Raise the reputation required to close, raise the number of votes needed to close, allow "anti-close" votes to keep questions OPEN, do not let someone answer AND at the same time vote to close (or at least force the answer to be community wiki so they can't whore points by reducing answer competition), etc.

Some or all of the above need to be implemented to prevent abuse of the system. It does the community NO good to close questions that are duplicate (yet perhaps the duplicates were old/outdated, or had poor answers, things change fast in IT!), questions that are not "coding" related but nevertheless important topics for developers, or even questions that are somewhat subjective yet developer-related. (Why have a voting system if every answer is black and white true or false???)

I'd like to know why some are so fast to close a question (killing sometimes very good and informative topics) and whether they actually think they are doing everyone else some kind of "favor" by doing so. I don't think the intent of Stackoverflow was to answer plain right/wrong homework coding questions. There are a lot of experienced pros here and like others I want to hear their OPINIONS on certain topics as well as receiving factual answers.

closed as not constructive by Gelatin, Robert Harvey, BinaryMisfit Oct 10 '10 at 5:17

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    So, are you hacking? :) – Manius Oct 10 '10 at 1:02
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    @studiohack "crusader is crusading" .. at least by being recursive it could cause a stack overflow ;) – Rob Oct 10 '10 at 1:03
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    Oh.. no..... the nerd concentration here is going to create a virtual quantum singularity or something...! – Manius Oct 10 '10 at 1:09
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    @Crusader, please provide examples. – Pops Oct 10 '10 at 1:29
  • Please upvote this feature-request to be able to cast open/close votes simultaneously. – Lance Roberts Oct 10 '10 at 2:25
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    The "nerd concentration" comment is not going to help your reception any. You don't open negotiations for a favor by insult the person you're asking for help. Likewise the capitals: screaming at people only makes them more likely to help you when you have power over them, and even then it makes you unpopular. – dmckee Oct 10 '10 at 2:38
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    You should include some examples. Without examples this qualifies as a general complaint and could be true or not true or unknown (Hey guys! I guess the nerd concentration just went over 9000!) – Mark C Oct 10 '10 at 2:43
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    Voted to close. It's not a real question without examples. – Robert Harvey Oct 10 '10 at 3:03
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    There are way too many duplicates on SO that never get closed. I think closing should be made easier. – Peter Ajtai Oct 10 '10 at 5:31
  • lol I loled at the irony. Sorry for being so immature. – Carlo Oct 15 '10 at 1:48
  • Ok although at first it was funny that a 'not closing' suggestion was closed I read it and it makes sense in the way that sometimes good questions are closed (has happened to me), and I DO feel bullied. Also, I was apologizing for my immaturity, but man, the comments above mine are a lot more immature and childish. Anyway, closing dup questions, I completely agree with that. Closing development related / non code related questions is not right. – Carlo Oct 15 '10 at 1:52
  • The 'nerd concentration' comment was not an attack, I'm in the category too, I just thought the jokes were funny. @Carlo agreed, there's too much drama around here and not enough letting people ask the legitimate questions they need answers to. – Manius Oct 21 '10 at 3:23
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    @Mark C Its over 9000! – bobobobo Oct 21 '10 at 5:12
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    I do not understand the culture here on Stack Overflow. So much rudeness and negativity. Why all the downvotes, criticism, and closing the thread after less than 24 hours? Kind of makes @Crusader's point for him. – isomorphismes Mar 15 '11 at 6:13

Links! Or it didn't happen.

And I'm serious, we do occasionally close a question we shouldn't, and we would like to correct those cases.

On the other hand, I think there are more question that should be closed that survive the gauntlet than there are that should remain open and get closed. I have high hope that the existence of Programmers will help.

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    +1 you're totally right, -1 this is more of a comment than an answer – Pops Oct 10 '10 at 1:48
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    @Pop I started to write it as a comment, but then I though "rant or not, there is a legitimate complaint in there somewhere", and the second line is my answer to it: show us a mistake and we'll fix it. 'Course, I suspect the OP just thinks he should get to use the site however he wants, in which case he'll be disappointed by the results. C'est la vie. – dmckee Oct 10 '10 at 1:52

I ran into that problem of exact duplicate once. To avoid this, you should link the duplicated questions and tell why they don't solve your problem.

I got a nice answer here of what I should do.

Something of substantive note here is that when you know there's a very similar question to yours that might be mis-interpreted as an exact (or in this case close) duplicate you should consider highlighting that you've in fact read that question and its answers, and determined for reasons that you then list that your question is in fact unique, different, or requires solutions the other question could never generate.

In particular, you're demonstrating a fundamental question asking skill by doing this -- posing a question with your own research and really illustrating your interest and desire to find an answer.

Ideally, linking to the similar-but-different question provides a meaningful reference for what answers you're not interested in and helps further clarify your question. Additionally, the cross-linking might help someone who mistakenly stumbles upon your question looking for the other one.

FWIW, I do think your question stands on its own merits, has terrific answers, and voted to reopen.

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