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The question 123456789 = 100 has been closed as "not a real question".

From What is a “closed” question?:

not a real question

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous and vague, and cannot be answered in its current form.


  • It is very easy to understand what is being asked
  • The question is not ambiguous, nor vague
  • And it can be answered


Is there another definition for "not a real question" I am not aware of?

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I would improve your title and question. That's probably why it was closed. – Brian Jun 29 '11 at 17:35
@BrAvada It's not "my" question – Dr. belisarius Jun 29 '11 at 17:36
I would also tag it as Code Golf – EBGreen Jun 29 '11 at 17:36
btw. I'm quite sure I've seen very similar question on SO or Programmers before, so very possibly it's a duplicate. – vartec Jun 29 '11 at 17:37
@Wether: Sorry, thought it was. I edited it to improve it and added the tag code-golf – Brian Jun 29 '11 at 17:37
@vartec Probably. But it is a real question. I think I answered a similar question before too, but can't find it now. – Dr. belisarius Jun 29 '11 at 17:40
If I got that as an interview question, I'd thank them for their time and exit stage left. – Anthony Pegram Jun 29 '11 at 17:57
@Anthony The interviewer is a person, and probably does not represent fully the company views. Also, your comment is too localized ... only valid for regions of the world where there is not a severe employment problem :) – Dr. belisarius Jun 29 '11 at 18:11
I think the original close reason was fine. The bigger problem here is that there seems to be no way to close nonsense like this as NARQ when asked during an actual interview. The SO team should look into implementing that. – McCannot Jun 29 '11 at 18:23

I agree that it's not "Not a Real Question," but it should have been asked on Programming Puzzles and Code Golf instead, since it doesn't fall in the category (from the FAQ) "practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face." It probably got closed as NaRQ because there is no migration path to PP&CG.

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@Bill It was posted in the "interview" category, and the comments seem to confirm that such questions are a commonplace in India – Dr. belisarius Jun 29 '11 at 17:38
@Wether: I'm often asked what my greatest strengths and weaknesses are in interviews. That doesn't make it a good question for Stack Overflow. – Bill the Lizard Jun 29 '11 at 17:40
@Bill I am not making a defense for the question. I just think it is a real one (although but probably not good) – Dr. belisarius Jun 29 '11 at 17:43
@Bill: How is the question not practical, answerable, and based on a problem the asker might face? – Brian Jun 29 '11 at 17:49
@BrAvada: Of the three, it's only answerable. How is it at all practical or based on a problem that someone might face (outside of an interview or a puzzle contest)? – Bill the Lizard Jun 29 '11 at 17:53
@Bill: It is in India. – Brian Jun 29 '11 at 17:54
I migrated it. Definitely [codegolf] – Won't Jun 29 '11 at 17:55
@BrAvada: That's going to take a lot more explanation. – Bill the Lizard Jun 29 '11 at 17:56
@Bill: Apparently in India it is used on a lot of interview questions. – Brian Jun 29 '11 at 17:58
@Won't: I was leaning that way, but wanted to see if anyone could find a duplicate. I know I've seen that question somewhere before but I can't find it either. – Bill the Lizard Jun 29 '11 at 17:58
@BrAvada: Being used in interviews doesn't make it practical. It's a moot point now anyway, since it's off to its new home. – Bill the Lizard Jun 29 '11 at 18:00
@Bill: There are plenty of questions which do not get closed or migrated simply because they are interview questions. – Brian Jun 29 '11 at 18:02
@BrAvada, point us to some of them. If they need to be closed, we'll help. – Michael Petrotta Jun 29 '11 at 18:06
@Won't The OP does not need a golfed version. What is the point in transforming it in a code-golf challenge? – Dr. belisarius Jun 29 '11 at 18:15
Bill, @Won't: As written the question simple doesn't form an acceptable question for CodeGolf.SE. Now that not a huge deal: it has all the makings of a good [code-golf] after a pretty heavy editing job. But the user won't get answers that explain how to approach the problem accept from [code-golf], and it is not well suited to a more general [code-challenge] because of the lack of a good metric for evaluating the winningness of answers. – dmckee Jun 30 '11 at 2:38

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