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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Handling the close questions queue: weighted votes

I've been a member of SO community for several months only and during that time the close questions queue size has increased significantly - by about 30k. In my opinion it is important to reduce the ...
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Question closed as DuplicateThough Its unrelated

Re: Duplicate const_cast vs reinterpret_cast Based on the reply to this Meta Question how to appeal a closed question? I am appealing for a reopen I had asked a Question in SO viz Reinterpret Cast ...
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why are the best questions the ones which have been closed? [duplicate]

I frequently come across a really useful answer on StackOverflow which has been closed because it doesn't match the Q&A format. Examples include JPA Implementations - Which one is the best to ...
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Should closed questions not award reputation to discourage asking poor questions?

I would assume part of the role of closing questions is to disincentivize users from asking such questions as they are not welcome in this community. However, often these questions, in particular and ...
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Why do some questions get closed for no reason?

Recently there was a question asking about generating all subsets of a set using a stack and a queue, which was closed (and now deleted it seems) as not a real question for no good reason, since it ...
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What can I do about closed questions on the purpose of F# that show up in Google results?

I have tried to Google the topic "Purpose of F#" and the top 2 results are from Stack Overflow. Both are closed. Both link to other articles on the Stack Exchange network which are also closed, ...
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Close flag declined but question is closed

I have flagged a question saying it should be closed , but it says declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it However, the question is closed as I claimed. ...
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Why people are quick to close a question but slow to migrate it

I flagged this question On Linux, how do I fake an MX record for a domain? for moderator attention twice, so did other users. If "moderators" think that a SO question should be closed because it fits ...
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Closed questions which get a lot of upvotes [duplicate]

I noticed that there are a bunch of closed questions which have a lot of people voting on them, and answering them. I don't understand it, if SO is all about the community monitoring the site then ...
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Question closed by votes from people who do not appear to be familiar with the topic

This question was closed by five votes: https://stackoverflow.com/revisions/24631551/1 It is true that the question was poorly written. It seems likely that English was not the author's first ...
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Why is a question about the pronunciation of an algorithm name off topic? [closed]

I'm trying to get some insight into why this question about the pronunciation of Kruskal's algorithm is off topic. Are pronunciation questions not welcome on SO?
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How many points have topics closed for being off-topic received?

Stack Overflow frequently is on the first page of Google search results and I am surprised how often the valuable question has been closed for being off-topic despite numerous up votes and answers ...
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Allow question closed by 1 moderator to be answered until there are at least 2 moderator close votes?

Should a question closed by a moderator be allowed to be answered until there are multiple close votes by other moderators? I believe it should be this way because sometimes a 'close' can be ...
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My question gets marked as off-topic, then after people answer, it gets put “on hold”

So long story short I had a thought about a question pertinent to the outlets and meter of my house. I searched Stack Exchange and figured that Electrical Engineering is probably my best bet. So I ...
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Is asking if there already exists an open-source solution for a difficult problem not welcome on Stack Overflow?

I posted this question - Compare two strings (similar to how GNU diff does), asking if anyone knows about an open-source solution of a fairly difficult problem - comparing two strings for differences. ...
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Un-delete of questions that have been edited to comply AND an answer has been given [duplicate]

This question was deleted because several users could not determine the question/problem behind the OP. Well, I was able to figure it out as well as give a complete and accurate answer. It also ...
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Off-topic on hold box says “closed”

This is a screenshot of an on-hold box on Electrical Engineering, but my question applies to all the sites. The box says: "The users who voted to close". Is it by-design that this box says "close"? I'...
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Why was this question on detecting infinite loops closed?

FINAL EDIT I rewrote the original question (which was not mine) and ultimately ported it to Computer Science, where it's actually doing rather well. So my final thoughts on the matter are: From my ...
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Why was this question closed as not a real question?

Why was https://stackoverflow.com/questions/11645554/modify-ckeditor-dialog-labels closed as "not a real question"? The question seems valid to me. It includes a labelled image showing that the ...
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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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Why is there a protect button on closed questions with no answers?

Why do we have a protect button for closed questions? If the question holds answers which are highly upvoted and are most viewed, then it makes sense. But why do we provide protect links on questions ...
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Notification for down-vote/vote to close on your posts

Sometimes users post questions or answers, and people vote down or close them without the user being notified. He should review his question and what it's unwelcome in the community giving him the ...
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Should Leave Open votes get converted to reopen votes upon question closure?

