I asked a question on Stack Overflow: CSS full-page-width horizontal menu and horizontal submenu

The question was answered by 3 people, and the answers were not complete. So I offered a bounty for it, and then it was put on hold. It was put on hold for the reason:

[...] must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved

I explained the question very well, in a very detailed manner. I think it was put on hold for no apparent reason.

How can I protest this question from being put on hold, and remove the held status from the question?


What's up with the negative votes! I was asking for clarification and I get negative votes???

  • Did you read the rest of the description of the close reason? What else does it say?
    – joran
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:10
  • This is the comment: "Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and the expected results. See also: Stack Overflow question checklist" The link to the check list is: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/156810/…
    – Greeso
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:11
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    Do you think its possible that someone could read your Q as a detailed list of specifications requesting that someone write some code for you? As opposed to an attempted solution that didn't work about which you are asking for help?
    – joran
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:16
  • I did not do a list of specs, I really am detailed oriented, and was trying to explain it as such. The real problem is I could not creat a CSS structure that allows what I am asking for, and hence the question.
    – Greeso
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:17
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    But where is your attempted solution? Your question contains background and a list of requirements, like an assignment.
    – Antony
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:19
  • So show an attempt at such a CSS structure and ask about how to make it work. The community here has decided that it does not really want questions in the form "I'd like a solution that does X, Y and Z." and nothing else.
    – joran
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:20
  • It is not an assignment. I am a web developer and use WordPress. I have over 15 years experience. My attempted solutions did not get near the answer. I know how to do the horizontal part, however I was having a problem with extending the background. My attempted solutions are incorrect, and hence I asked hte question.
    – Greeso
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:20
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    All you needed to do was include your attempted solution, that's all. Just like it says in the close reason! :)
    – joran
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:21
  • RE: Your edit: The title of this question pre-supposes that the question was "legitimate" and therefore erroneously put on hold. People who disagree with that assumption, and therefore think that the question was correctly put on hold, have likely downvoted this question. Downvotes are often used to signify disagreement. Contrary to your whine, you were not simply "asking for clarification", you were protesting the question being closed. You have every right to do what, but people also have every right to disagree. Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 3:44
  • Thanks for your nice language Cody Gary.
    – Greeso
    Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 5:00
  • Good edit to the question, by the way. I'm happy to see the question was reopened. Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 13:54
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    Thanks Andrew, Thanks for your feedback. I just got a bit unhappy first, to be honest, but then when having a discussion with you and others, I realized your points. Cheers.
    – Greeso
    Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 15:34

3 Answers 3


I am the one who refunded the bounty and put the question on hold. I was responding to a flag with which I agreed.

Basically, your question amounted to a list of requirements, and not much else. Your sample code did not represent an effort you had tried and failed at, but seemingly just a starting point to tack the code you were requesting into.

I saw no evidence of attempts you had made there.

As a result, I refunded your bounty and put the question on hold.

  • As explained in the other comments. I never found a solution that extends the background to the edges. My attempted solutions cannot do any of that, so I asked the question. The problem it seams that there isn't enough emphasis on that fact.
    – Greeso
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:27
  • @Greeso Ummm... no. The problem is what I have described above. Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:28
  • Anyway, will edit that either tomorrow or the day after. It is getting too late now to do any work. Thanks.
    – Greeso
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:30
  • I have to ask you, there seems to be an answer that was written just before you put the question on hold (I just read it), and this answer works correctly. I would like to accept that answer and offer the gentleman the bounty. I am referring to the answer by GraphicO.
    – Greeso
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:39
  • @Greeso You are welcome to do whatever you are capable of doing there. I think you can choose the answer as accepted, but you can't put a bounty on a question on hold, and it won't be reopened just to permit a bounty. Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:42
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    @Greeso You can accept the answer now, it doesn't make any difference that the question is on hold. As for the bounty: Edit your code (your attempted solution) in the question. Then flag it for mod attention and ask for it to be re-opened. A moderator will review your edits, and if they find them sufficient they will re-open the question. When that happens, set the bounty again and award it to whatever answer you wish.
    – yannis
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:42

I reread the question several times, and while I found myself on the fence at first, I'm inclined to agree with the close. Here's why:

  • Your question does describe a relatively common question (that is, tabbed navigation).
  • Your question only offers a small sample of HTML and CSS, which is well beneath the amount required to get the sub-navigation working properly (it's an unordered list, laid out vertically)
  • You provide a laundry list of requirements. Huge red flag there.
  • You say you're open to solutions with jQuery, but a few quick searches indicate that there is indeed answers to the problem with jQuery.
  • In that vein, there are also solutions with pure CSS as well.
  • Lastly, there are solutions on this site that cover your question as well.
  • OK, it appears that I should reword the question. I need to emphasize on the fact that the background for the solution requested should extend to the edges of the brouser, not the content area (which is point 5 in my description). Therefore I will reword it to emphasize on that fact. That fact only, makes the question very hard to solve, and hence I asked the question.
    – Greeso
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:23
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    I think you're missing the forest for the trees. The hint is that this is a solved problem in jQuery. Try working with that first, then ask a question when you're really stuck.
    – Makoto
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 4:24

Sorry I'm the one who flagged the question. I've been finding more than a few bounty questions lately that read more like:

"Will you code this for me for X amount of rep?"


"Will you reverse engineer this for me for X amount of rep?"

In my frustration with this trend of using Stack Overflow as a code writing service I just started flagging these for moderator attention, sorry if I miss read the intent of your question, but it definitely looked like one.

If you can re-word it to meet the the standards laid out in the help center I would encourage you to do so.

  • I am re-writing it now. But I was thinking I should delete the whole question and re-write a new one, due to the negative downvotes that it got! I personally do not really care about stakoverflow points whatsoever, all I care is using it as a resource. Stackoverflow points do not pay my bills, my code does. Apparently however, negative questions tend to be something that no one looks at. Cheers.
    – Greeso
    Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 17:55

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