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TL;DR A casual look at the math shows around 59% of the questions over a sample period are related to the broader project management field. Since frameworks like Scrum are valid project management methodologies, albeit with a shorter history than more traditional frameworks, the big surprise ought to be that there aren't more questions about these newer, ...


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TL;DR Pseudonymity on Stack Exchange is a feature, not a bug. It doesn't impact the ability to manage the site or handle "bad actors." A More Detailed Explanation Why do some moderators (and other users) use handles? There are a number of reasons. These include: People are often well-known by handles they've been using for years, so it functions as an ...


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Recommended Wording for Closing Software Recommendation Questions After giving this some thought, I came up with this suggestion for the new wording: Questions seeking software recommendations are off-topic here, but may be asked on Software Recommendations if they meet the guidelines defined by that site's Help Center. For your question to be on-topic ...


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Disclaimer: I'll use 'post' to refer to both questions and answers. I believe the same applies for both. So, all 'intervention' actions are ways to tell the original poster that something is not good or not good enough. The gap between not good and not good enough will likely help to define the approach. From 'Not Good Enough' to 'WTF': When a post is ...


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In my opinion, those are all valid responses. Depends on what you mean by "dodgy". Below are some opinions about some of the related issues. I've tried to highlight the fact that these are opinions by being somewhat lighthearted. Meta is where the culture is formed. IMHO you've done right to ask in meta - this is where we form the culture, the norms ...


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I'm pretty new to PM:SE, but personally, I find that some questions - software-related, pure facts, etc. - are easily answered with a single reply, but the majority are difficult to answer in the format of the site, because they are so context-specific and require a lot of back-and-forth to truly help. Because of this, unfortunately, I often refrain from ...


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The Privileges page is now part of the Help Center, and can be broken down into four categories. One of the challenges a Stack Exchange beta site must overcome is gaining passionate contributors. To succeed, the site cannot rely on diamond moderators alone. Instead, users who have reached certain moderation privilege thresholds would step in and help keep ...


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Yes and no... Yes - we definitely need a new moderator more at least! No - on beta sites there's no election process. Instead, the current mods / SE staff invite valuable members to help on the burden. We're discussing the latter with the community managers and we expect to have news very soon. Thanks! Update 1 (20/Mar): Still waiting feedback from ...


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The latest rules for graduation are documented here. As long as this community is actively being moderated, it won't be closed: If there's enough moderation for a public beta site to consistently remain free of spam, for flags to be cleared, and for our Be Nice policy to be upheld, your site will remain open. However, if community leaders drop off, ...


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It's interesting to observe how some sites are more active than others in terms of questions yet are still healthy communities. The revisited policy seems to recognize that certain domains and communities may lend themselves to different dynamics than others. It certainly seems that pm, while technically a beta site, is healthy and helpful.


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Analysis In comments, I mentioned that comments aren't mandatory on Stack Exchange, and that there almost 800 questions on Stack Exchange Meta about this issue. In general, the mechanic that applies is that people can do what they like with their votes, with or without comments. The exception is serial voting. However, my personal guess (I have no inside ...


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Congratulations, community! After 9 years, PM.SE has graduated! I'd like to take this space to share some of the trending questions around the graduation. This information is likely to be kept updated in the near future. Q: Yey! But... wait... What does it mean? What will change? A: Catija has explained on her post... take your time and visit it. If you'...


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I now see the MS Project tag and can see where you're coming from. We generally try to keep all relevant content in the body and just use tags for categorization for grouping and searching. If someone can give the question an edit to expand it out a bit more, I'd be happy to reopen it. I'd suggest making it clear it's an MS Project problem, as well as ...


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I think that we should allow tags for PM software (not least because so many questions are about MS Project!) but I'm not convinced we need one for each and every version. For example, we have tags for ms-project, ms-project-2013, ms-project-2010, ms-project-2007 and project-server (the last of which should really be renamed 'ms-project-server' if it's going ...


