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I made a question on Stack Overflow that which got down-voted and closed. Even though I tried my best to improve the question's quality, it wasn't voted for reopening.

I would like to know if there is a place in Stack Overflow or here on Meta where you can discuss the particular question and get some guidance on how improve it.

I couldn't find on the forums a particular place to do this, and the help provided by the FAQ in this particular case isn't of much help since I personally think the question is OK.

If a place like this doesn't exist, I think it could be helpful for new users and non-English speakers to get some guidance on how to create questions properly.

Pd: In case you want to check the question I'm talking about on Stack Overflow, you can see it here: Most secure hashing method in .NET

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Ugh. Did this really get downvoted and closed because of the use of the word "encryption" instead of "hashing"? (Meta, right here, is the place, by the way.) – Pëkka Feb 16 '12 at 23:23
@Pekka do you think replacing every instance of "encrypt" or "decrypt" with hash will fix the question? I don't. – Some Helpful Commenter Feb 16 '12 at 23:26
@Conrad fair enough, but then somebody in the comment thread should have said so (instead of having an endless anal discussion about how encryption != hashing) – Pëkka Feb 16 '12 at 23:31
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First, an answer to the question in your title.

You are in the right place.

Now, some feedback:

Based on this part

If you were to choose the most secure method for this specific case, which one it would be and why (SHA1, SHA512, MD5, etc.)

this is a rather broad, subjective question. It asks the answerer to pick their own preference and explain why (state and support their opinion).

Based on the FAQ, this is not allowed because of 2 conditions:

If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about __”, then you should not be asking here.

It may not be your motivation to participate in a discussion, but with every answer being an opinion with a supporting argument, and people having different opinions, it is more of a discussion that a straight answer.


To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective questions where …

  • every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite __?”

Since the question asks "which would you choose?" and "why?", every answer is technically correct, so it is not a good fit for Stackoverflow's Q&A model.

Perhaps you could make it a better fit if you select a specific hashing method and ask a targeted question about that (as long as it's not something you can simply look up elsewhere online).

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Thanks Jim. Now I can fix the question. :) – Meryovi Feb 17 '12 at 12:26
I updated the question. I think it's more straightforward now thanks to your help. But I don't think I can get 5 people to vote to reopen it, so... should I just forget about it? – Meryovi Feb 17 '12 at 12:46

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