of software? Are you concerned with all aspects of software development (and not just writing/debugging/testing code)? Are you concerned with the practice (as opposed to the theory) of software development? If you can answer "...


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An Open Response Does this belong on P.SE meta? If so, should we expect and accept similar posts from other users? Chances are, the students who paste homework don't read P.SE meta. Your evidence in anecdotal. I could offer a story of how my education was saved by scooping the answer to a stubborn problem from the interwebs, which gave me time to focus on ...


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How happy I am that this day has finally come! These are my suggestions, some similarities to Snowman's answer with certain omissions and value-adds. Site Name I favor the new site name, Software Engineering I am neutral to the new site name, Software Development I dislike the name, Software Architecture however as this can be considered a distinct subtype ...


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It looks like the questions you've asked lie in the overlap between SO and PSE. Both sites could answer them, but they would give different kinds of answers, and since SO is bigger its answers will show up faster. In my opinion, the three questions you've linked are all slightly more appropriate for SO, because they cannot be generalized to apply to ...


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Votes should be used to indicate quality and usefulness and the lack thereof, and not to show agreement. To be clear: it is great when askers write about their (possibly completely wrong) understanding because that makes writing a focused answer much easier. The ideal life cycle of a question is: OP has a concrete problem. OP tries to solve the problem on ...


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I don't think it's right to down vote questions just because they contain a certain word or phrase. I also don't think that questions should be edited to remove a certain word or phrase just because some people don't like it. A down vote on a question means "this question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful". If you feel that the ...


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Why is "Programmers" changing to "Software Engineering?" Because the name "Programmers" invites all sorts of questions that are only vaguely related to software engineering, questions that we don't want. Has anything else changed? Yes. The Tour and the Help Center have a new tag line, the public description of the site which is ...


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No questions. Give us our hats.


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Has SO become the trash dump of Programmers? The specific question certainly isn't... stellar, but you are over-reacting. In fact, of the 258 questions we've migrated to SO (in the last 90 days), only 13% have been rejected. Conversely, the numbers aren't as good the other way around. We've rejected 16% of the questions SO has send us (but you don't see us ...


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The questions which are most welcome here are those which come from real software projects, related to real problems which arise inside the project. It does not matter if it is a commercial project, or a hobby project, or if the topic of the project is very specialized, as long as it is an answerable, on-topic question with a reasonable focus. Opposed to ...


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This is one of those cases where people phrase a question in a way that disguises their true intent. They are not asking for a tutorial on persuasive speaking. They are seeking a deeper understanding of the subject. Take https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/237500/3965 for example. His real problem is not lack of skills of persuasion. He has ...


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Thus, questions that are not answerable -- discussions, debates, opinions -- should be closed as subjective. By and large this is true, but do you ever stop long enough to consider if there is actually some pretty good content behind a long-standing question — content that didn't become a never-ending list of answers or break down into a needless, ...


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Were you really expecting a different result? This is simple mathematics; you reduce the number of votes to close, and the number of questions that get closed is going to increase. That's not what this is about anyway. It's about whether or not the right questions are getting closed. I do think that some salvageable questions get incorrectly closed, but I ...


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