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I'm referring to my question here: Java optimizations

I don't completely understand why it was closed. It does not violate any of the reasons stated. I am looking for concrete facts, not opinion. I don't think this question would start a large debate/argument.

The only possible reason I can find was stated in a comment by Goran Jovic:

Anyway, your problem was most likely closed because there is no finite answer to it. It would probably spawn dozens of answers each containing a single optimization. This is usually not considered constructive because it is very easy for initial Q&A format to degrade to a poll.

Perhaps this may be true, but is it necessarily bad? I believe the answers to this question are legitimate and would be extremely helpful/constructive. This is evident in the comments again as two people learned something very useful without even a single direct answer.

I can sort of see why it was closed, but was it really necessary? I was honestly looking forward to the answers and thought others would enjoy learning something too.


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The close reason explains why it was closed:

This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.

To make Stack Overflow more of a question and answer site, and less like a forum, we choose to accept questions that can be answered specifically and definitively. This greatly increases our overall signal-to-noise ratio. https://stackoverflow.com/faq describes these rules in greater detail.

  • Yes I read that and addressed it in my question.
    – tskuzzy
    Jul 26, 2011 at 17:13
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    @tsk: The Q&A format is one of the fundamental principles of Stack Overflow, and is unlikely to change. If you need a more "forum-like" format, there are many places on the Internet where that is available. We've tried to build something better here; this requires us to be somewhat selective about the questions we can accept.
    – user102937
    Jul 26, 2011 at 17:16
  • Ok that makes more sense. Thanks.
    – tskuzzy
    Jul 26, 2011 at 17:23
  • Annoyingly, the FAQ doesn't clearly address whether questions should have definitive answers or whether there are any (even rough) guidelines about questions with multiple or many answers. Aug 24, 2015 at 14:54
  • @KennyEvitt: Questions that seek to build a list of things or questions that require a book chapter to answer are considered Too Broad. See stackoverflow.com/help/dont-ask
    – user102937
    Aug 24, 2015 at 15:00

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