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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Is it OK for users to reopen questions against policy?

So, we are having this discussion on Physics Meta, which has been had in different forms in the past. Two points keep coming up: If a policy objectively says that a post is closeable (not closeable),...
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What happens if I flag a question that gets closed?

I flagged a question with 4 close-votes. It looks like a fifth person came and closed the question. Under flag weight, there seemed to be no effect but the response was none. What exactly does that ...
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Interpretation of “off topic” question: installing a MongoDB driver [closed]

I'm curious why a Stack Overflow question on installing a MongoDB driver for PowerPC Macs would be closed as "off-topic". I've read through the FAQs; this question seems to relate to a specific ...
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Suggestions for editing old “Not constructive” question into constructiveness so that it can be preserved

What should my Objective-C singleton look like? was closed as "Not constructive" a little while ago by CasperOne. I'm not here to argue about the closure; in fact, I'm forced to agree that, as it ...
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Etiquette for deleting a question with an elaborate answer

This seems like it should be mentioned somewhere, but I tried to find something about it, and came up blank. Today, I posted a fairly lengthy answer to a question, with examples, etc. In other words,...
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Is it inappropriate to flag a question for moderator attention, that I believe has been wrongfully closed?

I asked a question that was closed for what I felt was a ridiculous reason -- Questions on Stack Overflow are expected to generally relate to programming or software development in some way. ...
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Question marked as duplicate of itself

What should I do when I see a question marked as a duplicate of itself? I am referring to this question: How to validate email address
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We should have a question status similar to locking that non mods can set on posts

If this is tl;dr skip to the bottom heading. In the SO Close Vote Reviewers chatroom, there was recently a discussion with @Shog9, @JonClements and a few others about this Stack Overflow question: ...
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The tour page should talk about questions being placed “on hold” rather than being “closed”

The tour page on all non-meta sites (e.g. Stack Overflow) currently contains the following blurb in its "do-not-ask" section: Questions that need improvement may be closed until someone fixes them....
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What does 'Closed' mean for a question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “closed” question? How do they work? A recent question of mine was 'Closed' as 'not-programming-related'. I can't seem to find out what this means, and ...
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Closed as (null) by (null)

In the iOS app, questions that have been reopened still show as closed. Clicking the footer shows:
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What further steps can I take to distinguish a question incorrectly closed as duplicate? [duplicate]

The perfect question for my problem is erroneously closed as a duplicate. The one answer doesn't work; in fact, it's an answer to the (allegedly) duplicated question. Maybe that (and the fact that the ...
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Should we curate answers on closed questions on small sites?

Sometimes on small sites (<5k questions) I come across a bad answer on a closed question. I'm not talking about answers that are merely wrong, for which the right tools are downvotes and comments; ...
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Spaces vs. Tabs - the sequel to the sequel to the sequel

There has been YAQASvsT (Yet Another Question About Spaces vs Tabs). I spotted this particular question Do good reasons for using tabs or spaces for indentation exist? on the Recently Reopened list on ...
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Revisions page says that questions [on hold] were 'closed as “”'

The close reason is missing for close events on the posts/N/revisions page for questions that are that are "on hold". This does not persist after the question has moved out of the "on hold" period. ...
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Closed question on Hot Network Questions list

The question The list of every type of sound all instruments can make? on Music: Practice & Theory Stack Exchange was still on the Hot Network Questions list, despite being closed half an hour ago:...
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Questions that are migrated to a site and then closed as unclear, too broad, or primarily opinion-based should not be locked

When a question is posted on one site and then migrated to another, if it ends up closed for any reason, it ends up locked on the new site. That is, it can't be voted on or edited. A diamond moderator ...
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Request for on-hold question to be re-opened

This question was put on hold as being unclear what was being asked — I edited the question for clarity & flagged it for moderation attention (I don't have reopen vote privileges), but it's ...
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Could we please have a separate search tag for (duplicate) questions? [duplicate]

Questions that are marked as duplicates are now distinct from those closed for quality reasons. However, they are both still found using closed:1 in searches. As a moderator I want to look at lists ...
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Please auto-dismiss redundant community flags on questions closed by a moderator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Commenting on a closed post should dismiss the flag asking for a comment On beta sites, when a moderator closes a question and hasn't left a comment, Community raises a flag ...
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Notification when a favorite was closed or deleted

I mark a question as favorite when I feel it's important for me to keep it for future reference, and stay informed of the updates/new content. So, if it gets closed, probably I want to vote for ...
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Am I allowed to talk about this?

I keep getting my posts closed whenever I ask for a place where I could find information about telnet clients. I'm working on an Android application and I wouldn't want to post my program since it is ...
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Why is this question about ruby frameworks considered not constructive? [closed]

I stumbled across this question about ruby frameworks, and found a great, informative answer. Is it possible to make a web app in ruby without using a framework? And if yes, why are frameworks ...
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Is there a way to see who reopened a question and who had previously closed it?

When a question gets closed, it shows who closed it; if a question gets reopened, it no longer shows who closed it, nor does it show who reopened it. Is there any way to see who reopened it and/or ...
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Why are many old popular questions locked instead of closed?

