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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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Could we delete these old opinionated, chatty, discussion questions?

After 12 up / 0 down votes to this answer and no answers expressing a problem, I applied a historical lock to both questions. This should make it clear that these questions aren't acceptable here ...
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Why was my question so quickly deleted by a moderator?

If you read the Help Center's page about what you can ask about here prior to posting, you would see that some questions aren't a good fit for this environment, specifically questions about "finding ...
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Question marked as opinion-based—I'm seeking facts and references

There are several reasons why this question is not a good fit. First, we do not accept research or resource request questions. We are not a search engine. We are not librarians. We, as a community, ...
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Should a question about older code being updated to use newer language constructs be closed as a duplicate?

I hit up this question in the review queue and reopened it. Even though there may be mostly an answer in the "duplicate", it's hard to find and doesn't focus on the particular problem at hand. ...
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What is spam, according to Stack Exchange and Software Engineering.SE?

In addition to Glorfindel's answer, there's also something called a "spam seed". This is a question used to elicit spam answers. I treat spam seeds the same way as spam - flag it as spam. As ...
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Delete/Unlock the "Historically Locked" How and where do you store your private work/sourcecode?

The answers were...abysmal. Yes, it had a lot of views, but I don't see how it can serve as a useful reference based on the answers there.
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Why the question got deleted?

Thank you for pointing out that the question was deleted without a visible reason. Usually, questions are first closed with a reason before they are deleted. In the meanwhile, this has been rectified. ...
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What is spam, according to Stack Exchange and Software Engineering.SE?

Yes, that might be confusing. Even though it does contain disclosure, it's such a textbook "only exists to promote a website" that the second part is waived. The same holds for pharmacy spam ...
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Will removing link to author's own research paper be enough to make this question not spam?

Would such edits make it not spam? Yes. Make it suitable for undeletion and reopening? It's still an off-topic question. Aside from the title, I don't see any questions, on- or off-topic. Even if you ...
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My question heavily downvoted & deleted, analogous quesion heavily upvoted

To a large part this is random: if a question happens to hit the “Hot Network Questions” list, thousands of visitors will see the question and some will add an upvote. This number of votes is ...
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What is wrong with "does this (anti-)pattern have a name" questions?

I think the community here does not really like to keep questions with the correct answer "There is no broadly accepted name" alive on this site. The fact our experts don't know a common name for a "...
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Is this question opinion based?

Personally, I'd close it as too broad. But I think that primarily opinion based works just as well. You're conducting a poll. We expect that questions meet our guidelines, and many of those guidelines ...
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Understanding the guidelines

You are correct, the tag info could have have been interpreted that way when taking it literally. However, I am very sure the community here does not want an interpretation like Questions about the ...
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How can I improve my question to get feedback instead of downvotes?

Not every question is a good fit for the Stack Exchange model. Typically, good questions: fit within the scope defined by our help center; are about a real problem you have; provide sufficient ...
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What is spam, according to Stack Exchange and Software Engineering.SE?

I think this is one of those cases where you really shouldn't be concerned about the letter of the rules. It is very clear what the spirit of the "no spam" rule is. So just do the obvious ...
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How to ask for a list of usable criteria

Glorfindel's answer addresses why "list of" questions tend to be closed and deleted. As far as deletion goes, that does not make it impossible to add focus to the question. You can still see ...
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How to ask for a list of usable criteria

The main reason to close the question was probably what Glorfindel already wrote. But let me add that the whole topic of choosing "the best programming language" is problematic, especially ...
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Why my question about user storage is closed?

I see some issues with the question. One of them is the unclear problem statement, since the question seems to contain three different ones: What is the "preferred way" of storing small ...
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Yet another, "please remove hold" meta question

We don't provide Google help on Programmers. Sorry. Instead of asking for word definitions so that he can go find his answer someone else, the OP should be doing us the courtesy of asking about the ...
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OT to ask how to contribute to open source projects?

Such a question would likely be not on topic here on Software Engineering. Every project has its own culture, so it is best to ask the maintainers how you could help them. Some projects also have a ...
amon's user avatar
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Should these be one, two, three or no questions?

All of these are off-topic on this site, as this site focuses on conceptual questions about design and architecture issues rather than technical details about language syntax and semantics. While ...
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Why was my legacy question closed and locked?

The question is now off-topic, per the Help Center. The locking makes it much more clear that the question and others like it no longer fit the rules of the site. However, there was good and valuable ...
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Why is the question "Is it a bad design for a programming language to allow spaces in identifiers" primarily opinion based?

Yes, it's correctly flagged and closed. I see three major problems with the question: There's no way to discern what "bad" means. Design is already a subjective subject. What does it mean for a ...
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How can I ask multiple questions in the same "question"?

That question isn't being down voted and closed (and deleted) because you are asking multiple questions, but because you are asking a question that is specifically called out as one that should not be ...
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How to ask for a list of usable criteria

I can't see your question, because I don't have the 10k reputation necessary to view deleted posts. But in general questions asking for 'a list of things' are not a good fit for any Stack Exchange ...
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What is actually on-topic for this site, if anything?

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 ...
Thomas Owens's user avatar
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Is there anything wrong with this question?

When asking a question like "why is X different from Y", the very minimal thing I would expect from any asker on this site is to present his thoughts, arguments and research why he thinks that X is ...
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