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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Min time allowed to edit a question before closing it [duplicate]

Hi Look at the bellow question. It was asked just 2 mins before and was closed immediately. I think the user was not given enough time to edit his/her question. alt text http://img535.imageshack.us/...
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Where do I ask X vs Y questions, now that Stack Overflow annihilates them?

Given that Stack Exchange now closes all these kinds of questions as "non constructive", where can well-intentioned people go to ask these kinds of questions and find legitimate and constructive ...
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Leave auto-generated comment on closed as off-topic

That would be similar to the auto-generated comment after someone votes to close a question as duplicate. Imagine a question is off-topic and gets closed. The users that closed the question selected ...
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time to get rid of too localized?

I keep seeing decent questions closed as "too localized". I don't know what "too localized" means and frankly do not care, I just want SO to stay a nice and helpful place. Let's be nice to new users ...
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How can I dispute moderators' decision to close “What C Compilers are most popular”?

I've just asked a question (the link is for 10k users) that was closed. However all I asked was a list and no discussions of this list nor any comparisons of compilers. Some of Stackoverflow user are ...
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What's the point of “closing” a question?

I'm curious as to why questions get closed at all. I understand that certain sects of SO adhere very strictly to the (frankly, esoteric) FAQ, but I'm at a loss as to why this functionality exists at ...
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Clarification on useful questions getting closed [duplicate]

I had asked a question some time ago and noticed that it has been closed. I was rather (VERY) surprised that it had been closed as it seems pretty darn legit. A programmer asking other programmers a ...
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What is wrong with this question about preventing SPAM? [closed]

Seeing a very similar new question, How should I stop spam robots? with a dupe close vote, I quickly looked up another question I was familiar with to add to the pile. I think having more than one ...
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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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Why was question closed? [closed]

Why was this question closed? How is asking (a very specific question) about a reference request for a specific programming language off topic? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10899050/access-...
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What do I do when SE sites are dysfunctional and legitimate questions get terminated no matter what? [closed]

First, I asked this question, which immediately got shut down for being ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. Some guy there ...
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My question on Stack Overflow was closed even though it is OK per FAQ

As a programmer I am looking for input from other programmers. The question meets every requirement in the Stack Overflow FAQ and yet it was immediately closed anyway. I would like someone to please ...
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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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Are hosting requests banned?

So I ask a question, get some incredibly useful answers, then it gets closed. Judging from other closed questions with the hosting tag, such questions are banned? Maybe the FAQ needs to be updated, ...
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What should I do about unjustly closed questions? [closed]

When I browse through Stack Overflow, I sometimes see closed questions which shouldn't be closed in my opinion. For example, this question is closed. I flagged it as "in need of moderator intervention"...
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How to mark as non constructive a post with so many votes?

I was looking at this post Are getters and setters poor design? Contradictory advice seen and I saw it was closed as non constructive. It has so many votes and it discusses a serious issue. What is ...
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If there's a disagreement in the community about question's on-topicness, should it default to open?

There are cases where it is not clear if the question should be closed as off-topic, and can be debated either way to no end. What is generally the action taken if there is a disagreement on if the ...
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What about the possibility of answering and closing a question just afterward?

I have just seen someone who answered a question, closed it just afterward and got +10/+15 of rep (at the moment). What is the problem? No problem with the fact of being in the position of judge ...
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Constructive questions closed as not constructive [duplicate]

I am a casual user of stack overflow and frequently end up here from Google searches. Recently it seems that most of the questions I stumble upon have been 'closed as not constructive' by moderators ...
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Question is very popular but closed (not constructive) - Shouldn't it be reopened for users' benefit?

I recently came across a question which had been closed because it was supposed to be "not constructive" (this question). And I noted that some 70 odd people had favorited the question as well, ...
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I've read how to ask the perfect question, but still my question gets closed? [closed]

A question I asked recently was downvoted and closed. Could you please point out any problems it suffers from? Here is a link to the question: How to use header to post row from database
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Hoping Someone Will Review My Edited Question

This is an edited question on another topic. The first stuff I posted was more to discussion area and I thought SO would be the place for it. So now I got the booty and banned from asking questions. ...
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Why can't I add an answer to my own supposedly “non-constructive” question? [duplicate]

I asked the following question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15578937/is-there-any-way-to-use-java-without-using-classes I found several technical, perfect answers to my question after a long ...
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Why does Stack Overflow sometimes seem so eager to close “off-topic” that happen to be VERY relevant to the programming community?

