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I have seen many good questions are closed for reasons such as not-a-good-question. Questions for which we do not have concrete answer, may be because we don't have the right answer, have right to live. May be we will get answer for them in future, when sufficient minds have probed the questions. Many of my questions are victims, btw. The point I am trying to make is, closing of questions, IMHO, is little overzealous on SO.

Someone please tell me reasoning beyond the official terse on verge of curt lines of explanation?

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    @Ajeet: the number of upvotes on your questions doesn't change the amount of close votes necessary to close them - it's five (the first time) regardless of whether it got no upvotes at all or 100. – Mat Sep 6 '11 at 22:07
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    Ajeet, don't ask for your question to be upvoted. Ever. – slugster Sep 7 '11 at 0:43
  • Ajeet, as has been mentioned before (but you may not of seen it), up/down voting on Meta is slightly different to the other sites - it usually means agree or disagree, it doesn't necessarily mean you've got a bad question. If your question remained at zero it would mean either you had no votes, or equal numbers of up/down votes which means your audience is split 50/50. I hope that all makes sense to you. – slugster Sep 7 '11 at 1:01
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    Maybe I am really not getting it. So those who down-vote r thinking they are just saying "No SO closers are not overzealous" ? – Ajeet Ganga Sep 7 '11 at 1:49
  • Best case is to take seriously the close reason, edit the question to clarify and fix the problems with it, then flag for reopening. – Won't Sep 7 '11 at 14:11

Let's start with the specifics of your case:

You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face.

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Speaking with regards to the general case, I don't think that SO is "overzealous" in closing questions. SO gets a lot of questions per day, and it has to establish strict boundaries on what it can and cannot accept to maintain a high standard of quality. There are a lot of other Stack Exchange sites, however, and some of your questions may fall within the scope of existing sites.

  • I answered the math question in a comment, but that was ignored. He's not even trying. – Matthew Read Sep 7 '11 at 0:39
  • @Matthew Read : I reworded the question and a similar answer was accepted by me. I can't accept your answer in comment, I couldnt help. Sorry about that. – Ajeet Ganga Sep 7 '11 at 0:56
  • @Ajeet Apologies, then -- from the comments it looked like you had missed it due to wanting to argue :P my bad. – Matthew Read Sep 7 '11 at 1:03

Do you think closing of questions on SO is little overzealous?


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    Close early, close often. – Adam Davis 'ze-zir-zem' Sep 6 '11 at 22:07
  • I'm closing at nine today, so you'd better wait until after that. – mmyers Sep 6 '11 at 22:11

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