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.

332
votes
9answers
3k views

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 ...
190
votes
1answer
24k views

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 ...
131
votes
6answers
7k views

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 ...
123
votes
3answers
924 views

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 ...
102
votes
2answers
3k views

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. ...
100
votes
11answers
2k views

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 ...
83
votes
3answers
629 views

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 ...
78
votes
7answers
3k views

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 ...
76
votes
4answers
754 views

Change “On Hold” wording to make grammatical sense

I recently stumbled upon an on hold question. The verbiage is a bit... awkward: on hold as off-topic by Al Everett, Mysticial, Doorknob, Sha Wiz Dow Ard, Josh Caswell 18 mins ago This ...
62
votes
4answers
1k views

2016: a year in closing

A moderator asked me for data on the percentage of questions closed across all sites. This doesn't strike me as information that needs to be restricted to moderators, so for your idle enjoyment I ...
61
votes
4answers
655 views

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 ...
57
votes
5answers
972 views

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 ...
55
votes
7answers
6k views

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?
51
votes
6answers
1k views

Why do high rep users answer bad questions?

Look at this question (10K only) that was just asked a little while ago. Two people with >8000 and one with >63k answered the question. With that much rep, they must know that what-should-I-learn-next ...
50
votes
1answer
252 views

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 ...
49
votes
9answers
2k views

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 ...
48
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
48
votes
8answers
1k views

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) ...
47
votes
1answer
954 views

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 ...
46
votes
8answers
3k views

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.
44
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
44
votes
3answers
411 views

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....
44
votes
8answers
520 views

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 ...
43
votes
0answers
319 views

Send a message when your question is closed [duplicate]

I recently added a question to the Sci-Fi site, unfortunately this question was closed because I could have looked it up quite easily. However that is not my point, normally when there is interaction ...
41
votes
1answer
212 views

Close Reasons should link to “How to Ask,” not to the FAQ [closed]

I just noticed the new wording for closed questions, which I happen to like, because it encourages the user to improve their post. Example: Off Topic Questions on Stack Overflow are expected to ...
39
votes
0answers
241 views

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 ...
38
votes
3answers
425 views

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 ...
37
votes
1answer
217 views

Replace “closed” with “duplicate” in search results

[duplicate] recently replaced [closed] in question titles in question lists, but not in search results:
37
votes
0answers
330 views

Duplicate question close reason says “already has an answer,” which is often false [duplicate]

I asked a question here on MSO today, but it was found to have been asked around a month ago. I'm not concerned by this (better to be found by more than one user) but, I noticed that the wording in ...
36
votes
6answers
592 views

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 ...
35
votes
0answers
204 views

Don't display “protected” notice if the question is locked or closed

If the question is locked, obviously new users can't post answers to it because no one can post answers. It seems somewhat redundant to list that box there. I'm not saying remove the protection from ...
34
votes
4answers
919 views

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 ...
34
votes
5answers
436 views

Don't index closed questions (non-duplicate) for search engines

Currently, closed questions are still indexed by search engines. This makes sense for duplicates, but I think this is counterproductive for other closed questions. Encountering a closed question when ...
34
votes
0answers
175 views

Use inbox notification for close/open related activities [duplicate]

When you get a comment on your question or answer, or when a comment @-mentions you, a red notification appears on the top bar inbox. When you get an answer to your question, a red notification ...
33
votes
7answers
4k views

Is “making the internet a better place” still a useful or relevant test for individual questions?

I've become weary of hearing this phrase. I'm not completely convinced that it was ever truly useful, but if it was, I think that it has long since outlived its usefulness. To be clear, I sincerely ...
33
votes
1answer
154 views

Nudge users to fix their closed questions themselves before calling others to reopen it

The help page on What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it? lists all kinds of ways to have your question reopened, but most of them aren't really effective: Leave a ...
32
votes
2answers
308 views

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 ...
31
votes
2answers
671 views

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 =? ...
31
votes
0answers
1k views

2017: a year in closing

Last year I posted some numbers on how many questions were closed on various sites around the network in the preceding year. This ended up being kinda handy to refer back to, so I'm gonna do it again: ...
30
votes
4answers
520 views

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, ...
29
votes
8answers
574 views

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 ...
29
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
29
votes
3answers
291 views

Merge answers but not question when closing as duplicate

It frequently happens across all SE sites that duplicate questions garner a few answers before they get closed. Sure there should be a policy about not answering dupes, but only the high rep users are ...
29
votes
2answers
264 views

Revert the Community downvote on a closed question when it gets reopened [closed]

We have this relatively new feature where a question that gets closed as "not a real question" or "off topic" (not migrated) receives a downvote from the Community user. Sometimes the poster comes ...
28
votes
2answers
669 views

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 ...
28
votes
1answer
461 views

Could we please be a bit less nice to the why-closed-ers?

Recently, it feels to me that every single poster who had a question closed comes ranting to Meta, with accusations of unfairness and high-rep users' power trips, insinuations of a Vast Unicorn ...
28
votes
2answers
212 views

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 ...
28
votes
1answer
210 views

Overflow? Is it not an Exchange?

For example when a question is closed as Off Topic it says: Shouldn't it say "Stack Exchange family of websites"? Example Question: https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/114356/155556
28
votes
1answer
167 views

Can “or leave a comment” be removed from the on hold instructions?

Here's the current language at the bottom closed/on hold questions: If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question or leave a comment. I've noticed ...
27
votes
2answers
296 views

Can we be a bit quicker to close (downvote) questions? [closed]

There are a lot of questions that show no attempt at solving the problem oneself. This is by no means the only problem with questions (the main others that come to mind is asking others to debug your ...