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Someone flagged my question as already answered, but it's not

I asked this question regarding a very specific feature of Tiles (wildcarding) and whether or not it works with Spring Webflow. Within hours someone had marked it with "This question may already have ...
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What Happened Here? Voted to Close 4 Days Ago, but No Close Votes Today? [duplicate]

Today I saw "Test to see if User/Pass entered for a WebService are correct or not", realized it was a duplicate and voted to close it. I then saw in the comments that I had voted to close it four ...
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Policy regarding questions related to unethical or “shady” practices

I recently saw a question on Stack Overflow relating to the iPhone Unlock Process. The guy wasn't asking for code at all, meerly asking what the process involved. It was immediately slapped with a ...
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Dealing with “Find out who's going to buy the croissants” [closed]

On Stack Overflow at the moment, there is a popular question which is currently high in the Hot Questions feed: https://stackoverflow.com/q/17807531/42473 So far it has been closed twice (once by the ...
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How aggressively should we maintain and improve very popular questions?

I was discussing this question on team chat: How do I perform an IF...THEN in an SQL SELECT? This question is a high value asset on Stack Overflow, it already has 150k views, 120+ total votes ...
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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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Why is “The Definitive C++ Book List” question allowed, but other book recommendation questions are not? [closed]

Why does The Definitive C++ Book Guide and List get a pass, but I can't ask my own book recommendation question? Can I ask my own book recommendation question in a way that is acceptable to the ...
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This lock notice is partly misleading

This question is locked with the following notice: This question and answer are a collaborative effort: if you see something that can be improved, edit it! Except that while the answer can be ...
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Is it correct to mark these two questions as a duplicate?

The first one is about "encouraging" people to leave comments on downvotes and is marked as status-completed. The second one is about "mandatory" comments on downvotes and is speaking of a feature ...
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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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Why do we let hostile users dictate the perception of Stack Overflow? [closed]

This question is a great example of why Stack Overflow is getting a reputation for being a hostile environment these days Possible to convert C# get,set code to C++ This is clearly a developer ...
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Is a question asking for an algorithm to sort socks into pairs on-topic? [closed]

How to pair socks from a pile efficiently asks for an algorithm for sorting socks into pairs. On what basis is this on-topic for SO? Should it not be migrated to Programmers, Computer Science or ...
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“Post Locked” vs. “Post Closed”?

What is the difference between "Post Locked" and "Post Closed" ?
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Question disowned by author/moderator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove my name from a post, in accordance with CC:WIKI? I saw this question a minute after it was posted, whose author was our friendly neighborhood moderator ...
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Subjective question on Stack Overflow

I asked a question on Stack Overflow yesterday and it got closed due to being subjective. I'm slightly confused as I used the subjective and discussion tags (what are these for if not my type of ...
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Shouldn't there be some sort of grace period before questions can be closed? [duplicate]

So I had my question closed within eight minutes of asking. Is this a little fast? Not only do I object to the reason it was closed (not a real question, come on I'm asking for decent books!), but it ...
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How to flag a typo question

I came across this question today. In reading the answer and the comments it turns out that the issue was just a simple typo that the OP made. So that being the case I decided that this question ...
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My answer got converted to Community Wiki [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are “Community Wiki” posts? My answer was converted to Community Wiki. Can someone give me an explanation for this?
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Already awarded bounty refunded on question migration?

In March 2011 I offered a 500 bounty on one of my StackOverflow questions (10K link) and awarded it to Filip de Vos. This question was later migrated to Database Administrators and has the following ...
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How to appeal a closed question? [duplicate]

I have a question on Super User that was closed as an exact duplicate. In my opinion this is in error, the other question is similar in that they both revolve around the presence or lack of the same ...
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Please undelete the “New user Profile” discussion

The issue in question has a separate feature request now: New user profile - revert to simpler design in first tab The discussion on the new user profile: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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How to handle bad questions with good answers?

Take a look at this question. It's a really crappy question that (especially for the first revision) really deserves its -4 score. However, one user has written what (to me, who doesn't know jack ...
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How can a question be closed by a single (non-moderator) user?

Normally it takes five 3K+ users to close out a question for whatever reason they choose. Or in the case of a race to the finish line, a sixth car will ghost past the checkered flag. If a moderator ...
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As it currently stands, this summary is not a good fit for Google [closed]

I was poking about Google (search: groovy java) and came across this search result: (plain text of above screen shot, for the imgur impaired) Why would one use Groovy over Java? - Stack ...
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Why was my question removed?

Here's the Google Cache of the question, +10k link. I thought it was a good question, and I put serious effort into conveying what I wished to know as clearly as possible. Furthermore, I couldn't ...
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How can I turn a not-constructive question in a constructive one?

