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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 [...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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What is going on with this deleted answer?

I'm a bit confused by this Q&A pair: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/253062/dimensional-analysis-problem (10k on Physics, or dev team.) The question looks like this: Of note: The ...
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iOS mobile app does not make sufficient closure checks [duplicate]

If the question is open on the iOS app and it is closed you can post an answer to it for a long time (over 30 minutes) after.
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Topics not getting a chance to reach users who could answer

I think it is very frustrating and hurts the sites "usefulness" that people are so prompt at closing topics they don't really understand. It would be nice solutions were found avoid theses cases: ...
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Will a question get closed if an answer is not chosen as the accepted answer?

On Stack Exchange or Stack Overflow, if an answer from the answers given to the question is not selected as the accepted answer, will the question get closed?
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How frequently does the 'Multiple Closed Question' flag get raised per person?

If a user posts several questions that get closed off it will trigger a 'Multiple closed question' flag that then gets reviewed by moderators. If the moderator chooses to let it slide and accept the ...
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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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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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What question has the most cycles of Close/Reopen?

Just out of curiosity, which question has been closed and reopened the most times? What caused the closing and reopening war in the first place?
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Why shouldn't we talk about sensitive topics? [closed]

In my expierence, the bad-rated questions I've posted are only those, what consider for someone maybe touchy topics. Here are some examples: https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/42201/what-...
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Is it acceptable to edit unsalvageable closed questions during tag cleanups?

At Super User, there is a huge ongoing campaign to destroy numerous bad tags. Boatloads of the questions with those tags are closed and not repairable. Sadly, they mostly have (mediocre) answers, and ...
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How do I search questions that are closed as off-topic?

According to "Advanced Search Tips", I can search questions that are closed with closed:yes. But I want to search questions that are closed as off-topic. (not primarily opinion based, too broad or ...
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Include question closure in heartbeat

The heartbeat now includes post deletion (it updates live when a post is deleted), which was added recently (I still cannot find a reference for the new addition). Can we please also have the closure ...
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what happens to a question that is voted to be closed [closed]

I was in the health S.E. There was a question the title was breathing vs energy. I think that it was closed. Now I don't even see it do they erease the question or put somewhere else? I personally may ...
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Incorrect user is shown at closed question [duplicate]

There was a duplicate question asked earlier today, so I thought of closing the question, but in the close popup already two other users voted to close as unclear. Still I went ahead and closed it as ...
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Getting out of a question ban [duplicate]

I have, unfortunately, been put in a question ban. The good part, is that I know exactly why, and that this ban has pretty much forced me to read through many wiki posts, rules, FAQ's, and Jon Skeet's ...
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Should Leave Open votes get converted to reopen votes upon question closure?

I think doing this would be good because the people who have reviewed it and voted to leave it open obviously think that it should stay open. So if at a later time the question gets 5 close votes and ...
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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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Making On-Hold/Closed and How to ask information more clear?

I'm a relatively new user. I'm a reasonable person, I read needed info, I listen to commenters and tips and try to learn when possible. One thing that bothered me in my very short "stay" here is the ...
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Prevent questions put on hold in the first 24-48 hours [duplicate]

I'm new here but so far I've seen many times (inc myself) how questions are put on hold way too quick! Without offending those who put them on hold, I think people are doing it too quickly and ...
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Does closing a question as a duplicate of a locked one makes sense?

This question has been closed by a moderator as a duplicate of this one. Is this really reasonable? Now even if I wanted to move my answer to the original question, I can't because it's locked. No ...
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What to do when I want to improve a locked post?

The locked and closed question Hidden features of Python has an answer that contains an anti-pattern, a backslash to continue a line. I tried to edit and to comment, which both did not work, as this ...
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Vote question closure up or down [duplicate]

I would like the Stack Exchange sites to provide a way for members to respectfully agree or disagree with the closing of a question, particularly if it is marked as "off topic" or "duplicate". Over ...
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Given interest in a question, how can you prevent its deletion due to one unexplained downvote?

