I just asked this question:


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. Sep 2, 2012 at 13:44
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    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, 2012 at 14:31

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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, 2012 at 13:43
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    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, 2012 at 13:47

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