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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Can I Offer a Bounty on a Closed Question?

I just asked a question on SO and it was closed within 8 minutes, stating that it was a duplicate. To me, the question it was supposedly a duplicate of did NOT answer my question, as my question was ...
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Feature Request: New System for Agreeing and Discussing on Whether to Close Questions

There are VERY many questions on Stack Overflow nowadays that are being closed when they are possibly legitimate questions, and the community has very little part in this. I am not satisfied with this ...
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Should users be allowed to remove the "Possible Duplicate" links on closed questions?

I've noticed the following happen a few times: A user posts a question. The question is closed as a duplicate and the usual "Possible Duplicate" links are added at the top. The user promptly removes ...
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Commenting on closed questions

Why is it possible to comment on a closed question?
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How to delete closed question [duplicate]

I would like delete a question of mine since it's been closed. Is there a way to delete a closed question? I am owner, so why am I not able to delete it the normal way? Do I have to ask some moderator?...
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New close reason: "Question asks to predict the future"

Example: Do Oracle intend to continue work on Java? The question has been edited; the original text was: Do Oracle intend to continue work on Java? Will there be future versions of Java after SDK ...
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To allow for possible reopening, you may delete in 2 days

I asked a question which is apparently not software related. So, I wanted to delete it. Then I get "To allow for possible reopening, you may delete in 2 days." Now, I am geting downvotes since it's ...
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Where do questions go after they are closed?

Where do questions go after they are closed? Are they irretrievably lost? What happens to the rep earned by the asker & answerers.
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Answers posted to a migrated question post-migration remain visible and unlocked on the original site

Edge case, low priority, but odd enough that it caught my eye so I'm documenting it while it's fresh in my mind. Most of this I have not been able to test or reproduce, so I'll just post some examples ...
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Accept Rate - Closed and "No Answer" questions should not count

I really like the "Accept Rate" feature. I think it will encourage folks to accept answers once they get a good one (though, hopefully they will not accept bad ones just to get their rate up). I ...
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Number of close votes required and low traffic tags

I don't believe the number of close votes required is working on low traffic and less popular tags. Fewer questions are read, therefore fewer close votes issued Less people have enough rep to close (...
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What's the view on closing questions?

Watching Stack Overflow over the past few days I see questions often being closed rather overzealously. There are definitely some questions that deserve to be closed (e.g. "Do my homework", etc) but ...
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Proposing a new 'closed' tag? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a closed question be given special tags? I see a few [closed] questions on Stack Overflow from time-to-time and wonder if it might be a good idea to add this as a tag as well ...
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Being able to answer closed question

I was able to answer this question AFTER it was closed. closed as subjective and argumentative by 280Z28, Kirtan, Greg, Neil Butterworth, AraK 13 mins ago And answered 12 mins ago smok1 1,...
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Related Questions Include Closed Questions

When I follow the Related Questions section, I often come across closed questions. I would think that closed questions wouldn't be shown, since they aren't relevant. Shouldn't closed questions be ...
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Can a closed question be given special tags?

I think that S[O|F|U] should have moderator-only tags that get applied when a question is closed to help filter them out. These tags should be in addition to any tags (even if there are already 5) ...
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Why was this closed as "non-computer-related" on superuser.com? [closed]

Please see https://superuser.com/questions/20423/your-experiences-with-self-publishing-sites-blurb-lulu-com-etc Note: I didn't ask the question, nor do I give much a darn about the answer, but I did ...
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Why was my non-programming question on StackOverflow closed? [closed]

I feel that programmers have special requirements so I don't feel this is an unsuitable question: Good backup software for programmers?
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Why cannot the original author of a question delete it when has existing answers? [duplicate]

I re-asked the following the serverfault.com questions on superuser.com and I did not allow me to delete them on serverfault.com because of the following reason: Increase the refresh rate on my ...
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Can we make Whats Your Favorite Programmer Cartoon permantly open and unable to close? [closed]

This is the most famous question on Stackoverflow and should have a protected status. Can we make this impossible to close?
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Half the 10 highest voted questions on SO are closed. Does this bother the SO team?

5 of the 10 highest voted questions on SO are now closed. Does this statistic concern the SO team that the most popular questions in the minds of the users are also the ones that are unpopular enough ...
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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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Allow a question to be opened after it is closed

I propose that it should be possible for closed questions to be opened/unclosed if there us sufficient interest (up-votes or favorite). This would mean that the masses could decide that although Jeff ;...
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Please add the ability to filter [Closed] questions out of my results

I understand the desire to keep a closed question around for Google or SO Search purposes, or when a question is a dupe, or has been moved to "(sister site)" and therefore I don't want the to be ...
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Reopen Question incorrectly closed as Duplicate? [duplicate]

So I asked a question here about finding out the reputation that has been granted based upon the tags of questions one has asked or answered. The question was closed as an Exact Duplicate of this ...
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Not programming related? [closed]

Is a question regarding security and best practices for a user interface not programming related? I refer to this question. I think it is a perfectly fine question. Maybe some people don't like ...
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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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Answers to the closed questions

I think it's a bug when a closed question gets an answer. You can see here what I mean. An answer is posted a minute after the question is closed. I understand the idea, that user probably had ...
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How can I ask a Moderator to review a closed question?

I've seen a couple of questions that I believe accurately fit the description for what makes a good question on Stack Overflow. However, these questions were closed by users who must have only scanned ...
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Why would a closed question be hot?

Just went to the hot tab on stackoverflow.com and saw a question that was closed there. Why? I would figure that something that's closed really isn't all that hot and should be ignored.
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Dis-incentive to ask questions that will get closed?

Recently, a question was asked on SO and the user who posted it also posted two answers. Both the question and answers gained both up and down votes. In total, he gained (according to his profile) 120 ...
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Please notify us when a question we ask or answer is closed or reopened [duplicate]

This would go in the recent activity page.
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Should there be an appeal process for Closed or Locked questions?

This may seem like an attempt at trolling for reputation, but I recently posted a fun, offtopic question (that I tagged as such), It was similar to an existing question, but I thought it was different ...
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Is it fair to ask that a question be moved to the community wiki after it is closed?

Hi! For a reason I disagree with, one of my questions on StackOverflow was closed very quickly (I'm a little biased since I asked the question, but still, I think it should have remained open). Is ...
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Please supply some helpful links to a user when their question is closed

There are quite a few users that are learning the system the hard way. And many others that do not know why a question he asked was closed as "Not Programming Related" or "Not a Real ...
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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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Why do I have to wait before nominating a question for deletion?

For one thing, the whole deletion thing for questions and answers needs to be totally revamped, since it's beyond broken, but one thing at a time, IMO. I should be able to mark any closed question as ...
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Are there better alternatives to closing questions?

Joel Spolsky has clearly stated that he wants these sites to be welcoming and inclusive where anyone can ask any relevant question even if that question has appeared elsewhere. With questions being ...
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What does 'Closed' mean for a question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “closed” question? How do they work? A recent question of mine was 'Closed' as 'not-programming-related'. I can't seem to find out what this means, and ...
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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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There are no stupid questions - or are there?

I just saw a first post from a user asking about a C# stack trace. It was a valid programming question for someone with little experience, yet it was marked down twice. I've always believed that ...
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How do I close my own question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “closed” question in Stack Overflow? How do they work? Motives aside, I want to close some of my questions. Many of which have answers. Could someone ...
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Why are non-programming related questions being voted down? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why the bias against subjective questions? I think it's kind of silly to vote down a non-programming question when it is still highly technical in nature. This seems like a good ...
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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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