Stack Exchange 2.0 sites have "not a real question" as closing reason; the only exception is this very site.

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May this closing reason be re-added?

I have never seen feature requests, or bug reports being closed as not a real question simply for the fact they are request, or reports; if they have been closed as such is because it was difficult to tell what was being asked. I think the community on Meta Stack Overflow already shown to know when this closing reason should be used; the fact that in the meta sites I visit the same closing reason has never been used for feature requests should mean users know when the closing reason should be used.

  • Plenty of things here aren't questions, and are perfectly valid... May 7, 2012 at 15:07
  • @NickCraver That would apply to other meta sites as well. I don't think bug reports, or feature requests would be closed as "not a real question" just for the fact they are bug reports, or feature requests; if that were to happen, they would be clearly closed for the wrong reason.
    – apaderno
    May 7, 2012 at 15:19
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    then the correct request would be to remove it from those child metas as well, would it not? The criteria seems pretty straight-forward to me, it shouldn't be offered as a close reason if it's not a reason to close the question. May 7, 2012 at 15:21
  • @NickCraver If that closing reason is removed, what other closing reason should be used? Should "not constructive" be used?
    – apaderno
    May 7, 2012 at 15:26
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    Absolutely, if someone brings a rant here on meta with no real problem, no solution and is doing something completely not constructive, that's a valid close reason...it gets used for precisely that reason fairly regularly. May 7, 2012 at 15:27
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    @NickCraver I kind of miss noise or pointless, but it is a kinder .. gentler Meta after all.
    – user50049
    May 8, 2012 at 13:40
  • I want to close this as not a real question. What a Catch-22. May 8, 2012 at 13:42
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn You could also close it as off-topic; that doesn't mean it is off-topic.
    – apaderno
    May 8, 2012 at 13:44

2 Answers 2


There are a lot of things that are valid on this site that aren't questions.

These include:

  • Bug reports
  • Feature requests
  • Stuff that you need to bring to attention to moderators (when flagging doesn't help)
  • Discussion about a topic
  • "saying that the question doesn't fit into any category that meta is for" That would be "off topic", no? May 8, 2012 at 13:42
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    @BoltClock'saUnicorn Yeah. My english isn't great. Somebody can edit that to whatever they want (don't vandalise it though). May 8, 2012 at 13:44
  • It's not an issue with language, but if something doesn't fit what meta is intended for, what else would it be if not "off topic"? May 8, 2012 at 13:45
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn Good point. I was thinking almost the same thing when I was writing it. I was hoping someone would edit that to make it sound better. But I'll just delete it now. May 8, 2012 at 13:47
  • If this is the argument, then "not constructive" could be applied for all the discussions, as it says, "this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion." I expect the community to choose the right closing reason for the right questions; differently, questions that are on-topic could be closed as off-topic.
    – apaderno
    May 8, 2012 at 13:48
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn Is discussion valid in Meta SO? May 8, 2012 at 13:52
  • @kiamlaluno It's basically copied from SO. I believe that you are allowed discussion in MSO. There is a discussion tag for that. It should be changed. May 8, 2012 at 13:55
  • @Anish Gupta: Sure. May 8, 2012 at 13:58
  • @kiamlaluno: See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/107073/… May 8, 2012 at 13:59
  • @moguzalpenel_hak I meant that bit which had something like "maybe it should be changed to [...]". May 8, 2012 at 14:01
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn I have read that before. What I am arguing here is the argument used in this answer.
    – apaderno
    May 8, 2012 at 14:01

Not a real question is not a closing reason in any meta site, nowadays.




Since meta sites for Stack Exchange 2.0 sites don't have that closing reason anymore, I think it should not be introduced on Meta Stack Overflow too.

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