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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Given interest in a question, how can you prevent its deletion due to one unexplained downvote?

Many of my questions have been downvoted only once, with no comments or explanations tendered by the downvoter, and then automatically closed and deleted. It is inefficient and onerous afterwards to ...
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Duplicate questions are helpful and shouldn't be closed as duplicates [closed]

Some questions are closed as duplicates but mostly when I search randomly, the duplicates that I find are helpful. So why are they closed as duplicates? Even when the question is edited, moderators ...
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Closed without a comment? Encourage comments when closing a question of a user with over x rep [duplicate]

I feel that if you wish to close a question, you should at least comment and explain why. Allowing the asker to explain why the questions is relevant to the site. I wish commenting on questions you ...
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Why was is this question marked as off topic? [closed]

This question was put on hold for being off topic, but all it is asking is how to do something. There are a lot of questions, especially by beginners, that ask simpler questions than that and are not ...
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What if the Closed Question decision is not fair?

I asked a question on SO and I have a pretty good idea that very similar questions had been asked on the SO platform (and they are still open), but not with the specifications I came with. Then, just ...
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What's the point in closing questions? [closed]

I mean real point? There is even some sort of movement for closing questions. But what's the goal? What's the difference? "Closure is definitely not the end of the road for a question" - so, even ...
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Users should not be able to edit closed questions in order to make them more palatable!

Currently on SO, a question can be closed and then edited by its original author. Potentially, this editing can change the context and even spur a reopening of the question. Is there is value in ...
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Slamming the guy because his English wasn't perfect [closed]

If found this little gem in one of my Google searches: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15745537/where-do-i-get-chrome-extension-samples The question: i am new to create chrome extensions. where ...
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Questions getting closed too fast (within hours). Give it some time to live [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Let questions stay open for a minimum amount of time before being closed? This is has happened to me a few times, and it's getting annoying. I post a question, sometimes for ...
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Closing questions two years after they were opened, 10k views and answers with 10 or more upvotes [closed]

My question I asked two years ago has just been closed: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/13751971/which-wysiwyg-javascript-html-text-editor-should-i-use-with-angularjs 2 years after it was asked, ...
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Why has my question regarding PHP operators been put on hold? [closed]

I was wondering if someone can direct me in the right direction as to why my question was put on hold.
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Closing as off topic should be more consistent, close others in same boat [closed]

I don't understand how my question, Animated Gifs on Facebook, was closed inside a minute as off topic while other questions in the very same vein remain open. In the comments I have clearly pointed ...
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Do we really need the ability to close other peoples' questions?

I've had a couple of questions "closed as not a real question" by people who didn't seem to understand the question. Who is able to closed questions, and is anything going to change about this? It ...
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I disagree with the closing of my question

The question is Node.js CMS with internal search I've read the post about non-Stack OverFlow questions, but that's not this case. Searching for a Node.js implementation of search are not a good fit ...
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Could we allow users to challenge moderators' decisions? [duplicate]

Currently, if a question gets put 'on hold' or is 'closed', the user is asked to edit the question so that it conforms to the website's guidelines. The problem with this system is that it assumes ...
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Allow posting answers for “on hold” questions [duplicate]

In short, it would be useful to allow posting answers for questions that are within the "on hold" period. If need be, and probably wise, the ability to do so could be linked with an appropriate ...
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Is it right to enable down-voting after a question was closed? [duplicate]

After closing the question it will be completely closed. Don't enable down- or up-voting on that question?
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Automatically reopen questions with an accepted answer in some circumstances

Some questions are in this situation: They have an accepted answer written by someone else than the OP They are closed under the motive "Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details ...
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Question closed and now deleted on false grounds

I thought this was a clear abuse of authority (or I can't read straight). This question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10204862/write-a-program-to-multiple-a-matrix-of-size-nm-in-java was ...
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Reopened questions shouldn't be able to be closed again

I've seen a few questions (not many, thankfully, but enough) that a few people don't like, so they pounce on it and get it closed. That's their right, but there are also people who do find it useful, ...
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Are we afraid of difficult questions?

I'm especially referring to https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12124035/information-external-libraries-count-by-programming-language (currently deleted) but have seen similar stuff before. Does ...
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Why was this vb6 migration question closed?

I'm sorry but... what the hell? This question was recently closed as not constructive: Migrating vb6 to .net. I don't understand why. How is that not constructive? I get the feeling that the ...
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The Closing process is flawed [duplicate]

I ran afoul of the SO closing process here: my question. The whole process has been incredibly unpleasant and it has been so because of the close process. The process only works in one direction and ...
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Vote question closure up or down [duplicate]

I would like the Stack Exchange sites to provide a way for members to respectfully agree or disagree with the closing of a question, particularly if it is marked as "off topic" or "duplicate". Over ...
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Can we please stop closing perfectly good questions that the community enjoys?

I asked this question yesterday. It has 23 upvotes and 9 stars, which shows the community is enjoying it. It is about programming, about a very real problem (even though it is simplified for the sake ...
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Why are constructive questions being closed as “not constructive”?

