Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

6
votes
0answers
31 views

Under profile on all actions, closed status isn't indicated on questions

On your profile, when you go to your 'all actions', I'm trying to find certain questions which may be reopened - that is, no longer closed (cough hats cough). Example on my profile Several of these ...
-20
votes
1answer
144 views

How is closing a question helpful to the community?

People sometimes ask unclear, duplicate, or broad questions, which are downvoted and closed. Closing it is literally just keeping people from answering the question. I do not see how closing such ...
5
votes
2answers
77 views

Hide Closed/Duplicated/On-Hold Questions

My question mainly regards Stack Overflow, since that's where I spend most of my SE time, but I'm posting this here since this may apply to other Stack Exchange sites as well. The Problem Lots of ...
-11
votes
3answers
112 views

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 ...
-13
votes
1answer
139 views

Enhance the closed question notice

I'm new to Stack Exchange and I felt very annoyed when a question was put on hold and I think the reason is that the closed question notice could be more sympathetic. Here is the closed notice I ...
4
votes
1answer
70 views

Are there any questions closed by 5 moderators?

Inspired by this question on Worldbuilding Meta, where a user noted that a question was closed by two ♦ moderators: For some people it might be obvious: one of the moderators wasn't a moderator ...
-9
votes
1answer
55 views

Add a separate tab for “on hold” questions

Normally I wait in the Newest tab and watch new questions stream in for me to potentially answer. However, especially in Code Review SE, the first page can be filled with questions that are [on hold] ...
-1
votes
1answer
115 views

How can I alleviate downvotes on a closed, but answered question? [duplicate]

OK, so let me explain this question with an example. I ask a really stupid question that's either duplicate or too broad or something else. Someone answers my question, and the first line of the ...
-4
votes
1answer
185 views

My question gets marked as off-topic, then after people answer, it gets put “on hold”

So long story short I had a thought about a question pertinent to the outlets and meter of my house. I searched Stack Exchange and figured that Electrical Engineering is probably my best bet. So I ...
2
votes
0answers
48 views

Closure notices appear wrong on Area 51 Discussions

There is a formatting problem on the closure notices on closed questions on Area 51 Discussions. On most sites, it's supposed to be justified to fill in the entire area. However, on Area 51 ...
0
votes
1answer
101 views

Statistics about closures/deletions with a binding vote by a ♦ moderator

I would like to know if it is possible to see a count of question closures and answer deletions that occurred by the normal queue vote process (where some number of community members all voted until ...
29
votes
0answers
595 views

2017: a year in closing

Last year I posted some numbers on how many questions were closed on various sites around the network in the preceding year. This ended up being kinda handy to refer back to, so I'm gonna do it again: ...
6
votes
1answer
86 views

Should grammar edits of closed questions be approved? [duplicate]

If a question is closed or put on hold, usually nobody bothers to fix spelling mistakes in it. But if a new user does it, should the edit be approved? It does technically edit the post, although not ...
21
votes
1answer
304 views

Post banners missing

Previously - posts that were a mix of closed, deleted or locked use to show at least two of those banners - however, now it only seems to show one. If a post is closed and deleted (doing a search for ...
2
votes
2answers
55 views

Can a reopened question be closed?

Let's say you have a question that was marked too broad and it was voted closed. When it is reopened, can it then again be voted closed?
4
votes
1answer
103 views

Edits on closed posts

Should questions or answers on questions that are closed be edited, even if the question is closed and the edit does not change anything about the reason it's closed? Example: This answer was just ...
4
votes
1answer
59 views

Closing question causes a bump?

