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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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Send authors an inbox message if their question is put on hold

I think it would really help if you get notified that a question of yours was closed. Especially for the multi-site power user, usually (at least for me) a question is asked and then left alone for ...
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Moderator actions should appear in my “inbox” [duplicate]

Steps to reproduce: Post a flawed question that will attract the attention of a moderator. Moderator puts question on hold. Observed: There is no indication my question was put on hold without my ...
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What's the difference between closed and not closed questions on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “closed” question? How do they work? What's the difference between closed and not closed questions on Stack Overflow (except tagged as closed of ...
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Can we switch a closed question's “flag” link and relabel it as “appeal” instead?

I'd like to suggest StackExchange sites relabel the "flag" link and call it "appeal" once a question is closed. NOTE: This is not meant to change the functionality behind the link. What the "flag" ...
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Computer Science and Programming [closed]

I'm a PhD student with 7 years of experience in programming. I have worked on large systems in different platforms. When I ask a question related to Computer Science, there were times that the ...
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What should I do about unjustly closed questions? [closed]

When I browse through Stack Overflow, I sometimes see closed questions which shouldn't be closed in my opinion. For example, this question is closed. I flagged it as "in need of moderator intervention"...
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Accepted answers should not categorically block auto-deletion of closed questions

tl;dr Allow Roomba to auto-delete a closed question regardless of an accepted answer when the other criteria for auto-deletion are met Roomba should count an answer acceptance as a single upvote to ...
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How do you challenge the closing of one of your questions? [duplicate]

As a newcomer to StackOverflow, I recently asked my first question. I wanted to start with a fairly safe general question, to get the feel for how the site worked. My question was intended to be ...
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(Add an option to) include closed questions in SE Filtered Questions

Stack Exchange's Filtered Questions is a tool where users can see a list of 100 questions based on certain rules from multiple sites on the same page. However, closed questions are currently excluded ...
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Why it is not possible to answer a closed question? [duplicate]

What are the reasons why closed questions cannot be answered? (Particularly: closed as not a real question.)
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Tell answer-author when the question is being voted to close

When I am in the editor writing an answer to a question, the system will notify me (in real time!) when another answer has been posted. This is presumably so I can see if the new answer may have ...
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How do you reopen a closed question?

To reopen a closed question, five (5) people with at least 3000 reputation must agree that the question is suitable for the site and cast votes to reopen the question. But: How does one actually ...
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Reopen “minimal understanding” questions?

What should we do with questions which were closed for "minimal understanding" reason? Most of them are just questions which show lack of effort (and/or understanding) and are perfectly answerable. ...
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Is it OK to just downvote & flag help vampires?

This is no longer my point of view; so I changed title, removed comments and accepted Jeff's answer. The comments on this answer made it clear to me and changed my mind... May this question serve as ...
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How to use Data Explorer to find the most prolific closers on a site?

Goal: Make the list of Top 50 users who closed most questions on a site. This means the questions that actually got closed, not pending close votes/flags. Deleted questions are excluded from ...
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Discouraging repwhoring - Reverse rep from answers posted shortly before the question gets closed

TL;DR I'm proposing the following: When someone posts an answer and the corresponding question is closed within a certain amount of time after that, then, for certain close reasons, all rep gained ...
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2018: a year in closing

Continuing my sometimes-annual practice of posting these numbers, here is the information on how many questions were closed on various sites around the network in 2018: Site ...
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What about the possibility of answering and closing a question just afterward?

I have just seen someone who answered a question, closed it just afterward and got +10/+15 of rep (at the moment). What is the problem? No problem with the fact of being in the position of judge ...
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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 ...
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How is closing a question helpful to the community? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Why would I flag a question that most people certainly liked and upvoted?

I may be wrong I am just asking for some clarification. As a part of Stack Overflow learning experience I have a question about a recent (highly liked) question asked on Stack Overflow. I think it's ...
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Should closed questions that are negatively voted be automatically deleted?

When I google a programming question and the search results bring a Stack Overflow link, I always click that link. That’s because I know that (1) it is very likely that there will be good answers to ...
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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 ...
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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 the questions put on hold be marked on questions list with a color? [duplicate]

When browsing on questions that I would like to answer or flag, I now ended up to a question that was put on hold. I had to open the question to realize it was not an eligible one and it was already ...
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“best c++ preprocessor macro” question closure [closed]

I created a question on Stack Overflow about the best C++ pre-processor Macros to go with the other pre-existing question about the worst ones. I made the mistake of including some nifty examples in ...
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What is a “closed”, “on hold”, or “duplicate” question?

