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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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Should this question about git/github have been closed? [closed]

This question about importing a Mercurial Bitbucket repo into Github was closed as off-topic. I'm not sure how this substantively differs from this Meta question on Git. It seems pretty firmly in ...
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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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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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declined reopening the suitable question: what should I do

There is this question that I have looked a few times (I've got a bad memory :-). It is marked as duplicate, but as many others (see comments) I thought this question is actually the most suitable of ...
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Where to ask a Meteor question on Stack Overflow?

The Meteor doc links to Stack Overflow. I am surprised 4 out of the 5 top voted Meteor questions are closed. As a Meteor newbie, those questions are exactly what I am going to ask. Where should I ask ...
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Vote for Exception for Not Closing [duplicate]

Yes, we all know that there are many questions asked that met the requirements for closing the question as stated here: https://stackoverflow.com/help/closed-questions I agreed that some questions ...
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Migrating a question after it has been closed [duplicate]

On Crypto we get a number of questions that end up closed that belong on other sites. I read on here that they will be migrated under certain circumstances. If those are not met, however, and the ...
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Why does it not notify you when question is put on hold? [duplicate]

I find it impossible to track all the questions that I ever asked. If at some point my question is put on hold, why am I not notified to make changes to it unless I go that question directly on each ...
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Allow linking to duplicates on other Stack Exchange sites for popular closed questions [duplicate]

I've come across a few popular, useful questions on Stack Overflow that have been closed as off-topic, which have duplicates on other sites. For examples, Stack Overflow question Is it possible to ...
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Question put on hold by moderators. Why was that since question has not met an answer? [duplicate]

It was me who asked this question. It was a duplicate but it had not satisfied any solutions of the original question. I mentioned it over comments and even then it was put on hold. A lot after that I ...
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Edit on duplicate questions

Since there is a facility to edit the question which is marked as a duplicate is available, the user can edit the question almost entirely including the title of the question. So after the edit, the ...
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How did I answer a question after a moderator had closed it? [duplicate]

I answered a question 8 seconds after a moderator had closed it. I thought answers on closed questions were not allowed. Is this a bug, or is it something special with mod-deleted questions? This is ...
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How to seek attention to reopen a closed question?

I have a question on Stack Overflow which has been closed and despite me amending it multiple times, I couldn't get 5 votes to reopen it. From the FAQs, I've learned that one moderator's vote is ...
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“closed w/o comment” auto-flag on closed migrated posts

When a post is closed without a comment, a flag is auto-generated by the system: The issue is that the flag is still auto-generated on migrated posts that are closed w/o comment. Migrated posts ...
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Is 2 closed questions and 2 (-1) downvoted questions enough for Stack Overflow to no accept questions? [duplicate]

I only have 2 (-1) downvoted questions and 2 closed questions. Is this enough for Stack Overflow to not accept questions anymore? Because I tried to post a question and it wouldn't let me. Also, do ...
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'This question has been - no more answers will be accepted' browser bug?

I was about to post an answer, when a weird box that said 'This question has been' appeared. I think it means to say 'This question has been deleted' or 'This question has been closed'. Is this a ...
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Comments about question put on hold

Original question found here Comments: To those who have put the question on hold I do apologise, I am new to the forum and fairly new to programming. I can't see however why this question is not ...
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Why can't I add an answer to my own supposedly “non-constructive” question? [duplicate]

I asked the following question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15578937/is-there-any-way-to-use-java-without-using-classes I found several technical, perfect answers to my question after a long ...
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User can answer to a question marked as duplicate [duplicate]

I was making an answer to a question in SO on (03-Jan-2014) and while I was making my answer I got a pop up saying that this question is closed now....and so on.. And when I checked the POST YOUR ...
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Is this off-topic question really off-topic?

Dig, if you will, the picture... Here we have a question posted on SO: how to remove the batch file you just used This was closed as "Off-Topic". But, it's really not much different than every ...
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Stop the Gamers - Neutralize Rep Earned on Answers to Questions Closed Within 24 Hours

The Problem Summary It is no secret that certain tags attract very basic questions which are easily answered by even a novice. regex and php come immediately to mind. Many of these questions are ...
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Does a tool recommendation deserve reopening?

I have this question on SO closed: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20745641/is-there-a-tool-concept-for-automatic-selection-of-code-snippets Although the closing was true to the letter of the SO ...
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What is the purpose of closing a question? [duplicate]

Having been a member of Stack Overflow for a year, I have participated in reviewing close votes and flagging questions if I found any duplicates. However, I don't understand the purpose of closing a ...
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Question closed while user is carefully composing an answer

I spent a lot of time writing what I thought was a good and helpful answer to an admittedly poor question, but by the time I had finished writing it the question was closed. It was a terrible user ...
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Please specify why my question is on hold

I don't find any post talk about running of TCP port on long polling. Why my post is on hold? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20736575/how-to-scale-up-a-web-server-supporting-long-polling
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Do closed questions automatically get downvoted or not?

