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I recently asked the following question that was closed as a duplicate of another. The overlap in content between the two questions is so minimal that to me it reads as if the moderator who closed the question didn't properly read either my question or the question they were proposing it to be a duplicate of. If anything, the proposed original question is so generic that it itself is almost definitely a duplicate of many other questions on the site.

For example, the original question doesn't even mention the word "NVMe", which is the most central part of my question. This overzealousness to close or otherwise pass judgement on questions without properly reading through them is something that I'm increasingly seeing on SU and that I've heard echoed by many others I know outside of the network.

  • I've removed the duplicate from the question and closed it instead as off-topic as you are asking for free tools to erase the drive. – DavidPostill Mar 5 at 16:49
  • Of course. When you can't be bothered reading a question before closing it as a duplicate and are then challenged, go for the next one that you can stick, right? – Hashim Mar 5 at 17:07
  • Instead of complaining you would be better off doing some research (which you should have done before asking the question). You might be surprised to find Subclassed: How to securely wipe an NVMe drive, Secure Erase HDDs/SSDs(SATA/NVMe) using hdparm & nvme-cli on Linux | NotebookReview and NVMe Secure Erase, all of which address your question. – DavidPostill Mar 5 at 17:24
  • Whether I did the research or not is irrelevant. I could have fully intended to answer it myself, and probably would have if no-one else did. External links to hdparm are plentiful, yet all the questions and answers relating to it on this site are still on-topic. The obscurity of nvme-cli as a tool and its mention on a handful of tech blogs is justification enough to be asking the question. – Hashim Mar 5 at 17:26
  • If you edit the question to make it on topic it may get reopened when it goes into the reopen queue. – DavidPostill Mar 5 at 17:29

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