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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Please provide information on duplicate question relationships in SEDE again

Before the changes to how duplicates are displayed earlier this month, it was possible to get data on duplicate questions and their "originals" out of SEDE by parsing the automatically inserted string....
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Submitting an answer to a closed question

Recently, (on meta), I was able to answer this question 30 seconds after it was closed. Close time: 2013-12-05 02:37:22Z Answered at: 2013-12-05 02:37:52Z This is fine. It is not a bug, rather it ...
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No comment posted when question is closed as off-topic because … > other

When closing a question (as a mod, so binding vote) using Close > Off-topic because ... > Other and entering a comment to explain why it was closed the question get closed but the explanatory comment ...
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Why was this question closed as off-topic without being migrated?

The question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6006916/unable-to-install-imagemagick-unmet-dependencies was closed as "Off topic" without being migrated. As the closer in question was Jeff Atwood, ...
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Too many questions being closed [closed]

I would argue that waay too many questions are being closed inappropriately. Let's take some examples: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3227450/full-ftatement-with-details-closed https://...
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Preventing users from downvoting good answers to bad questions

I posted an answer to a question that was voted closed as too localized, which it very much could have been. However, I did get 2 upvotes for that answer. As I browsed SO, I noticed that my rep went ...
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Unable to suggest edits on a closed question

Backstory TL;DR: It was discovered on Gaming that I cannot suggest edits on a closed question. I can edit open posts and >2k rep users can edit the closed post. Is the fact that I am unable to ...
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New close reason: “Question asks to predict the future”

Example: Do Oracle intend to continue work on Java? The question has been edited; the original text was: Do Oracle intend to continue work on Java? Will there be future versions of Java after SDK ...
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Closed indicator temporarily disappears after editing closed question

Here is my entry for the Lowest-Priority-Bug-of-the-Week Competition: Sometimes the "[closed]" marker disappears temporarily, after editing the closed question. Steps to Reproduce: Find a closed ...
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“Comments only” lock notice on closed questions mistakenly says that question is still accepting answers

When a question has a "comments-only" lock, the following notice is displayed on top of the question: Locked for X days. Comments on this question have been disabled, but it is still ...
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Can we bring ancient duplicates up to date?

In the past, before we had the current closure notes the community user edited in the possible duplicates inside the text of the question, once the question got closed. See for example here. Today ...
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Why was this question erroneously rejected by four stackoverflowers?

Why was this program erroneously rejected by three compilers? I am new to Stack Overflow, and trying to grok the culture, but so far it has eluded me. There are many friendly helpful individuals ...
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Should I reopen a bad question if I think I have an answer?

I saw this question that was closed as "too broad" where the OP asks for how to replicate a big complex animation (the shredder animation in Passbook for iOS). I did that myself about a year ago and ...
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Post was closed before it even existed

I would like to report a bug. This post was apparently closed 2 years ago, but it has only existed for 1 year and 3 months. See a screenshot of the problem below.
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Can an answer of a closed question be accepted? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “closed” question? If one of my questions were closed by somebody but I feel one of the answers were useful, can I still accept it? Also, can any answer ...
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It feels bad to be on the receiving end of a closed question

I had 2 questions of mine closed this week on Stack Overflow. https://stackoverflow.com/q/1156830/ (now found here: Is there a terminal app that allows filenames to be clickable?) and What is a ...
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Publicise flag counts on closed questions

Questions that are apparently closed by only one mod seem to generate some tense discussions, mostly in comments and some more appropriately on meta questions. Several mods have been accused of ...
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More than 5 close votes?

I voted to close this question. It has been closed with the following reasons: "Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted ...
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When is the list of the users who selected a close reason shown?

Looking at https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/188677/help-me-with-reputation, or post deletion - Noty (notifier) is not working inside a function, I notice that in one case, the list of user ...
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Accept Rate - Closed and “No Answer” questions should not count

I really like the "Accept Rate" feature. I think it will encourage folks to accept answers once they get a good one (though, hopefully they will not accept bad ones just to get their rate up). I ...
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Can I search for migrated questions, or filter them out in searches?

In the same way that you can search for closed questions using the closed:1 search clause, is it possible to filter out migrated questions from your search? I don't see something like a migrated:0 ...
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What is the difference between exact duplicate and just duplicate?

The questions Why does Meta Stack Exchange have privileges that don't have any effect? and Meta Meta Privilege were both marked as duplicates. However, one of them has a different "marked as ...
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Show us detailed close vote count for migrations / duplicates, after voting [duplicate]

When you open the close dialog after having voted yourself, you get the same dialog as normal, but without the radio buttons. You can see the vote counts on the different categories. However, you can'...
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What is the reason for locking a question migrated from another site that is then closed?

When a question is migrated to another site, and it is then closed on the receiving site, it gets locked. This means the question is not editable, nor is it possible to vote to delete it. That is what ...
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Is “Lunatic Speculation” a reasonable reason to close a question with 18 upvotes, 5 answers, 5 stars?

