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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Tooltip banner blinking for question closed by the user with the golden badge in small screens

Tooltip banner has blinking when mouse cover the golden badge for closed questions. For example, here: Windows 7, FF 50.0. (To reproduce, use a small screen or resize the window)
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Given how well the reopen queue works, should it be easier to close questions

The reopen queue seems to be working very well. Lots of effort has been made in the past to stop questions being closed in error. If the person that asked a question had a “right of appeal” against ...
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Will people make fun of me if I flag/close my own question?

I am not talking about reputation points... I'm talking about what is customary to do. I don't want to be the laughing stock of the Stack Exchange community for doing something that is considered ...
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Related Questions Include Closed Questions

When I follow the Related Questions section, I often come across closed questions. I would think that closed questions wouldn't be shown, since they aren't relevant. Shouldn't closed questions be ...
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Should the 10k no-delete grace period of closed questions match the on-hold period?

I'm normally not one to suggest features conceived from summat other than mechanical or philosophical conflict, or something not coming from observed metrics (indeed I have no reason to believe we ...
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Answer a question, then closed because off-topic. Delete my answer?

I answered a question which was then closed as off-topic. The answer was up-voted, so deemed interesting by someone. I'm wondering what should I do with my answer now. Should I delete or keep it? It's ...
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What does the little number following “closed” signify in flag history?

I'm not quite sure what to search for on this, but I noticed a little number on one (and only one, so I couldn't pinpoint a trend) of my flags in my flag history. The text appears as follows: ...
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What do I do with my answer if the questions gets closed as a duplicate?

What should I do in case I wrote up an elaborated answer to a question and soon after the question gets closed for being a duplicate? If I feel my answer has some value, what's the right thing to do?...
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Question closed as too localized - it did apply to me as well and I have an answer

So this question got closed as too localized and as unlikely to help any future visitors. Well, I am such a future visitor, and I've found a solution to it and would like to share it. Furthermore, ...
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What happens if I undelete an answer to a migrated question?

When a question is migrated, all its answers get migrated with it (presumably). One thing I've noticed is the option to undelete my answer on the ?noredirect=1 landing page for the question (i.e. as ...
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The StackExchange™ AttentionCathalizer TwitteringFeedotron™ should check a question's status before twitteriring it

Case in point: Okami questions... ur.ly/BR5A #wii StackGaming The question author got his question deleted a few minutes after he posted it. Still, it was the only question asked in this period and ...
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Merit in artificially lowering the page rank of down-voted questions?

If you google rails barcode scanner with the filter to only display results from the last year, the top StackOverflow link is the post below: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12369803/how-to-read-...
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Remove/downweight closed questions in “hot” question sort

The current algorithm for hot questions does not take into account whether a question was closed. Given that closed questions are typically off-topic or low quality, IMO they should receive ...
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Show Regulation Messages on Stack Exchange App [duplicate]

Questions like What is your best programmer joke? are locked (or closed, or on hold, etc.) which is clearly stated when using the website version of Stack Exchange. This message does not appear on ...
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Closed question indicator [duplicate]

On the regular site, there's an [On Hold] indicator after the title when a question has been closed. It would be nice to have something similar for the iPhone app. It's a bit frustrating to waste time ...
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Add Meta as help venue on the on-hold/closed notice

Nowadays, the closure message says: If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question or leave a comment. {Why is Meta not here?} Ask Ubuntu: Code ...
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Please keep closed & locked posts from showing up in searches

Let's have search not show results with closed & locked posts in them. Most of the material on locked posts are polls, or aren't relevant to current questions. We will need to implement locked ...
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Notify close-voters when the OP adds a comment after the question was closed

I recently encountered a rather confused but well-intentioned new member. This member asked a question that I and some others put on hold as too broad. The new member then added a comment to the ...
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noindex and nofollow “bad” questions?

Do you think it's a good idea to add <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" /> HTML tag for questions that have a negative score, no answers and are closed? They are not what I'd ...
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is it a good practice for the same moderator to close reopened question?

Studying some recent MSO questions made me wonder if this is a good practice? Moderator closing a question twice. Second opinion? Why was this question on writing a system tray app closed as Not-...
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Can you fake a closed question? [‌closed]

I just had a random thought; what if you append "[closed]" to the end of a question title. Is it filtered out, or in some way disallowed? If you are seeing this, it isn't. It could potentially be ...
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My name is not appearing in closed notice

Lately I was wondering why my name is not appearing in the closed notification for questions I flagged. E.g: I flagged a question as "not constructive" and it get approved than the question is closed ...
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Is it more effective to edit a closed question, or just delete and start over?

I asked a question about a specific Java library last night, which was quickly voted closed without any comments about why it was wrong. I've realized that I committed a couple of SO sins in the ...
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Why was this question about the Windows Phone 8 emulator closed as off-topic?

Pretty simple question: Windows Phone 8 emulator can't connect to the internet I don't understand at all why it was closed in the first place as off-topic. It clearly covers "programing tools". ...
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Spelling error in “Too Localized” reason for close

Hey guys, first time posting on Meta, so bear with me if it doesn't belong here. In the new descriptions for why certain things are closed, Internet is spelled with a lowercase i. It should always be ...
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Are there better alternatives to closing questions?

