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I'm not a software engineer, right?
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Do you care about applying craftsmanship1 or engineering to the planning, design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance of software? Are you concerned with all aspects of software ...

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Am I right to downvote questions that contain the word "best"?
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I don't think it's right to down vote questions just because they contain a certain word or phrase. I also don't think that questions should be edited to remove a certain word or phrase just because ...

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Do we want hats?
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No questions. Give us our hats.

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Do we want hats?
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Yes, we want hats. We like hats and we like to wear hats.

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So the site was renamed. Was it helpful?
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The close questions statistics don't allow you to see windows that you can adjust, but I wonder if you can use SEDE to explore more. I'll also see if a CM can run some queries and do some data ...

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

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How to treat questions from users question banned on Stack Overflow?
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No, there's absolutely no reason to treat a question differently if a user has been blocked from asking questions on a particular SE site. If a question isn't a good fit here on Programmers, here's a ...

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I have a question, but it may not fit best on Software Engineering. Where else can I ask it?
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The following sites may be of interest to members of the Software Engineering community. Code Review Computational Science Computer Science CrossValidated Cryptography Database Administrators Data ...

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Are Design Review questions on-topic?
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I think that, generally, design review type questions are on-topic. However, the problem is how broad they are. My concern for this type of question is that most of them may be more suited to a ...

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Why was my question asking who is developing Wakelang closed?
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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 ...

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Where does my tool question go?
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Question is About Finding a Development Tool For A Specific Purpose Asking for software recommendations is on topic at Software Recommendations. However, if you decide to post the question on that ...

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How to handle postings with possible copyright violations
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I don't think anything needs to be done. Those of us with diamonds are not required to do anything - there's a DMCA process in place for copyright holders to use to contact the employee team and have ...

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3 votes for closing/reopening experiment: the results
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Robert Harvey's answer is almost perfect. He touches on one point at several points, but I do think it needs more emphasis. On Programmers, we close questions ruthlessly and viciously. And that's a ...

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Are you guys turning P.SE into a 404 black hole?
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For old questions (like the one linked to), there is a lock for "historical significance": This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic ...

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When should comments be deleted?
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I say comments should stay around forever. In fact, I think that fewer comments need to be deleted overall. Comments serve as kind of a record of how the answer developed. Sure, some of the comments ...

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

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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?
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No The concept of licensing questions being on-topic has a long history. When the topicality of this site was first discussed, "software law" was originally on-topic. But this definition of legal ...

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3-vote close - how's it going?
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I absolutely love it. Please consider leaving it in place. As a moderator, there have been significantly fewer flags asking for a moderator vote to close a question. Before, questions would get to 3 ...

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What can be done about repetitive posting of homework questions?
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I'm not sure that anything special is needed. If the question is not a good fit for our site, vote to close. Optionally, leave a comment with guidance on how the question can be improved (or up vote ...

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Structured Tag Cleanup Initiative Phase II
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Active source-code software source-code closed:no locked:no software closed:no locked:no Most of the questions in this tag should not be closed; what the questions with this tag really need is editing ...

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Should Scrum methodology questions be in pm or programmers stack exchange?
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Questions about Scrum, or any other development methodology or process, are very much on-topic here. Generally, if your question is about a software-intensive project, it's on-topic here. You can ...

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Why was my question so quickly deleted by a moderator?
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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 ...

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Structured Tag Cleanup Initiative Phase II
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Postponed legal law copyright software-patent patents proprietary foss trademark intellectual-property eula terms-of-service gpl lgpl agpl mit-license bsd-license apache-license mpl ms-pl creative-...

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Is there a consensus on Programmers Stack Exchange that programmers cannot authoritatively answer questions of copyright law?
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The Help Center is about as authorative as it gets. Questions about software licenses are on-topic, legal assistance is off-topic. It's reasonable to assume that software developers are familiar with ...

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I think my post was mismarked as spam
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You posted the question exclusively to promote a paper that you wrote and solicit reviews. Promoting your paper is no different than promoting your software product or a service. Treating this as spam ...

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Structured Tag Cleanup Initiative Phase II
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payment This tag appears to have two uses. One is with regards to implementation of payment systems and transactions and the other is with respect to getting paid as a contractor, freelancer, or ...

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Difference between programmers and cs.stackexchange
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The difference between the two sites is the difference between computer science and software engineering. Programmers is focused on the practical aspects of building software - requirements, ...

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Is there a better way to ask this question so that it doesn't violate the Programmers StackExchange rules?
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The question as it's phrased isn't good for any Stack Exchange site. You're asking for a list of techniques about learning or memorizing concepts, and there's an entire blog post on why such questions ...

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Poor answers to closed questions
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I've noticed the same thing. Part of me wonders if it's a problem with the tool. The way I see it, if a question is closed, then its answers are equally suspect. I don't think the review tool should ...

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Renaming the site to match its FAQ or changing the FAQ to match the site name?
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This isn't the first time the name of the site has been questioned. See here and here. Part of the confusion/problem comes from the origin of the site. Originally, it was supposed to be a home to ...

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