I can't understand why on SO questions like "which framework should I use" are being closed. For example here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5057574/recommendations-for-a-java-backend-...
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Is downvoting a question that has been closed by the moderators allowed? [duplicate]

One of my questions on stats.stackexchange had been closed. Two users have downvoted it and the score has been reduced by 4. I would like to see the rule. If it is there.
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Closing topics on Stack Overflow without reason [closed]

A question of mine was recently closed on Stack Overflow. My closed question was not off-topic, it wasn't a poll or a discussion. I put in things I researched upon, it wasn't vague. It asked for ...
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Vote for Exception for Not Closing [duplicate]

Yes, we all know that there are many questions asked that met the requirements for closing the question as stated here: https://stackoverflow.com/help/closed-questions I agreed that some questions ...
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the concept of too broad, primarily opinion violation [duplicate]

tl; dr: I was offended by 2 questions that got closed and reopened multiple times here and here. Both of these questions got lots of downvotes, then got closed, then reopened, then upvoted, and so on. ...
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Why are questions closed immediately? [duplicate]

Over the last few days I have been observing a feature of Stack Overflow, namely “CLOSE”, through which a question can be closed to answers. In my observation I have found that there are many ...
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Other users keep closing my questions [duplicate]

I have tried and been twice refused to post what I consider to be a reasonable JavaScript-related question on Stack Exchange. When refused, someone suggested the Software Recommendations site, which ...
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Deleted my thread again because of website link [closed]

Why isn't this question of mine valid? How can asking with out any evidence be valid but providing a link to my website not be?
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Should this question have really been closed? [closed]

I really don't think that my question: Does Scala have static imports like Java? is in any way a candidate for closure. It asks a question. There have been answers. The answers answer the question, ...
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Should Stack Exchange be a little more LAX?

I often feel I need a degree to ask a question. I was reading @Denis answer here: When is it justifiable to downvote a question? This way of thinking is horrific. It's like (if you have seen the ...
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Prevent questions put on hold in the first 24-48 hours [duplicate]

I'm new here but so far I've seen many times (inc myself) how questions are put on hold way too quick! Without offending those who put them on hold, I think people are doing it too quickly and ...
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Why are we so quick to close question? [closed]

I left Wikipedia years ago because of the constant warring between deletionists and whatever else you call "regular" people who contribute content instead of trying to delete everything that gets ...
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Regarding the acedemic elitism or 'rule' by small intellectual 'oligarchies' that seems to be present in these sites [closed]

I asked a simple question Science Fiction & Fantasy about why the majority of science fiction stories make references to supernatural or psychic phenomena and the few that responded did seem to ...
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Invalid reasons given for putting my post about modifying an XAML document on hold

I received the following reply to a post: "put on hold as too broad by Robert Harvey♦ 11 mins ago "There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this ...
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auto-open a question if it has a very high amount of upvotes [duplicate]

EDIT: i have accepted (by upvoting) the accepted answer in Question is very popular but closed (not constructive) - Shouldn't it be reopened for users' benefit?. That stackoverflow does not ...
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Limiting downvotes to those with an accompanying comment [duplicate]

Don't you think a downvote without a comment, even a 2 word comment, is just unnatural, non constructive and against Stack Overflow regulations itself? I mean if someone wants to downvote, sure thing ...
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It is too easy to close inconvenient questions

I tried to get a rather interesting question answered yesterday, https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8439030/what-is-the-value-proposition-of-commercial-databases-like-microsoft-sql-server Sadly, the ...
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With 2500 upvotes and 5600 favorites why was this question closed? [closed]

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/194812/list-of-freely-available-programming-books/ Why o why did you guys delete all the answers to this question. All the free knowledge and effort put forth by ...
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Question closed? Why? [closed]

I've this question at stackoverflow and at serverfault: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10579273/html5-video-browser-performance and here https://serverfault.com/questions/388971/html5-video-...
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Why was a 3 year old question which was voted up heavily and viewed over 9000 times blocked? [duplicate]

I posted this question in 2009 when Apple was still short with documentation about iPhone development and there were very few book or blogs related to development. I posed the question so that iPhone ...
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Why are my questions closed by these users? [duplicate]

I get blocked because my questions have been closed several times without a clear reason for closing them. Why were my questions closed? First question asked (now closed and deleted) Second question ...
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Why is it that nobody on these sites is here to help? [closed]

I've used a few of the Stack Exchange sites and I've noticed that instead of trying to help people with their problems and questions, all most people do is down vote questions for the slightest ...
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Block downvoting a closed question [duplicate]

I think it shouldn't be possible to up or down vote a closed question. Here is an example: Ask a stupid off topic question, and ask someone to quickly answer it before it is closed by moderator. You ...
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I think moderators start to close every single question possible before the election to gain rep [closed]

I'm looking at closed questions by moderators that nominate at current election, and I feel like 70% of question the closed are usual questions, with no real reason to close them. I have checked ...
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Reopen All Off Topic Posts And Remove The Designation [closed]

Off topic questions hurt the SO knowledge base, generate resentment, and are a complete waste of a moderator's time. Take this post for example: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/11319965/...