As a computer programmer, I am occasionally looking for answers to questions like "Why the heck would I want to use an IDE over Emacs or Vim?" or "What editor do you like to use, and why?" or "Why ...
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Topics not getting a chance to reach users who could answer

I think it is very frustrating and hurts the sites "usefulness" that people are so prompt at closing topics they don't really understand. It would be nice solutions were found avoid theses cases: ...
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Due Dilligence in Marking Questions as Off-Topic

As a BlackBerry developer I consider this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/19024157/message-related-event-handling-in-blackberry-10?noredirect=1#comment28122275_19024157 to be entirely ...
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Edited question still closed [closed]

This is in regard to a stata programming question on Stack Overflow which has been closed by Bill the Lizard. The question has been edited, but it is still closed. How can I re-open the question?
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Dispute closing of “The Best Tail GUI” as not constructive

I would like to dispute the fact of closing my question, https://stackoverflow.com/questions/133821/the-best-tail-gui as not constructive. Logging is an essential tool for programmers all across the ...
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Why was this question closed as “Not a real question” instead of another close reason? [closed]

This question was closed as not a real question. Why are SO reviewers in such a rush to close questions? I was expecting a better reason. Correct me if I'm wrong though. EDIT: By saying "In a rush" I ...
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Why shouldn't we talk about sensitive topics? [closed]

In my expierence, the bad-rated questions I've posted are only those, what consider for someone maybe touchy topics. Here are some examples: https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/42201/what-...
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Voting on “closer”? [closed]

For example, this question was closed: closed as not constructive by Walter♦ 10 hours ago It would be cool if there was an option of down voting the closer/close. Also, why was one person able to ...
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If questions are closed as being too broad or unclear, should they not be deleted too quick?

I understand the reason to delete unclear or too broad questions. In short, it bases on the broken window theory, which states that minor forms of bad behavior encourage worse ones. A neighborhood ...
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This question was closed without any reasons, can anyone advise?

The following question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15002386/when-should-i-not-use-an-interface-for-a-class was closed as non-constructive. I thought this was a genuinely interesting question....
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Do rules know better than upvotes when a question is constructive?

One of the basic StackExchange rules is that soliciting product recommendations is verboten. Hence https://stackoverflow.com/questions/187064/graphical-diff-for-mac-os-x, which turned up when I ...
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Do not delete questions that have answers

I herewith object to the deletion of Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 2010. No, it's not an exemplary question, and, yes, I agree to it being closed. I object to it being deleted, though. Can some ...
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this versus that

What type of SO question is voted up, highly viewed, and invariably closed? Answer: This versus that questions. Maybe there should be an area51 site devoted exclusively to stackoverflow this versus ...
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Why are popular question like these closed? [duplicate]

I'm from math.SE, and I just posted some questions here that were closed. They were downvoted, and so apparently they are not really appreciated by the community here. But there is something I don't ...
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Can we switch a closed question's “flag” link and relabel it as “appeal” instead?

I'd like to suggest StackExchange sites relabel the "flag" link and call it "appeal" once a question is closed. NOTE: This is not meant to change the functionality behind the link. What the "flag" ...
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Enhance the closed question notice

I'm new to Stack Exchange and I felt very annoyed when a question was put on hold and I think the reason is that the closed question notice could be more sympathetic. Here is the closed notice I ...
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What is the rationale of closing questions on SO? [duplicate]

If a question is off-topic, unqualified etc. then users should be able to vote to delete it (so that noise is minimized), but I don't understand rationale for closing the question. Closing means no ...
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Why are questions closed with no reasoning to the owner? [duplicate]

I had a question that was closed and I feel it was done with bad reason: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/14669030/how-to-program-for-leapfrogs-leappad My question is not why it was closed, at ...
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Not reading the question then closing it for duplicate [closed]

I've asked a question where I want to get the domain name of an url like if the url is http://www.abv.bg/ the the domain will be abv.bg. However they point me the previous questions where it has been ...
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Require a comment regarding the close reason [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a user have to add a comment when they vote to close I'm very surprised that this has not been asked in this manner before. (Did I miss it? Search didn't display what I ...
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Why is this question closed even though it is very much technical and related to StackOverflow

My question over here titled Getting error in Sitecore after Installing Telligent Connect throwing some exceptions from web services of telligent (exception excerpts as below) [...
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Delete “Closed as not constructive” with 10 Down Votes?

How about deleting the questions which are not welcome to be entertained? Few things: Some questions are closed as not constructive even when it has many upvotes - which means, people like them. ...
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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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Provide a “This question will be closed soon if not edited!” close reason for low-quality questions

As a followup to this meta thread, I think it might be a good idea to have a timed closure method for 'very low quality' posts. Currently, mods seem to handle low-quality posts by closing them as '...
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How about a sister Q&A site for “too localized” questions? [closed]

I have experienced a few questions which got closed for being "too localized". I didn't agree with the people who close it and it's fruitless to make an argument with them. I personally strongly ...
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A few suggestions to the Stack Overflow community regarding the off-topic question

I know the Stack Overflow FAQ goes to some length to delineate what questions can be asked and what questions can't be asked. Granted the emphasis is squarely on programming and anything that doesn't ...
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What to do when your questions are closed [duplicate]

My 2 questions were closed. Just closed. I disagree with simply closing because I'm ready to edit my question until it is accepted. If I would not do this I would agree with closure. Just closing ...