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Change the “Not Constructive” close reason to some variation of “not a good fit for SE” so it matches its description? [duplicate]

The Not Constructive close description currently says: This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this ...
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Why mark perfectly constructive questions as unconstructive? [duplicate]

I've been using StackOverflow for about a year. I've gotten used to the fact that a bunch of my completely good, legitimate and constructive questions, will first get answered, and then I will get ...
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How can we remove the “Not a real question” close reason from SO? [duplicate]

Somebody has to stop this, now. I've been seeing questions getting closed for this nonsense reason. They aren't my questions but it bothers me a lot. I searched MSO on the matter. The explanation ...
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Why do people vote to close a programming question on Stackoverflow as off topic [duplicate]

I clearly have a programming question, yet people vote to close my question as off topic - Why? Is Stack Overflow NOT a programming QA site? Here is a link to one of my questions where someone ...
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Having a question closed is frustrating for several reasons and the process should be improved [duplicate]

Just had a question closed. The template text "This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form." doesn't describe my ...
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The Closing process is flawed [duplicate]

I ran afoul of the SO closing process here: my question. The whole process has been incredibly unpleasant and it has been so because of the close process. The process only works in one direction and ...
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“Vote to Clarify” vs. “Vote to Close” [duplicate]

Problem One thing I really dislike about SO is how quickly questions get closed by "know it all" people who has 3K or more reputations. I do like helping people by answering their questions. I get ...
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Should there be a SO question closure reason “Cruft”? [duplicate]

To be clear: I'm not here to whine about my SO questions being closed; I'm here to learn, and to suggest clarification for a potential source of confusion for relatively new users like myself. Should ...
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Should “Too broad” be made distinct from “Not a real question”? [duplicate]

Two years ago, "not a real question" was modified to include "too broad" as a reason. Having spent some time on the review tool, I now believe that closing questions that are too broad as "not a real ...
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Can we be more specific as to why a question is “NARQ?” [duplicate]

Not a real question (NARQ) is a "broad" category that encompasses the following: It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or ...
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Encouraging people to explain downvotes

I used to get "upset" (though that is too strong a term) when I got downvoted without comment. If my answer isn't good enough then I'd like to know why. Not only does it improve the answer for the OP ...
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Stack Overflow technology makes me write bad answers

Today I had some time and felt like writing a relatively good answer on Stack Overflow; explaining both the underlying mechanisms and good practices, unlike usual declarative answers in a "do that" ...
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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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12answers
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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 ...
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How can we stop premature deletion?

Update: discussion on specific changes to how deletion works is here: Turbocharging the Roomba: solutions for premature deletion This needs to stop: https://stackoverflow.com/posts/15348333/...

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