Questions tagged [close-reasons]

This tag is for instructions and guidance on closing or migrating questions, and the reasons for those closures.

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Which close reason prevails? [duplicate]

If a question is closed by enough users and all of the closure reasons are different then which reason prevails above the question? Do close reasons have a hierarchy? Or maybe it gets closed for the ...
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Should mobile app questions be closed now that the apps are officially retired?

Today, Yaakov Ellis, a Stack Exchange staff member, stated in response to an app bug report that, We are not providing any further support for the mobile apps. There will not be any more builds ...
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Do the new top-level close reasons have the same scope as the old ones?

As part of the rollout of the new post notices, changes were made to three of the top-level close reasons: Unclear what you're asking has become Needs details or clarity. Too broad has become Needs ...
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Are “too broad” and “needs more focus” abolishable?

Q&A can be conducted at different levels of details. If a question asks about the big picture, an answer should just answer the big picture. The sun is giagantic, but when you see from the Earth, ...
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How does the system determine which one close reason should be displayed on a closed question, given the close votes?

When voting to close a question, it's possible for users to vote for any close reason, even if others have voted for different reasons. However, in the end, once the question reaches five close votes ...
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What is the story behind the “I really hate unicorns” close reason? 🦄

According to the Question Close Stats in the 10k Tools here on Meta Stack Exchange, Shog9 created a new close reason in June 2013 that stated: Questions about unicorns are off-topic because I ...
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A peculiar justification for closing a post - seeking explanation [duplicate]

The question about what Monica did to violate the CoC was closed because: "This question does not appear to be about the software that powers the Stack Exchange network, within the scope defined in ...
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What to do when a question is close-worthy for a different reason? [duplicate]

Suppose I'm reviewing a question which has been edited after being closed. Significant changes have been made, and the result does not fit the original reason for closing the question. However, IMO it ...
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What StackExchange site is the right one for API/Library questions?

I recently had some beef with other users on Stack Overflow. And why I'm getting the feeling that giving context is not a desired thing on Stack Overflow, I'm hopeful it might be here, so I'll give a ...
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Add the “can no longer be reproduced” and “does not seek input and discussion” close reasons to all meta sites

Meta Stack Exchange and Meta Stack Overflow have two very useful off-topic close reasons in the closing dialog. I'm talking specifically about these two: This question does not appear to seek input ...
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How would one know which sub-reason of “off-topic” was a question previously closed for (now reopened)?

Past close & reopen events are visible in a post's revision and timeline, and duplicate records are also available publicly on the same page. However, I can't find a way to determine which sub-...
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Possible to vote to close for old, decommissioned close reasons (with proof of concept)

tl;dr install this user script, and it becomes possible to vote to close for old close reasons such as "not constructive" and "too localized". After doing some twiddling with Stack Exchange ...
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What is the point of “primarily opinion based” for networks that do not deal with exact science?

I am asking this my self for some time and I cannot figure it out: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be ...
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Can the Description for the CloseReasonTypes be added for the newer Close Reasons?

The table CloseReasonTypes in The Stack Exchange Data Explorer holds the id, name and description for the various close reasons. When the close reasons got a major overhaul the new close reasons got ...
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Request to burninate the “Unclear what you're asking” close reason [duplicate]

Updated; see examples at the bottom of this question I've seen many examples of questions that were closed with the reason "Unclear what you're asking" that had received multiple answers. This feels ...
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What is “a problem the community faces”? [closed]

I asked some folks about why they voted to close my question. Some people said in the chat that "It also doesn't really solve a problem the community faces Imo, in the context." and flagged my ...
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How were the off-topic close reasons previously displayed? [duplicate]

I just came across this question on English.SE. The banner says it was closed by a moderator as "general reference", which is not one of the 5 standard close reasons (duplicate, off-topic, too broad, ...
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Don't show canned off-topic reason in close banner if a moderator or a majority of users override it with a custom reason

I just voted to close this question because it's off-topic for Ask Different. There were two pending close votes with one of the canned reasons we use: "Questions about software development are off-...
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When should I vote to close as “off-topic -> does not appear to seek input and discussion from the community” vs “unclear what you're asking”?

Two of the close reasons here on meta, "Off-topic -> This questions does not appear to seek input and discussion from the community" and "Unclear what you're asking", seem to mean essentially the same ...
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Is sharing ideas fine on meta sites? [duplicate]

In my experience, sharing ideas (which are opinion-based and not really questions by nature) is fine in meta sites. The posts can be: Announcement posts. For example, in Net Neutrality and Stack ...
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Why does this question show 2 different close reasons?

I just found this closed question. The banner saying it was closed shows 2 different reasons and who voted for each reason. I've never seen this before. From what I've read, only the close reason ...
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Which flag to use for questions that are not minimal? [closed]

It is quite common to enconter a question such as this, which is not a bad question; it has a description of the problem, some code, and the desired outcome, but is simply not minimal. My question is,...
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Remove one of the off-topic close reasons [duplicate]

Here on MSE, there are two close reasons within "off-topic" that mean exactly the same thing. This: This question does not appear to be about the software that powers the Stack Exchange network, ...
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If questions are closed as being too broad or unclear, should they not be deleted too quick?

I understand the reason to delete unclear or too broad questions. In short, it bases on the broken window theory, which states that minor forms of bad behavior encourage worse ones. A neighborhood ...
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Should I paraphrase the cross-site duplicate when posting it as an answer?

