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I'm curious why a Stack Overflow question on installing a MongoDB driver for PowerPC Macs would be closed as "off-topic". I've read through the FAQs; this question seems to relate to a specific programming problem the OP was having difficulty with.

Would it have been better posted on another Stack Exchange site, or is there some revision that would have made it acceptable?

Additionally, at the the time the question was closed the question had an active bounty and the OP accepted an answer. Closing the question refunded the bounty rather than awarding. Is that the expected behaviour?

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closed as off-topic by TRiG is Timothy Richard Green, Nathan Tuggy, S.L. Barth, Ward, Robert Longson Jun 18 at 7:36

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question pertains only to a specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. Questions on Meta Stack Exchange should pertain to our network or software that drives it as a whole, within the guidelines defined in the help center. You should ask this question on the meta site where your concern originated." – TRiG is Timothy Richard Green, Nathan Tuggy, S.L. Barth, Ward, Robert Longson
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

isn't is belongs to ? – Lucifer Aug 20 '12 at 3:57
the bounty was refunded by the Moderator closing the question – Sathya Aug 20 '12 at 4:00
@Lucifer: the question relates to a programming-specific task, though .. installing a PHP driver for the MongoDB database. – Stennie Aug 20 '12 at 4:00
@Sathya: I'm fine with the bounty being refunded to the OP (much better than lost) .. just trying to understand how the process works. This is the first question I've answered where I would have had a bounty; "missed it by that much" apparently :). – Stennie Aug 20 '12 at 4:04
@Lucifer I don't expect a community of power users to know how to get a tricky PHP driver installed. If the question was 'how do I install PHP' then perhaps, but this was quite technical. – Tim Post Aug 20 '12 at 4:06
up vote 12 down vote accepted

This was me, and I think I did make a mistake here. I originally read the question as basically a request for tutorials to get the driver installed, which is quite open ended. It's not untypical for questions of this nature to avoid closing due to open bounties, which is why I refunded the bounty prior to closing it. So yes, the OP did get the bounty back.

In the context of the answer that you provided, the way I understood the question after reading it again changed, so I have reopened it. It does fit the FAQ well enough to stay on SO (IMHO), the community can override me on that if they feel differently. The OP can add the bounty again and reward it.

Sorry about that, I misunderstood precisely what the OP was asking and thought the question would lead to a bunch of link only answers (which in all actuality could have happened).

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Thanks for reviewing Tim. It was a specific installation challenge, and the answer will help others trying to install the MongoDB driver on PowerPC Macs :). – Stennie Aug 20 '12 at 4:11
@Stennie Yeah, definitely. The quality of your answer is what made me do a double take. Thanks for being awesome :) – Tim Post Aug 20 '12 at 4:12

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