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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 seen by everyone. The Help ...


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Can these questions truly be answered? Yes. Many of our users are not native-English speakers. Many of our users are new to programming and have heard the sayings but not where they came from.


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They do exist. (I picked one of my own answers since it was easy to find) Career advice made loads of sense when we were "Not Programming Related". It continued to make some vague kind of gibbering sense thereafter...right up until The Workplace became established to take care of the general cases. We still occasionally see a specialized case that's both "...


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A good interview question does not have an answer that the candidate knows; the candidate is expected to be able to discuss different options, with some options being thrown in by the interviewer. The questions is asked to find out how (or if) the candidate thinks, not to get an answer to the asked question. On SE sites questions are asked to get answers ...


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They are on-topic, provided they meet the six guidelines. Example of a marginal "What does this mean" question, demonstrating no research effort: What does "Premature optimization is the root of all evil" mean? Examples of good alternative questions, meeting the six guidelines: When is optimization not premature and therefore not evil? Is ...


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Do nothing. Even if there weren't issues around certain aspects of the review system one failed audit isn't going to cause you a problem. The audits are designed to catch so-called "robo-reviewers" who automatically click the button that's going to get them one step closer to the badges you can earn by reviewing. These people will fail multiple audits and ...


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I personally think that these kinds of questions, and this question in particular, is a better fit for Stack Overflow, as it deals specifically with code syntax and usage. Had it been a more "conceptual" question (in the vein of "How is this technique useful in my software design?"), I would consider it a better fit here. That said, questions should be ...


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No. Software Engineering is a site for asking questions directly related to the Systems Development Life Cycle (but not code troubleshooting or writing specific code). Questions seeking career or education advice are off topic. They are only meaningful to the asker and do not generate lasting value for the broader programming community. Furthermore, in ...


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Reasking the question so that it's tailored to the other site's audience is OK. You'll bring out aspects that the first site missed or you'll be able to focus your question as a result of the answers on the first site. Just copy/pasting the question from one site to another isn't going to work well. It's either going to be totally off message (note not ...


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JoeMo asked: What's happening here and how are these two declarations different? I see this as asking : "What does this code do?" NOT Why the code was designed that way? That is why i voted for the migration... Just my 2 cents.


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I'm torn. Some of the questions seem good, most others don't. But I can't exactly figure out where that line is. I think it has to do with localization (time and space), topicality, and specificality of the question. Some of the questions are vague or wide reaching. Like the ones about cowboy coding, chosing to study IT, and happiness in the IT industry. ...


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Upon skimming your headers to see if they would apply to my questions, my first instinct was to think wait some of those are actually on-topic! until I read your detailed notes. Perhaps we could clarify some of the header areas? Review my design We don't review entire software designs; that's a discussion, not a question. If you have a specific ...


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Edit: Existing proposal for this already exists, so I'm not making a new one. Go vote there to show your support if you'd like to implement this. 1.5) Add the difference between Programmers.SE and SO The opening sentence should immediately be followed by this, which is one of the most frequently asked questions I have seen from users who participate in the ...


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Questions that merely ask "What is the best way to do something" are not answerable. Because there are always several ways to solve a problem in computing, there is no "best" way; there is only the way that most effectively solves your specific problem, in whatever way you define "effective." So instead of asking what is the best way, tell us what "best" ...


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I think there's a difference between Can anyone recommend a good framework for X and Can anyone recommend a good framework for using X with Y parameters The reason why the first is usually closed is because the end result is simply a list of everyone's favorite X The reason why the second should be left open, is because only a few X are actually valid for ...


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The general guidance is simple: don't. Never recommend to another user that they should take their question somewhere else. Never use a comment to suggest other sites - it simply leads to cross-posting. And if the question isn't a high quality question or isn't appropriate for the community that you suggest, and it ends up getting down votes and close votes ...


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On the one hand you should try to group the related questions. On the other hand you should try to avoid creating a single beast question with many subquestions that should better be separate questions. Let's take a look at the example that you refer: When SCM was used for the first time in an organisation developing software? When was released the first ...


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I think a requirement of a history tag should be added. The blessing and curse of Programmers SE is that most all the topics are interesting to most all the users. History questions are the huge exception. As evidenced by the close/reopen wars, about half the users find history questions interesting and useful, and half find them inane and impractical. ...


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