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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Where's the list of users who voted on closed question?

"How do I view close votes and reasons?" error? answer says When the question is actually closed, the users who voted (and the winning close reason) are made public, anyway. yet is see ...
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Question on Isabelle proof by cases shouldn't have been closed [closed]

This question was closed as off topic: What is an idiomatic style to do an Isabelle proof by cases? Some have said now that "off topic" was not the right choice for closure, but with it's x minutes ...
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Does “Questions asking for code…” only apply to questions that are asking for code?

Several months ago, a new question-closing guideline was introduced to Stack Overflow: "Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include ...
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Should be [Closed as duplicate] questions redirect to what they are duplicate of?

I see there are many questions about duplicated QA threads on SO and others... Wouldn't be better to have system behavior like this? User comes to question which is closed as (exact) duplicate of X ...
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Add link to explanation what is real question to not make user confused

Please add an explanation in section with comment what is real question to not make user confused with valid or invalid moderation. It will be nice to see on this page that this question was closed ...
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Don't let people close questions as duplicates of closed questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dont close questions as duplicate if the original is closed. I've seen a lot of questions closed as duplicates of already closed questions, in most cases as duplicates ...
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Closed as “Not a Real Question” by Moderator after only Four Minutes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Moderators should not close crap, flamebait questions, let the community The question "Query LDAP for all computer objects created in the last 24 hours" was closed by a ...
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How can we remove the “Not a real question” close reason from SO? [duplicate]

Somebody has to stop this, now. I've been seeing questions getting closed for this nonsense reason. They aren't my questions but it bothers me a lot. I searched MSO on the matter. The explanation ...
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Computer Science and Programming [closed]

I'm a PhD student with 7 years of experience in programming. I have worked on large systems in different platforms. When I ask a question related to Computer Science, there were times that the ...
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Why was this closed?

Below is my question that was closed. I feel this is a valid question for SO. This seems to be happening too frequently to questions that shouldn't be closed. Where did the estimation rule of ...
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Do users understand the clear distinction between “Noise or Pointless” and “Not a real question” close reasons? [closed]

I posted a question today on meta. Got closed in an hour! Yes that was annoying and I don't understand the reason. If you read the comments, you get the impression the big issue is that the question ...
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How do I ask a question without it getting closed?

I'm tired of trying to get information, and having my question closed. The "closed" message says to go to the faq, and the faq says that if my question covers: software tools commonly used by ...
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Add another type of action other than closing if purpose is moving a question out of front page

I have read the comments from this question which gave me another proposal. So some people are 'annoyed' if some type of questions are on the front page. Is this a real problem? SO gets a lot of ...
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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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Is there a way to save this closed question? [closed]

This question has been closed after getting 5 close votes: Example PDF language code which helps to study the official PDF specification? I believe the question is in a way equivalent to the following ...
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Why was this question about a SimplePie error message closed?

I just came across a discussion that was closed and I don't understand why. A user named Neal posted the following comment: "We are not a simplepie help desk..." Neal and four other members ...
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Are questions tagged [status-completed] closed/locked?

Does the status-completed tag effectively close / lock a question?
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Display “Closed as …” before the actual question

Sometimes you open a lengthy question, read through it and then discover "Closed as ..." at the bottom (sometimes only after scrolling) - oops, not something you can answer. Wouldn't it make more ...
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On closing questions as “not constructive” and its counter-productivity

I asked a question yesterday on HTTP - I thought it was a valid question, yet it was closed for being "not constructive". I honestly do not understand exactly why this question was deemed ...
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How to improve the close question functionality

This post is somehow related to this one, but I believe it focuses on different part of this discussion. I have been an active member in the stackexchange community for a while and I have seen quite ...
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Do not understand why question was closed [closed]

This question was closed by casperOne as not constructive. I don't see why. Parenthetically I also don't see the five votes required to close a question. The stated criteria for being 'constructive' ...
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Please don't label Ruby questions “Not constructive” because they happen to say it's slow [closed]

Is Ruby or Python not suitable for iPhone or Mac app development because of speed, and any compiler that can help boost the speed? (now closed) and https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6052578/why-is-c-...
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Priority Queue in .Net - Why was this question closed?

Questions about looking for a given data structure (or a library to do a very specific task) are usually left open on Stack Overflow, even though they have no definitive answer, because it is such a ...
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Best library for xyz

Already a few times I have seen questions being closed because people were asking "What's the best Ruby library for doing XYZ?". I see the point that such a question, in general, may lead to endless ...
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Make a “Closed Questions Count” easily available, per-site?

