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I currently have an open question on StackOverflow: Android Bluetooth Plotting application uses thread and activities incorrectly.

If perhaps the question starts off OK it certainly loses it's focus. I finally end up asking 3 questions at the end. I'm afraid it looks like I'm starting a discussion.

How can I request that this question be closed on StackOverflow without being penalized?

I would then want to post 2 or 3 different questions related to the original post but that are clearer and more specific. There will be some overlap as the new questions have the same background (based on the same project). I hope that's OK.

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You might have to define "penalized." You don't lose any rep if one of your questions is closed, or anything. – Pops Jun 2 '11 at 20:52
@Popular Demand, I think you know what I mean: lose reputation unnecessarily. I'm watching my rep drop as I wright this comment! But I continue to earned badges! – Vince Jun 3 '11 at 21:11
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Nobody has provided an answer to your question on SO, so I believe you can do the following without confusing folks:

  1. Edit this question down to containing only one question.
  2. Ask the other one or two questions that remain in one or two additional questions.
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LOL the system tells me I cannot accept your answer unless I wait 6 minutes. I guess they want me to think it over. Funny. But great answer. I will give it a try. And I will be accepting your answer in 6 minutes, no that's 5 minutes now:) – Vince Jun 2 '11 at 20:51
@Vince: sounds good, @sarnold has sound advice too. I would say as a general rule that if folks aren't participating on your question it is a good idea to edit the question to make it more clear. – user7116 Jun 2 '11 at 20:52
@Vince, ah, the single question is definitely more clear. Good work. :) While @sixletter is correct that it is a good idea to edit your question to make it more clear, note that ten or more edits turns your question or answer into a community wiki entry, so try to make each edit count. – sarnold Jun 2 '11 at 23:16
Right you are folks. That is what I have done already. – Vince Jun 3 '11 at 21:13

Your three questions seem closely enough related that I don't see any real problem with all three in one question, but I might suggest that you edit the post and re-word them a little:

Discard/buffer all BluetoothData and do not call plotData() if the Plotting Activity is not active?

This question seems to be missing some very important words. :) "Should I?" "Could I?" "How do I?" ...

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thanks! I will keep that in mind next time. For now I chose @sixlettervariables answer. – Vince Jun 2 '11 at 23:07

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