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E.g. I asked the question "How to convince my colleagues to learn new technologies and programming languages?". But by hindsight I think my question was too general. What can I do about this, esp. w/o annoying the persons answering the question? I saw some questions, where questions have been closed by admin in cause of being to general, what happens to these questions?

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You could flag the question and ask for it to be closed / or moved to another site (it seems more suited to programmers.stackexchange, however there's a good chance that it's going to be a duplicate on that site). At the moment it's got 4 community off topic votes against it, so it may well get moved by the community anyway. – forsvarir Jul 30 '11 at 7:53
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I don't think your question was too general. I think the problem was that it doesn't match any of the categories listed in SO's FAQ:

We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code in them, but if your question generally covers …

  • a specific programming problem
  • a software algorithm
  • software tools commonly used by programmers
  • matters that are unique to the programming profession

… then you’re in the right place to ask your question!

You don't have a question about code—you have a question about people. Those are often a better fit over at

In fact, your question was migrated there about an hour ago—although I expect that now that it's there, it will end up getting closed as a duplicate (most likely, of this question).

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Indeed, I recognized that and then I wondered how to close or "transport" this question to another board (as somebody did meanwhile (thanks for this)) w/o annoying the people answering the question. – Nico Jul 30 '11 at 11:49
As @forsvarir wrote in a comment, one approach would have been to flag it for mod attention yourself and request that it be migrated to – Dori Jul 30 '11 at 11:53
I see, I will do better next time. – Nico Jul 30 '11 at 11:55

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