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Questions tagged [not-constructive]

The old close reason for questions that do not fit the Q&A format or likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. Replaced by primarily opinion-based and off-topic.

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How to process off-topic discussions in comments [duplicate]

Just going through my usual SO Hitlist until I saw this massive debate in the comments: 20 comments, of which maybe 2 are on-topic, are arguing about the ethics of voting to balance or the validity ...
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How do I solve conflict situation here? [duplicate]

Answers I want to describe a sad situation that I encountered here recently. I joined a subcommunity "Russian language" cause I am interested in linguistics and had some experience of working in a ...
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Highly-viewed question closed as not constructive after 2 years [duplicate]

I asked this question, https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3752988/gcc-vs-ms-c-compiler (10k-only link), Sep 10th, 2010. It was closed Oct 23rd, 2012. How can it be closed two years after the fact? Is ...
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Constructive questions closed as not constructive [duplicate]

I am a casual user of stack overflow and frequently end up here from Google searches. Recently it seems that most of the questions I stumble upon have been 'closed as not constructive' by moderators ...
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Why put unconstructive questions on hold instead of voting to closing/deleting them? [duplicate]

Questions such as these should have been voted for closing/deleting instead of putting on hold, when it's seriously unconstructive, e.g.: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/214115/why-should-you-...
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not constructive flags on meta stackoverflow

I suppose this question could be seen as a duplicate of When should comments be flagged as "not constructive"? but my question is specific to particular comments and I don't think I'd get an ...
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How to deal with chronic non-constructive comments?

I post a fair number of answers in SO [tags] that are on the short end of the long tail, technologies that are not exactly out-dated but for which newer or competitive alternates exist. Questions in ...
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Why does Stack Overflow sometimes seem so eager to close “off-topic” that happen to be VERY relevant to the programming community?

As a computer programmer, I am occasionally looking for answers to questions like "Why the heck would I want to use an IDE over Emacs or Vim?" or "What editor do you like to use, and why?" or "Why ...
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Off Topic or Not Constructive? Do close voters simply follow reasons chosen by others?

I just noticed this is closed since several minutes as off topic. But IMO, it's a prime example of "Not Constructive". I'll admit the line between closing reasons are blurred to me - I never really ...
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Why questions asking for benchmarks are considered non-objective or “not constructive”?

I had asked for benchmarks of certain type of software, and my question was closed and deleted. The same happened to a few similar questions asking for benchmarks. Could anyone explain what's wrong ...
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Should this question be closed as not constructive?

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, ...
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Strict moderation on Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I've had a bit of a grievance with the moderation on Stack Overflow for a while. It tends to go like this; a newcomer will ask a question that quickly gets downvoted and closed because they've failed ...
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Where should a question like this go?

Java-based CMS with RESTful service / API to access content The question was closed as non-constructive (with a slightly snarky remark), even though the asker clearly has done his homework and ...
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(When) are questions asking for checklists appropriate?

Are any questions asking for checklists appropriate for Stack Overflow, i.e. neither "not constructive" nor "not a real question"? If the answer is "it depends", please explain with examples what it ...
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Not constructive questions getting the most upvote

I think everybody have met with the fact, that usually closed questions, specifically not constructive questions get the most upvote. It wouldn't be wise to forbid voting on these questions, of ...
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Should a very good (and constructive) answer save an otherwise not constructive question from closure?

Take a look at What is "cache-friendly" code?. Normally, I would consider this question not constructive and cast a close vote. It's a very broad question and it's asking for open-ended ...
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How to deal with trap questions?

How to deal with unanswerable questions being logical traps? Every answer on such questions could be downvoted as not an answer and no matter what you write, the OP can be unsatisfied. Take that ...
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Why is this question “Not constructive”?

I don't mind that my question is closed, there's no need for any more new answers, plus it means I can keep tinkering with it without people accusing me of bumping the question. But despite being ...
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Should we have “fault” and “no fault” versions of “not constructive” closes?

Questions that are closed as off topic or not a real question automatically carry a downvote. These are what I call "fault" closes. Questions that are closed as "duplicate" or "too localized" do NOT ...
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Convert to community wiki, or just close?

I just found this fairly old question, which is pretty clearly more of a discussion than a useful technical question-and-answer. I would simply flag it to be closed as not constructive, but it's an ...
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Why mark perfectly constructive questions as unconstructive? [duplicate]

I've been using StackOverflow for about a year. I've gotten used to the fact that a bunch of my completely good, legitimate and constructive questions, will first get answered, and then I will get ...
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Is it possible to rephrase questions asking if a tool exists to better fit SE's Q&A format?

I have a couple of old, very popular questions asking for recommendations on tools. I wasn't asking for best tool, but rather whether a tool meeting my requirements even existed. How to develop and ...
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Why is this question about ruby frameworks considered not constructive?

I stumbled across this question about ruby frameworks, and found a great, informative answer. Is it possible to make a web app in ruby without using a framework? And if yes, why are frameworks ...
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Mitigate community wiki on closed question

A recent question of mine has been closed and reopened a lot of times. As the FAQs suggest, I've edited it a lot of times, to improve it as much as possible. This however has raised the community-...
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How can I turn a not-constructive question in a constructive one?

