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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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Has the change from 'closed' to 'on hold' actually helped encourage users to edit their held questions?

One of the (many) motivations for changing the question closing system was that the 'closed' terminology implied permanency, thus likely discouraging users from editing their posts after closure. Is ...
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Place a question in temporary 'limbo'

Ok, there's always a lot of talk about closing or not closing questions that show no research effort, but are otherwise good questions (or is it just me talking to myself again?). Skip to after the ...
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Appealing to reopen a question: programmatically convert lat/long to timezone

The following question has been closed by George Stocker: Timezone lookup from latitude longitude ...on the grounds that it's off topic, but I don't see how it's off topic. It's a question about ...
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Too quick with the Close button for “Unclear what you're asking” [duplicate]

All too often I see questions getting closed by direct moderator action for "Unclear what you're asking", when it's obvious that English is not the asker's native language. In many of those cases, ...
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Dupe titles are escaped in app

First off, kudos on implementing closed questions in the app. A lot to cover I'm sure. The banner reads: This post already has an answer here: How does "Reputation" work? On ...
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Should I reword this question to try get it reopened?

This question was put on hold because it wasn't clear what they were asking. I had an idea what they wanted so I asked if my assumption was correct (I asked it before it was put on hold). They have ...
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Invalid reasons given for putting my post about modifying an XAML document on hold

I received the following reply to a post: "put on hold as too broad by Robert Harvey♦ 11 mins ago "There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format....
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Misleading closed reason

Just not an everyday situation I have experienced today; I have seen this question earlier today with 3 custom close votes. It pretty much said something "this question is off-topic as it should be ...
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How do I deal with a bad close? [duplicate]

Mods do not always exercise perfect judgement, how is a user supposed to deal with a bad close?
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Find questions where I had the final Close vote

I'm doing my part to burn down the Close Vote queue. Is there a way to find all of the (non-deleted) questions where my Vote to Close was the final vote?
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the concept of too broad, primarily opinion violation [duplicate]

tl; dr: I was offended by 2 questions that got closed and reopened multiple times here and here. Both of these questions got lots of downvotes, then got closed, then reopened, then upvoted, and so on....
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Limiting downvotes to those with an accompanying comment [duplicate]

Don't you think a downvote without a comment, even a 2 word comment, is just unnatural, non constructive and against Stack Overflow regulations itself? I mean if someone wants to downvote, sure thing ...
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Close votes big raise [duplicate]

Usually (at least since I can see them) SO had about 10k close votes After the new moderators election (2014) close votes count dropped a lot: about 2/3k I was quite impressed and I accounted it on ...
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Why was my question closed and down voted, but not this one [duplicate]

Recently, I overreacted over a question ban thanks to this question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21531621/ada-vs-pascal-for-general-and-systems-programming (Question Deleted), but I was ...
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Appeal to reopen a closed question about Nanigans API

I'm about to appeal to reopen a question This question is: a specific programming problem practical, answerable problems that are unique to the programming profession I see the question as pretty ...
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How to proceed with SEO questions on Stack Overflow?

I was looking for some good questions about SEO and URL structure, because it is an essential part of web programming, especially when you are thinking about URL manipulation with PHP. But the best ...
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Is it OK for users to reopen questions against policy?

So, we are having this discussion on Physics Meta, which has been had in different forms in the past. Two points keep coming up: If a policy objectively says that a post is closeable (not closeable),...
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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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Reputation based on lifetime of the question?

So, this comes from looking at Why reward an answer to a low quality question?. Basically, I don't like legalism, so rather than ask questions about specific cases, I'm trying to acquire a general ...
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How is the close queue being emptied so quickly [duplicate]

Recently (perhaps even yesterday) the close queue was something like 130K. This morning it's dramatically smaller—just over 28K at the moment, and still falling fast. How have 100K items been ...
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How can a user view a list of “on hold” or closed questions? [duplicate]

How can a user view a list of "on hold" or closed questions? Does this action require some kind of privilege or special trick?
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Why bother closing questions? [duplicate]

This is sort of an SO zeitgeist question. I thought I might dig into the python backlog (there are 800 pages of questions) to clear out of some of the fluff - there are a lot of questions that are ...
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What to do when the OP posted the answer in a question edit but the question is closed?

I know that this question was asked before, but this is a different situation. In this question the OP asked something, then the question got closed. After this, he edited his question with the answer....
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I just posted on a closed question on the iOS app [duplicate]

I just posted on a closed question Is it OK to copy answers to the same question? How? Side point: I do not see any indication that the post is closed on the app
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Why was this Question Regarding GCC and Clang on Linux Deleted? [closed]

This question was a genuine inquiry for me when I was studying programming in C and considering switching to Clang which appeared to me more user friendly and more newbie friendly than GCC. I did in ...
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Community flags question that's migrated without comments

If I migrate a question without comments, community flags it the same as if it is closed without a comment. Under normal circumstances, it's helpful to let a user know why the question was closed, but ...
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Is it acceptable to place unformatted blocks of code in comments as answers?

