I sometimes don't understand why people close questions even when there are valid reasons given for not closing it. Look at this specific question. The last comment on the question explains why the question should remain. Even after reading that, I can see that question was closed. I find the question general and a question which deserves some effort, and that is why deserves to be on the forum. It is neither too specific nor something which everybody will know. I want to know whether this question can be opened.

Also, I am just quoting a comment on the question here as I know there are many more questions with the similar title.

As the closure message states, this is off-topic. It is not a practical 
programming problem that you face. i.e. there is no code involved.

The question which I am referring to also has no code, but it is not necessary that every question should have code, right?

P.S. I am not the author of the question but I know a few things about MATLAB and I am really curious why moderators feel that this question is not upto the "standards". This is a genuine question from me and I hope to get some answer though I know that such questions are usually closed.

closed as off-topic by Martijn Pieters, ProgramFOX, ShaWiz, Robert Cartaino Sep 16 '14 at 19:22

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    Note that the question wasn't closed as "off-topic". It was closed as "not a real question". And to be particularly nit-picky: this isn't a forum, but a Q&A. ;) – Bart Apr 22 '13 at 8:37
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    The question is bad, just plain as that. You can short it as follows: "I want to do x in language y, how do I do that?" That's not a good question, it lacks any research effort from the side of the asker. – Time Traveling Bobby Apr 22 '13 at 8:41
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    And if you really want to narrow the question down, this doesn't have much to do with Matlab at all. You end up at the OLE automation level, at which point the question becomes how to use that to generate a PDF out of a doc, instead of the whole Matlab premise. Which might have given the OP more of an angle for his own research. – Bart Apr 22 '13 at 8:44
  • @Bart Maybe what you are saying is right. But suppose he is writing 100's of word docs and then he doesn't know (at all) how to automate it without MATLAB. What is the problem if he wants to do it with MATLAB where he already knows 90% and he just needs that 10% of hint. I feel that the question is not of the types "do this for me", but it is hard to find on the internet what he wants to do (I searched for 5 mins). One more thing, if you observe the user who ultimately gave the answer has a respectable rep and feels that question is legitimate. Maybe I am wrong too :) – Parag S. Chandakkar Apr 22 '13 at 8:57
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    There's no problem with doing it from Matlab. But if you ask "I am looking for a command using actxserver which will save my file as a PDF." then that demonstrates no research. After all, looking at the documentation will show you what this actxserver is. And from there you can start your search. 5 minutes is not a whole lot to spend on it. But even then I pretty much immediately found stackoverflow.com/questions/5484721/… which more or less answers the question asked. – Bart Apr 22 '13 at 9:00
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    It's sad when something that takes five minutes is defined as "hard". – Dave Newton Apr 22 '13 at 10:07
  • @DaveNewton That's why I had said "Maybe I am wrong". I know MATLAB but not an expert in that particular area of MATLAB. But since a user with such a good rep insisted that it is a good question, just wanted to see why that question was closed. – Parag S. Chandakkar Apr 22 '13 at 10:17
  • "...but it is hard to find on the internet what he wants to do (I searched for 5 mins)." Once I spent three days searching and tracking a .NET bug just to get a working workaround...not saying that that topic might be easily resolved, but 5 minutes searching on the internet is nothing, in my opinion. – Time Traveling Bobby Apr 22 '13 at 11:02
  • I dunno. I don't think this is a "5 minute search" unless you have a good amount of contextual knowledge. You have to know that actxserver is "ActiveX", which is related to "COM" and "OLE", and that the examples and API doco out there are typically "Visual Basic" even though that's not the language you're using, and to recognize which of those ActiveX API features are supported by Matlab and which aren't, and that the native PDF export exists in Office 2007, and so on. It's a lot of dots to connect, and there's a fair amount of noise out there related to these terms. – Andrew Janke Apr 22 '13 at 20:18
  • Just saying, I'm a reasonably advanced Matlab programmer, and it took me a lot longer than 5 minutes to figure out this exact problem when I encountered it in my day job. I mean, it's obvious to us in retrospect how this stuff fits together, but if you're newer to it, you might not be able to immediately abstract from how a VBS answer to a Delphi question can be converted to Matlab. And maybe seeing this concrete answer will be a good way of starting to learn that stack. – Andrew Janke Apr 22 '13 at 20:22
  • @AndrewJanke I partially agree (partially because though I know MATLAB quite a bit, but not in this regard). Maybe, he has not put effort, maybe he has not searched enough. But I can confidently say that there are not many questions similar to this. P.S. I am also an reasonable advanced MATLAB programmer. – Parag S. Chandakkar Apr 22 '13 at 20:32
  • @SulfurizedDemonbobby I would like to make it clear that I know that 5 mins is not called as effort, but I got an idea that the problem is not so straightforward. Also, its not my problem, so I can't afford to spend more than 5 mins, right? – Parag S. Chandakkar Apr 22 '13 at 21:25