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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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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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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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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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Why are “shopping list” questions bad?

My question was closed for being a "shopping list question", even though it was very much related to the topic of the site. Why?
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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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why are the best questions the ones which have been closed? [duplicate]

I frequently come across a really useful answer on StackOverflow which has been closed because it doesn't match the Q&A format. Examples include JPA Implementations - Which one is the best to ...
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Lots of questions in the reopen queue

I've noticed in the last couple of days that there have been a few occasions when there's been a sudden surge of questions in the SO "Reopen" review queue. Normally there's either no questions at all ...
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What questions should be closed with reason “too localized”? [duplicate]

What is the definition of "too localized" for closing a question? I see several suggestions, but nothing definitive or specific.
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I propose changing the term “closed” out for… something else [duplicate]

The problem One of the recurring questions on Meta is "why was this question closed?" In nearly every case, the question is posed by a newcomer to Stack Exchange who doesn't understand what closing ...
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Why does the question's closed status disappear when clicking to load a new edit?

I've come across a small issue which occurs when a question has been closed but the question itself or one of its answers are being edited. Steps to reproduce: Visit a closed question. (even closed ...
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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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Help us make “Off-Topic” close reasons clearer to the OP

Goals for "Off-Topic" We'll be asking for your help on a number of closing issues, but this post is focused on how we can improve "Off-Topic" closures. Don't worry, we plan to keep on closing, but ...
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Preventing users from downvoting good answers to bad questions

I posted an answer to a question that was voted closed as too localized, which it very much could have been. However, I did get 2 upvotes for that answer. As I browsed SO, I noticed that my rep went ...
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Notify close voters when a closed question gets edited

As mentioned in this discussion, a question closed because it was not well-phrased is currently very unlikely to be reopened after an edit clarifying the issues. Those who voted to close should at ...
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What should we do with old, very popular closed questions?

Motivated by the deletion of https://stackoverflow.com/questions/78756/what-do-you-use-to-keep-notes-as-a-developer-closed Email Validation - Regular Expression On one hand, I disagree with these ...
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Why was this question closed as off-topic without being migrated?

The question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6006916/unable-to-install-imagemagick-unmet-dependencies was closed as "Off topic" without being migrated. As the closer in question was Jeff Atwood, ...
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Allow question askers to close their own questions unilaterally

I have found a number of reasons to close a question of my own: I've found out it's a dupe it belongs on an SE site that didn't exist when the question was asked it is wrong; that is, based on ...
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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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Why allow closed questions to be voted on?

In seeing some of the potential solutions and problems related to this answer and question I noticed something. Why are closed questions allowed to obtain more reputation for a user? So my ...
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Answers posted to a migrated question post-migration remain visible and unlocked on the original site

Edge case, low priority, but odd enough that it caught my eye so I'm documenting it while it's fresh in my mind. Most of this I have not been able to test or reproduce, so I'll just post some examples ...
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Flag declined, but question closed for the same reason [duplicate]

Yesterday I had flagged mysql-select-query, question as "Not a Real Question", and my flag was declined. But when I checked the question today, it had been closed as "Not a Real Question". I don't ...
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Should users be allowed to remove the “Possible Duplicate” links on closed questions?

I've noticed the following happen a few times: A user posts a question. The question is closed as a duplicate and the usual "Possible Duplicate" links are added at the top. The user promptly removes ...
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Can we make the title of duplicate questions say “duplicate”?

I love that posts closed as Off Topic and migrated to another site now say [migrated]. Can we do this for a [duplicate] as well? The distinction between a question closed as duplicate and one that ...
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Suggestions for editing old “Not constructive” question into constructiveness so that it can be preserved

What should my Objective-C singleton look like? was closed as "Not constructive" a little while ago by CasperOne. I'm not here to argue about the closure; in fact, I'm forced to agree that, as it ...
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How should “do my homework” questions be closed? (Missing “demonstrate minimal understanding”) [closed]

Just recently, this question was posted. Here's the body of the question: Write a function called highlight() that prompts the user for a string. Your code should ensure that the string is all ...
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Should flawed questions be closed immediately? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How soon should I “vote to close”? Given a question that is not clear at first, which satisfies the criterion for being "not a real question": "It's difficult ...
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Give a badge to users who improve closed questions

We should give a badge to editors who improve closed questions so much that they get reopened. David Fullerton suggested this badge as part of this answer, which explains the motivation. I just ...
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There are no stupid questions - or are there?

