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Is answering closed questions via comments allowed? [duplicate]

When a question is closed, you can still comment on it. Say that you know the answer to the question. Are you allowed to answer it in a comment?
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2023: a year in closing

One of the traditions we have here on MSE as the calendar year changes, is to post some statistics about post closures and reopenings across the network for the preceding calendar year. In light of ...
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Implement {duplicate}, {closed} etc. tags as UI elements, rather than appending text [duplicate]

At this point, I am very much used to closed/duplicate questions being marked with [closed] or [duplicate] text in their title: But what exactly is stopping us from implementing it as an actual ...
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Feedback about joining a new Stack Exchange site (with suggestions)

I'm not questioning the moderator decision; this is about the experience. I'm an experienced Stack Overflow user, but I just joined this Web Applications Stack Exchange site today to ask a related ...
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Why was question closed as "does not appear to be about programming" when 2/3 close-voters voted for "belongs on superuser.com"? [closed]

Question 77283401 was closed as This question does not appear to be about programming within the scope defined in the help center. because 2 people voted "belongs on superuser.com" and 1 ...
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What's the longest question duplicate chain on SE?

I wonder what the longest question duplicate chain is on SE. For example, Matching files with various extensions using for loop is closed a duplicate of Brace expansion with variable?, which is closed ...
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Questions closed for multiple community-specific reasons should be clear about that fact

It happens sometimes - especially on Stack Overflow - that a question will receive three close votes for community-specific reasons (i.e., as off-topic), and each voter will choose a different reason. ...
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Why doesn't Stack Exchange allow multiple questions in a single post? [duplicate]

I do understand the need for this when the questions are unrelated. But why does it have to be even when the questions are related? Perhaps, I've asked a few questions on one of the sites, and it was ...
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The correct community to ask a question about antenna modules used with Arduino (nRF24L01)

What is the correct community to ask a question about antenna modules, more specifically, the nRF24L01 wireless module? I asked a question about the module's transmitter antenna gain and field ...
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Feature request for close reasoning?

I asked question (on meta) on why a post was closed, because it made no sense, and that post was closed as well? ...a member for 11 years on Server Fault, so been here a long time and this makes no ...
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Ranking users with most edits and close votes on a specific tag

A while back I asked this question about writing a query which would rank users based on their number of close votes on posts related to a specific tag: Table of users ranked based on their number of ...
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Table of users ranked based on their number of close votes in a specific tag

I am trying to get the list of users that have the most number of close votes (tallying each type of close votes; i.e. Duplicates, Too Broad, Need MRE, Not About Programming, etc.) in a specific tag. ...
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Site email says closed questions are not visible to the public: wrong

The website documentation has been corrected, but this email form letter is still inaccurate From: Stack Overflow <[email protected]> Subject: Your question has been closed ... ...
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Is “needs details or clarity” connected to the help center article on questions that are automatically blocked for not meeting quality standards? [closed]

I have noticed that dozens of old questions have been recently unilaterally closed in Web Apps SE as “needs details or clarity”, or closed as duplicates of questions also closed as “needs details or ...
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Why am I getting so many closed and deleted questions recently? [closed]

Am I really that bad in writing? Am I really getting worse and worse? I am a part of The Community (I am proud that I can write it in capitals; there is no sarcasm in here) for at least 10 years. I've ...
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Plural forms are needed for close notice

There's only single form for question close notice: Closed $closedAgo$ by $closeUsersComma$. For the purpose of localization we need different plural forms for that type of sentence since $...
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What's the purpose of same sentences with and without plural forms?

There're a couple of the same sentences in traducir.win: Your post has been associated with a similar question. If that question doesn’t answer your issue, edit your question to highlight the ...
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Why can't I see who voted to close my question? [duplicate]

Normally users with the close/reopen votes privilege can see who voted to close a question. However, when I check a closed question I posted I can't see who voted to close it. I thought I recalled ...
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Flag to put a closed question in the Reopen queue (just like we have for the Close queue) [duplicate]

A few days ago, I found an interesting question on Music.SE that was closed. I wanted it to be reopened, but I couldn't find any typo or small problem that I can fix with an edit to put it into the ...
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Do questions have to restate all implications of supplied content to be acceptable? [closed]

In other words, do questions have to meet encyclopedia level verbiage requirements to be helpful? In the case of this question on Server Fault (which I didn't pose): Debian update failed My first ...
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2022: a year in closing

Let’s take a look at how last year looks in terms of closing across the network. Please welcome stats that highlight how many questions were closed on different Stack Exchange sites in 2022. The same ...
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Closed post message "List of close voters is only viewable by users with the close/reopen votes privilege" is misleading

It says List of close voters is only viewable by users with the close/reopen votes privilege Apparently, that's not the case as mentioned in How could we improve our planned post notice improvements?...
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Users should be able to save an answer draft on a closed question if it's edited for reopening

I recently came across a question that had been closed for being unclear, but I think I knew what the asker meant, so I edited the question and checked the box to have it reviewed for reopening. I ...
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Invisible placeholder-stub-answers-with-autodelete-timeout to avoid "Question closed!" frustration

Motivation: Once again I spent time creating an elaborate answer on Stack Overflow, only to find the page locked when I was done, because people were not satisfied with the details given. Sometimes ...
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What percentage of closed questions that get submitted for review are eventually re-opened?

