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To help us identify questions that should be closed, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight the questions that should definitely not be closed.

To help eliminate confusion on what should be closed, and to help inspire you to take action and help make our site great, I've picked a great, recent question that I believe highlights the criteria a question should meet in order to get our +1's.

What Lightweight/Project Management or Bug Tracker Software Can I Use to Manage Exceptions, Milestones, and Old Bugs?

This question, asked under the pm-software tag, has many aspects that make it great:

  • This describes a specific problem. The three important criteria in picking software that solves the problem are displayed in three easily digestible bullet points.

  • There's clear background information about what type of environment the question-asker is working in. Since every PM situation is different, it's important to know this information so the right answers are posted.

  • It has clear background information, which eliminates the polling type answers that tell us nothing about why a specific answer will help us.

  • The question title is to the point, describes the problem from a high level overview, and may be more easily searchable on Google.

  • It contains facts related to the question-asker's situation, which again leads to more helpful answers that solve a specific problem in project management.

Thus, this question will definitely not fit into the Not Constructive close category:

This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.

  • What did I miss? What other points, from the FAQ, do you think make this a great question?

  • Based on what's in the FAQ, would you close this question? If so, why?

  • I agree with your points above; I don't think it should be closed. However, I wavered over the "flag" link because even with all of the above being true, since there are a lot of questions with the pm-software tag I would've liked to have seen some specific nod to why this wasn't a duplicate of some others. Just a basic "I looked at X, Y, Z questions and the answers there were close, but my difference is..." I think I'm in "beggars can't be choosers" territory, though -- I have to remember that almost but not great is still very good! – jcmeloni Mar 5 '12 at 14:30
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    We currently get about 2.5 questions per day, so you're right that beggars can't be choosers. By being more careful with what we do allow on the site, I wonder if that could help increase the traffic, or strangle the site. I know there are a lot more project managers out there in the world. The question I ask myself is: How can we produce good content that will get them to come here? – jmort253 Mar 5 '12 at 16:44

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