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I posed a question which was closed as it was deemed that answers would be mostly opinion based. I think it is true that I will get mostly opinions, but I really want to hear what people have to say. If they can make a good case for their opinion I might well adopt it. I am really unsure how to proceed and would like to hear what others think.

I can't think of a way to rewrite the question that would avoid this problem. Any suggestions about what to do next, other than continue to fumble along with my situation?

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    Opinion-based questions are off-topic. But Stack Overflow is not the only programming site in the net. You can always ask somewhere else. – juergen d Dec 31 '13 at 20:58
  • See: meta.stackexchange.com/a/180715/191410 – JDB Dec 31 '13 at 21:00
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    Is this the question you reference too? – rene Dec 31 '13 at 21:02
  • @rene yes you found the right question – Betty Mock Dec 31 '13 at 21:16
  • @Krampus I read the material you reference. I understand that SO has to limit what is being asked. I do not believe I am using SO as a mentor; I answer hundreds of questions for myself. I didn't see a site in the links that look right; but I'll hunt around. – Betty Mock Dec 31 '13 at 21:18
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Fair warning - i have some suggestions, as I'm not sure your question is unsalvageable, but I'm not sure - I'm not a real dev. :)

If I knew more, I'd try to edit it for you, but I think at least part of the problem is that rather than focusing on a specific problem, like:

How can I prevent errors in one function from corrupting the functionality of others (including ones that were supposed to be validating the first one)?

You're focusing on what sounds like a super open-ended discussion about possible solutions, unfairly paraphrased as:

I had this one idea, but I'm not sure if it's good, and I'm open to tons of others!

It's good to include the thoughts/efforst you've put in, but you don't want to make them solicitations for thoughts, counter-ideas, etc. Instead, you can simply make them a modifier to your (ideally clearer) question - a way to show what you've considered so far:

In trying to solve this myself, it seems to me like the best approach likely involves breaking up the js in some way to insulate shared functions from others' failure, but I can't figure out how to implement it.

At the end of the day, I'm not sure that would bring your question into scope, but it might.

  • I think the question is salvageable, but likely after the OP puts in more real research. – djechlin Dec 31 '13 at 22:34
  • @Jaydies Thanks for your thoughts -- you are right, I asked if a solution would work instead of stating the problem. – Betty Mock Jan 1 '14 at 0:55
  • @djechlin good point -- I'll see what I can find – Betty Mock Jan 1 '14 at 0:55
  • @BettyMock that's not quite it. Asking if a solution would work is pretty okay; asking the pros and cons of a solution is not. But you have to make sure to define what "works" mean, which I guess is where problem statement comes in. – djechlin Jan 1 '14 at 6:14

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