I often read questions by Franck and I think "What kind of crazy stuff is he doing all day?". But obviously, his questions are well received - and he even gets good answers.

At the same time, I think "WTF, this is crazy stuff I have to deal with" (mainly for the insane legacy stuff at work) but at the same time I doubt that there's anyone else who would benefit from an answer.

Now I know that there's no too localized content, but should I really waste your time with such localized questions?

Examples could be

  • Refactoring tools for Java 1.1
  • Java 1.1 class libraries
  • Source code statistic tool that can handle Java classes with >20k lines per file (no, we did not reach the theoretical limit yet)
  • Parser for INI files that does not follow Microsoft INI rules, supports comments and cross-section references
  • Tools for Android 2.3 (with APK files for download, since our devices do not have access to a store)
  • PC tools for debugging Android 2.3 over USB
  • Browser Automation for Adobe Flex 2
  • I'm sure this question has been asked before and doesn't pertain to this discussion, but why do you have two accounts?
    – Tom
    Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 2:03
  • It's not just what you ask,its how you ask it. Also there's always someone with a worse, more legacy setup than yours. Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 6:11
  • @Tom: My employer forced me to create an own account, so he knows which items I create during work time and which I create in my free time. I'm not happy with it - and since I have a new boss, I could ask him whether this is still necessary. Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 17:28
  • @ThomasWeller Hmm, that's kind of intrusive:/
    – Tom
    Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 20:49
  • Keep in mind that such questions are more likely to be automatically deleted, unfortunately, so you may be wasting your time as well. Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 18:39
  • @FranckDernoncourt: Now that I'm encouraged asking such questions I hope that the 5 upvoters from below upvote my questions at least once :-) Looking at my profile I don't see so many with 0 upvotes, so that's an acceptable risk Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 19:05

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Yes, please post such questions, since I have a lot of legacy knowledge as well and I could provide helpful answers.

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    Adding on to this - you're not the only one working with ancient technology. There's a decently high chance that these kinds of questions will help others. Ask away!
    – user46
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 21:48

No, the examples are really cruel. Nobody wants to recommend 10-year-old software anymore. Answers will not be helpful to anyone else at all.

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