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I hate to sound callous about this, but... This isn't a support group; y'all probably aren't trained to deal with the outpouring of grief and despair of someone you've never met and may have absolutely nothing in common with. I'm certainly not. Indeed, there's a decent chance that leaving a post like this around could end up just making things worse. ...


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Has SO become the trash dump of Programmers? The specific question certainly isn't... stellar, but you are over-reacting. In fact, of the 258 questions we've migrated to SO (in the last 90 days), only 13% have been rejected. Conversely, the numbers aren't as good the other way around. We've rejected 16% of the questions SO has send us (but you don't see us ...


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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, or a hobby project, or if the topic of the project is very specialized, as long as it is an answerable, on-topic question with a reasonable focus. Opposed to ...


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Thus, questions that are not answerable -- discussions, debates, opinions -- should be closed as subjective. By and large this is true, but do you ever stop long enough to consider if there is actually some pretty good content behind a long-standing question — content that didn't become a never-ending list of answers or break down into a needless, ...


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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 favorite by 3 people. Most of the questions have a solid view count - the lowest one (and also the most recent) has 50 views, and several have over 150 views. ...


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To me, it seems like this is a very simple "please find me my information" request. It's best suited for a search engine. In fact, you don't even need one. From the Wake homepage, click on the "View on GitHub" link to go to the project's GitHub page. From there, you can click on the user's name to go to the creator's profile, which links to the Wake website ...


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The question had 257 up-votes; it was viewed 16 thousand times, and had some highly-upvoted answers (and one was accepted). I didn't see and recent discussions or policy decisions that might have changed the status of this post, but 2-1/2 years later, five people closed this rather suddenly as too broad. We get periodic notices when popular questions are ...


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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 anymore, but won't break anything that may be linking to them. I also cleaned up the answers to both questions. I don't think deletion is appropriate, but I'm ...


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Something came up in the comments on Robert's answer that I'd like to address... But why should it remain open? Curation of existing content for questions that are off topic, primarily opinion, or too broad is most easily done when the question is closed. -- MichaelT Closure doesn't mean deletion, and I think many community participants confuse the two. ...


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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 or recommending products or services, including tools, libraries or packages, programming languages, books, scholarly papers, tutorials, articles, or blogs" or "...


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I think your question is definitely on topic so I've reopened it. Sometimes we (the community) get things wrong, so bringing it up here is the right thing to do. Watch me get down voted on this one though.


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I see no reason to do anything about it.


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Close voters at Programmers would better memorize the criteria for debugging questions to be acceptable for Stack Overflow: Questions seeking debugging help ("why isn't this code working?") must include the desired behavior, a specific problem or error and the shortest code necessary to reproduce it in the question itself. Questions without a clear ...


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I can appreciate the idea that sometimes popular questions can get closed simply because they are crazy popular. However, I strongly doubt this is an issue that would need to be addressed immediately. If a highly upvoted question suddenly gets closed, to a point where it triggers red flags in the Community Manager system, the right thing for the Community ...


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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, do not go and find documents or quotes or references for you. Asking us to go out and find a design rationale is off-topic as a resource request. Second, we do ...


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You can ask an actual question. The question you posted reads more like a blog entry or essay (you even include a conclusion paragraph). It's a wall of text that requires extensive analysis just to determine what your subject matter is. That doesn't really scale well on a question and answer site. In short, get to the point, quickly and succinctly. We ...


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I'm going to give the community a chance to disagree, but I think it should be deleted. I don't think that the low view count warrants the historical lock. The net score of the question and top answers is also rather lackluster. There's also not that much insightful (from my perspective, anyway) in the answers, either.


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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. Reading through the "duplicate", it talks about having a style guide with templates and conventions and guidelines for using the infrastructure and tools (which would ...


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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 a moderator, that spam flag triggers an automatic deletion that is used to help the anti-spam systems that are in place. The important thing is that this post (...


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When we (users with enough reputation) protect questions, the standard text talks about "low quality answers", and it's a frequent thing that is done with very old questions which are resurrected to the front page either due to a new answer (like yours in this case) or because the question was linked offsite. These scenarios tend to lead to many low-rep ...


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I don't see a purpose in deleting this question. I removed the low quality tag of junior-programmers and deleted all of the negatively scored answers. I've also removed the mod notice about long answers. Right now, the question is closed as too broad and has a historical lock placed upon it. This should be a clear indicator to any visitor that this type of ...


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It's hard to tell if you're trying to ask why your question got deleted, or trying to re-ask the question that got deleted, but I'm going to assume the former because that's what this meta site is for. I only showed up right before this question got deleted, so I might have missed a few things, but I read the full question and the comments, and I agree with ...


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