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Recently, I posted this question on Stack Overflow. Thinking a bit about it, it really fits in the definition of a "not constructive" question:

"this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion"

But I really think it's interesting for people who decide to use the AsycnTask's get() method.

Should it be closed for being "not constructive"? I hope not, but it seems it strictly fits within that definition.


IMHO, it's not exactly a "better" or "best" question (clearly "not constructive"), it's a bit more radical: is there any scenario where any programmer should use it or are there always better solutions? This is where I consider it could be "constructive", meaning it could be helpful for anyone trying to use it.


In case it is really considered as "not constructive", should I flag my own question or simply delete it (not sure if I can delete a question with answers)?

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Though I'm not much knowledgeable in the android area, asking whether/when a synchronous approach in an asynchronous environment is good practice solicits opinion-based debate imho. – Fabrício Matté Jun 11 '13 at 9:08
It can't currently be closed because it has an open bounty, but yes, it should be closed as not constructive. – Anthony Grist Jun 11 '13 at 9:12
Also you're not asking a question. You're writing that you can't imagine a scenario/use-case for this...but you never really ask a question. – Time Traveling Bobby Jun 11 '13 at 9:14
Actually, I'm asking if there's really an scenario where it is the best option. Should I rewrite the question or isn't it really constructive for the community? – Alejandro Colorado Jun 11 '13 at 9:34
@EDIT This is what I am trying to make clear in my answer, it is of the same category as which IDE is better; eclipse or netbeans – Random Programmer Jun 11 '13 at 9:56

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I think if you wander that your question is not constructive in programming, you should ask yourself the following questions:

Is my question more about programming style or is it more about a concrete problem? *Is this answer to my question easily debatable?*

In this case your are asking the question:

What is more efficient?

What is better?

What is faster?

This is definitely about coding style. Like wise is the question: Which IDE is better?

So yes this question fits perfectly in not constructive, but don't see that as you doing something wrong or asking a wrong questions, it is just that that is not what stackoverflow is for; You should go to one of many discussion forums.

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