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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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&A ...
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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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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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Show the close reason in the top bar when reviewing Reopen votes

tl;dr: Imbed the close reason in the top bar when reviewing Reopen votes. Currently, the top bar when reviewing reopen votes (the one with the buttons on it) says this: This question was edited ...
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When a question is closed as off-topic the FAQ link should take to the page showing which questions are on-topic

I closed a question as off-topic, and the closure message is the following one: Questions on Drupal Answers are expected to relate to drupal within the scope defined in the FAQ. Consider editing ...
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Why was my flag for “too localized” declined, but the question closed with the “too localized” reason? [duplicate]

I flagged this question as too localized. Today I looked at my flagging history and saw that my flag was declined with the message flagging questions to beg for help is abuse of the flagging system....
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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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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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Is the don't be an ass policy still in place?

Years ago, in the days before StackOverflow was a "professional" (I laughed when I read that) place to go and get and provide assistance, there was essentially one goal for SO. The founders wanted a ...
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Question is on hold for being boring, I made an effort and gave a good answer

Some guy asked a question about a specific game development. The question isn't phrased too well, and has long and lousy code attached. I wanted to help the guy, and made a 1 hour effort to re-write ...
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Users post really bad questions: Close or just comment?

I've had two instances today where I've come across bad questions. By bad questions, I mean: Code not included No context poor spelling, punctuation, or really bad sentence structure (irrespective ...
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Is there an effort to close old, “status-complete” questions? Should there be?

In the review tool here on Meta SO I'm seeing a lot of questions in the Close queue with the reason "Too localized" and the apparent reason is because it's a bug or feature request that has been ...
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What happens to questions closed as blatantly off-topic?

The following close reason appears on every single Stack Exchange site when you're voting/flagging to close a question as off-topic: Blatantly off-topic (this question has nothing to do with [...
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Highly-viewed question closed as not constructive after 2 years [duplicate]

I asked this question, https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3752988/gcc-vs-ms-c-compiler (10k-only link), Sep 10th, 2010. It was closed Oct 23rd, 2012. How can it be closed two years after the fact? Is ...
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Dis-incentive to ask questions that will get closed?

Recently, a question was asked on SO and the user who posted it also posted two answers. Both the question and answers gained both up and down votes. In total, he gained (according to his profile) 120 ...
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Will downvote reversal script allow special cases like site flooding with inappropriate question?

I've just downvoted a bunch of questions of that user: https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/users/36946/damodaran The reason: he posted questions in the Area51 discussion, that are not discussion, ...
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Timeline should show user names associated with opening and closing

This post was closed, and subsequently reopened. I wanted to follow the sequence of events, so I looked at the post's timeline, to see if some edit or other action had precipitated the reopening. I ...
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Why was this question closed? “functional reactive programming”

Why was this question about functional reactive programming closed? What is (functional) reactive programming? I found it because it's the number 3 hit on Google for its topic. Sure, it's a niche ...
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Should unanswered questions be closed?

I have a question that was posted some time back that never got an answer. I actually do not need an answer anymore because I stumbled upon a work-around. Should I close this post or just leave it up ...
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Why was question closed/deleted?

I asked a question a while ago: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5870640/qttreepropertybrowser-way-to-lock-property-but-still-have-it-selectable It's apparently been "deleted for reasons of ...
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Should I flag bad answers to questions which are closed already?

I haven't been flagging them since the question is closed already and will likely get deleted in the near future, so I figured why waste the moderators time flagging the answer? But there is that ...
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Etiquette for duplicate, yet unanswered questions [duplicate]

I've seen before where some questions get closed as duplicates of unanswered(or even closed) questions. Is this behavior that should be encouraged? For instance, there has been a few times where I ...