Questions can be put on hold, closed, or marked as duplicate. What does it mean for a question to be closed or “on hold”? What does it mean for a question to be "marked as duplicate"? Who can put a ...
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Off-topic questions should be deleted rather than closed

If a question is closed due to being off-topic then it should be deleted, because it doesn't belong there. Why is it kept there in closed state when it has been established already that it's in the ...
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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....
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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 ...
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deleting own question, when it's closed [closed]

As far as I know, OP should be able to delete his own question when it has no (upvoted) answers. However, if that question is closed, OP is prevented from deleting his own question to allow possible ...
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Can anybody remove a question that has several answers?

My question got closed and I asked about deleting it via a flag. Only result was that my flag was considered helpful. My question had several answers and one of them was accepted, there were also ...
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Why can't you delete your own recently closed posts? [duplicate]

I posted a question on Super User that was closed as off-topic and decided rather than leave it there potentially causing any flame wars, it would be best to simply delete it. Much to my surprise, I ...
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Don't show “delete” link until question is eligible for deletion

Right now, as soon a question is closed the delete link shows up, even though it won't be eligible for deletion for 2 days yet. This link should be hidden until the 2 day wait is over.
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Could we allow users to challenge moderators' decisions? [duplicate]

Currently, if a question gets put 'on hold' or is 'closed', the user is asked to edit the question so that it conforms to the website's guidelines. The problem with this system is that it assumes ...
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Phantom delete votes?

From time to time, I go to the report of pending deleted. I find a question that claims to have a delete vote. When I go to the question, it has none -- and in fact is hours to days away from being ...
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Why do I have to wait before nominating a question for deletion?

For one thing, the whole deletion thing for questions and answers needs to be totally revamped, since it's beyond broken, but one thing at a time, IMO. I should be able to mark any closed question as ...
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I want an explanation of why people voted to close my legitimate financial question [closed]

This question is a legitimate financial question and concern for people advising financially like me. I want an explanation of why people are voting to close this, outside of two personal vendettas ...
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Why was is this question marked as off topic? [closed]

This question was put on hold for being off topic, but all it is asking is how to do something. There are a lot of questions, especially by beginners, that ask simpler questions than that and are not ...
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Do closed questions ever get deleted? [duplicate]

Do closed questions ever get deleted and, if so, is reputation recalculated (subtracted) for that question and all its answers? What happens here in meta, given that feature request "questions" are ...
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I've read how to ask the perfect question, but still my question gets closed? [closed]

A question I asked recently was downvoted and closed. Could you please point out any problems it suffers from? Here is a link to the question: How to use header to post row from database
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How come some subjective questions are allowed and not only that, rampantly upvoted?

I once posted a question on Stack Overflow asking if learning Haskell would help me learn node.js. The question was downvoted into double digits and shut down in 5 minutes flat. Imagine my confusion ...
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My question on Stack Overflow was closed even though it is OK per FAQ

As a programmer I am looking for input from other programmers. The question meets every requirement in the Stack Overflow FAQ and yet it was immediately closed anyway. I would like someone to please ...
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Why is my question “opinion-based”? [closed]

First timer in Stack Exchange, and I started with a deleted question. Here it is: I'm a newbie here. I'm pretty sure my question's already been asked, I tried to search for it but I could not find ...
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How can I ask a question if I don't understand the problem enough to be specific? [closed]

I asked this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7324321/mathematics-instead-of-if-statements and it was closed as "Not a real question". Thanks a lot! I can't be more specific in that ...
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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 ...
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How was this answer posted after this question was closed?

Question: lot of .exe folders are created on my windows7 Answer: try that... The question was closed at 11:57:57 (according to the hover-over-"x-mins-ago" bar) and the answer was posted at 12:16:35. ...
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10K tool request: newly available for deletion

Using the 10K tools, I can see newly closed questions, newly deleted questions, and questions with delete votes. What would be useful, though, is questions that have only recently become eligible for ...
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Why are questions closed immediately? [duplicate]

Over the last few days I have been observing a feature of Stack Overflow, namely “CLOSE”, through which a question can be closed to answers. In my observation I have found that there are many ...
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Closing topics on Stack Overflow without reason [closed]

A question of mine was recently closed on Stack Overflow. My closed question was not off-topic, it wasn't a poll or a discussion. I put in things I researched upon, it wasn't vague. It asked for ...