Recently I closed a question on the Stack Overflow PT as duplicate, and this question was bumped to the home page, as can be seen in the images: Close banner with timestamp: Homepage with ...
1
vote
0answers
31 views

Inconsistent usage of deleted user name on closed questions [duplicate]

This question is closed: Mod links disappear on profiles with long display names One of the close voters has been deleted, but his name still exists in the list of voters in the notice message of the ...
-6
votes
2answers
83 views

Reposting a closed or held question

In theory, when a question is voted closed, then the OP edits the question to be site-appropriate, the question will be added to a review queue. However, in practice, the question, now made good, ...
43
votes
2answers
311 views

Don't mark migrations as “rejected” if they were closed long after migration

A question was asked on Site A, where it collected answers before being migrated to Site B. On Site B it collected more answers and lived happily for a time. More than two years later, it was closed....
1
vote
0answers
29 views

Able to answer closed question if I was offline when the question was closed [duplicate]

On the RPG stack exchange, this question specifically: What is the fineness (purity) of gold coins in D&D? I was able to answer the question 10 minutes after it had been closed. I had begun ...
2
votes
0answers
29 views

Closing a question no longer refreshes the page to show it closed

I think this started yesterday, when I close a question the page does not refresh to show the newly closed question. The closing works properly, and manually refreshing the page shows the page as it ...
-4
votes
1answer
69 views

Can I ask a question which is an amalgam of several different questions? [closed]

When I asked a question on Stack Overflow I received multiple downvotes. In the comments one user specified that: This is not an appropriate "question" for stack overflow as its actually an ...
-4
votes
1answer
83 views

Should I flag my closed question after editing to receive attention?

I worry that my question after edited won't be seen. Should I flag it? And in case it's still not qualified to be reopened, can I ask on the flag to tell me which one are still unclear?
0
votes
1answer
43 views

Who can see closed questions? [duplicate]

I think I had this clear, but it seems I don't. I had the idea that closed questions can not be searched on Google, and can only be seen by the users of a given site with more than 250 reputation. ...
7
votes
2answers
104 views

Allow questions to be closed as duplicates without having them reopened first

TL;DR: I want to have my question closed as a duplicate. But first I need to have the question reopened so it can be closed as a duplicate. On The Workplace, I posted the question How early should I ...
7
votes
2answers
136 views

Somebody Is Reporting Me as Hacking Stack Exchange [duplicate]

At one of my last answers over an "on-hold" question, some users are reporting my current account as being hacking the site, claiming that "I answered a question already closed". Why the app let me ...
8
votes
0answers
59 views

Add “open” or “closed” to “question-summary” class attribute in question list HTML source

In a list of questions (such as on the home page) the HTML block for each question has a containing div like: <div class="question-summary narrow" id="question-summary-123456"> I am requesting ...
2
votes
0answers
33 views

Do duplicate and migrated question count as closed for some criteria?

I've read the FAQ but still not sure. Criteria for certain mechanics, like a question ban, involve "badly received" posts, one of which is "closed questions". Also "Curious" badge requires "a ...
-6
votes
1answer
99 views

Finding a closed question [closed]

I saw a question on a site. I wrote an answer but before I could submit my answer the question was closed, then I moved on and closed the tab. There was no comment indicating the question was a ...
8
votes
1answer
53 views

Close reason message doesn't fit into balloon

In some cases close reason message doesn't fit into balloon: Especially while using iOS multiple apps mode: App Version: 1.6.5.2 Device: iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) OS Version: Version 10.3.1 (Build ...
6
votes
1answer
44 views

If a duplicating question has good quality, and the duplicated question is bad, should the relation be reversed?

For example, let's see this question from ELL: "I have no question"--> "Me, too" or "Me, either"? Let's call this A. Question A is on top of my Google search, currently has 4 upvotes and considerably ...
1
vote
0answers
30 views

Closure and holding posts off-topic [duplicate]

With questions like this one there is the facility to flag to close as off-topic but with this type of question (requests for information on suicide without pain) there is no question in this vein ...
5
votes
1answer
60 views

Find questions closed by a dupehammer

Is it possible to find questions have been closed by users with golden badge (i.e. dupehammer) via special request on the search page?
-15
votes
1answer
78 views

Duplicate questions are helpful and shouldn't be closed as duplicates [closed]

Some questions are closed as duplicates but mostly when I search randomly, the duplicates that I find are helpful. So why are they closed as duplicates? Even when the question is edited, moderators ...
14
votes
2answers
273 views

What is the difference between exact duplicate and just duplicate?