I just saw a first post from a user asking about a C# stack trace. It was a valid programming question for someone with little experience, yet it was marked down twice. I've always believed that ...
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Please add the ability to filter [Closed] questions out of my results

I understand the desire to keep a closed question around for Google or SO Search purposes, or when a question is a dupe, or has been moved to "(sister site)" and therefore I don't want the to be ...
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Add “Questions edited after closing” review task

As implied by user bemace here, what if the new /review included a "Questions edited after closing" list? This would make it much more likely that improved questions would be reopened, making SO a ...
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Closed-then-merged question missing “merged to” footer

A recent change introduced keeping merged questions around as stubs. I performed a couple of merges yesterday, and things appeared to be fine. Today I ran across an old question migrated from Server ...
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What is the reason for locking a question migrated from another site that is then closed?

When a question is migrated to another site, and it is then closed on the receiving site, it gets locked. This means the question is not editable, nor is it possible to vote to delete it. That is what ...
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Suggest alternate forum/exchange when “off-topic”?

Should it be a requirement that questions which get closed as "off-topic" be referred to another place? It's extremely frustrating to be told to simply "shut up" without being told what a better ...
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What reason would appear on closed question with 2 - 2 - 1 votes?

What would happen/How would close votes appear in case of 1 too localised vote 2 not a real question votes 2 not constructive votes How would message about closing look like?
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Don't auto dismiss custom flags on close

I understand auto-dismissing off-topic flags as helpful on close, since those become obsolete. But for custom flags that's rather annoying, since those are often used for an issue that goes beyond ...
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26,000 questions have close votes, now what? [duplicate]

In Close Votes expire too soon for low-traffic tags Jeff exclaimed: Brock, this is GENIUS! I am hereby using my super-upvote on this feature-request: Close votes (and probably reopen votes) ...
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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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Is it time to be rid of automatic down votes on certain closed questions?

Right now, certain close reasons carry automatic downvotes. The original reason for this was largely to enforce specific quality bans in part because people were not down voting questions. Now that ...
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Why aren't the rules for minimum research effort being enforced consistently?

Recently, a guideline to demonstrate a "minimal understanding of the problem being solved" was made mandatory on Stack Overflow: "Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem ...
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Can a closed question be given special tags?

I think that S[O|F|U] should have moderator-only tags that get applied when a question is closed to help filter them out. These tags should be in addition to any tags (even if there are already 5) ...
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Require a comment regarding the close reason [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a user have to add a comment when they vote to close I'm very surprised that this has not been asked in this manner before. (Did I miss it? Search didn't display what I ...
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Make the FAQ clear on how a question can be reopened

What the FAQ says ... Okay, so let's imagine I'm completely new to the site, and I have a question closed. However, I think my question is perfectly valid, or I'm totally confused about why that even ...
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What is considered a “real question”?

Note: This close reason is old and only applies to old questions that were closed prior to the closing overhaul. This has been replaced by the reasons "unclear what you're asking" for unclear ...
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Wording of “possible/exact duplicates” when closing the question

When marking question for "duplicate", the reason in dialog window is "exact duplicate", yet when the process is completed there's a comment added that says "possible duplicate". Maybe those two ...
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How to appeal a closed question? [duplicate]

I have a question on Super User that was closed as an exact duplicate. In my opinion this is in error, the other question is similar in that they both revolve around the presence or lack of the same ...
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How long should I wait before deleting a closed question?

Consider a run-of-the-mill closed question. Not an egregious case like spam or nonsense or a repost, and not a duplicate that should remain on the site. The question should eventually be deleted, ...
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Too many questions being closed [closed]

I would argue that waay too many questions are being closed inappropriately. Let's take some examples: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3227450/full-ftatement-with-details-closed https://...
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The Closing Problem: This needs to be reconsidered [duplicate]

TLDR version: Too many people can vote to close. People are overzealous when it comes to voting to close. Questions that get closed will very likely remain so because they attract little attention. ...
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Ideas for the close queue? [closed]

I am concerned on the growing close votes review queue size. I know it has been discussed before.. more than once, and I simply want to propose some ideas... Why not separate the single close votes ...