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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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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Suggest alternate forum/exchange when “off-topic”?

Should it be a requirement that questions which get closed as "off-topic" be referred to another place? It's extremely frustrating to be told to simply "shut up" without being told what a better ...
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The fuzzy line between hardware and software

Background to the questions: It is true that stackoverflow is only for software related issues. However software is purely academic without hardware that runs it. There was a post recently which was ...
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Why close a question asking for the best .NET build tool?

This has happened more than once to me now where I have noticed mods going back and closing questions that are rather old. In this specific example, it's quite baffling. Why close this question? I ...
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Why was this question closed? [closed]

I mean no disrespect, but how is my question any different from Can anyone recommend a free geocoding service? or Is there any free address validation service? How would you suggest I rephrase it to ...
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How to improve my question

My question (10k/non-10k) has been removed for reasons of moderation. It seems that I had a precise question. Perl is known to be a perfect fit for a number of applications (which I enumerated). Can ...
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Can we move this question to Programmers.Stackexhange?

Can we move this question to Programmers.Stackexchange? I still think it is a relevant question that is useful to many budding programmers. A few people even seem to agree with me!
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Contesting closure of question

Final Edit: After further exploring SE, I believe the correct action would have been to migrate the question to programmers.SE. I don't know how to do that, so I've asked the question there. Just ...
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Are there really people who spend all day going through StackOverflow, closing people's questions, and costing them points? [closed]

What is the "subjective" tag for, if not to ask subjective questions? "This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form." sounds ...
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Why was my question about OCR closed? [closed]

My question has over 12 votes and it has over 5 answer and people getting involved, and I think it would be interesting to find solution for this, but it was closed by a moderator. Can you please ...
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closed questions should not show up in the questions feed

I know that closed questions are the kinds of questions that are not good material for the site. For that reason, I don't think they should be advertised on the front page of the site (i.e. the newest ...
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How is Stack Overflow improved by closing polling questions? [closed]

Update 1: this question is not a duplicate - the Python question happened to be locked, but my question is about closing in general and not historical locks. Here is another example that was closed: ...
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How to open a closed question? [closed]

I asked a question on "How to help a postgraduate student to write a book" on Academia Stack Exchange on July 1. Unfortunately, a moderator of that site had closed it the same day. How can I reopen ...
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Quick downvotes for question that looks simple but is not

Get all employees by location and id using LINQ It was asked by a 500+ rep user, immediately received seven downvotes, and was deleted by the OP. But it's not a bad question at all. In fact, before ...
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Why was my question closed as off-topic without any comment feedback? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a user have to add a comment when they vote to close So, I had a question, and it was closed by five people as "off-topic". Now, I still think it's on-topic, but some ...
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Make closing question users post a conscious explanation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a user have to add a comment when they vote to close I have question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/14698983/can-a-thread-be-hijacked-otherwise-than-gc-and-some-...
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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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Move or redirect or add a a link for closed questions to go to a different section of the site [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Archive Questions Move or redirect or add a a link for closed questions to go to a different section of the site. Some of these question deserve to have a life and be helpful. ...
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examples of closed questions [closed]

I've read the FAQ and I found this: Common reasons a question may be closed include: exact duplicate off topic not constructive not a real question too localized Can you show me ...
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Why was this answer hated

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20521733/c-create-a-simple-gui-class-using-windows-h/20525081?noredirect=1#comment30686809_20525081 There are 2 deleted answers. I don't get why they were hated so ...
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Hide the names of the people who voted to close a question

I've come to question the need for listing the usernames of those who voted to close a question once it has been closed. When I've been serial downvoted, 99% of the time it has been due to someone ...
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Since when is spoonfeeding not allowed? [closed]

I've probably missed some great debates in here, but I want a status report. What has happened with our rules over the past half a year in here? Spoonfeeding was always encouraged in here, as far as ...
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My question was marked as off-topic, I believe it is not [closed]

As we know, deployment is one phase of program development, according to this and this. And as is mentioned in FAQ: Questions on Stack Overflow are expected to relate to programming or software ...
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How is it fair to close and downvote after and answer has been accepted

Consider the following question: Am I taking value objects too far (DDD) There are a couple of answers with a few votes a piece as well as some discussion in the comments. The question had been ...
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This cannot be right - admittedly poor question but IMNHO very useful answer [closed]

Question closed and answer deleted. I am quite upset. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8687082/how-to-make-search-box-for-div-values/8687367#8687367 No comment on my flag. ONE person decided to ...
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Why is this question off topic for SO?

I like looking at old questions where I got a new upvote, and today happened across this one: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/902003/functional-and-non-functional-requirments/902032#902032 ...
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Why is this question about googling closed as off topic? [closed]

The question: Tips for using Google when looking for C stuff, rather than C++? The FAQ says the following: We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code in them, but if ...
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Why was my ANSWERED question put on hold? [closed]

I asked a question on stackoverflow.com saying this: I need to check if a user has already clicked a button… I have a button in my menu with a “promo code” inside… I need to check if user ...
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Why do popular but not ideal questions keep being closed? [duplicate]

I notice a really worrying trend of some really popular questions being closed and eventually deleted. Some of them became legends already, like this one What is the worst real-world macros/pre-...
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Why was my question about platform software closed as off-topic?

I asked a question about recommendations for website software recommendations. It was closed as being off topic and not related to web programming or web software. My question was specifically ...
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Closing a question as off-topic with no alternate direction [duplicate]

When closing a question as "Off Topic", shouldn't mods maybe add some education, instruction or help directing the OP to the correct place to post the question, instead of just simply closing with an ...
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How can a question be useful and closed? [duplicate]

I am a little confused as to what constitutes a fair question on SO. I posted a question, that some thought to be subjective and was downvoted, followed by 3 votes to close. Need good source control ...
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The question I posted was closed without a solution

My question, which I posted, was closed with the given reason: Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, why ...
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Question mistakenly closed for being a 'what book to get' question? (It is not that type of question)

I see lots of questions that ask for reading material on a particular subject that are left open and get good answers. I've often gone and followed the recommendations in those answers and learned ...
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Can I no longer ask about what technology exists? [duplicate]

I've recently had two questions closed because they are not constructive or subjective. In both cases I was asking for specific information and while perhaps more than one answer would be valid, they ...
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Why isn't a question asking for advice on handling a website hijacking allowed on SO?

This question got migrated to Server Fault. In my arrogant opinion, only people with programming ability can find and patch vulnerabilities. These types of questions: "Please help me my site was ...
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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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How can I ask a question if I don't understand the problem enough to be specific? [closed]

I asked this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7324321/mathematics-instead-of-if-statements and it was closed as "Not a real question". Thanks a lot! I can't be more specific in that ...
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Reopen “minimal understanding” questions?

What should we do with questions which were closed for "minimal understanding" reason? Most of them are just questions which show lack of effort (and/or understanding) and are perfectly answerable. ...
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Stackoverflow is becoming less and less noob friendly nowadays

Stack overflow is not the same what it used to be one year before. Experience is very bad for noobs. Moderators are rigid. Recently, they closed one of my question on assembly. They gave me two links ...
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Do we really want to automatically close every “subjective” question - like asking for resources?

I admit I hardly understand animosity against certain type of questions, like this one: Video tutorials to learn R programming language. The argument was that the answer will be subjective. I find ...
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Where should we ask questions tightly coupled with software but aren't debugging related? [duplicate]

StackOverflow has been awesome for code related questions for me as well as my team. However, in the real world, software doesn't exist in isolation or in the context of only code - it's within the ...