Linked Questions

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Introduce a “general reference” close reason

There is a certain amount of questions that are absolutely trivial in nature: How to format a date, how to concatenate a string, et cetera. Questions that could be solved by taking a look into the ...
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8answers
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Close all the typo questions [closed]

Update 2013/03/06: I've been playing around in the Data Explorer (first time I've used it) and put together a basic query to help identify typo related posts a little better, improvements welcome: ...
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6answers
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General Reference questions create low-quality dead ends for Googlers

Introducing a "general reference" close reason was rejected by Jeff and Joel for fears of abuse. Jeff said in a comment: Joel is very concerned it will be abused. I have concerns as well, since ...
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3answers
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How can we stop help vampires?

I've noticed that recently Stackoverflow has been overwhelmed with help vampire questions, to a level I have never seen before. I am aware of previous questions, but none that propose the solutions ...
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2answers
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Now that too localized is gone should we embrace the “typo questions”? [closed]

The old "too localized" closing reason included "questions that are unlikely to help future visitors". It was generally agreed, that if a question resulted from a typo in the OP code those questions ...
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2answers
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There should not be any free-form close reasons

I like the changes to the close reasons and the mechanism itself a lot and I think it is a significant improvement and clarification over the old system. But there is one aspect that I think has the ...
10
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2answers
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Should syntax error questions be closed as too localized after being answered?

Do we benefit from keeping syntax-error questions open? If not, should those be closed? Many questions that are of the "this is not working" kind (insert language tag you want here), end up being ...
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2answers
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This question appears to be off-topic because [custom ending]

I've seen a lot of comments in which people provide their own ending to this sentence. I'm confused by this practice. It gives the comment a slightly more official appearance, as it appears to be ...
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3answers
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Mutual exclusivity of Stack Overflow - how to solve? [closed]

It is not a secret that great site of Stack Overflow is actually two sites in one: one is used by Google to answer our programming questions. another is used by enthusiast programmers to flood with ...
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0answers
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How can I search for custom off-topic close reasons?

I would like to get statistics on the use of site-specific off-topic subreasons and to see what kinds of free-form reasons have been used. How can I do that? As far as I can tell this is still not ...
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2answers
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New close reasons missing a few [duplicate]

I know that there has been much discussion about the new close reasons, and I agree with them fully.. But now there is a problem with certain questions... I will give an example: https://...