This Stack Overflow question had an answer on Software Engineering. After reading this answer here, I went ahead and posted an answer, since I feel like that question is on topic on both sites. In ...
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How to prevent privileged users from dumbing down a site? [closed]

Is there something that can be done to prevent curators from dumbing down a SE site? I've witnessed this behavior several times in the following forms 1: a user asks a question that is either not ...
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When and how should we close questions about deprecated or removed features here on MSE?

I noticed that here on MSE, there's an unofficial policy of closing questions, especially unanswered questions, about deprecated or removed features of Stack Exchange. From what I can tell, this has ...
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An official way of closing announcements on Meta?

Currently, many announcements are closed using reasons such as off-topic (custom reason) The second draft of our Code of Conduct is available for feedback and review off-topic (can no longer be ...
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Proposal: Include form for user that votes to close as “unclear” to clarify what is “unclear” and when edits clarify

Where the goal of closing a question is to revise and re-open Proposal: Include form for user that votes to close as "unclear" to clarify what is "unclear" and when edits clarify Vote to close "...
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Show the cast close-vote reasons

I have encountered this question on Psych & Neurosci SE. It's a question that's actually quite interesting for a psychophysicist. However, it's basically a one-liner without prior research effort....
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Should the “can no longer be reproduced” off-topic close reason on meta be changed?

Here on Meta Stack Exchange as well as on Meta Stack Overflow, we have an off-topic close reason that says: The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to the ...
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By default, place questions asked by new users 'on hold' and visualize them as 'drafts'

As a moderator at Psychology & Neuroscience for over 6 years (a site with particularly stringent requirements on 'how to ask'), I have formed a pretty good impression of the 'typical lifetime' of ...
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Can't see the specific off-topic reason in the Reopen queue

When I am doing the Reopen Review queue, I like to see why the question was closed. If the question is closed due to it being "off-topic" however, I can't see the specific off-topic reason: It just ...
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Is this kind of question “unclear what you're asking” or "too broad? [closed]

What should a question like this be flagged for? I'm torn between "unclear what you're asking" and "too broad". My problem here is indeed applicable to other sites, too. This question on the blender ...
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Blatantly off-topic for all

As far as I see the "Blatantly off-topic" flag Blatantly off-topic (this question has nothing to do with %site topic%) is only available for low-rep users without the close vote privilege. What ...
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Should I close a question with a silly error but some code involved who can potentially be useful (or maybe not)? [duplicate]

I made a silly typo here, but beside that the code works and might be helpful. Better delete the question, auto answer or vote to close it?
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“too old to migrate” doesn’t show on meta sites

When the 60 day limit has been reached for a question on a main site, the option for the “off topic” close reason is changed from off-topic because... to off-topic because… (too old to migrate) ...
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Do we avoid questions about current events that have a limited life?

RPG Stack Exchange, along with a few other older sites, have this bullet point in our on-topic FAQ: We don't want the information on our site to become obsolete, and so we try not to ask ...
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How to view the close reasons for failed close reviews?

Relevant screenshot: (full page link) This question's close review failed (3 x Leave Open, 1 x Close). I wish to know how to view the specific close reason which was given by the users who voted ...
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I marked my question as duplicate but it was put on hold as too broad [duplicate]

I asked a question on StackOverflow and after some time I found a duplicate of my own question. I thought it would be fair to mark my own question as a duplicate and I did. However, my question was ...
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Italic not shown in off-topic reasons on closed/on-hold banner on mobile

I saw a question on Electrical Engineering closed on my laptop: Later I switched to my Android phone and checked the same question on the browser: Hmmm, the italic on words use and design is ...
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Deleted and Closed questions are no longer showing the close reason and votes [duplicate]

When viewing a deleted question that had currently been closed, the close reason(s) and the close voters are no longer displayed. It only shows the deletion action. This question (10k only), for ...
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Choosing option to close own answered question? [duplicate]

I want to close my question, as it is answered, because I think my question is solved with given answer so which options must I choose from the below to close a question? Which option is suitable? ...
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Why was this question closed as a duplicate and not as unclear what you're asking?

I recently got this question in the Close Votes queue (screenshot for <10k users). Before I voted to close it, it had 2 votes to close it as a duplicate, 1 vote to close it as "off-topic" and 1 ...
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my question is always put on hold as off-topic or duplicate or closed why? [duplicate]

I posted many questions but most of the questions are put on hold as off-topic or duplicate or closed i dont know reason may be my english how to explain my issues or otherwise some senior stackusers ...
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Is “closer match to another SE” a reason to close an on-topic question as off-topic?

This is related to Close as off topic, flag to migrate, or both?, but it is specifically about questions which are on-topic where originally posted. The SE family is getting quite large now, and a ...
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Can there be a close reason on site metas for questions that don't provide evidence that a problem exists?

One of the things that really annoys me about meta is the amount of discussions that lack examples. This is annoying for two reasons: Often, if a meta post can't provide evidence that something is a ...
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Is it worth having an “other” reason to close a question? [duplicate]

I was looking through the close votes on Electronics.SE, and saw a lot of unclear and too broad reasons, including one that I thought was perfectly clear, and so I answered and voted to leave open. ...
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Closing questions because answers are off-topic

Usually one asks for closing questions that appear off-topic. But what about questions with answers off-topic? It happened few times that I've asked a specific question and I've received a lot of ...
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Make “What's on topic for this site?” visible

Often, when I want to ask a question (such as now on tex.stackexchange.com), I wonder: "Is it on topic or not for this specific SE site?" then, I'm parsing the page visually, trying to find if ...