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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Post was closed before it even existed

I would like to report a bug. This post was apparently closed 2 years ago, but it has only existed for 1 year and 3 months. See a screenshot of the problem below.
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Improve the help center page on reopening questions to not point to Meta Stack Exchange

The questions are getting closed quite often in all Stack Exchange communities, and many users (new users in particular) look for help on what it means and how to reopen them. Current State The Help ...
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When closing a post, send an edit request to an active community member

I'm a new lurker in psychology.stackexchange.com and I've noticed that it's getting harder and harder to ask questions, especially because the moderators have kept closing posts that are sometimes ...
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What is a “closed” or “duplicate” question?

Questions can be closed or marked as duplicates. What does it mean for a question to be "closed"? What does it mean for a question to be marked as a "duplicate"? Who can close a ...
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Closed post message, “Viewable by the post author and users with the close/reopen votes privilege” is misleading

The closed post message, "Viewable by the post author and users with the close/reopen votes privilege" to see who voted to close a question is misleading, as the list and message are only ...
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How is it fair to close and downvote after and answer has been accepted

Consider the following question: Am I taking value objects too far (DDD) There are a couple of answers with a few votes a piece as well as some discussion in the comments. The question had been ...
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Can I no longer see who closed my question? [duplicate]

Some months ago, I could see who closed a question, but not anymore? I screenshot How did "unless" semantically shift to signify "except if"?.
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Why was the period for closed questions to enter the reopen queue extended from 5 days to 70 days?

It appears that on December 20, 2019, the team increased the period of time for questions to enter the reopen queue from 5 days to 70 days. There was no announcement made of this change at the time (...
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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 vote ...
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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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Why is it possible to submit an answer to a closed question by tweaking the HTML of the page? [duplicate]

One time, I was writing an answer to a question, when the question was closed. I had spent a little time on the question, so I didn't want to lose it. The post button was disabled, so I inspected it ...
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Order by which the users close a question

Suppose that some question from some Stack Exchange site gets closed. Then the user who posted the question as well as any user with close/reopen votes privilege can see a message explaining why the ...
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If my question was closed, and I edited it, and there are a lot of answers, can I ask the answerers to vote to reopen?

My question was closed, and there are a lot of answers. I have since edited the question. Now can I ask the answerers to vote to reopen?
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Duplicate post notice sometimes overflows box

On my (admittedly tiny) phone screen, this is what I see for some gold badge closed questions: When part of an object becomes the name for the whole https://stackoverflow.com/q/61312680/6083675 MSE ...
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No comment posted when question is closed as off-topic because … > other

When closing a question (as a mod, so binding vote) using Close > Off-topic because ... > Other and entering a comment to explain why it was closed the question get closed but the explanatory comment ...
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Is a question deleted automatically once the downvote threshold has been met? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question in the wrong place (which has since been closed), and as a result my reputation has suffered a bombardment of downvotes. Ok, oops, wrong place, but now I cant even delete ...
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“Comments only” lock notice on closed questions mistakenly says that question is still accepting answers

When a question has a "comments-only" lock, the following notice is displayed on top of the question: Locked for X days. Comments on this question have been disabled, but it is still ...
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Locked post sign on duplicate says still accepting answers [duplicate]

Over here, it's a duplicate, so it's not accepting answers, but this locked sign: disagrees. Seems like a bug that it wouldn't recognize a closed post. Can we fix that? If this needs different tags,...
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Can I view old questions that have been deleted/closed?

I have a bad habit of trolling and a number of my questions have been deleted. Is there a way I can go back and look at them? Can I use the data explorer and write a query to see them?
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When are multiple closure reasons provided in the post notice?

I noticed in this recently closed question that there are multiple close reasons presented. Here's a screenshot of the post notice: From my understanding, only one close reason is selected when ...
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How could we improve our planned post notice improvements?

Megan has written a post on the Stack Overflow blog about changes that are planned/upcoming on the Stack Exchange platform. I've seen a bunch of discussion about it on chat - but it feels like having ...
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Closed question on Hot Network Questions list

The question The list of every type of sound all instruments can make? on Music: Practice & Theory Stack Exchange was still on the Hot Network Questions list, despite being closed half an hour ago:...
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New Post Notices rollout on Stack Overflow

New Post Notices have been launched network-wide. Please post all new feedback, bugs and feature requests to the new announcement post. As has been previously announced, we have been working for some ...
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How do bounties on closed questions work? [duplicate]

I answered a question with a bounty and my answer was accepted, but the question was closed (it was flagged as needing to be more focused). What happens to the bounty? I didn't get it, and now there ...
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Send authors an inbox message if their question is closed

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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Inconsistent relative time [duplicate]

Here's a question that was closed before it was asked :)
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Question Close Updates

This week we rolled out a series of changes to improve parts of the question close workflow. You can read more about the details of these changes here. For context, the overall effort to improve ...
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When is the “Edit question” button shown on close notices?

