I posted a question on Stack Overflow and it was soon closed as off-topic. My question is why was it closed as off-topic? Especially since to my understanding, it's "a question about software tools commonly used by programmers". I understand it's just how SO works, so no whining from me, just being curious.

Additional bonus: I see there are many people here on Meta asking just that. Wouldn't it be convenient to place a small explanation when voting to close a question, visible to the OP? (Like the comments when editing)

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    Personally I see no reason to close this as off-topic, I've voted to reopen ("Too localized" I could kind-of understand). Feb 19, 2013 at 12:44

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Git is a programming tool. Eclipse is a programming tool. Programming tools are on-topic on Stack Overflow, I would consider the closure of this question as erroneous and I have voted to reopen.

And the users voting to close are free to (and encouraged) add a comment explaining why they voted to close, in cases where the stock close reason is not sufficient.

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    Isn't it better to notify the closers of their mistake? Because they'll just keep closing such questions unless someone will tell them otherwise. Feb 19, 2013 at 13:08
  • I think that the REOPEN process has been "badly" defined because expiry time is too short for users as me that read a lot of old questions and answers. I'm not reading everytime StackOverflow new question's list. When I have a problem, I search and in 99% I find a question/answer older that 15 days. But never, I have the possibility to reopen a question closed because I read it too late. I think that to REOPEN process is too strict and give too much power to CLOSE.
    – schlebe
    Apr 13, 2020 at 18:59

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