Joel Spolsky has clearly stated that he wants these sites to be welcoming and inclusive where anyone can ask any relevant question even if that question has appeared elsewhere. With questions being ...
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Help me with my on-hold post

I asked How to count self-intersections in contour on Stack Overflow but it was put on-hold. Could you help me with it, what's wrong? Edit: I trying to conceive yours remarks: Your question is ...
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What is the purpose of closing a question? [duplicate]

Having been a member of Stack Overflow for a year, I have participated in reviewing close votes and flagging questions if I found any duplicates. However, I don't understand the purpose of closing a ...
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Rejecting an edit which adds an answer into a closed question

A user, probably to be helpful, tried to add an answer to a closed question by editing it. I rejected the edit, without analyzing the question nor the answer, on the principle that an answer isn't ...
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Questions closed as “not constructive” should get an automatic downvote [closed]

Questions that are closed as "not a real question" and "off topic" (without being migrated) already receive an automatic downvote. But this treatment doesn't currently apply to questions that get ...
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Should a question on Git be off topic on stackoverflow?

I was facing an issue with git while working with android source and asked this question. It was closed as off topic within a short time. Now I have found the solution and can't even answer my own ...
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Why was a question on an inability to install a commonly used software tool closed?

I know several people that ran into the following issue but it was closed for some reason that I can't understand. Error installing RMySQL on OS X It's about a common software tool, it's about ...
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Any way to ask about the objective existence of a library/tool for a specialized programming task?

I had a question about a specific programming task I was trying to accomplish and attempted to ask a question about whether there existed a library/tool/framework to accomplish it, after previously ...
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Why is the data explorer telling me there are closed questions with no close votes?

I am curious why SE Data Explorer is telling me there are closed questions with no close votes I don't think my query is wrong, but I suppose it could be: select Closevotes, count(*) from ( ...
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Did I misunderstand “not constructive”?

Before I post this question I've read How is this not constructive? It is duplicate, but very constructive! Why was this question closed as not constructive? I want to get an answer of the truth ...
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Users should be able to participate in deleting their own closed questions

Before you vote to close: there are a lot of questions with titles and/or bodies that are similar to this one. However, none of the ones I saw deal with this particular case. I have an old question ...
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A solid, real question of mine w/ 18 up votes, 4 stars was removed. And I can't figure out why :-/ [closed]

A solid, real question of mine w/ 18 up votes, 4 stars was removed. I want to know why. It was posted on September 7, 2010 and closed on September 11, 2012, a full two years later. Are "elseif&...
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Accepted answers should not categorically block auto-deletion of closed questions

tl;dr Allow Roomba to auto-delete a closed question regardless of an accepted answer when the other criteria for auto-deletion are met Roomba should count an answer acceptance as a single upvote to ...
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It's possible to answer a closed question no matter how old

This was spotted first on MathOverflow, but the method works fine here as well so I presume it's also possible on the other SE sites. Someone noticed that a closed question had been answered after it ...
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Inconsistent relative time [duplicate]

Here's a question that was closed before it was asked :)
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Request to move hold, close, and lock notices to the top of posts

TL;DR I am requesting that historical lock, closed, and on hold notices be moved to the top of questions, just below the title. Background There are a lot of locked questions on Stack Overflow, and ...
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Can .question-status have a different background-color than blockquote & pre?

The .question-status div, which displays info about the question's duplicate, etc., blends in with other parts of the question. This screenshot is from StackOverflow: This confuses users. Can it ...
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Appeal to reopen a question

To share my recently gained knowledge I've created this question. Initially it wasn't related to any programming language as this issue concerns color space algorithms in general. After some ...
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Can we prevent questions from being closed as duplicates of closed questions?

For example, a question that gets closed as a duplicate of a question that is off-topic is also off-topic. It should either be migrated to an appropriate site, if an appropriate site exists and there ...
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Why are library recommendation questions prohibited? [closed]

My question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10917863/multidimensional-function-maximisation-library-for-f-net-in-general#comment14245953_10917863 was just closed as off-topic because it asks for ...
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How can a noob ask questions about “how to start with this cool stuff”?

I want to express my doubts and disappointments that I get from Stack Overflow. I am a programming beginner, and I believe there are a lot of people out there who face the same problems as me. Often,...
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Why aren't the rules for minimum research effort being enforced consistently?

Recently, a guideline to demonstrate a "minimal understanding of the problem being solved" was made mandatory on Stack Overflow: "Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem ...
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Should we stop auto-deleting dupe-closed questions?

In this meta posting, Shog9 writes: But don't delete duplicates Seriously, don't. Unless they're literally word-for-word duplicates, just leave them be - folks tend to find all sorts of ...
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Can we get an official statement regarding career advice questions?

I'm looking at the following question: Am I a dinosaur programmer? It has 4 close votes (at the time of writing), and I've been waffling over whether or not to put in a 5th. By convention, at least,...
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How to ask a “Where to start” question?

I have this issue: I've been asked to develop a c# with DB with a "magnetic card", Where to start? But the thing is how should I ask a generic where to start if any where to start ...

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