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With as many questions related to EC2, why close a very serious topic? [duplicate]

I was recently linked the following: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1284680/warning-about-amazon-ec2-urgent-if-you-use-this-service In looking over many of the questions here, this site seems to ...
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Closing changes: [on hold], unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic reasons, bye-bye to Too Localized

After a ton of discussion, work and input from the community, we're rolling out the remainder of major closing changes that you've helped us design, as discussed in these prior posts. They're live, ...
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Help us make "Not Constructive" and "Not a Real Question" closures more effective [closed]

In the recent off-topic discussion, Pekka 웃 suggested that other close reasons could be further broken out as well . We've got some more specific ideas along those lines, and we want your input and ...
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Every "close" has its thorn: replace "close" with "on hold" for the first five days

That's right, I'm starting this out with a pun. Featuring a Poison song. I'm good with it. TL;DR We're looking at replacing [closed] with [on hold]. This sort of thing was proposed in a popular post ...
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Changes to "close as duplicate" (part deux)

I feel like we got off on the wrong foot. Due to me being an idiot miscommunication, a partial change snuck out early, and even though we announced it we didn't really explain why we made the change. ...
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4 answers
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How can we mitigate the difficulties some autistic users have with pronouns?

A subset of autistic users has reported that they are not always able to use the pronouns that another user requests. The problem The current Code of Conduct is clear on this matter: Using stated ...
Leopold says Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Why was my question deleted (how original, I know)

Why was my question deleted? I did not even get to see it in closed state, so I really do not know why. (Also, a deletion being a moderation act, "removed from Stack Overflow for reasons of ...
Pierre Lebeaupin's user avatar
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2 answers
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Closing topics on Stack Overflow without reason [closed]

A question of mine was recently closed on Stack Overflow. My closed question was not off-topic, it wasn't a poll or a discussion. I put in things I researched upon, it wasn't vague. It asked for ...
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1 answer
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Why is only 1 reason displayed on closed questions when different reason votes were cast for it?

I recently closed this question as being too localized, but a majority of other users closed it as being not a real question, so the latter is displayed as being the sole reason of why the question ...
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Is downvote piling really necessary? [duplicate]

I recently posted a question about the usage of goto in Java. I, now, understand that it was not fit of SO's Q&A and therefore, should have been closed and downvoted to indicate that it was not ...
Jeel Shah's user avatar
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2 answers
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Off-Topic reason usage and statistics

Now that the individual Stack Exchange sites have been given the ability to set three custom Off Topic reasons per site is there a way (or intention to provide a way) to analyze which of these reasons ...
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Get rid of canned messages for closings

When a question is closed, such as when it's not a real question, there are 5 possible things you could have done wrong. Why don't we get rid of the canned messages and have the users/mods actually ...
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1 answer
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Help center for closed questions is/will-be outdated

Since the "brand new, consolidated" help center has already been out on all sites in Stack Exchange network since June 5, 2013, and the new closing reasons are about to be launched this week, I'd like ...
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Should we have "fault" and "no fault" versions of "not constructive" closes?

Questions that are closed as off topic or not a real question automatically carry a downvote. These are what I call "fault" closes. Questions that are closed as "duplicate" or "too localized" do NOT ...
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Can a shopping question be made viable on Stack Overflow (and similar sites)?

Jaydles asked about how to improve Off Topic closings yesterday. I suggested a new explanatory paragraph to display on closed shopping questions, but hit a snag when it came to the "what can I do ...
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