I think doing this would be good because the people who have reviewed it and voted to leave it open obviously think that it should stay open. So if at a later time the question gets 5 close votes and ...
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Multiple Duplicate-Marks [duplicate]

Why does the infamous "Marked as duplicate by" message tend to have multiple users in it? Is it marked as a duplicate once many people mark it as one, or do other people just mark it as well to ensure ...
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Not a real question (sub-array max diff summation problem)

This algorithm question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15457064/sum-of-all-contiguous-sub-arrays-max-difference was closed as not a real question, when there are 3 different answers, each with ...
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Multiple Close Vote Reasons Redux

I voted to close this question: how to do the following effect in jquery or css etc It was closed as off-topic, with the following reasons: "Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal ...
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When closing, don't show closed questions as original

When a question gets closed as an exact duplicate, I often see that the original, which the question gets closed as a duplicate of, is itself closed. This is not very nice behaviour. My proposal is ...
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Getting out of a question ban [duplicate]

I have, unfortunately, been put in a question ban. The good part, is that I know exactly why, and that this ban has pretty much forced me to read through many wiki posts, rules, FAQ's, and Jon Skeet's ...
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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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Strict moderation on Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I've had a bit of a grievance with the moderation on Stack Overflow for a while. It tends to go like this; a newcomer will ask a question that quickly gets downvoted and closed because they've failed ...
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Unfairly closed question [closed]

I can see this getting alot of negative votes, if not closed/deleted, but I feel like my question was closed unfairly. It is now had been has again been deleted at https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...
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I don't think a question was “non constructive”. Should I improve it in any way? [closed]

I posted a question. This question is kind of important to me, and there doesn't seem to exist a lot of resources on the web for this topic. While at first glance it may seem to be a question over "...
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Another algorithm question closed as Not a Real Question

The question, https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15582814/algorithm-to-return-largest-subset-of-non-intersecting-intervals, was edited to make it clearer as to what was being asked, but it was closed ...
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Why are useful questions on StackOverflow being closed as non-constructive? [duplicate]

Useful threads are being closed as "not constructive:" This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this ...
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Why was my question closed as “Not a Real Question”? [closed]

This Question asked about the application on LinkedIn profile which should be shown separately in User's Profile like the applications listed here. The question is simple, but still it was downvoted ...
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Should I as an OP just go with moderators' decision if my question is closed but I (and some moderators) are not convinced with their reason?

Looks like sometimes moderators might not even be looking at the question description properly and just looking at the title of the question mark it closed. What I as an OP can do, if I'm not ...
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Why was this question on unit test generation closed as not constructive? [closed]

I fixed some of the quality issues with this question, but following this it was closed as "not constructive". What is not constructive about this topic? The reason states, As it currently ...
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Which questions are closed?

I really want to learn which type of questions are closed. I asked a question to stackoverflow but actually it was not a real question i wanted some suggestions. It was something like "which IDE do ...
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Do we need to remove the closer “not constructive” from specialty focused sites?

I asked a question over at sharepoint.stackexchange.com that was closed as not constructive. While this question may not fit in the narrow guidelines of what SE is looking for it is definitely not ...
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will all those “closed as offtopic” questions be migrated automatically to softwarerecs? [duplicate]

I recently noticed that there is softwarerecs.stackexchange.com (in beta) Will those questions asked across all SE sites and closed as offtopic because they were asking for software recommendations be ...
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Should I flag my closed question after editing to receive attention?

I worry that my question after edited won't be seen. Should I flag it? And in case it's still not qualified to be reopened, can I ask on the flag to tell me which one are still unclear?
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Can I ask a question which is an amalgam of several different questions? [closed]

When I asked a question on Stack Overflow I received multiple downvotes. In the comments one user specified that: This is not an appropriate "question" for stack overflow as its actually an ...
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border question closed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are there some type of questions that are open and highly upvoted, while others of that same type are closed? Can someone explain? Take for instance: Create session if ...
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Prevent voting on closed questions? [duplicate]

A few times now I've given an answer on a question which was initially well received, but the question has then been locked and my answer has been downvoted (despite being perfectly valid). Equally, ...
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Why closed, why not migrate it?

I just saw this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12339053/i-am-not-my-username-why-asda-and-other-big-companies-use-it It is marked as closed. Why is it not moved to appropriate Stack ...
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Should this question be reopened?

(Inspired by the right thing to do comment on My question was wrongfully closed, IMO. What should I do?) This question looks worth re-opening it or at least somehow else removing an off-topic stamp: ...
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Suggestion for “too localized” questions and keeping them alive for short period of time

There are times when I have a question which is really really important for me but some users might consider it 'too localized" and then close it, in effect killing it for me. A disappointing ...
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Why was my question about a library recommendation closed as “not a real question”? [closed]

This is regarding this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/13483054/string-length-to-pixel-length I assume that it got closed because nobody knows of a Lua library that deals with pixels. ...
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Question closed as Not A Real Question [closed]

This question was closed as Not A Real Question, which states: It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot ...
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Closed questions with education value

I saw a question today which was closed because it was "not a question". I do think, that it's incomplete and vague but I think it's not a bad question at all. The question indicates that the poster ...

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