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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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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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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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How do you reopen a closed question?

To reopen a closed question, up to five (5) people✝ with the ability to cast reopen votes must agree that the question is suitable for the site and cast votes to reopen the question. But: How does ...
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"Question closed" notifications experiment results and graduation

Users have long been asking for and discussing the pros and cons of a feature to proactively inform the question asker when their question has been closed. Although the initial response many years ago ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Don't hide the "closed", "duplicate", or "migrated" state of questions on user question lists

The redesign of the activity page of the user profile broke a lot of workflows for moderators. One important purpose of that page was to gain a quick overview about what kind of posts a particular ...
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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 ...
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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 question ...
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Why was my "shopping list" question closed?

My question was closed for being a "shopping list question", even though it was very much related to the topic of the site. Why?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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The Great Question Deletion Audit of 2010 [closed]

First, let me go on record saying I absolutely support the concept that closed questions which are not useful in either content or as a search term variety duplicate, absolutely should be deleted. ...
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2020: a year in closing

I am thrilled to share that this year we are continuing a tradition started by Shog9 five years ago. Please welcome stats that highlight how many questions were closed on different Stack Exchange ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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.
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2021: a year in closing

I am thrilled to share that this year we are continuing Shog9’s tradition of sharing numbers on closed posts across the network. Please welcome stats that highlight how many questions were closed on ...
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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....
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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New Post Notices are live network-wide

For further issues, bugs and feedback that have not been covered by existing answers here please feel free to ask a new question. A few minutes ago, new Post Notices were launched across the Stack ...
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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 ...
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Replace "closed" with "duplicate" in search results

[duplicate] recently replaced [closed] in question titles in question lists, but not in search results:
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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