Just curious, what percentage of questions that get submitted (and/or re-submitted) for review by the post owner get eventually reopened after the "significant edit" option was added to the ...
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Can answers to closed questions in search results get a 'closed' label as well?

Going through search results, answers have the same title as their questions, but lack the '[closed]' status indicator if the thread has been closed. This is an example from a search here on Meta. ...
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What makes people upvote a question? [duplicate]

Whenever I ask a question on any site (especially meta sites), its answers get more upvotes than itself (especially the accepted answer), even if the question is very poorly received, and sometimes ...
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Can I replace a closed question which has no answers or comments?

If I have a closed question with no answers or comments, can I edit the question enough that I make it an entirely different and better question?
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No feedback after submitting a closed question for review [closed]

My question was closed 3 days ago for being off-topic Programming Exercises UX I made the necessary changes in order to comply with the guidelines, following the feedback I was given. I haven't heard ...
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"What should I do next?" instructions in email (regarding question closure) are irrelevant to the OP when OP was one of those who cast the close vote

On Apr 20, 2022, 3:40 AM Indian Standard Time, I received this email from Stack Exchange ([email protected]): This question is off-topic. It is closed and not accepting answers. ...
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When a question is closed, the new Stacks editor is disabled instead of the Post Answer button

When a question is closed while you're writing an answer, you'll see an orange banner This question has been closed - no more answers will be accepted. which disables the 'Post Your Answer' button. ...
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Can a question be immediately closed without any close votes?

One of my recent question was closed immediately (within 1 min) without any votes to close. I wonder if this is normal if the question is not blatantly off-topic, spam, etc. We should assume that ...
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Must a meta SE question prove site generality?

My question How to handle an unnecessarily complex question was closed as site specific. Although no one explained why in principle any site couldn't have a "noisy" question, there were ...
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How to clarify a question closed as site specific

My question How to handle an unnecessarily complex question was closed as site specific. I didn't intend it as such, as any Stack Exchange site can have the kind of overly complex question the meta ...
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What determines the "reason" for leaving closed in review that's shown in the close notice?

Today, when reviewing to leave a question closed in the reopen queue, there's an option to select which close reason still applies to the question, or that the original close reason was not resolved. ...
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No confirmation after submitting edited closed question for reopen review

After I edited a closed question of mine, I checked the checkbox, "This edit resolves the original close reason and the question should be considered for reopening." After clicking "...
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Don't hide the "closed", "duplicate", or "migrated" state of questions on user question lists

The redesign of the activity page of the user profile broke a lot of workflows for moderators. One important purpose of that page was to gain a quick overview about what kind of posts a particular ...
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What are the actual guidelines for deleting popular off-topic closed questions?

I recently noticed a relatively popular question (34 upvotes on the question, 42 on the top answer) get deleted on Stack Overflow (https://stackoverflow.com/q/29876518/1108305). This question was ...
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How do I ask a good question without getting struck by the hammer of downvotes? [duplicate]

I've been asking questions here for 8 months and every time I try to ask a question it either gets downvoted within 10 minutes and people say that "you're just looking to gain reputation" ...
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Inconsistent styling and formatting in the notices for closed questions

While using my Android v.11 Galaxy XCover Pro, with Google Chrome app version 12.41.19.23.arm64 in "full site" view at Law SE (the only site where I have the necessary privileges)... Both ...
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Posting Q & A, then closing the Q as duplicate?

I posted a question and answered it myself. I then self-closed this question as a dupe. Is this an accepted practice? I wanted the next person who steps on this rake to be able to quickly find the ...
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2021: a year in closing

I am thrilled to share that this year we are continuing Shog9’s tradition of sharing numbers on closed posts across the network. Please welcome stats that highlight how many questions were closed on ...
Nicolas Chabanovsky's user avatar
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Wrong instructions in email about duplicate question

I just got another email because one of my questions was closed as a duplicate. The mail (screenshot) suggests me to Select the suggestions that answer your question. Your question will be associated ...
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How do I answer a comment that was made to a deleted question? [duplicate]

A question I posted a while ago was closed because it "needs details or clarity", and it is now deleted. While I think the question is clear, a user posted the comment "Could you be a ...
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Opinion-based questions and answers should be allowed [duplicate]

The policy/rule/guideline of the Stack Exchange network of restricting opinion-based questions and answers may have good motivations, but I think it restricts too much the free flow of information and ...
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My question was closed, how far can my edits go to get it reopened? [duplicate]

The help center states: Stack Exchange is collaboratively built, maintained, and moderated by the community. If you see a question and you disagree with the stated reason of its closure, you should ...
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Don't put "Delete question" under the close banner [duplicate]

When a question has been marked a candidate duplicate and I accept it as a duplicate, the resulting banner includes an option to "Delete question". (Moreover, this is marked in red, further ...
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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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Closing a question that's being used as a known good audit should immediately remove it from the audit pool

We've identified a problem on SO with "known good" audits: Question is asked and quickly upvoted Question is selected as a "known good" audit candidate Question is closed (often ...
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Could we get closing a question to cost 1 rep? I suspect people are rep farming by closures [closed]

I've been noticing a weird trend on Stack Overflow lately. Questions getting closed for rules that aren't broken in the question in question, questions getting closed but the closer making zero ...
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