Questions tagged [closed-questions]

General questions about questions that have been closed because they are off-topic or otherwise do not meet the criteria defined in the FAQ.

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All post history events are now incorrectly showing as edits in post histories and timelines

When checking the timeline of a post I noticed that "Post Closed" events are now attributed to Community, and the close voters were moved to the "comment" column. Before, all close ...
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Flagged closed question review advice [duplicate]

One of my questions was recently closed! I am new to Cross Validated (Stats SE), and thus my ability to ask a good question may not be that great. What happened was that I posted a question that ...
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Can we stop giving JIT help to ask a new question when it's closed? It never works

There is a message that tells users to ask a new question when their previous one is closed. This is counter-productive and feeds into a dangerous narrative. The counter-productive aspect is explained ...
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How can I self-answer my closed question? [duplicate]

I posted a question, however it was closed with a reason I don't understand. I've found the answer myself and I would like to share the answer with the community, is there any way I can leave the ...
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Do non-duplicate closed questions contribute to a post ban?

We know from the FAQ on duplicate questions that: [T]here's no automatic penalty if your question gets marked as a duplicate of another. via an edit from Tim Post with the summary: Other ...
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Where are the names of the user(s) that closed a question displayed?

My SO question has been closed. Now, there is an official SO help page for people who disagree with the closure reasons. One of its paragraphs says: If a moderator (user with a ♦ symbol after their ...
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Can good closed off-topic questions be moved to a suitable site?

I have found a lot of related questions to this topic including, What is migration and how does it work?, and a similar one: Why are some questions getting closed as off-topic instead of migrated? ...
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Is a question closed with the message "Your post has been associated with a similar question", detrimental to your account/reputation? [duplicate]

I created a question on Stack Overflow. The Internet is flooded with answers to a very similar question; and in the writing process I found an answer to what I was writing. The wording was different, ...
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Why is there no statute of limitations for the Explainer badge family for closed questions? Can it please be added?

The Explainer, Refiner, and Illuminator badges (collectively, the edit and answer badge family) are awarded for answering and editing a question within 12 hours of each other, with the answer being ...
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What actually happens when you edit a closed question? [duplicate]

If you post a question which is closed very quickly, perhaps by a moderator rather than community votes, what actually happens when you edit it or comment on it in attempt to get it re-opened? Do the ...
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Have there been analyses to see if views of well-received answers are reduced by closure as duplicate which try to control for other factors?

This is a narrowly-scoped question; I'm just curious if this has been investigated quantitatively. Background only: I spent some substantial time and effort and love and coffee writing this answer to ...
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Is the text of a closed question indexed by Google's spider? [duplicate]

Some time ago, we had a problem with identify-my-rock-type questions on Earth Science Stack Exchange. After some users complained about receiving too many of this kind of question, we closed and ...
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Could we have guidance on the closure question update notifications?

I recently had a question closed, then reopened and I was pleasantly surprised that I was given a notification of its closure and reopening. As an experienced user, particularly on meta, I probably ...
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The "working on it" proposal [duplicate]

It bothers me a lot when I'm spending some time and effort trying to answer a question only to learn it got closed for any reason. It's just a lot of time wasted. So I have come up with a solution for ...
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Editing my answer on a question that gets closed in the meantime

Let's say I have submitted an answer to a question. Then I spot something that could benefit from an edit. Then I spot a typo. Then I spot something else with it, yet again. You get the picture. What ...
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Why could I answer a closed question? [duplicate]

I've started writing an answer for this question: How to wrap elements populated by array of objects in pairs and when I submitted it, I noticed it had been closed 30 minutes ago. Usually, when this ...
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Requesting deletion of a question [duplicate]

I would like to delete one of my questions because (1) it is closed and (2) it has been downvoted, but I am unable to do so since it had received an answer. It is found on the Linguistics SE and I ...
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Extreme caching issue allowing answers to closed questions [duplicate]

4 hours ago (at 15:53:08UTC today), I closed this question over on CodeGolf.SE. We've discovered before that it's possible to answer a few minutes "under the line" due to caching before, ...
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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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When closing a question as a duplicate of a duplicate, automatically link to the non-duplicate question

I've just stumbled across this question and was surprised to see it closed as a duplicate of an already closed question. First of all, declaring a question as a duplicate of a closed question seems ...
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Display user reputation on mouseover for the list of the users who closed the question

Reputation should be displayed on mouseover for each of the users listed in the blue "Closed question" box. This box appears at the top of the closed question. This change will make the look ...
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Question with answer deleted by author - the difference of an upvote

I recently answered this question on Stack Overflow, and following my answer and some communication in the comments, the author deleted the question. If I understand correctly, an author may not ...
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2020: a year in closing

I am thrilled to share that this year we are continuing a tradition started by Shog9 five years ago. Please welcome stats that highlight how many questions were closed on different Stack Exchange ...
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Help Center documentation should be updated to reflect new procedures for closed questions

The Help Center page "What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it?" contains the following: If a moderator (user with a ♦ symbol after their name) closed the ...
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Why can't I post answers to questions on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I was trying to post an answer to a question on Stack Overflow but for some reason the frontend (yes, frontend lol) had disabled the button. The button was disabled, so for posting it I had to go to ...
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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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Contradictory messages when question is closed and comments disabled [duplicate]

I spotted this on Super User but I believe the same or similar messages can appear on any SE site. Below are two messages that contradict each other. They appeared in a single post, one under the ...
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How to access 'Private feedback for you'?

