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I disagree with @JeffAtwoods answer for multiple reasons (in the same order as his points) We don't believe in overly nagging and notifying people for minutiae. This is a core philosophy at the highest echelons of the company leadership. (Read: me.) So make it opt-in. Why not? You should care about your question more than any other human being on the ...


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We just rolled out a change to how questions are automatically added to the reopen queue. Previously, if the author edited a closed post within 5 days of it being closed, that would trigger it to be added to the queue. This was a great way to get additional views for questions that might've been improved enough to be re-opened, but it didn't do much for ...


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Idea: add a badge for editing your closed question and getting it reopened. Then make the close message say: closed as not a real question by David Fullerton ♦ 3 hours ago. It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. ...


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Questions that ask for a list of things, like "is there a tool that does x on platform y?" or "what is the best abc for my problem?" are usually regarded not a good fit on Stack Overflow, even if they are perfectly programming related, and often not a good fit for Stack Exchange sites too. Jeff Atwood has written a blog post on the topic that is regarded ...


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Each site needs their own reasons for closing questions as "off topic". The main problem is that each community has different reasons for closing questions as "off topic" (if they aren't otherwise not constructive, too localized, or not a real question). However, from all those reasons, the most obvious should already be in the FAQ, and well known to most ...


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I don't think it's a good option to remind users of to the option to 'post a new one' in this banner. My gut feeling says it will only lead to repeated questions, worded slightly different but not enough to make it clear. If authors decide to edit their question without much improvement, then at least the question stays closed and requires no further ...


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To me, many of the available close reasons are a way of saying to the author "This question has serious issues and you need to take some remedial actions to fix them". It makes sense to me that we should be visually prompting them to take those actions via a notification rather than just hoping that they care enough to keep checking in on the question. When ...


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Your answer was "hated" because the question asked how to "Create a simple GUI class using windows.h" and you wrote a two-page rant culminating in a bit of code for wxwindows. I don't particularly like writing raw WinAPI GUIs either, but there are reasons for knowing how to write them and if that's what the asker wanted to learn you could have at least ...


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While structured as a response to Jeff Atwood’s now-deleted answer, most of this can stand on its own: We don't believe in overly nagging and notifying people for minutiae. This is a core philosophy at the highest echelons of the company leadership. (Read: me.) I fail to see how one’s question being closed falls under minutiae. Of course, e.g., to the ...


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There's a few things that could be tweaked. It should be clearer that editing your question is the preferred alternative. Nothing's going to frustrate a new user than multiple closures and a potential question ban. Something like "You could edit your question. If you have a different problem, you may want to ask a new question instead" "On hold" is meant to ...


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This really needs to be implemented. Soon. This question was posted back in 2011 and we haven't actually got an official response now (in 2015). Is it that hard to implement? Or is there some (not officially given) reason not to implement this? The people saying 'Oh, it's your question. If you really care about it, you should check every day each and every ...


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Irritatingly, the terms "shopping list question" (or "shopping question") and "recommendation question" are often thrown around without regard to what they originally meant. They're different, but since there is some overlap and very little care paid to how they're used, I'll attempt to define both here: Price-shopping questions These are the origin of the ...


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This is a thing that we do now:


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Make it clear that making an edit will cause the post to be reviewed for reopening The existing notice already asks users to edit their question. Still, despite this, users are unaware of the fact that an edit will push their question into the Reopen Votes queue, and they believe that it will not accomplish much. I'd recommend adding an extra sentence to ...


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The problem with a question like this is that it's not an actual problem you face. "Now hold on" I hear you say, "This is a problem I'm facing, because I don't know how to solve it". Well, the way I see it, that's not exactly what that line means. In your question, you posted (ad verbatim) the full problem. You did not attempt to solve it. Or at least you ...


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The simplest correction would be put on hold as blah blah blah by five, mouthbreathing, overbearing, tyrannical, modraters   just now [etc.] Which flips easily to "closed as blah blah blah".


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As Brad Larson points out in the other discussion you link, using this for Off Topic closures has become somewhat tricky: The two close reasons that was applied on before: "Off topic" and "Not a real question" were intended to indicate things that were clearly not suitable for the site. "Too localized" didn't, because many of those questions were decent ...


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See https://stackoverflow.com/questions/how-to-ask first of all. This is the entire text of your question: I want to learn assembly language programming. I have a 64 bit pc with windows 7. Which book and assembler I should use for this purpose? How much research effort did you put into your question? And how much of that research effort did you ...


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Yes, “making the internet a better place” is still a useful and relevant test for individual questions. It's the vision statement of the entire organization. As such, it's designed to be the guiding principle that we fall back on when more detailed guidelines leave us unsure of what action to take. I'm not completely convinced that it was ever truly ...


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There should be a second, more detailed level of close reasons beneath each main reason (OT, NaRQ, Not Constructive, etc.) this second level should be curated by the community, separately for each site. If we had that, we could have explanatory paragraphs that address why a question was closed much more specifically - shown to the OP and maybe even to the ...


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Here's what you should do when you encounter a question that is closed for any reason: Note that this also doubles as a handy Stack Overflow drinking game.


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You used a custom flag message stating: so old question with lots of possible duplicates. should be closed This may very well be the case, but moderators are not Google search. If, as you state, there are lots of possible duplicates which you are aware of, you could have used the "exact duplicate" moderator flag and showed us which post it was a ...


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Closure doesn't mean the absolute death of a question. You can still edit the question now and it can be reopened. Reopening can be done either by 5 community votes or by moderator. You can flag your question for review, if you feel it's been edited into a better form and deserves reopening.


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Simple - this question is not off-topic. It's low quality and not useful and doesn't show any research and should be down voted without mercy and eventually deleted (actually - it already has been deleted). But not closed. Closing should not be used as a "super downvote".


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Your question starts with: I don't have time to learn regex's at the momement The community has little patience with people who ask for help but don't have the time to learn the basics. I expect that is why your question ended up being closed and deleted.


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I'm looking at your latest question, ignoring the irrelevant title and introduction. Where could I get infos related to communication between Android and Microchip. That's not a Stack Overflow question. That's something you look up using a search engine and the product documentation. The web has tons of information on client/server setups, in pretty much ...


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That makes sense. Once a migration stub is removed, the question should be treated like any other post on the site. I dropped this into the feature-request queue as a Community Request.


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They might well know that it isn't a good fit for the site, but they likely still want to help the person asking the question, so try to pop in a helpful answer before it is closed. I have answered questions before and voted to close them at the same time. It might not be a good question (ie, not a good fit for Q&A) but it still might be a good question....


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