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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If a question was closed with multiple revamped community-specific (off-topic) reasons, the close notice may not properly describe the reasons

Here's a close notice from a question that was closed with multiple off-topic (community-specific) close reasons, relating to only one specific network site and no longer reproducible: (For context, ...
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Reasons shown for "remain closed" votes in the Reopen Votes review queue should be listed in the same order as reasons in Close dialog

Since the Review queue workflows - Final release, when voting to leave a question closed in the Reopen Votes review queue, you have to select an option why it should remain closed: These correspond ...
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Is it better to vote to close your own question or delete it?

In any case with your own question, is it better practice to vote to close it or to delete it if it meets a close reason?
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Show suggested edit reviewers the original close reason

When reviewing question edits, I saw a post in the Suggested Edits queue where the edit author selected "submit for review". It was closed as one of the five site-specific reasons, but the ...
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What can I do if I disagree on the reason a question was closed, and believe it should have instead been closed as a duplicate? [duplicate]

What can I do if a question was closed for reason A but I believe that it should have been closed for reason B? Is the only option to vote to reopen it and then vote to close it again with reason B? ...
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Link in Close banner doesn’t specify debugging details [closed]

Many closed questions (e.g. here) have a banner: Closed. This question needs debugging details. It is not currently accepting answers. But the linked page https://stackoverflow.com/help/closed-...
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Should a question be closed without a discussion? [closed]

I recently posted a couple of questions in two stack communities (this one on physics and this one on skeptics) that have been closed, both deemed off topic. In one case (skeptics) it has been ...
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Are there times that questions are more or less likely to get closed as off-topic before they can get answers?

I was wondering whether the time that a question is posted has an effect on whether the question is likely to get closed as off-topic. I noticed that some questions that look like they fit the ...
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Close reasons are a poor way to give advice on how to improve a post

I think that a significant portion of the angst around closing questions is caused by forcing reviewers to select one reason that must cover why a question is unsuitable for a site or why answers to a ...
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What is the course of actions when elected moderators lock and close questions with unjustified reasons? [duplicate]

What should be my course of actions when elected moderators (specifically "Stack Overflow in Russian") unjustifiably lock and close questions on the Meta? I realize, that deciding what is ...
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Can moderators be given a way to change the close reason on a question without clearing reopen votes?

Assume some users voted to reopen a question. Then, a mod came by, noticed that the close reason on the question was wrong, so they reopened and closed the question again to correct the close reason. ...
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How does this question "not appear to seek input and discussion from the community"?

Question in question: Is it a good practice to write an answer to respond to another answer, rather than actually answer the question? It is closed for being off-topic with the reason: This question ...
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Please allow users without the close/reopen votes privilege to see the full details of close reasons

Let me first establish what I'm not asking about: I know that there are posts that don't show a specific close reason to anyone when three different reasons were chosen. I know that users who don't ...
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Are general "let's discuss this proposal" threads allowed on Area 51 Discussion Zone?

A recent proposal on Area 51 has yielded a corresponding question (About Islam medical science) on Area 51 Discussion Zone, with the "question" simply a statement of the proposal's merits ...
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Typo in old close reason 'noise or pointless' in SEDE

There used to be a close reason 'noise or pointless' on Meta sites. However, in SEDE it's listed as "noise of pointless", which makes it look like the person who inserted that was either ...
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Separate "duplicate" close vote and "unclear" vote counts entirely

I've just bumped into something that I feel shouldn't have happened. Execute 32bit ELF on a 64bit ubuntu machine, getting segmentation fault The question was IMO clear enough. The one request for ...
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The Help Center page on "closed questions" on sites other than Stack Overflow contains the old descriptions of the close reasons

The Help Center page at /help/closed-questions titled What does it mean if a question is "closed"? lists the five top-level close reasons and their descriptions. However, the close reason ...
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The close reason descriptions for "Needs details or clarity" and "Opinion-based" are swapped in SEDE

The close reason descriptions for "Needs details or clarity" and "Opinion-based" are swapped in SEDE. Can this be corrected? For reference, this is what those close reason ...
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Where can I find the possible off-topic close reasons at a given site?

With the down-the-line goal of streamlining question closure at Chinese.SE, I want to identify the off-topic close reasons at the other language sites. I want to understand their decisions, and ...
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Why are the "off-topic" flag options (including "blatantly off-topic") listed under "needs improvement"?

When I see an off-topic question on a site where I have the "cast close votes" privilege (mainly, SO), I can click on Close, select "A community-specific reason" (AKA/previously, &...
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When are multiple closure reasons provided in the post notice?

I noticed in this recently closed question that there are multiple close reasons presented. Here's a screenshot of the post notice: From my understanding, only one close reason is selected when ...
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Change the reason of a flag to a question

It happened that I flagged a question for a wrong reason and then I want to change my reason. So I know that I have the possibility to cancel my flag using the 'Retract Flag' button. But after ...
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Show users what the all close messages say for a site

Due to the recent changes to close reasons, I’m having a hard time figuring out what the close reasons say as there seems to be three different messages per close reason per site: One for the author ...
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Why is the close reason returned by the API different?

Up to few moments ago my script was working correctly fetching question information from the API. Right now my script fails because the duplicate close reason is different. Previously it was: ...
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I can no longer see the close reason I chose [duplicate]

In the past, we used to know the exact close reason we chose when voting to close a question. However, in the new close dialog, it's no longer possible: In the above, I chose "A community-...
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Please reinstate the words "off-topic" into the closing dialog

Recently, the button for "off-topic" in the closing dialog was changed to "A community-specific reason". To be clear, I agree with the gist of the change, since "off-topic&...
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Why are specific close reasons no longer shown to users?

Lately, I have noticed that whereas previously the exact reason a question was closed alongside who casted close votes was shown, a more generic "Off-Topic" or similar reason is shown without the ...
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Close reason banner not displayed to low-reputation post author [closed]

Over at Physics we have a new user whose first interaction with the site was to post an interesting but off-topic question. They were savvy enough to ask about it on Meta, but not to follow the ...
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The newer close reasons don't account for questions that are too general and require lengthy answers

There are some questions that are incredibly broad. These used to be closed under the "too broad" reason, but that went away. These questions now fall right between two of the new categories: Needs ...
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Rejected migrations don't provide close information

A post was migrated to Code Review. Someone disliked the migration and posted on Stack Overflow's meta. The meta post states a reason that doesn't apply to the post, and so I wanted to see what reason ...
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Can we replace the "no longer reproducible" close reason with a [status-obsolete] tag?

Here on MSE, we have a close reason for bug reports and feature requests that have been rendered obsolete by changes to the system: The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. Changes ...
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Why don't off-topic close notices indicate which specific users voted for specific off-topic canned reasons anymore?

In the old notices, on questions closed as off-topic, the notice would not only indicate all of the close voters who closed the question, but also the specific users who voted for specific canned ...
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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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Can I request removal of "too broad" and "needs more focus"?

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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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 ...
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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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