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I just asked this question:

What can you do in C++/CLI that you fundamentally cannot do in C#?

I knew in the back of my mind that it would likely be closed as not constructive, as I see many questions like this being closed recently. It was, and I am not even going to vote to re-open my question, but it raises a bunch of questions for me about what is considered welcome on SO.

Questions like this used to be welcome on the site and generate constructive answers. For example:

What can you do in MSIL that you cannot do in C# or VB.NET?

Are there policy changes that mean questions like this are no longer welcome? Why are they not welcome when they appear to generate quality site content?

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As I see it, discussions of any kind are not welcome, and it's not new - it's just that as the volume of question grow, the community is more strict about those things. – Shadow Wizard Sep 2 '12 at 13:44
Why are they not welcome when they appear to generate quality site content? They don't generate quality content, the MSIL question is one of the very few exceptions. – Yannis Sep 2 '12 at 14:31

These questions have been 'not constructive' for quite a while, except perhaps if you focus one to a very specific, very practical, very concrete situation.

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Precisely. You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. – Mat Sep 2 '12 at 13:43
And one of the problems with quoting the rare not-constructive question that generates some quality content is that is overlooks the countless other (deleted) examples that did not do so. – Bart Sep 2 '12 at 13:47

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