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Am I being selfish by asking on-topic, yet very specific questions?

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Am I being selfish by asking on-topic, yet very specific questions?

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, ...
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Am I being selfish by asking on-topic, yet very specific questions?

Of your 9 non-deleted questions, all of them have a net positive score and none of them are closed. Two of them are also marked as a favorite question by at least 1 person, with one being marked as a ...
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Should we edit "recommend a design pattern" questions so they don't use the phrase "design pattern"?

I would appreciate it if everyone, before over-hastily voting to close any question with the buzzword "design pattern" in it as being a dupe of Choosing the right design pattern, would first take a ...
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Open letter to students with homework problems

This letter is missing something. Software engineers enjoy solving problems and building things with computers. If a typical homework problem seems like a boring drudge, or 'too hard' for you, you'...
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How bad are "Shopping for Patterns"-type questions?

What's the best screw driver to use on a nail? A hammer. Some of the best answers on this site reject the premise of the question. I completely agree that "give me the pattern" questions can be ...
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Should we discourage questions that are overly abstracted, with unrealistic examples?

IMHO it depends. Someone once told me, there is nothing so bad it cannot serve as a bad example, at least. Take, for example, the question you were referring to in yours. I agree very much too you ...
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Should we discourage questions that are overly abstracted, with unrealistic examples?

If you think the question is unclear then vote or flag to close with the "unclear what you are asking" reason. If you think the question can be salvaged, then leave a comment pointing out the ...
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Unclear question is clarified in comment, later comment is deleted and contradictory clarification added to question

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 ...
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Why have I reached question limit? My questions were not downvoted

You can't ask because you have a number of deleted, down-voted questions which are also taken into account when the system calculates whether you can post or not. If you go to your profile and click ...
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Negatively scored questions should be more aggressively hidden from the homepage

Thomas, I think you are barking the wrong tree. We have a problem on our site, and that problem lies clearly in our community: It has become almost impossible to ask a question without getting one or ...
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Is a question about git wrapping scripting adequate in this forum?

No, this question would most likely be downvoted, closed, and deleted here on this site. I can spot four "real" questions in that post (the last four bullet points). These questions are, ...
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Unclear question is clarified in comment, later comment is deleted and contradictory clarification added to question

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 ...
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Is this a question with answers or should I look elsewhere

This question would not be permitted. It would likely be closed as off-topic as it relates to your career and workplace or as opinion-based as we cannot tell you why you need access to GitHub in order ...
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Is this the correct community to ask questions on style and procedure, rather than specific questions begging as specific answer?

We have the same rules as Stack Overflow as to the types of questions that we don't allow here - no chatty, open-ended questions; no questions that require a book to answer; no discussions; no poll ...
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Why can't I ask customer service-related questions here?

Some questions about specific products or services, especially about how to use them, should be directed toward the appropriate support channels for that product or service simply because we don't ...
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Where can I ask for word suggestions?

Chat is probably a good place. You will find a ton of opinions and perspectives there and perhaps quickly see why they are not great fits for the main site :)
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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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Are questions about the architecture of well-known software products within the scope of the site?

Such questions would probably not be accepted. For closed-source applications, the question would either be generally unanswerable because it would require someone to have actually worked on the ...
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Is this the right place for a question about hosting e-commerce improvement

No, it is not the right place, because recommending 3rd party services is off-topic for this site. recommending specific software products or hardware is off-topic as well. The only place in the SE ...
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What are the guidelines for "How would you... ?" questions here?

You can ask questions that lend themselves to answers based on subjective experiences: subjectivity does not necessarily mean opinion-based or discussion-based. Most types of questions on Programmers ...
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Open letter to students with homework problems

A minor addendum, but I think worth adding separately: the thoughts outlined in the question are correct, but here: So, you've exhausted the resources. You've tried asking your instructor. The ...
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What's a positive question record?

From this answer on Meta Stack Exchange: In order to qualify for any of these badges, you must have a "positive question record", which means you don't have too many Closed, Negative, or ...
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