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What is a “closed” question?

For stackoverflow and it's related sites, how does the system for closing questions work?

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You'll find out very soon. – mmyers Aug 12 '09 at 17:24
Just wait and you'll see. – ocdecio Aug 12 '09 at 17:24
Oh, you. – JSONBog Aug 12 '09 at 17:27
@mmyers : LMAO !!! – Andrei Rinea Aug 12 '09 at 17:29
I just demonstrated. – GEOCHET Aug 12 '09 at 17:49
Well, first you ask a very bad question like "Is mac or pc better?" – Troggy Aug 12 '09 at 18:14
@Rich B: We just demonstrated. – devinb Aug 12 '09 at 19:38

Each site has a variety of closing reasons, the standards being Exact Duplicate, Subjective & Arguemntative, Blatantly Offensive, and Spam. It takes 5 close votes to close a topic. Only those with over 3,000 rep can vote to close. If a moderator votes to close, it closes automatically. It takes 5 votes to reopen a question. You may not vote twice (only once for close and once for reopen).

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Questions can be closed for the following reasons:

  • exact duplicate
  • not programming related
  • subjective and argumentative
  • not a real question
  • blatantly offensive
  • no longer relevant
  • too localized
  • belongs on
  • belongs on
  • belongs on
  • spam
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This is inaccurate due to the fact that different sites have different close reasons. – TheTXI Aug 12 '09 at 17:26
I still maintain the list should contain "belongs on". :-) – Chris Jester-Young Aug 12 '09 at 17:27
@TheTXI: the question was about Stackoverflow specifically, no? – fretje Aug 12 '09 at 17:27
@fretje: Yes, but the closing mechanism can be described in terms that are used on every site. The only differences are the close reasons. – TheTXI Aug 12 '09 at 17:35