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My more general question is what is the best close-reason for questions you feel are rep whoring or just simply unwarranted?

Usually they are poll-style questions like: "When did you start programming?" or something like that.

The OP only technically meets all the criteria of a question but you feel it shouldn't be on the site nonetheless (see the above example). I often find myself looking for a "Misc" reason to close.

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"Not a real question" fits the bill pretty well, so long as you consider a "real" question to be one where the OP actually wants an answer vs. merely a list of responses + votes.

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That's a good point. A question mark does not a question make. – Robert Cartaino Aug 21 '09 at 22:05
Now when people say "you shouldn't close as 'not a real question' -- if polls were bad there would be a 'close as poll' option" I look back on this and weep – Michael Mrozek Jul 28 '10 at 4:38

I've said repeatedly that I hate blatant poll questions. I hate them more than questions that actually have extended discussion (something that tends to be more frowned upon).

I would love if there was a "closed as poll" reason so I could go and start murdering some posts.

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Just go with your gut. For instance, just because the question says "When did you start programming" I would not consider it programming related. It isn't about how to program. It is not solving a programming problem.

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They're. – Andy Mikula Aug 21 '09 at 21:44
Got it. Making the change below. – Robert Cartaino Aug 21 '09 at 21:47
That was my first instinct. But I feel like they caught me on a technicality... Like when you send a kid to their room without television. They're not watching television but they're playing XBox. – Robert Cartaino Aug 21 '09 at 21:50
@rcartaino, my response to that would be they are watching television, but they're not watching television programming (shows/movies). A television is the device itself :) – Ian Elliott Aug 21 '09 at 22:01

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