Today, one of the question I asked has been closed as not constructive, but I can't really understand why, since it doesn't ask for opinions, lists and the like. Moreover it's very unlikely to be ...
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What does qualify a not-constructive question?

How does a moderator identify a non-constructive question? The FAQs state: not constructive As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to ...
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A non-constructive flag declined on a non-constructive post

I flagged the question https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/175204/212576 as a Non constructive one at ~3 AM IST(2013-04-04 20:40:46Z). It was declined by a moderator; yet, the post/question was closed 2 ...
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In which cases questions having “best way” should not be flagged?

As known by all, we have the not constructive flagging option: As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, ...
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closed as not constructive [duplicate]

I came across many of the highly rated questions are "closed as not constructive". For example Connection pooling options with JDBC: DBCP vs C3P0 . This question has 146 upvoted, 105 favourites; will ...
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Why are some questions that look for the “best” way to do something closed, where others aren't?

I was looking at some old questions on Stack Overflow, and I found a question looking for "the best way to do something" that wasn't closed or locked. Here's the question. However, there are some ...
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Can we have a better canonical reference for our policy against recommendation questions? [duplicate]

Currently, when I need to explain the issues with recommendation questions, I link to Q&A is hard, let's go shopping!. ... except that that's more or less just about shopping recommendations on ...
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Closing topics on Stack Overflow without reason [closed]

A question of mine was recently closed on Stack Overflow. My closed question was not off-topic, it wasn't a poll or a discussion. I put in things I researched upon, it wasn't vague. It asked for ...
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What is wrong with Stackoverflow? [closed]

I posted a question a while back asking for Derby tutorials or screencasts, or any helpful material regarding the topic. The question was promptly closed as "not constructive". Unlike other questions ...
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Please, help me understand why is this question non constructive

This is the question. Why is it non constructive? I found the two answers very constructive and was evaluating both.
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Should I protect not constructive questions until they are closed?

An answer on the late answers review queue took me to an old question, that should be closed as not constructive per today's standards. The answer is honest, as the problem is the question in my ...
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Review my question: Is it violating any Stack Overflow rules?

I have a perfectly valid question on Stack Overflow. A user believes that the question is invalid. I strongly believe otherwise. I request meta to review the question, and if it's invalid, I will ...
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Question about supported configuration was closed on Stack Overflow

I asked a question on Stack Overflow. It was about a possible configuration to run a given development environment. The question was whether the configuration was supported or not by that development ...
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Is the definition of an not constructive question taken too strict?

Today I went to google to look for information on F# and stumbled into this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2170749/what-is-f-what-can-it-do-that-c-sharp-cant This question is marked as ...
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Is there a place for open-ended questions anywhere in the Stack Exchange family?

When Googling for a solution, I've often had the experience of finding exactly the information I needed on Stack Overflow or one of its siblings, but noticed that the question providing me that ...
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What counts as “not constructive” on Meta Stack Overflow these days?

Over the last couple of weeks, I have found myself wondering about the closure (or near-closure) of some questions on Meta. All of these questions were closed as "not constructive". And in each ...
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Best SE site to ask library related questions?

Couple of days ago I asked the following question: Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) for Java. IMHO the question was related to programming and it was practical and answerable; that's why I decided to ...
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How would you show the effort if the result is negative?

Prologue Having had this question (How to learn GUI programming in F#) closed I was inclined to dispute the reasoning behind the non-constructive decision as being wrong because it is a known problem ...
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Pros/Cons lists comparing two methods/technologies/etc. Constructive or not? [duplicate]

Related: Why is a feature comparison list question not considered constructive? So, I recently asked the question Rosyln versus T4 for code generation It was thereafter shortly closed because it was ...
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New-ish user question: why do people react so adversely to questions like this one?

I recently asked this question about best practices, which was quickly downvoted and closed. I want to understand why--not because I'm upset, but because I'm curious. I also think that, unless I'm ...
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Link only answer in not constructive question

There are quite a number of non-constructive questions, closed but not deleted. I guess it is deemed useful enough to be kept around, but closed to prevent torrent of bad answers. My question is: How ...
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Is this question a library recommendation question?

My impression of this question is that it is asking for a library recommendation (for a templating library in Python). My reasoning is that it is asking for a feature that is provided by many ...
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Why is this not a Shopping Question?

I noticed the question What C# Mocking Framework to use? because of its high score. It also seems to have a good list of frameworks and has 20 answers. That seems to fit the pattern of a "Shopping ...
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Why is a feature comparison list question not considered constructive? [duplicate]

Why is it not considered appropriate to ask for the comparison between two specific software that are supposed to do the same thing? Personally, I generally seek out comparison articles on software ...
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Why are things closed as “not constructive?” [duplicate]

Often the discussions raised in "not constructive" questions are extremely valuable. Please don't be too heavy-handed with closing threads as not constructive. At the end of the day, it's good ...
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Is it reasonable to close a question if is intended towards discovering new frameworks?

I asked ServiceStack.net equivalent in other platforms question in SO to learn more about frameworks which solve a particular problem. I feel this can be answered with references, or specific ...