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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Overflow? Is it not an Exchange?

For example when a question is closed as Off Topic it says: Shouldn't it say "Stack Exchange family of websites"? Example Question: https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/114356/155556
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Can “or leave a comment” be removed from the on hold instructions?

Here's the current language at the bottom closed/on hold questions: If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question or leave a comment. I've noticed ...
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Can we be a bit quicker to close (downvote) questions? [closed]

There are a lot of questions that show no attempt at solving the problem oneself. This is by no means the only problem with questions (the main others that come to mind is asking others to debug your ...
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Why does the question's closed status disappear when clicking to load a new edit?

I've come across a small issue which occurs when a question has been closed but the question itself or one of its answers are being edited. Steps to reproduce: Visit a closed question. (even closed ...
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Description in post merge notice should have a sentence cap like every other post notice description

Currently, the descriptions under closed/locked/protected/bounty notices are in proper sentence case: closed as noise or pointless by Jeff Atwood♦ just now This question does not add anything useful; ...
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Closed questions allow empty titles

Apparently when a question is closed, the post is allowed to be edited and saved with an empty title, which leaves the post title as simply [closed]. Example: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...
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How many unsuccessful close votes have ever been cast?

On SO, how many unsuccessful close votes have ever been cast on questions with a total of at least two closevotes? How are they distributed? (Dupe, Off-topic, NaRQ, ....) How has their number and ...
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There's no way to tell if a question has been closed

The Android app doesn't appear to give any kind of indication that a question has been closed, which I feel leads to poor UX. As an illustrative example, consider the (in)famous LOGO question: As you ...
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Avoid sharing bad questions at Facebook

Related: Avoid tweeting bad questions Sharing questions by Stack Exchange FB account is possibly automated, but shouldn't it avoid sharing questions with close votes? For example this had (I ...
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StackOverflowOverflow - To be, or not to be?

Stackoverflowoverflow - take all the worthwhile closed questions from Stack Overflow and give them a second life on a Stack Exchange site (still under construction). My intention was to create a ...
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What is considered a “real question”?

Note: This close reason is old and only applies to old questions that were closed prior to the closing overhaul. This has been replaced by the reasons "unclear what you're asking" for unclear ...
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Is it OK to close a question as an exact duplicate of a question that was asked later? [duplicate]

I found this question here on Meta from 2009, and it was closed recently as a duplicate of a question that was posted much later! Why is that? It's not just that older questions can't be duplicates ...
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Do closed questions automatically get downvoted or not?

In April 2011, closing a question for some reasons (then off-topic and not a real question) caused the Community user to downvote the question. Officially, this feature was removed in August 2013. ...
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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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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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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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Android app does not indicate closed questions until after you open them

While browsing sites using the Android app, I came in a question I happen to remember being closed. From the question list view, there is no indication that the question is closed. The title does not ...
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Discouraging repwhoring - Reverse rep from answers posted shortly before the question gets closed

TL;DR I'm proposing the following: When someone posts an answer and the corresponding question is closed within a certain amount of time after that, then, for certain close reasons, all rep gained ...
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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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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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Post banners missing

Previously - posts that were a mix of closed, deleted or locked use to show at least two of those banners - however, now it only seems to show one. If a post is closed and deleted (doing a search for ...
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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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'This question has been - no more answers will be accepted' browser bug?

I was about to post an answer, when a weird box that said 'This question has been' appeared. I think it means to say 'This question has been deleted' or 'This question has been closed'. Is this a ...
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Don't let closed questions keep bad tags alive

I was just getting rid of the language-learning meta-tag, and ran into a few questions that had only that tag. As you might guess, they were usually bad questions, and were often already closed. I ...
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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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A question is marked as a duplicate without the duplicate link

This question is marked as a duplicate without a corresponding link to the relevant question. marked as duplicate by Josh Caswell, Asad, animuson, Austin Henley, Manishearth Feb 5 at 2:36 This ...
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Are downvotes sufficient to directly delete a question with pending delete votes?

In the new rules, every 20 upvotes to a question or its answers increases the barrier against deletion by one vote. So if a question has an accumulated score of say 60 points, it needs 6 votes to ...
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What does a Real Question look like ?

I am new in here so if my question violated the rules, I will delete it. Yesterday I asked a question Need help for php web based game. Before I post a question I already read How to Ask then i post ...
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What happens with reputation earned on a closed question?

If a question gets closed, does any reputation earned on that question go away when the question goes away?
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Closed-then-merged question missing “merged to” footer

A recent change introduced keeping merged questions around as stubs. I performed a couple of merges yesterday, and things appeared to be fine. Today I ran across an old question migrated from Server ...
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Commenting on a closed post should dismiss the flag asking for a comment

Note how the info to the right of the flag says I've commented If it knows I've commented, it really shouldn't tell me to comment. I'm in the habit of commenting immediately after I close, so I can ...
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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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Change the way a closed question is marked [duplicate]

For example: For an MVC architecture, should I prefer Ruby on Rails or PHP [closed] Gmail: What is a jQuery selector for incoming mail senders only? How to work with highly compressed and nested CSS ...
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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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Why is rounding in SQL closed as off-topic? [closed]

I realize that this question is not a stellar question. But it's certainly programming related. For example in the Netherlands, you have to round cash sales to the nearest 5 cents, because we do not ...
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Casting the final close vote on a question clears a pending suggested edit

I came across a question that was begging to be closed, and already had 4 other close votes. While I was performing the necessary ritual to add mine, I noticed that there was a pending suggested edit. ...
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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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Don't let me start answering closed questions!

This is a bug report about the implemented feature-request This is a closed question having no answers with no indication on the question page. Or on the answers page: Or even when I start typing: ...
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Why is the close reason for this question from another stack?

This question was recently closed on Arts&Crafts.SE https://crafts.stackexchange.com/questions/2066/freelance-artist-needs-to-earn-extra-cash In case something changes this is the close text: ...
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“please ask another question” in duplicate banner [duplicate]

Shouldn't the "please ask a new question" be "edit your question to make the differences clear"? That's what the established process has been for a while now -- "don't repost closed questions; edit ...
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The Closing Problem: This needs to be reconsidered [duplicate]

TLDR version: Too many people can vote to close. People are overzealous when it comes to voting to close. Questions that get closed will very likely remain so because they attract little attention. ...
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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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How useful must a question be to be allowed?

I'll quote Jeff from this meta.Gaming question: What value does this question have to anyone else on the planet, other than the one person who asked? In other words, what internet user is going to ...
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Don't encourage me to do things I can't really do (aka don't ask me to edit or comment on locked question)

When a question is closed (not as dupe) we see such message below the question: Encouraging us to edit or leave a comment is awesome in most cases but sometimes questions are also locked, e.g. ...
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Is closed w/o comment auto flag still necessary?

Most of the time now when questions are closed (put on hold), there is a reason given in the on-hold notice. Still though many of these get auto flagged because "closed w/o comment". Is that still ...
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Too much space under on-hold reason

What is all of that space for? There appear to be two break elements under the list, which is unnecessary, since the list already has a decent CSS margin under it. Maybe it's just me, but it would ...
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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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Editing a closed post should not automatically cast a reopen vote without prior warning

I just ran into this topic in the Reopen Votes queue. The reason for the Reopen Vote showed 'it has been edited', so I looked up what had been changed, and saw that the topicstarter had added a ...
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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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Show banner in edited closed questions asking for reopen review

Getting a question reopened is very, very hard. This is in part because the system doesn't encourage us to review edited questions. If I open a question and I see that five users who I know and trust ...

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