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Recently two of my questions were closed as off-topic (one on Stack Overflow and the other on Programmers SE) and I was referred to the FAQ. The problem is, both questions were similar in nature to questions asked with the same tag (on SO, the tag was ). So my question is: what should be done in this case?

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Where are the links? – random Nov 25 '10 at 17:39
@random FWIW this is the overflow q – Gaurav Nov 25 '10 at 18:32
Oh come on now, why the down-vote. – Gaurav Nov 25 '10 at 19:33
That SO example is lacking code for a programming Q&A – random Nov 25 '10 at 20:53
@random you are right, however as I explained I was going by tag. Now I know that was a mistake. – Gaurav Nov 25 '10 at 21:01
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Take heed to the FAQ.

Questions asked and tagged a long time ago, especially months back, haven't all caught up to being closed as off-topic or deleted outright if/when the FAQ is updated to better articulate the focus and topic of the website.

Just because it was asked before, continues to live by a hair's halitosis and doesn't jive with the FAQ as it is now, doesn't mean a question posted today will come through as turkey clean.

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Thanks. I am new here and was seriously puzzled by the trigger happy behavior. I am sure this happens with other new users too. Perhaps this can be be made easier by declaring tags which conflict with FAQ as invalid tags or something. – Gaurav Nov 25 '10 at 20:57
@Gaurav, cleanup of "bad tags" is actually already in progress. – Pops Nov 26 '10 at 15:36

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