The questions Why does Meta Stack Exchange have privileges that don't have any effect? and Meta Meta Privilege were both marked as duplicates. However, one of them has a different "marked as ...
61
votes
4answers
893 views

2016: a year in closing

A moderator asked me for data on the percentage of questions closed across all sites. This doesn't strike me as information that needs to be restricted to moderators, so for your idle enjoyment I ...
4
votes
1answer
52 views

Close voter shown, but not linked?

Flag for "not an answer" declined seems broken. The user Michael Gaskill voted to close it, and is listed as a close voter, but it doesn't link to their profile like it should. I know that ...
13
votes
1answer
175 views

Tooltip banner blinking for question closed by the user with the golden badge in small screens

Tooltip banner has blinking when mouse cover the golden badge for closed questions. For example, here: Windows 7, FF 50.0. (To reproduce, use a small screen or resize the window)
1
vote
1answer
47 views

Duplicate questions without answers [duplicate]

Yesterday i was trying to answer 2 questions on SO, but when i finished typing the questions was closed because they were duplicate. One of the question was answered by a really not that good of an ...
2
votes
0answers
24 views

Noticed a strange UI mix-up in deleted question [duplicate]

I went to see this question: can u guys help me with a java project? I was surprised to see that the UI is mixed up. Generally the closed should come first and the deleted would be in the next. In ...
5
votes
1answer
79 views

Why is the delete notice is above, instead of below the close notice?

On this question the delete notice is above, instead of below the close notice. Why is this happening? I understand this was made on purpose, but would like to know the reasoning.
1
vote
0answers
27 views

Answer posted after question was put on hold? [duplicate]

This question on politics.SE was put on hold as "Primarily opinion-based" by user-voting on 2016-11-13 12:02:08. Yet, an answer was posted 55 minutes later on 2016-11-13 12:57:34. How is that ...
10
votes
0answers
51 views

Questions that are migrated to a site and then closed as unclear, too broad, or primarily opinion-based should not be locked

When a question is posted on one site and then migrated to another, if it ends up closed for any reason, it ends up locked on the new site. That is, it can't be voted on or edited. A diamond moderator ...
2
votes
1answer
99 views

Five close-voters. One is moderator. So, he wasn't at the time?

There is a question that was closed by five people. The first to cast a close-vote is a diamond moderator. My understanding is that if he had been a diamond moderator at the time of casting that ...
2
votes
1answer
38 views

Should I vote on old questions that were closed a long time ago?

I browse the site looking at the Related Questions list and I often come across old, upvoted (and to me, useful) questions which were closed, perhaps because they were apparently abandoned by the ...
6
votes
2answers
136 views

What happens to questions closed as blatantly off-topic?

The following close reason appears on every single Stack Exchange site when you're voting/flagging to close a question as off-topic: Blatantly off-topic (this question has nothing to do with [...
5
votes
1answer
419 views

What is the difference between “marked as duplicate” and “closed as duplicate”?

Sometimes questions are just "marked" and sometimes they are "closed" as duplicates. Up until recently I thought it was "marked" when the question it's a duplicate of doesn't have an answer. But then ...
19
votes
0answers
159 views

Why is the close reason for this question from another stack?

This question was recently closed on Arts&Crafts.SE https://crafts.stackexchange.com/questions/2066/freelance-artist-needs-to-earn-extra-cash In case something changes this is the close text: ...
3
votes
1answer
84 views

What is the procedure to reopen a question that was closed years ago?

I asked this question 2 years ago and it was voted to close Today I have modified it and clicked on the reopen option. Now it says, You voted to reopen. 4 votes from other users are needed to ...