On the all sites page, there's statistics on questions asked, answered, etc. I'd like to see a number (or percentage) of questions closed for each site. Update - I don't know the best place to put ...
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Please specify why my question is on hold

I don't find any post talk about running of TCP port on long polling. Why my post is on hold? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20736575/how-to-scale-up-a-web-server-supporting-long-polling
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Questions closed as duplicate should always point to duplicated question! [closed]

I've frequently come across questions closed as a duplicate, yet the notification contains no reference to which original question it duplicated, e.g., Global "method_missing" in PHP? ...
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Editing a closed question

This question was already closed (since the question was unclear). I edited that question now. They said my edit will be placed in the queue since I don't have editing privileges. Will this edit be ...
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My question is closed due to being “subjective” and “rant” , what are my options?

Please read twice before downvoting or closing or banning or executing me or anything ;-). Thanks in advance. I think a certain software product has some specific obvious bad traits (they are kinda ...
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Question closed while user is carefully composing an answer

I spent a lot of time writing what I thought was a good and helpful answer to an admittedly poor question, but by the time I had finished writing it the question was closed. It was a terrible user ...
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Vote to migrate closed questions

There are closed questions that due to different considerations (not enough initial migration votes, question closed before an available Stack Exchange migration alternative went live, etc) were ...
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Reposting a closed or held question

In theory, when a question is voted closed, then the OP edits the question to be site-appropriate, the question will be added to a review queue. However, in practice, the question, now made good, ...
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Why it is not possible to answer a closed question? [duplicate]

What are the reasons why closed questions cannot be answered? (Particularly: closed as not a real question.)
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Why is my question put on hold? [closed]

I posted this question: Google Map based on ASP.NET/SQL database field "Google Map Link" I don't know the reason why this question is put on hold?
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So Stack Exchange still likes to keep closed questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? Stack Exchange sites have people who close questions for the different reasons. If the question is ...
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what happens to a question that is voted to be closed [closed]

I was in the health S.E. There was a question the title was breathing vs energy. I think that it was closed. Now I don't even see it do they erease the question or put somewhere else? I personally may ...
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Finding a closed question [closed]

I saw a question on a site. I wrote an answer but before I could submit my answer the question was closed, then I moved on and closed the tab. There was no comment indicating the question was a ...
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Why was this question marked as duplicate?

I posted this question: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/92786/questions-about-bounties It was hastily "closed as exact duplicate". However, when I looked at the article that it references, ...
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Add a separate tab for “on hold” questions

Normally I wait in the Newest tab and watch new questions stream in for me to potentially answer. However, especially in Code Review SE, the first page can be filled with questions that are [on hold] ...
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Should there be a reputation requirement for voting on closed questions?

Should there be a higher reputation requirement to vote on questions that are already closed? This would be to prevent kicking "misguided" users into the ground with downvotes (and also to prevent ...
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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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Shouldn't popular questions require more votes to close?

Most questions are viewed by a few, say 10, people with close rights. If five of them vote to close, it gets closed, so that's around 50% agreement between close right persons. For popular questions,...
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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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Questions are being marked as duplicates too liberally; possible solution

There seems to be an issue with questions being closed as duplicates when they are not. Often times just because titles are similar doesn't mean the entire question is the same. Here's one example and ...
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Why was my question closed as off-topic?

Questions on Stack Overflow are expected to generally relate to programming or software development in some way, within the scope defined in the faq. I think my question fits perfectly with that ...
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Can anyone explain why my question still hasn't been re-opened?

After rewriting my question, I want to get it re-opened but no body is voting to re-open. Any ideas? My Question (now 10k only)
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Computer science questions being closed and down-voted [closed]

I recently asked questions on SO which may be slightly more theoretical than the average: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7092401/virus-antivirus-and-vulnerabilities https://stackoverflow.com/...
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Why are answered, favorited and upvoted questions like this one closed as off-topic? [duplicate]

I don't quite understand what was the point of closing https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7516987/computer-specs-for-r The question was able to get an answer with 4 up-votes! It was favorited and up-...
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Dispute the closing of “What is the Ubuntu of Web Development Frameworks?” on SO [closed]

This question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4645739/what-is-the-ubuntu-of-web-development-frameworks-what-framework-should-i-use was closed for being "subjective and argumentative". I'd like it ...
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Tag closed/migrated question instead of or in addition to modifying the title

when asking a question, users should avoid writing tags into the questions title which is automatically checked and results in the following error-message: Title contains a [tag] prefix; please use ...

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