If you look through the first several pages of top-voted questions, almost all of them are old and would now be considered non-constructive or off-topic. Some are closed, but it seems like most of ...
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Why is this question unclear (and why is it deleted)? [closed]

This question asks "Get the row at 60% of the table". This seems pretty straightforward. If the table has 100 rows, return the 60th row. If it has 500 rows, return the 300th row. For the non-10k ...
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How often do questions get answered after they got closed?

As most of us know, there is a grace period for users who started to write an answer and the question got closed. This grace period is set to 4 hours server-side. In the web interface though sending ...
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Is it allowed to repost a question a day after it has been removed

Not long ago, I had my attempts to clarify a question were met with antagonising comments. I nevertheless worked to find an answer (yup, I know, shouldn't have). By the time I got back to type it in, ...
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Bug in automatic downvote for closed NARQ and off-topic questions [closed]

Questions that are closed as "not a real question" or as "off-topic" are supposed to receive an automatic downvote. However, for months now I've noticed that this doesn't always seem to work. ...
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How frequently does the 'Multiple Closed Question' flag get raised per person?

If a user posts several questions that get closed off it will trigger a 'Multiple closed question' flag that then gets reviewed by moderators. If the moderator chooses to let it slide and accept the ...
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Is there a better way to handle extant answers to 'on hold' questions?

I know everybody has their own beefs with the close system. I think it's the best thing since sliced bread. Ever tried to cut a loaf just out of the oven? It invariably goes to bits! For years now my ...
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Notification of question closure whilst answering

I'm quite new to Stack Overflow but enjoying the experience. Had one annoying moment the other day spending a few minutes mocking up a test case and composing an answer, to find in the mean time the ...
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Post answer after question closed and banner shows [duplicate]

Both of the following questions also deal with the same issue, I don't believe this is a duplicate as this question describes steps to create the situation described in the first when not doing a ...
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Unsubscribe from notifications on answers/comments to closed questions

A few days ago, I answered a question on a meta site which was closed as not-constructive. People are still arguing over it, leaving comments which end up in my Stack Exchange inbox. Is it possible ...
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Some love for good answers on closed duplicates

If a question is closed because it is a duplicate, the (current) explanation says: This question covers exactly the same ground as earlier questions on this topic; its answers may be merged with ...
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Which SE site closes the most questions? [duplicate]

My favorite SE site gets a lot of bad questions, and a large amount of them get closed, it got me wondering if there were other SE sites that get as many bad questions, or if my chosen favorite just ...
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Is it acceptable to place unformatted blocks of code in comments as answers?

On this question, it was put on hold for being too broad. Soon after that, three people posted their answers as unformatted code in a comment: I thought that this defeated the purpose of placing a ...
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Should we update the “not constructive” closure explanation to point out that SO is not for “mentoring”?

The "not constructive" close message reads as follows: I'd like to propose a wording change that I feel better explains what Stack Overflow is not: This question is not a good fit to our Q&...
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How can I ask a Moderator to review a closed question?

I've seen a couple of questions that I believe accurately fit the description for what makes a good question on Stack Overflow. However, these questions were closed by users who must have only scanned ...
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Voting mutually duplicates

Today I saw this question in the close vote review queue, which was flagged as exact duplicate of another question. Paradoxically, the possible duplicate was closed because it was a duplicate of the ...
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My question is On-Hold but Status-Completed [closed]

I just want to make sure. My question was put on hold after having a status-completed tag. Yes I know, chances are it is not really possible to reproduce but it was a known issue so I guess it is ...
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Long titles on closed questions in search results hide closed status indicator

The closed status indicator is included as part of the text when the title for search results is passed through the truncation method, causing it to occasionally become hidden when the title of a ...
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Advice for reviewing answers to closed questions

Situation: A question that invites opinion is asked. A few people give answers, one of them is a new user The question is closed before any voting The new user's answer appears in review. Options ...
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How can you get enough attention to try to reopen a question?

Back in January 2009, I asked a question on StackOverflow here. Within a few minutes, it gathered 2 upvotes and 4 answers. And then, it was closed as an exact duplicate by the same person who answered ...
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Why do not constructive questions appear on the FAQ tab?

Why do some questions which have been closed as not constructive appear on the FAQ tab? For example, when I choose the android tag and then choose the 'FAQ' tab, I see this closed question appear ...
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Editing a deleted answer pokes the question to the top

I've just noticed something strange with deleted answers. If I write an answer, then delete it, I can still edit it (that's per design, from what I noticed on other questions). However, what seems ...
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Under profile on all actions, closed status isn't indicated on questions

On your profile, when you go to your 'all actions', I'm trying to find certain questions which may be reopened - that is, no longer closed (cough hats cough). Example on my profile Several of these ...
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Display “Your question could use some improvements” hint banner for all close reasons

When a question is voted to be closed as a duplicate, the user gets a lovely banner that tells them their question might have been asked before, and even asks them whether they want to accept the ...
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I just cast the sixth close vote on a question

put on hold as off-topic by toro2k, Wayne Conrad, Uri Agassi, eugen, MikDiet, Undo 10 mins ago Can anyone see the problem here? Yes, I just cast the sixth close vote on this question. Pretty much all ...
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Has the post-closing grace period gone?

I was writing an answer to this a moment ago and, perhaps 10 seconds before I submitted it, I saw a notification in the corner of my eye. It turns out that this notification was for the question ...

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