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At the risk of attracting more "close" votes on my question, I'm just trying to find out what about this specific question warrants it being closed.

The question was posted a few minutes ago, and just received an inexplicable "close" vote with no comment. The question is about a specific problem, includes actions leading to the problem, and identifies a possible solution. The question itself asks whether the proposed solution is the correct one.

How could I rewrite the question to avoid having users vote to close it?

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the close vote says offtopic and suggest serverfault.com –  Florin Ghita Oct 4 '12 at 14:56
    
OK thanks - I wasn't sure where to see vote details. –  a coder Oct 4 '12 at 14:58
    
Why isn't this question closed and moved? stackoverflow.com/questions/2212738/… –  a coder Oct 4 '12 at 15:42
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Because the mere existence of a rule or guideline does not automatically result in its immediate universal enforcement. –  AakashM Oct 4 '12 at 15:49

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The question is about a specific problem, includes actions leading to the problem, and identifies a possible solution. The question itself asks whether the proposed solution is the correct one.

All true, except it's not a programming problem. You could also ask a very specific problem about bike maintenance that identifies a possible solution, but it wouldn't be on-topic on SO either

SO's position on generic questions about tools used by programmers tends to be fuzzy, so I don't vote on those questions, but I assume the person who did vote to close was telling you to go to somewhere like Unix and Linux or Super User

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Is there a way to request a question be moved to another Stack Network site? Would I be penalized for reposting the same question on Unix/Linux? –  a coder Oct 4 '12 at 14:55
    
@acoder: Try flagging it for mod attention. –  nhahtdh Oct 4 '12 at 14:57
    
@acoder Well, it'll get moved automatically if enough people vote to migrate it (which is part of off-topic), but you can flag for mod attention and ask them to move it. Don't repost it, it'll still be on SO then –  Michael Mrozek Oct 4 '12 at 14:58
    
Thanks, I've flagged it myself. Could you assist by flagging for migration? –  a coder Oct 4 '12 at 15:02
    
If the question is closed does it permanently die? –  a coder Oct 4 '12 at 15:07
    
@acoder I don't know what you mean by "die", but this happens –  Michael Mrozek Oct 4 '12 at 15:07
    
Ok question was migrated. –  a coder Oct 4 '12 at 15:12
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What confuses me is that tags on stack overflow (including easy_install ) that have nothing to do with development, and should be on unix/linux, are not on unix/linux. –  a coder Oct 4 '12 at 15:13

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