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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Unable to add comments on closed questions or their answers in the Android app

In the Android App, if a question is closed, I won't be able to leave comments on either the question or any of its answers. There are simply no "Add Comment" buttons available anywhere if the ...
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noindex and nofollow "bad" questions?

Do you think it's a good idea to add <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" /> HTML tag for questions that have a negative score, no answers and are closed? They are not what I'd ...
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Rationale behind voting to close "Duplicate of.." causing the question to be closed instantly? [duplicate]

On occasion I noticed that voting to close "duplicate of" instantly closes the question and marks it as a duplicate. I've seen it happening for identical questions (reposts) and that makes sense. It ...
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Why are "bug report" questions considered offtopic only at Ask Ubuntu? [closed]

Why isn't there a same rule for Stackoverflow, Serverfault, Superuser, Unix & Linux and etc.? Maybe one of the answers is that "Because Ubuntu has public bugtracker and/or is open source". In ...
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Slamming the guy because his English wasn't perfect [closed]

If found this little gem in one of my Google searches: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15745537/where-do-i-get-chrome-extension-samples The question: i am new to create chrome extensions. where ...
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"leave a comment" link on closed questions is broken

At the bottom of every closed question, there's text that says: The words "leave a comment" are styled as a link but do not link to anything. The link should have the same effect as clicking the ...
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Suggested edit to a Help page

I'd like to suggest an edit to the help page on closed/on-hold questions. The structure is along the lines of: What does it mean if a question is "closed" or "on hold"? Why are ...
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Notify close-voters when the OP adds a comment after the question was closed

I recently encountered a rather confused but well-intentioned new member. This member asked a question that I and some others put on hold as too broad. The new member then added a comment to the ...
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Closed as (null) by (null)

In the iOS app, questions that have been reopened still show as closed. Clicking the footer shows:
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Clicking to view the edit on a closed question makes it appear reopened [duplicate]

There's a bug that's currently occurring (at least on RPG.SE). It's pretty simple: Visit a closed question Let it get edited, so that the bar that says "an edit has been made, click to load it" ...
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Why is my question "opinion-based"? [closed]

First timer in Stack Exchange, and I started with a deleted question. Here it is: I'm a newbie here. I'm pretty sure my question's already been asked, I tried to search for it but I could not find ...
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Can .question-status have a different background-color than blockquote & pre?

The .question-status div, which displays info about the question's duplicate, etc., blends in with other parts of the question. This screenshot is from StackOverflow: This confuses users. Can it ...
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Reasonable ways to ask for possible approaches to a problem

Many questions that seek (legitimately in my opinion) to ask "what are my options for solving this problem?" seem to me to be almost summarily closed on SE sites without thought to how difficult it is ...
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do questions closed as 'off-topic' still generate reputation for answers?

I have seen several questions on SO communities that are closed as 'off-topic', yet have popular answers. Negating points for such questions (as well as removed questions) would remove the incentive ...
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Review Audit Fail - closed question served as known good in reopen queue

The review audit pulled a total fail today. As in a "Go home, Review Audit, you're appallingly drunk" fail. The subject question (Progs 10k+ only link) remains closed, and was closed by a ...
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Close notice is removed when inline-loading an edit [duplicate]

Steps to reproduce: Find a closed / on hold question Have the question edited (e.g. by having someone else do it) Click the "this question has been edited" notice What happens: The question is ...
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Refreshing a question in the Android App doesn't update the bar telling me if it's closed, bountied, etc

Observed in Android App v1.0.35 v1.0.43 on a HTC One running Android 4.4.2: There's a banner at the bottom of questions which inform me if they're closed, there's a bounty, or they're locked. ...
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List of users in the "on hold" banner different from those who reviewed as "close"

I was reviewing the close vote queue. While there, I voted to close a question. Meanwhile, I opened that same question, there I saw that the names who voted to close it are different than those in the ...
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Should Stack Exchange be a little more LAX?

I often feel I need a degree to ask a question. I was reading @Denis answer here: When is it justifiable to downvote a question? This way of thinking is horrific. It's like (if you have seen the ...
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I just cast the sixth close vote on a question

put on hold as off-topic by toro2k, Wayne Conrad, Uri Agassi, eugen, MikDiet, Undo 10 mins ago Can anyone see the problem here? Yes, I just cast the sixth close vote on this question. Pretty much all ...
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Do duplicate questions earn badges?

Are the questions, marked as duplicates still eligible to earn the badges? For example a 'Notable question' badge?
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Allow posting answers for "on hold" questions [duplicate]

In short, it would be useful to allow posting answers for questions that are within the "on hold" period. If need be, and probably wise, the ability to do so could be linked with an appropriate ...
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Want to completely rewrite my question, but keep the intention: Should I start a new question instead?