I noticed now that on closed questions, a new button called "Edit question" shows up: The button also shows for logged-out users, except it's titled "Improve this question": No ...
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Why do I get a “hooray, your question was reopened” message when the question seem not to have been closed? [duplicate]

I received today for one of my questions the following Inbox message: I am surprised because: I didn't even know the question was closed (I neither saw any counter on the close flag, nor the [closed]...
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Can migrated closed questions be considered for automatic deletion by the RemoveDeadQuestions and RemoveAbandonedClosed scripts?

Migrated questions that were closed a long time after the migration (and as such weren't marked "rejected") are not automatically deleted by the RemoveDeadQuestions and RemoveAbandonedClosed scripts ...
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Why is this question NOT automatically deleted by the RemoveAbandonedClosed script?

This question on Music Fans SE seems to qualify for auto-deletion by the RemoveAbandonedClosed script since it seems to satisfy all the mentioned criteria for deletion. However, I have been tracking ...
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Which Stack Exchange website has the highest question close percentage? [duplicate]

Which Stack Exchange website has the highest question close percentage? I see on https://medicalsciences.stackexchange.com/tools/question-close-stats that Medical Sciences Stack Exchange's question ...
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What is the community mailbox?

What is the community mailbox (community@stackexchange.com) for and what happens to messages that are sent to it? Additionally, on some closed questions that have lots of views, I see the following ...
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Newest “exact duplicate” isn't showing the duplicate target in the close notice [duplicate]

Recently this question was closed as duplicate. However, the duplicate target isn't showing in the close banner. It shows: This questions already exists: Closed 3 mins ago. However, older questions ...
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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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Can Community Moderators and StackOverflow employees post answers on closed questions?

Since this doesn't appear to have been asked before: Can Community Moderators (and other Stack Overflow employees) post answers on Questions that have been closed? This would cover either manually ...
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Why are specific close reasons no longer shown to users?

Lately, I have noticed that whereas previously the exact reason a question was closed alongside who casted close votes was shown, a more generic "Off-Topic" or similar reason is shown without the ...
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How often do 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 4 hours server-side. In the web interface though sending ...
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Why are we so quick to close question? [closed]

I left Wikipedia years ago because of the constant warring between deletionists and whatever else you call "regular" people who contribute content instead of trying to delete everything that gets ...
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Dynamically update closed questions

Currently, as far as I can tell, when one opens a question and it gets closed after, there is no dynamic notification about, and instead it will only be noticed after a refresh, or if one tries to ...
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Question closed before I updated it. Do I need to just write a new one or just wait? [duplicate]

I recently asked this question: How to go about finding where traffic is getting held up? I just now updated the question, and honestly I don't know if it's an acceptable question even now, but it's ...
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Does question being closed prevent bounty being started on exemplary answer to it? [duplicate]

I wanted to award a bounty to this answer to Selecting the answer - I'm sure this must have been asked The answer was posted three days ago and the question was closed two days ago, and yet the ...
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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 can I see whether a question has been previously closed?

How can I see whether a question has been previously closed? It used to be visible in the question edit history, before the New Post Notices rollout on Stack Overflow took place. I don't see any '...
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Can we have a permanent bye to “on-hold”?

Whenever I click on "Close" button to cast a close vote on an already loaded page of a closed question when it wasn't closed, this dialog appears: But since the redesign of post notices, "on-hold" ...
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Flagging comments should be localized

It seems like comments generated by flagging are not localized. 1) go on Русский язык stack exchange https://rus.stackexchange.com/ 2) flag a question as a duplicate of some other question 3) see ...
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2019: a year in closing

Closing and reopening questions is a very small part of what goes on around this network... But it gets a lot of attention, and always has. Particularly over the past year, as we've tested some pretty ...
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Are Terms of Service questions okay on Stack Overflow? [closed]

In my search for an answer to a TOS question, I found many Google links that lead to SO. I posted my question and there was a lively debate until somebody shut it down as off topic. Fair enough, but ...
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What reason would appear on closed question with 2 - 2 - 1 votes? [duplicate]

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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