I recently stumbled across this meta post.

It's about the change in the color of the accept tick mark on Stack Overflow - an honorable thing to complain about. I don't like it either. However, the question (which amounts to: can we change the tick mark back?) was just closed as 'primarily opinion based'.

Really? The guy is asking whether or not SE will bring back the old color. That's not primarily opinion based, unless it's Joel's opinion.

I'm assuming it was closed as such because some people like the color. If that's the case, then every other feature-request on all of Meta should be closed.

Heck, my 77-scoring feature request should be. Some people didn't like it.

Seriously, guys?

Note: This is not about this one instance. It's about the future of Meta and closing. If this can happen to any feature request, we have a problem.

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    Vote to re-open / flag. Edit it to make it clear how it's not "primarily opinion based". Let's not make a habit of posting a Meta question about a single closure (on-holdure?), at least until we've exhausted every other option.
    – yannis
    Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 4:28
  • @Yannis I understand that, but figured this is a serious problem for the use of the new system on Meta. I've flagged (getting closer to 3k :).
    – Undo
    Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 4:29
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    A question getting incorrectly closed (on-holded?) is not a serious problem.
    – yannis
    Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 4:31
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    @Yannis This early in the introduction of a new system, it is. I'm okay with disagreeing if you want to.
    – Undo
    Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 4:32
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    I don't see what that has to do with the new closing system at all. Probably wouldn't have been closed if it was marked as a feature request rather than a discussion.
    – Mat
    Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 5:04
  • Cf. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/191773/…
    – Nemo
    Commented May 1, 2015 at 8:10

2 Answers 2


I had originally reopened it, tagged it as and marked it . I then closed it as Off Topic -> Custom with the following comment:

This is a feature request that has been declined. If you support this feature, please open a new discussion with new reasons that it should be considered.

Common sense then kicked in and told me ... it really was a feature request, and didn't need to be closed. It's now reopened.

I think this points out that we have to be careful to not look at the work flow of close reasons until we're certain that the post needed to be closed in the first place - something I just initially failed to do.

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    "Common sense then kicked in and told me" Oh, I remember that feeling, it was nasty. Took me years of tequila therapy to get over it.
    – yannis
    Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 6:36

Meh. Firstly, it's tagged , and I think that's what sparked this.

The closing basically meant:

You want us to discuss the differences between two shades of green? Really?

I guess "primarily opinion based" isn't the best wording here, the closevoters must have closed it keeping in mind the older wording of NC -- "not constructive". It really isn't constructive on meta. As a feature-request, maybe, but not as a discussion.

  • Yes, NC would have been better
    – Undo
    Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 4:05
  • shakes head at new close reasons
    – ɥʇǝS
    Commented Jun 29, 2013 at 15:55

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