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I think it would really help if you get notified that a question of yours was closed.

Especially for the multi-site power user, usually (at least for me) a question is asked and then left alone for while. I rely on the network-wide inbox to tell me when someone has commented or answered, but if I don't receive any messages then I tend to assume that the question wasn't answered or even noticed. It's only when I check the question a day or two later to see what I can add do I find out it was closed.

This would be especially helpful for duplicates, where the answers you need are already there. A message to the effect of, "Closed as duplicate of question" is just like notifying me that a new answer has been added!

Unfortunately, question closures can remain unnoticed by their askers until months have passed. By then, the questions may either be too old to migrate to the correct site, or may run the risk of automatic deletion, depending on the specific closing reason. We should notify users of these question closures so that they can improve them and learn from their mistakes.

Could closed questions get added to the inbox?

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This makes sense. –  Octavian Damiean Jun 8 '11 at 21:43
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You should've received a notification from Gilles's comment explaining that he was about to close it and why. Did you not? –  user149432 Jun 8 '11 at 21:44
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If you posted a question, that means that you are expecting answers, so you should be periodically checking your question anyway. What would your response be if you got a close notification? How does the close notification improve your interaction with the site? (closed questions are essentially end-games). –  Robert Harvey Jun 8 '11 at 21:49
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@Mark Yes I did receive the comment. However that is just polite behaviour by Gilles, and not something enforced by the system. @Robert I would check my questions after a week or so (some questions are just posted out of interest), and if I saw a question being closed I wouldn't response, but as I explained next questions whould be better. –  Ton Plomp Jun 8 '11 at 21:49
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Ah, I see. So it's for educational reasons. –  Robert Harvey Jun 8 '11 at 21:52
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@Robert: You needn't check your question actively, because you get a notification about the answer in a box at the top left (at least in Firefox on Linux, I do so). And a closed question can be reopened, if you improve it, for example - in the particular example, things are different, but in general. –  user unknown Jun 9 '11 at 2:10
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I disagree with @JeffAtwoods answer for multiple reasons (in the same order as his points)

  • So make it opt-in. Why not?

  • I agree that I should care about the question, but I shouldn't have to keep refreshing the page.. Lets say I usually hang out at A.SE. I ask a question at B.SE. Now, being online, I'd naturally like to know about my question immediately. While on A.SE if I'm doing some stuff, I should get the B.SE close notification immediately without having to refresh the page. I care about my question --so much that I want to know what happened to it immediately.

  • Its not just an invitation for complaining, it's also an invitation for improving the question. I've seen many crappy, closed questions get improved and reopened.

  • This point is only valid if the OP realises that it was closed in the first place. Which is the object of discussion here.

As @TimPost said, this may not be appropriate for SO, where it would be rare to see any post without comments, especially a closed one. But, on the SE 2.0 sites, which don't have much activity, this is possible.

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I don't know if we'd need or want this on SO, since (as I said in your post which turned out to be a dup) I've yet to see a question on SO close without at least one comment indicating that it might happen. That being said, it may make sense on SE 2.0 sites where questions can be closed while crickets chirp. I suggest linking to your recently closed question you used as an example in this answer as well. –  Tim Post Mar 16 '12 at 14:17
    
@TimPost done....... –  Manishearth Mar 16 '12 at 14:27
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We generally don't want to do this, for a few reasons:

  • We don't believe in overly nagging and notifying people for minutiae. This is a core philosophy at the highest echelons of the company leadership. (Read: me.)

  • You should care about your question more than any other human being on the planet. If it is closed, you should already know about that without needing a special magic notification.

  • It's an invitation to complain. "Oh look, here is a signed, notarized document telling you we closed your question." Cue Eeyore in 3... 2... 1...

  • The existing close reasons on the question, along with the explanation, should be sufficient for explaining what is going on.

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You can improve the question, if you get a notification. You get notifications about answers to your question, so why should you do additional lookups? Bullet 3 is a contradiction to Bullet 2: If you expect people to know already, that their question was closed, they were already invited to complain. –  user unknown Jun 9 '11 at 2:15
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So for every question that you don't get an answer on or receive comments you recheck every hour/day the actual question? For every site? –  Ton Plomp Jun 9 '11 at 11:44
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You get a notification for other responses (comments, answers), so why would you actively check the question? –  Gilles Jun 11 '11 at 12:54
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-1 for the reason explained by @Gilles. –  TRiG is Timothy Richard Green Sep 20 '11 at 9:31
    
@Ton Yes - on every site, for every question without an accepted answer. One should curate their questions. For some reason others did not engage. One can even offer a bounty on a question and that makes it harder to close (except by mods). –  Iterator Nov 19 '11 at 12:02
    
@JeffAtwood see below –  Manishearth Mar 16 '12 at 14:14
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Seeing as you now get this silly notification on every damn rep change, the point about minutiae has become weaker. Also, this recent Meta question made me think maybe this should be done –  Pëkka Jan 26 at 2:02
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