By keeping the intention of the question, I mean that from my view, I still ask the same, just in a better way. Others would partly see it like that if they read the old and the new version, and good ...
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Other users keep closing my questions [duplicate]

I have tried and been twice refused to post what I consider to be a reasonable JavaScript-related question on Stack Exchange. When refused, someone suggested the Software Recommendations site, which ...
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Description of closed questions in iOS app lacks links

We can now see closed questions in the iOS app which is great, however as you can see here: The words which are links in the sites are not links in the app which shows text only. Can we have the ...
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How to fetch the close reason for a closed question using voteTypeId

How can I find, from the data in the Stack Exchange datadump, the close reason if a question is voted to close by using the VoteTypeId column?.
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Why are my questions closed by these users? [duplicate]

I get blocked because my questions have been closed several times without a clear reason for closing them. Why were my questions closed? First question asked (now closed and deleted) Second question ...
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Why is my question still on hold despite of being narrowed down and added explanation?

I asked a question several days ago, and soon after being posted it was set to "on hold". The reason being that it was too general. I tried explaining more and the question itself got edited as well, ...
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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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Place a question in temporary 'limbo'

Ok, there's always a lot of talk about closing or not closing questions that show no research effort, but are otherwise good questions (or is it just me talking to myself again?). Skip to after the ...
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Appealing to reopen a question: programmatically convert lat/long to timezone

The following question has been closed by George Stocker: Timezone lookup from latitude longitude ...on the grounds that it's off topic, but I don't see how it's off topic. It's a question about ...
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Too quick with the Close button for "Unclear what you're asking" [duplicate]

All too often I see questions getting closed by direct moderator action for "Unclear what you're asking", when it's obvious that English is not the asker's native language. In many of those cases, ...
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Dupe titles are escaped in app

First off, kudos on implementing closed questions in the app. A lot to cover I'm sure. The banner reads: This post already has an answer here: How does &quot;Reputation&quot; work? On ...
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Should I reword this question to try get it reopened?

This question was put on hold because it wasn't clear what they were asking. I had an idea what they wanted so I asked if my assumption was correct (I asked it before it was put on hold). They have ...
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Invalid reasons given for putting my post about modifying an XAML document on hold

I received the following reply to a post: "put on hold as too broad by Robert Harvey♦ 11 mins ago "There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this ...
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Misleading closed reason

Just not an everyday situation I have experienced today; I have seen this question earlier today with 3 custom close votes. It pretty much said something "this question is off-topic as it should be ...
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How do I deal with a bad close? [duplicate]

Mods do not always exercise perfect judgement, how is a user supposed to deal with a bad close?
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Find questions where I had the final Close vote

I'm doing my part to burn down the Close Vote queue. Is there a way to find all of the (non-deleted) questions where my Vote to Close was the final vote?
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the concept of too broad, primarily opinion violation [duplicate]

tl; dr: I was offended by 2 questions that got closed and reopened multiple times here and here. Both of these questions got lots of downvotes, then got closed, then reopened, then upvoted, and so on. ...
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Limiting downvotes to those with an accompanying comment [duplicate]

Don't you think a downvote without a comment, even a 2 word comment, is just unnatural, non constructive and against Stack Overflow regulations itself? I mean if someone wants to downvote, sure thing ...
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Close votes big raise [duplicate]

Usually (at least since I can see them) SO had about 10k close votes After the new moderators election (2014) close votes count dropped a lot: about 2/3k I was quite impressed and I accounted it on ...
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Why was my question closed and down voted, but not this one [duplicate]

Recently, I overreacted over a question ban thanks to this question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21531621/ada-vs-pascal-for-general-and-systems-programming (Question Deleted), but I was ...
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Appeal to reopen a closed question about Nanigans API

I'm about to appeal to reopen a question This question is: a specific programming problem practical, answerable problems that are unique to the programming profession I see the question as pretty ...
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How to proceed with SEO questions on Stack Overflow?

I was looking for some good questions about SEO and URL structure, because it is an essential part of web programming, especially when you are thinking about URL manipulation with PHP. But the best ...
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Is it OK for users to reopen questions against policy?

So, we are having this discussion on Physics Meta, which has been had in different forms in the past. Two points keep coming up: If a policy objectively says that a post is closeable (not closeable),...
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How come some subjective questions are allowed and not only that, rampantly upvoted?

I once posted a question on Stack Overflow asking if learning Haskell would help me learn node.js. The question was downvoted into double digits and shut down in 5 minutes flat. Imagine my confusion ...
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Reputation based on lifetime of the question?

So, this comes from looking at Why reward an answer to a low quality question?. Basically, I don't like legalism, so rather than ask questions about specific cases, I'm trying to acquire a general ...
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How is the close queue being emptied so quickly [duplicate]

Recently (perhaps even yesterday) the close queue was something like 130K. This morning it's dramatically smaller—just over 28K at the moment, and still falling fast. How have 100K items been ...
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How can a user view a list of "on hold" or closed questions? [duplicate]

How can a user view a list of "on hold" or closed questions? Does this action require some kind of privilege or special trick?
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Why bother closing questions? [duplicate]

This is sort of an SO zeitgeist question. I thought I might dig into the python backlog (there are 800 pages of questions) to clear out of some of the fluff - there are a lot of questions that are ...

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