Clearly, not everyone is Legendary or Epic on StackOverflow. Yet.
So, in an effort to reduce the learning curve for the masses:
What are some of the nuanced, less obvious reasons why questions commonly get closed on SO?
This week, while trying to fix something at work, I asked this question on SO and not only was it closed but my response to it was later deleted!
So, I visited meta and read several posts including:
- What is a "closed" Question
- Closing Etiquette: Why Do Some Answer and Close?
- Too many questions being closed
- Show the reason given for a close vote before the question gets closed
None of these helped clarify why more than 5 people agreed that my question needed to be closed.
Overall, I don't really mind it being closed--I've found the answer. However, I do want to understand why. In the big picture, I see there is clearly a culture on SO surrounding asking questions properly and closing questions and if I don't fully understand that culture, there are lots of others in the same boat.
So what are some of the common mistakes a new or intermediate user might make when asking a question on SO that would lead to their question being closed? Put the obvious mistakes aside and there are still tons of others that aren't "officially" documented anywhere. Let's start getting those in the open so everyone can understand and make SO better.
I now understand that my question was migrated. Even though it relates to programming serial devices, it was definitely a better fit for ServerFault.