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First, the question you should be asking is "Is there a consensus among the community", not moderators, as it is the community here who runs this site. Diamond moderators are here to handle exceptional circumstances. The 5 users who voted to close your post are all users of Project Management Stack Exchange who have contributed enough to gain the ...


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To help further the discussion, here's some data on the site analytics from the public beta in 2011 to present.


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My understanding is that SE doesn't hold moderator elections on beta sites. I think PMSE is an edge case, because we're a fairly well-viewed site with a lot of participation, but we currently don't have the volume of questions (pegged at 10 per day) to graduate from beta. I'm not against having community moderator elections to supplement the diamond ...


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While there is merit in your suggestion but such efforts have failed to gather traction in the past. New Stack Exchange sites thrive on traffic and good content. There were such proposals on Area51 but got closed due to low activity. Here are four examples: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/7794/scrum http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/15585/...


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I find it helpful that the site embraces both classic and agile approaches. I'm relatively new to project management and to agile, and I work in an environment in which classic PM is still expected once we hit a certain point up the management chain. It is helpful to have both discussed so as to learn both languages, compare&contrast strengths & ...


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Your mod team here has supported the idea of getting some backup, as the older answer here shows. Today, I am happy to announce that CodeGnome is joining the mod team here to provide them with that support! Please join me in welcoming this familiar face to the new job!


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TL;DR Software and tool recommendations are off-topic for a number of reasons. PMSE is neither a search engine nor a Consumer Reports style test lab, and the site's format is unsuited to providing canonical answers to "best fit" questions that don't devolve into discussions, comparisons, or guesswork. Below I cover why shopping questions are likely to ...


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Tags Updated There was a discussion about this in chat. After a little back-and-forth, I made some changes that will hopefully resolve this without a ton of extra work for the PMSE community. I've updated the pm-software tag to indicate that it's for stuff that doesn't already have a specific tag. I've updated ms-project to indicate when the top-level tag ...


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BPMN Isn't Normally a Project Management Practice Unless you're working on a project that has business process re-engineering as a deliverable, I'm not sure that the Business Process Model and Notation is directly relevant to the practice or profession of project management. There's certain to be some overlap, and project managers do sometimes wrestle with ...


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This is sort of a late answer, but I wanted to add that I oftentimes check the PMSE Notice Board for activity. CodeGnome and Aziz hang out in there quite a bit, and we often post links to questions that we need to watch. I'm thinking if more higher rep users in the 500+ range dropped by, it could help get those extra close votes needed to put on hold some ...


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My evaluation methodology remains the same: copy the text of the question and do a google search; look for the first non-pm answer and determine if it is better or worse than the given answer. Then I look at what value the Q*A have for future reference - this is the goal of SE as I understand it. Are there glaring omissions? Does the answer provide value ...


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While these sorts of questions are now considered off-topic on PMSE, they weren't always. In addition, even if it were appropriate for the other site (which is debatable), migrating it will remove rep from PMSE users, and possibly unfairly skew rep on the receiving site. My personal recommendation is to close it as software recommendation (per our current ...


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The Community Account is Automated Community♦ is a system account, not a person. Issues with how that account functions should probably be brought up on Stack Exchange Meta instead of here. Your Post I'm not a moderator or an op, so I can't tell you exactly how your question was scheduled for deletion, but I can shed some light on why it was closed. It ...


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Sounds like a math specific question and therefore relevant to the math site. Doesn't seem like a fit here since most of the most widely known pm approaches do not use heavy math nor have math as a prerequisite. There are, of course, areas such as risk management, running monte carlo simulations and other areas where math is used. But I don't think that's ...


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I think that as long as the question is related to managing project finances/budgets then it should be okay. Money is a resource that needs to be managed and is often (always?) a constraint that needs to be considered in project management. Cost management is also one of the PMBOK knowledge areas. That said, if the question were about pure financial ...


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Is there a way to viewing the newer questions You have the option to sort questions page by newest posts. http://pm.stackexchange.com/questions?sort=newest I've noticed a lot of edits coming through recently Probably due to the hats of Winter Bash 2015.


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