On this question, it was put on hold for being too broad. Soon after that, three people posted their answers as unformatted code in a comment: I thought that this defeated the purpose of placing a ...
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Change the “closed as duplicate” wording on meta [duplicate]

When a question on meta has been asked before, it is closed as a duplicate. This is true even if the original: does not have an answer at all; or, does not have an answer that fully addresses the ...
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Highly-viewed question closed as not constructive after 2 years [duplicate]

I asked this question, https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3752988/gcc-vs-ms-c-compiler (10k-only link), Sep 10th, 2010. It was closed Oct 23rd, 2012. How can it be closed two years after the fact? Is ...
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Review close votes - filter questions by number of close votes

A nice feature to bring down the Close votes review queue could be the ability to filter questions by the number of close votes they already received. This way I could filter questions with 4 close ...
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Do not allow me protect closed questions

Since I've a database systems examination in less than 3 hours (from now), I have been browsing Stack Exchange network for questions with normalisation and related tags. Most of the questions are now ...
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Why is this question about testing pdf generation “too broad ”

Any recommendations for how to test generated PDF's? has been considered as too broad and i don't understand why. testing generated binaries is really common problem. probably regardless of used ...
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Why in the World has a Question on Algorithmic Trading Not Been Deleted Yet? [closed]

I just came across "What technical skills needed for algorithmic trading, HFT, etc?" and immediately voted to delete. But that begs the question - why is this question from 2009 still here? Can we ...
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Cannot see that a question is closed on the iOS app

On the iOS app there no indication that a question is closed until you try to answer it and get an error App version 0.1.17
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Should questions be marked as duplicates when the duplicate content is buried in an edit?

I wrote a feature-request regarding adding in a badge icon for the top bar achievements popout. However, as I finished it up, I realized it was a duplicate. Specifically, it was a duplicate of this ...
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As future moderators of this website how are you going to eliminate bad impressions? [closed]

I was once surfing the net when I encountered this: Link here Simply put, how can you, future moderators ensure that all questions are treated fairly and will leave questioners satisfied with SO's Q ...
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I can't see the close votes on my own question

I want to reopen this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20774887/how-to-validate-a-mathematical-expression. But no matter how hard I try, it is never reopened. The close reason is the old:...
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Constructive questions closed as not constructive [duplicate]

I am a casual user of stack overflow and frequently end up here from Google searches. Recently it seems that most of the questions I stumble upon have been 'closed as not constructive' by moderators ...
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Questionable edits to this question

I recently came across edit history for a recent question. The most recent 2 edits are a little odd, and I think they should both be rolled back. In both cases, the editor (not the OP) changed the ...
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Why is this question about the usefulness of nulls “primarily opinion-based”?

When is null useful? has been closed as primarily opinion-based, and I can't understand why. Look at the first answer: For example, if you have a model where you aim to produce little or no garbage,...
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What's the point in closing questions if they are not deleted?

I see a lot of questions that are closed due to often not being constructive/ too localized etc. But what does this achieve? A lot of these questions become really popular and are not deleted or ...
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Is there a way to recover how people voted to close a question post-close?

When the question has close votes (<5), and you click on "Close" link, in the dialog for closing it shows you how many people voted for each of separate options (e.g. 1 voted as Duplicate, 3 voted ...
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Reason of enabling voting after the question gets closed [duplicate]

Question scores show how a question is good or suitable to a specific site, or it is not suitable or has poor quality. But there is something I wonder. After a question got closed, it still can ...
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How was this question closed?

I was looking at some of the review votes I has cast. (I like to see how well my votes agree with other SO reviewers.) What I didn't understand was how this question was closed. I voted to keep it ...
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Given how well the reopen queue works, should it be easier to close questions

The reopen queue seems to be working very well. Lots of effort has been made in the past to stop questions being closed in error. If the person that asked a question had a “right of appeal” against ...
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Should we close bug reports that are tagged [status-completed]?

I came across this bug report that was closed after it has been tagged status-completed. It looks like a perfectly fine bug report to me, but somehow it was closed as off-topic. Take a look at the ...
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Very old question in the Close Votes review queue [duplicate]

I came upon this close votes review just now: https://stackoverflow.com/review/close/3936937 But as it turns out, this question was closed, and deleted, two weeks ago. Then why would it show up in ...
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Is it appropriate to flag comment as unconstructive when its part of a close reason?

While working through some Close Votes, I've noticed that some "possible duplicate of" comments are not relevant. For example, in https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21311212/how-much-safe-is-knockout-...
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Questions with SEO context (instead of SEO advice) are on-topic, right? What about these? [closed]

It’s my understanding that questions asking for SEO advice are off-topic on Stack Overflow, while questions with a SEO context should be on-topic. It’s "How should I … for SEO" (= SEO advice) versus "...
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Should I post my try if it is useless?

I have this question, when I asked it it was closed by the reason of : Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, ...