I got this on a question I asked (no big deal - I don't care if somebody closes it). Is this a feature? How would I access "private feedback"?
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Is it "by design" that "answers in flight" are not accepted on closed questions, but that some still can submit?

Discussion This question comes off the back of a question I asked on Stack Overflow Meta about the grace periods of answers. Specifically it was my confusion that I, personally, cannot submit answers ...
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Can we have a feature to highlight opinion based/too broad parts of a question, and add a button to reopen after address the parts?

One of my questions was closed as opinion-based: Is there any way to check for badblocks that address the two issues? - I'm really confused why it's opinion based. Then a user mentioned that it wasn't ...
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"Question closed" notifications experiment results and graduation

Users have long been asking for and discussing the pros and cons of a feature to proactively inform the question asker when their question has been closed. Although the initial response many years ago ...
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Improve the help center page on reopening questions to not point to Meta Stack Exchange

The questions are getting closed quite often in all Stack Exchange communities, and many users (new users in particular) look for help on what it means and how to reopen them. Current State The Help ...
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When closing a post, send an edit request to an active community member

I'm a new lurker in psychology.stackexchange.com and I've noticed that it's getting harder and harder to ask questions, especially because the moderators have kept closing posts that are sometimes ...
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Closed post message, "Viewable by the post author and users with the close/reopen votes privilege" is misleading

The closed post message, "Viewable by the post author and users with the close/reopen votes privilege" to see who voted to close a question is misleading, as the list and message are only ...
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Can I no longer see who closed my question? [duplicate]

Some months ago, I could see who closed a question, but not anymore? I screenshot How did "unless" semantically shift to signify "except if"?.
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Why was the period for closed questions to enter the reopen queue extended from 5 days to 70 days?

It appears that on December 20, 2019, the team increased the period of time for questions to enter the reopen queue from 5 days to 70 days. There was no announcement made of this change at the time (...
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Why is it possible to submit an answer to a closed question by tweaking the HTML of the page? [duplicate]

One time, I was writing an answer to a question, when the question was closed. I had spent a little time on the question, so I didn't want to lose it. The post button was disabled, so I inspected it ...
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Order by which the users close a question

Suppose that some question from some Stack Exchange site gets closed. Then the user who posted the question as well as any user with close/reopen votes privilege can see a message explaining why the ...
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If my question was closed, and I edited it, and there are a lot of answers, can I ask the answerers to vote to reopen?

My question was closed, and there are a lot of answers. I have since edited the question. Now can I ask the answerers to vote to reopen?
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Is a question deleted automatically once the downvote threshold has been met? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question in the wrong place (which has since been closed), and as a result my reputation has suffered a bombardment of downvotes. Ok, oops, wrong place, but now I cant even delete ...
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Locked post sign on duplicate says still accepting answers [duplicate]

Over here, it's a duplicate, so it's not accepting answers, but this locked sign: disagrees. Seems like a bug that it wouldn't recognize a closed post. Can we fix that? If this needs different tags,...
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"Comments only" lock notice on closed questions mistakenly says that question is still accepting answers

When a question has a "comments-only" lock, the following notice is displayed on top of the question: Locked for X days. Comments on this question have been disabled, but it is still ...
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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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Closed question on Hot Network Questions list

The question The list of every type of sound all instruments can make? on Music: Practice & Theory Stack Exchange was still on the Hot Network Questions list, despite being closed half an hour ago:...
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How do bounties on closed questions work? [duplicate]

I answered a question with a bounty and my answer was accepted, but the question was closed (it was flagged as needing to be more focused). What happens to the bounty? I didn't get it, and now there ...
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Inconsistent relative time [duplicate]

Here's a question that was closed before it was asked :)
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When is the "Edit question" button shown on close notices?

I noticed now that on closed questions, a new button called "Edit question" shows up: The button also shows for logged-out users, except it's titled "Improve this question": No ...
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Why do I get a "hooray, your question was reopened" message when the question seem not to have been closed? [duplicate]

I received today for one of my questions the following Inbox message: I am surprised because: I didn't even know the question was closed (I neither saw any counter on the close flag, nor the [closed]...
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Can migrated closed questions be considered for automatic deletion by the RemoveDeadQuestions and RemoveAbandonedClosed scripts?

Migrated questions that were closed a long time after the migration (and as such weren't marked "rejected") are not automatically deleted by the RemoveDeadQuestions and RemoveAbandonedClosed ...
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Duplicate post notice sometimes overflows box

On my (admittedly tiny) phone screen, this is what I see for some gold badge closed questions: When part of an object becomes the name for the whole https://stackoverflow.com/q/61312680/6083675 MSE ...

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