The question: Travelling by bus The comment above the close reason: I voted to close not because the asker didn't know what he was asking, but because the question is a lightning rod for lunatic ...
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How many questions have I voted to close and voted to delete?

I'm curious about how well I judge worthy questions in comparison to the rest of the community. How can I get a count of how many questions I have voted to close or delete, and how many of those ...
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Display the custom close reason when closed as such

Background As per this bug report where a custom close reason is used the actual close reason is shown as: This question does not appear to be about Stack Overflow or the software that powers the ...
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Is it OK to just downvote & flag help vampires?

This is no longer my point of view; so I changed title, removed comments and accepted Jeff's answer. The comments on this answer made it clear to me and changed my mind... May this question serve as ...
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Why was this useful question about app costs deleted?

The following was highly-voted question originally asked in '08. It had over 400,000 views and 270 upvotes, with one of the answers nearly approaching 1000 upvotes. Obviously this was a popular (and ...
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Why was my question closed and how to contact the closer

It appears that casperOne has closed my question as a duplicate. Firstly, I would like to know if there is a way to contact / message a user directly. I would prefer to do that, rather than just re-...
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Why is my question “not real”

I don't really understand why my question, What is the difference between an array and a list?, was closed. It's clear that there are a lot of different answers and the people aren't really sure ...
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Help me rescue a closed question because I really want to find an answer

I would like to appeal the closing of this question. Frankly I was surprised that it was closed as off-topic; I have asked and answered many PowerShell questions in a similar vein. As I really want to ...
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Migrating closed questions

Sometimes a question gets closed as off-topic (not-migrated) while there is another site where the question is on-topic. If a moderator wants to migrate the question, the moderator needs to reopen ...
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Question closed while composing an answer

I was lucky enough to get the update message "This question was closed, new answers will not be accepted" (paraphrased) while composing an answer to this question. This is an extremely unpleasant ...
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Favorites list doesn't display closed status indicator

The favorites list does not seem to show the closed status indicators that the other question views do, even though it does highlight deleted questions. For example, my list of favorites on Meta ...
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Is it possible to be alerted, while answering, that the question was removed or closed?

When I type an answer to a question, and other people answered it at the same time, I see a message on the top of the page indicating that other answers are available. On the other hand, if the author ...
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How to handle duplicates of questions that just didn't receive an answer?

It seems that you can no longer handle duplicates of questions that haven't received an answer through close votes — unless you're a moderator, or both questions are by the same user. How are ...
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Guidance for how to reopen a question that is on hold or closed

It would be good to have some easy to follow guidance for how to get a question reopened that is on hold or closed. What I would find useful as a user with a couple of months experience of ...
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Should we close bug reports that are tagged [status-completed]?

I came across this bug report that was closed after it has been tagged status-completed. It looks like a perfectly fine bug report to me, but somehow it was closed as off-topic. Take a look at the ...
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Should I bother to edit questions that will be closed?

Sometimes there are extremely* bad posts that not even God can fix. They are doomed to be closed and remain silently in the depths of Stack Overflow where nobody in his right mind will ever see them ...
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Question regarding difference between two tools off-topic but why? [closed]

I am referring to this post because there is a lot of confusion: What are the advantages of Sublime Text over Notepad++ and vice-versa? So it was closed as off-topic because it was deemed subjective....
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Getting your question reopened

In this comment, someone mentioned how hard it is to get a question reopened. This is a problem. Many new users, upon learning that their question is closed, will ask it again in a new post. This ...
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Why is this question NOT automatically deleted by the RemoveAbandonedClosed script?

This question on Music Fans SE seems to qualify for auto-deletion by the RemoveAbandonedClosed script since it seems to satisfy all the mentioned criteria for deletion. However, I have been tracking ...
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What is going on with this deleted answer?

I'm a bit confused by this Q&A pair: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/253062/dimensional-analysis-problem (10k on Physics, or dev team.) The question looks like this: Of note: The ...
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When are multiple closure reasons provided in the post notice?

I noticed in this recently closed question that there are multiple close reasons presented. Here's a screenshot of the post notice: From my understanding, only one close reason is selected when ...
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What's not constructive about this?

I asked https://stackoverflow.com/q/16984187/1544337 yesterday or so and today I noticed it was closed as not constructive. Earlier, I already saw an NC vote, and also a too localized one. Now, there ...
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Why doesn't SO remove questions closed as not constructive so Google won't point me to a dead end?

I have been using SO for many years and had an account for over 2 years now and found it very useful... until the last 6 months or so. On a very regular basis now, Google points me to SO for the ...
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Post history not accessible without edits [duplicate]

Normally, the close/lock/delete history of a post (including the reversal of such actions) is easily accessible along with the posts revisions. However, if the post has not been edited (aside from ...
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List of users in the “on hold” banner different from those who reviewed as “close”

I was reviewing the close vote queue. While there, I voted to close a question. Meanwhile, I opened that same question, there I saw that the names who voted to close it are different than those in the ...
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Incorrectly able to answer a closed question

The question, What might you put in your own C#-like language? was closed at 04:50 And yet I was able to post an answer at the time of 08:41 some four hours later. The question was later reopened at ...

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