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I absolutely love it. Please consider leaving it in place. As a moderator, there have been significantly fewer flags asking for a moderator vote to close a question. Before, questions would get to 3 or 4 close votes and not get that 5th vote. They may even start to attract low-quality answers. This change lets the community handle them much faster and get ...


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You posted the question exclusively to promote a paper that you wrote and solicit reviews. Promoting your paper is no different than promoting your software product or a service. Treating this as spam seems very appropriate.


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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 phenomenon, and it is very vague, which makes it prone to starting a guessing game. I am happy you found a term at Wikipedia that seems to describe what you were ...


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Thank you for pointing out the older question. I'd stress older - it was posted in 2012. What we consider acceptable has evolved quite a bit since then. However, both questions straddle the line between "legal advice" and "seeking recommendations", both of which are off-topic here. The older question has been closed and locked (due to its ...


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Before editing the question, I would probably edit the answer, and explain why it answers a slightly different question than the one which was asked (refering to the deleted comment and the edit). It is not unlikely that others, when trying to find information about related topics, find your answer still useful, even if it does not fit to the last version of ...


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It's probably been down-voted for the reason that you've identified: you want to start a discussion. The question-and-answer format of Stack Exchange isn't good for a general discussion. Questions do best when they are focused on a specific problem.


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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. Such questions aren't a good fit for this format.


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Unfortunately, the dont-ask page, where the "backed up with facts and references" line comes from, is not editable. However, I don't see a contradiction here. Questions should not ask for resources, including articles, blog posts, books, or papers. Instead, the question should be focused on a problem that someone is facing. When writing answers, ...


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No. Use of subdomains is generally unrelated to software engineering issues, and is usually more about marketing concerns such as search engine optimization. There also are technical and organizational reasons for and against subdomains (e.g. regarding the same-origin policy) which are tangential to software engineering as a whole, but still not in scope ...


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Even if you can make the question on-topic and follow our guidance for asking a good question (also consider our guidance for design review questions), I'm not entirely sure that you should. It's highly unlikely that the people answering the questions are familiar with your coursework or what the expectations of the instructor are. Most of us are ...


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Not really. This site went through a long evolution during which the scope shifted multiple times. Previously, career-related questions were acceptable (and the interviewing tag still exists for such historical reasons). But now the scope is clearly software engineering (as defined in our help center). Thus you should not ask how to prepare for an interview. ...


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The scope of this site changed over the last years. When the question in stake was asked in 2012, almost any conceptual question about programming was allowed, and questions for third party resources like books, tools, external links, or research papers were on-topic. Since then, the community here decided to narrow the scope of the site and not to allow ...


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Questions here are best formulated in the context of a particular problem or issue. It's simply not possible to generate a list of methodologies that work. Most organizations have at least one methodology, some have many. If the organization is successful, it's likely that the software development methodology "works". However, it doesn't mean that ...


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This is a tough one. One option would be to edit the question after getting the clarification in a comment. You can even use the edit description to note that the clarification edits were derived from a comment. If there's any dispute, mods can see deleted comments on a question and untangle the mess. If the comment/edit were wrong and there are good answers,...


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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's software and systems engineering group) maintaining the Software and Systems Engineering Vocabulary, people don't agree on terms and what they mean. Because ...


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How can I make this on topic, please? I fear, this kind of question can't be made on topic. This site is about software engineering, which covers the list of topics listed on our "on topic" page in the help center. The economics of certain tech firms, their history or development at the market is clearly not on that list. Note also the SE sites ...


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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 pick for a specific category of requirements, where the Windows calculator is just an example. However, such a question would still better suited for User ...


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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 made during the creation of the Calculator. From the opinion-based close reason: Update the question so it can be answered with facts and citations. From the ...


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Your question is not about architecture, it's about terminology. Questions about terminology aren't always on-topic. Even if the question is on-topic, people may still downvote if they feel that the question is, among other things, not generally useful to the broader community of software engineers.


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This blog article by Jeff Atwood from the time when this site was called "Programmers.Stackexchange" had a core statement which is IMHO valid today: In a nutshell, Stack Overflow is for when you’re front of your compiler or editor working through code issues. Programmers [ed: Softwareengineering] is for when you’re in front of a whiteboard working ...


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On topic - probably yes. But you have to be careful to keep it focussed enough, so it won't get closed with the standard "needs more focus" closing reason. This depends - obviously - on the specific question you are going to ask (and also on the moot of certain community members here, who often close-vote for reasons I don't understand). I can tell ...


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Visual testing, also known as user interface (UI) testing in software development is how developers ensure that an application appears to the end-user as it was originally intended. From the description of the tag or feels like ui-testing is the more appropriate name, but that isn't what you are going for. I ended editing the description to include that ...


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Unfortunately, I don't have any hard data on this. I'm not sure if it's possible to build something in the Data Explorer to get some actual data on questions that have been turned around by editing, but it would be important to realize that not all questions are salvageable, even if people try. Getting data may be difficult. I will address the editing versus ...


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No, Software Engineering is not a suitable place. Advice regarding career or education are usually very personal and can't be answered well with the Stack Exchange question & answer model. See also: Why was my question closed as "Off Topic - Career or Educational Advice?" We're not a good place for getting recommendations for books or ...


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This is not the best place for this kind of question. In fact, resource and reference requests are specifically off-topic here. I'm not aware of any good Stack Exchange site to ask these types of questions. The questions best asked here are questions that require human thought, knowledge, and experience. Finding resources or references to read is something ...


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There are several reasons why questions may attract downvotes and close votes. In my observation, the reason you mentioned ("it isn't clear what the question is asking") fits only to a small subset of them. For the majority of questions it is mostly clear what they are about. That does not mean, however, downvotes and close votes to them are ...


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The policy to fast-delete any post that falls into one of the off-topic reasons has existed for several years now and was based on a suggestion from one of the Community Managers. I believe the context was improving the quality of the homepage to users who are not logged in or who have low reputation, around the time of refining our scope, perhaps even ...


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The Help Center article What topics can I ask about here? says: Some questions, even if they appear to fit into one of the above categories, may still be off-topic: ... Product or service recommendations, including tools, libraries or packages, programming languages, books, scholarly papers, tutorials, articles, or blogs Algorithms are not mentioned ...


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The question was not closed for being off topic - it was closed for being not focussed enough. Askers on this site are expected to do some research on their own, show us what they found and why it did not suit their needs. You will find a detailed explanation in the older meta post "Why is research important?". If questions don't follow this advice,...


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Why even have a "Terminology" or "Definition" tag if you can't even ask for "formal terminology" without it being considered "Opinion Based"? Our community does not have a homogeneous opinion about what kind of terminology questions to keep and which to close. To my observation, specifically the three members who ...


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