In April 2011, closing a question for some reasons (then off-topic and not a real question) caused the Community user to downvote the question. Officially, this feature was removed in August 2013. ...
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Why does SO tell me that the post is already closed when I vote to close?

I've seen this a couple of times in the Review Close Votes queue. I vote to close the question, but then a box pops up that tells me it's already closed, and to refresh the page. I understand that ...
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Avoiding the review queue in a hold/close question, having an answer [duplicate]

Pretty straight forward, I can answer a question which was tagged as unclear and put on hold. What should I do? The question mentioned is this one. Essentially, what the OP asks is help on an ...
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Why is my question put on hold? [closed]

I posted this question: Google Map based on ASP.NET/SQL database field "Google Map Link" I don't know the reason why this question is put on hold?
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Migrate instead of close

I've seen this question, and no, this is not a duplicate -- I don't want to ask, if we should migrate or close, because for me this is pretty obvious and sometimes I wonder, how this could not be so ...
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Display the custom close reason when closed as such

Background As per this bug report where a custom close reason is used the actual close reason is shown as: This question does not appear to be about Stack Overflow or the software that powers ...
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Request for on-hold question to be re-opened

This question was put on hold as being unclear what was being asked — I edited the question for clarity & flagged it for moderation attention (I don't have reopen vote privileges), but it's ...
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Don't encourage me to do things I can't really do (aka don't ask me to edit or comment on locked question)

When a question is closed (not as dupe) we see such message below the question: Encouraging us to edit or leave a comment is awesome in most cases but sometimes questions are also locked, e.g. ...
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Why was a 3 year old question which was voted up heavily and viewed over 9000 times blocked? [duplicate]

I posted this question in 2009 when Apple was still short with documentation about iPhone development and there were very few book or blogs related to development. I posed the question so that iPhone ...
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My question is On-Hold but Status-Completed [closed]

I just want to make sure. My question was put on hold after having a status-completed tag. Yes I know, chances are it is not really possible to reproduce but it was a known issue so I guess it is ...
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Why was this answer hated

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20521733/c-create-a-simple-gui-class-using-windows-h/20525081?noredirect=1#comment30686809_20525081 There are 2 deleted answers. I don't get why they were hated so ...
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Rate limit questioners who consecutively ask closed questions [duplicate]

Often times a user will ask a series of questions that get closed, one right after the other. They will often ask these over the course of the same day, sometimes they'll even ask all 6 of their daily ...
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Refreshing an answer to a closed question after an edit removes the close message [duplicate]

When a question with answers to it gets closed it displays the close reason with the people that voted for it. However when an answer is edited after the post is closed and you use the inline refresh ...
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Should I reword this question to get it reopened?

I've asked a question that has been answered and then closed. To me, it's a quite specific question with a good answer. I know what an AST is and I know how to build it in a few languages, but this ...
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Reinforcing a Close Vote to Prevent Re-Opening? [duplicate]

It's well known on SO that some questions are essentially impossible to delete despite being a bad fit for the format, because of their sheer age or popularity. Essentially, they will become a part of ...
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What shall we do if the original poster asks for deletion of his own question?

Problem background There is this question, which asks for deletion. I'm not sure if the OP is able to delete that question by him / herself (maybe he / she can't because it is in "on hold" state, or ...
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Which types of closed questions are unlikely to be deleted?

Because of the lack of any meaningful information on deletions, the only way for people who don't work for StackExchange to do useful statistical analysis on question closures (to answer questions ...
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Submitting an answer to a closed question

Recently, (on meta), I was able to answer this question 30 seconds after it was closed. Close time: 2013-12-05 02:37:22Z Answered at: 2013-12-05 02:37:52Z This is fine. It is not a bug, rather it ...
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Does “Questions asking for code…” only apply to questions that are asking for code?

Several months ago, a new question-closing guideline was introduced to Stack Overflow: "Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include ...
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Why has my question regarding PHP operators been put on hold? [closed]

I was wondering if someone can direct me in the right direction as to why my question was put on hold.
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How many questions are closed every day on Stack Overflow?

I really like the idea of Stack Overflow, but I was wondering if anyone knows that how many questions are being closed each day? And for which reasons, like duplicate of = ? off-topic because =? ...
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Un-delete of questions that have been edited to comply AND an answer has been given [duplicate]

This question was deleted because several users could not determine the question/problem behind the OP. Well, I was able to figure it out as well as give a complete and accurate answer. It also ...
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My Stack Overflow question asking about the SO tag implementation was closed, should it be re-opened, or where should I ask it?

I asked the following question on Stack Overflow. It was closed as off-topic by George Stocker. I have a grid similar to SO tags page and want to implement the same style of filtering as you can ...
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Allow us to see close vote history on another user's profile for closed questions

Background There was a meta question over at The Workplace which had me wading through a lot of closed questions. Every closed question has a nice box like this that shows who closed it: After a few ...
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Off topic and now deleted, with no feedback on how to improve [on hold]

This is in reference to my question on Stack Overflow; I am willing to change the question such that it is complying with the requirements / rules; despite asking for comments on my edits to remove ...