Today, one of the question I asked has been closed as not constructive, but I can't really understand why, since it doesn't ask for opinions, lists and the like. Moreover it's very unlikely to be ...
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Consecutive Day count reset this morning

I have read a lot of the posts on here about consecutive days and how they are calculated, but I am not sure that I can explain this one...which is disappointing since I have been trying to get the ...
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Why was this answer converted to comments?

Here is the question: How to write a search method include "Like" such as SQL in J2ME here is the answer that was converted to comments (screen shot) please note I am not the answerer &...
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Great question got deleted

This is a cross-post from meta.programmers. I think the discussion also belongs here and to be honest, I’m really angry at the moment and I want this to get some attention. Executive summary: ...
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Are questions asking for tutorials allowed?

I just saw a question which asked for tutorials or sites where help could be gotten for VB.NET. Are such questions allowed? Aren't they not constructive?
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Why was this perfectly legit question removed without any close votes?

This question here: Using Firefox, how can I monitor all JavaScript events that are fired? was deleted by @casperOne about 7 hours ago, without going through the normal close process or getting any ...
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Duplicate questions on other SE sites?

I recently asked a question on security.stackexchange.com. The question was related to XSS so in my opinion it belonged to the security website. There was a comment on the question saying that a ...
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On the boundaries of “not-constructive” questions

Earlier today I saw the following question being asked on SO: Algorithm improvement for Coca-Cola can shape recognition. In my opinion a very interesting question based on its subject matter and well ...
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Direct answer of own question lead to immediate close

I recently came across that situation: I found out something useful while formulating the problem on Stackoverflow. Being half-way through, i figured out the solution and wanted to share my knowledge ...
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Wondering why I was migrated

I'm a programmer so I'm happiest on Stack Overflow, but I also manage my own server so I sometimes ask questions on Server Fault. I asked this powershell question on Server Fault after being ...
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“Why is Python so slow” shouldn't have been closed and deleted

I don't understand why this question was closed, and then why it was deleted. Here is the question body: Why is Python such a slow language, on average, compared to C/C++? I learned Python as my ...
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How can I attract the experts to answer my very specific question?

So I asked a question recently that hasn't picked up any answers. Obviously this is not your typical question that most people can answer. What can I do to help advanced programmers find and answer my ...
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Should this solution edited into question be rolled back? [duplicate]

I just noticed How do I generate a KML file in ASP.NET? in the related question sidebar while browsing today. I know updating the question to reflect the solution is discouraged. Questions should ...
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Recommend MVVM or just answer the question?

There's a question that was recently asked found here: How can I bind a C# WPF TextBox to different properties depending on a condition? The question asks about bindings in WPF but makes no mention ...
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Five edits within the first five minutes caused a question to become CW [closed]

Four people, other than the original owner of this question, edited it in less than two minutes of each other. This was after the question had been open for only four minutes. Parse from a list with ...
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Why are my questions remaining unanswered for a long time?

I have asked some questions in stackoverflow.com. But naturally my others question got comments or answers very quickly. If there is complexity then its okay to be answered late. But I am not even ...
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A +30 question closed as not constructive although there is much agreement it should be kept open? [duplicate]

What core packages should a professional R developer have, and why? was closed and locked by a moderator with the remark "open a meta question on it and if we can reach agreement, it will be reopened" ...
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Has a consensus been reached on whether or not some questions are too simple?

As far as I understand things, the founders disagreed as to whether or not some questions are too simple. Joel asked a simple question to prove his point that was highly upvoted but has apparently ...
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PHP Errors Reference question [closed]

I recently came across this question. It basically boils down to What is the cause of white screen? What is the cause of X? What is the cause of Y? with each question being hyperlinked to an ...
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Why was this question asking for a library recommendation closed as not constructive? [duplicate]

This question looking for tips on a certain library for a specific function was closed as not constructive, with a comment "SO is not your research assistant". As a long-time lurker starting to get ...
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Do “fix my code pleeese!” questions qualify for closure as “too localized”?

There are many questions that contains only some code and a remark like "it doesn't work." https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5283635/php-and-mysql-update-problem is one example. Judging by "...
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When to ask multiple questions in a single post ? (Revisited) [duplicate]

This question has been asked several times in similar (yet often slightly different) ways. The general consensus seems to be that it's best to ask multiple questions individually in multiple Question ...
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How can I improve my question when there is no feedback left by downvoters?

Today I posted a question on Stack Overflow about a C++ issue I found a bit confusing. Since I am a complete beginner in C++, all I could do was to write a short summary and ask for advice. The ...
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How to deal with a highly voted non-constructive question

I see questions like How can I make a redirect page in jQuery/JavaScript?. This is an old question that has got more than 1000 up-votes now. But what would happened if the same question was asked now?...
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Half the Bounty? Is that possible?

Okay, so my answer has just been accepted on a 100 bounty question but somehow I just got 50 bounty points, why is that? It's not that I care that much about the reputation, it's just that SO has ...