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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Closing question when asking for advice [closed]

So, recently i'm asking on Mathematics site about interesting subject for my thesis. And it's closed as opinion based. Then, i tried to looking for similar question and i found this: interesting-first-...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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Inconsistent relative time [duplicate]

Here's a question that was closed before it was asked :)
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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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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 Why is a month being added?? this is driving me ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can we kill off abandoned questions in some circumstances? [duplicate]

The SE sites tend to fill up with questions asked (usually by new folk) which get a number of requests for clarification in the comments, but the OP never returns to the crime scene. I would like to ...
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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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How do I know if a moderator has checked an on-hold question after an edit? [duplicate]

If my question got put on hold and I edited my question, how do I know if the moderator checked the edited question and leaves it on hold, since it's still not amended to the extent it can fit into ...
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Can we bring ancient duplicates up to date?

In the past, before we had the current closure notes the community user edited in the possible duplicates inside the text of the question, once the question got closed. See for example here. Today ...
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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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Question can't be duplicate of unclear question [duplicate]

If a question A is closed as unclear, it means that it is unknown what the asker meant. (Otherwise the question would have been edited rather than closed.) If some question B is unclear (also if it's ...
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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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Query for no. of many questions I have answered which are closed later

Is there a query to know how many questions received answers before they are put on hold and I am one of the users who wrote an answer before the question is closed? If it looks confusing, let me ...
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Do deleted or closed posts interfere with an account merge?

A new, unregistered user showed up a few days ago on another Stack Exchange site. That user posted a question, and then, about an hour later, a separate, registered account posted a non-answer "answer"...
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Can we switch a closed question's “flag” link and relabel it as “appeal” instead?

I'd like to suggest StackExchange sites relabel the "flag" link and call it "appeal" once a question is closed. NOTE: This is not meant to change the functionality behind the link. What the "flag" ...
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What should I do about unjustly closed questions? [closed]

When I browse through Stack Overflow, I sometimes see closed questions which shouldn't be closed in my opinion. For example, this question is closed. I flagged it as "in need of moderator intervention"...
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Accepted answers should not categorically block auto-deletion of closed questions

tl;dr Allow Roomba to auto-delete a closed question regardless of an accepted answer when the other criteria for auto-deletion are met Roomba should count an answer acceptance as a single upvote to ...
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(Add an option to) include closed questions in SE Filtered Questions

Stack Exchange's Filtered Questions is a tool where users can see a list of 100 questions based on certain rules from multiple sites on the same page. However, closed questions are currently excluded ...
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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 ...
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What about the possibility of answering and closing a question just afterward?

I have just seen someone who answered a question, closed it just afterward and got +10/+15 of rep (at the moment). What is the problem? No problem with the fact of being in the position of judge ...
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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 ...
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Under profile on all actions, closed status isn't indicated on questions

On your profile, when you go to your 'all actions', I'm trying to find certain questions which may be reopened - that is, no longer closed (cough hats cough). Example on my profile Several of these ...
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Hide Closed/Duplicated/On-Hold Questions

My question mainly regards Stack Overflow, since that's where I spend most of my SE time, but I'm posting this here since this may apply to other Stack Exchange sites as well. The Problem Lots of ...
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If questions are closed as being too broad or unclear, should they not be deleted too quick?

I understand the reason to delete unclear or too broad questions. In short, it bases on the broken window theory, which states that minor forms of bad behavior encourage worse ones. A neighborhood ...
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Enhance the closed question notice

I'm new to Stack Exchange and I felt very annoyed when a question was put on hold and I think the reason is that the closed question notice could be more sympathetic. Here is the closed notice I ...
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Are there any questions closed by 5 moderators?

Inspired by this question on Worldbuilding Meta, where a user noted that a question was closed by two ♦ moderators: For some people it might be obvious what happened here: one of the moderators ...
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Add a separate tab for “on hold” questions

Normally I wait in the Newest tab and watch new questions stream in for me to potentially answer. However, especially in Code Review SE, the first page can be filled with questions that are [on hold] ...
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How can I alleviate downvotes on a closed, but answered question? [duplicate]

OK, so let me explain this question with an example. I ask a really stupid question that's either duplicate or too broad or something else. Someone answers my question, and the first line of the ...

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