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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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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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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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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 most ...


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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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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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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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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 like the answer entitled "Why We're not a Forum". Having said that, I want to call attention to a particular kind of question that is somewhere between objective and subjective. I'm referring to design questions. There are numerous design questions that come up, concerning the design of object oriented systems, or the design of software packages, or the ...


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I agree with your sentiment. Frankly I think we are far too quick to close questions on technicalities. When a generous interpretation could be on topic. For example, you could read your question interpreting IE as an example of a low user base client. How do we cope with these less valuable sectors of our market during development? should they be ...


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I agree with Robert Harvey's answer on Meta Stack Exchange. Although cross-posting should be discouraged, especially questions that are directly copied/pasted between sites without tailoring to nuances that exist between each community, the copy-paste by itself is not a valid reason for closure. Questions should be closed on their merit - they are a ...


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To add to Michael's excellent answer, many such questions are little more than homework questions, asking for answers to sample questions. Typically something along the line of "the book has a question XXXXXX, why does it say the answer is B". Except the cases where such sample questions are wrong (and there are bad practice exams out there, I know), simply ...


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I see no benefit whatsoever in crossposting, as in posting the same question verbatim on multiple platforms targeting the same audience. If the audiences are so diverse that you're likely to get valuable answers from multiple perspectives, all of them relevant, it might be a good idea on occasion. REposting, as in asking the same question elsewhere (...


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A best practice is not a silver bullet. "Doing X is the best way to get Y in situation Z" is how most respectable best practices read to me. Usually followed with a hedge: "Well it's better than W here anyway". "X will always do what you want in every situation" is how most respectable advertisements read to me. No, these are not silver bullets no matter ...


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While general approach to the tag has been thoroughly addressed in another answer, I would like to focus on a question used as an "acceptable" example in Help Center. As far as I can see, in its current shape it does more harm than good, by misleading the readers into couple of wrong beliefs. "Please answer for your region/city/country only" - this part of ...


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The site likes questions whose answers are "definitive." That is to avoid questions that will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion And the reason is that such a quesion cannot be answered clearly and definitively using facts, references, or specific expertise." One thing site is consciously trying to avoid is questions ...


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How do I ask a “Best Practices” question? Best Practice can be defined as a method or process that is generally recognized to get better results. Examples that occur to me might be: In Python, prefer to use context managers when given the option. Store text data in utf-8 format in most cases. Avoid storing data in ad-hoc csv or tsv formats. Businesses ...


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