Many of my questions have been downvoted only once, with no comments or explanations tendered by the downvoter, and then automatically closed and deleted. It is inefficient and onerous afterwards to ...
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How to open a closed question? [closed]

I asked a question on "How to help a postgraduate student to write a book" on Academia Stack Exchange on July 1. Unfortunately, a moderator of that site had closed it the same day. How can I reopen ...
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Is downvoting a question that has been closed by the moderators allowed? [duplicate]

One of my questions on stats.stackexchange had been closed. Two users have downvoted it and the score has been reduced by 4. I would like to see the rule. If it is there.
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We should have a question status similar to locking that non mods can set on posts

If this is tl;dr skip to the bottom heading. In the SO Close Vote Reviewers chatroom, there was recently a discussion with @Shog9, @JonClements and a few others about this Stack Overflow question: ...
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How does adding two comments to a question affect deletion?

[Source:] And the OP can prevent a question from being deleted by making two comments to the question. The comment above was upvoted 39 times, but to which questions does it apply? I can see that ...
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Display “Your question could use some improvements” hint banner for all close reasons

When a question is voted to be closed as a duplicate, the user gets a lovely banner that tells them their question might have been asked before, and even asks them whether they want to accept the ...
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How often questions get answered after they got closed?

As most of us know, there is a grace period for users who started to write an answer and the question got closed. This grace period is set to several hours server-side. In the web interface though ...
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Close banner jumps around comments after refresh

Before refresh, when page was left open the question closed: After refresh: Why does this swap from above comments to below? Could it be more consistent?
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Should I downvote a low quality question if it's already been closed? [duplicate]

In general, if a bad question has already been closed (not necessarily for being a duplicate, but, e.g., for being off-topic), and it already has a negative vote score, is it meaningful to further add ...
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Meaning of comments - After adding detail to a question when receiving a warning as “closed as too broad”

A question edited perfectly after receiving the warning "closed as too broad". So some of the sentences removed and more of the sentences added to make it perfect. So now, what about the comments ...
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What's the plural of “animuson”? [duplicate]

If the plural of "moose" is "moosen," what's the plural of "animuson"? Skimming MSE questions on the Android app tonight revealed one question that was closed by animuson...twice:
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How did this user post an answer *after* the question was put on hold? [duplicate]

This question was put on hold at 16:31. However, this answer was then post afterwards 3 minutes later at 16:34. How did the user do this? I thought answers were not allowed to be accepted after a ...
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Close banners don't get anonymized (to “user1234”) when a user removes their account [duplicate]

Observe the following (bad) question on Japanese.SE: What does "jukai" mean? The question reports the following in the close banner: closed as not constructive by sawa, Axioplase, Flaw, ...
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Request to move hold, close, and lock notices to the top of posts

TL;DR I am requesting that historical lock, closed, and on hold notices be moved to the top of questions, just below the title. Background There are a lot of locked questions on Stack Overflow, and ...
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Prevent posting answers to question recently closed or put on hold

This question is a follow up of How was this answer posted after this question was closed?, which explains how it is possible that an answer is posted hours after it was closed or put on hold. The ...
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How do votes on closed questions affect a question ban?

Writing a question that is later closed is not a good thing. Enough of these will lead to a question ban. Two things that mitigate against a question ban, are upvoted answers, and upvoted other ...
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How to get only closed / not closed questions from the API?

My question is quite simple: I want to get only questions which are closed from /questions of the API. I've played around a bit with the filters, and I've come up with something which gives me some ...
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How to request the reopening of a question unilaterally closed by a moderator? [closed]

Sorry if this duplicates. I refer to this (which was automatically deleted). On Apr 17 at 8:41, a moderator closed it unilaterally 'as unclear what you're asking'. On Apr 17 at 14:30, I then ...
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Why does community user vote to close a question? [duplicate]

This question was closed by community moderator. But according to this that only happens when the user was deleted before the question was closed, which is not the case. Because he must have gold ...
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The tour page should talk about questions being placed “on hold” rather than being “closed”

The tour page on all non-meta sites (e.g. Stack Overflow) currently contains the following blurb in its "do-not-ask" section: Questions that need improvement may be closed until someone fixes them....
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The difference between “Closed” and “On Hold” [duplicate]

I keep on seeing questions either "put on hold" or "closed" by the same thing, like for instance here a question has been "put on hold" for being off-topic: And here is a question which has been "...