The question How can I remove the password on several RAR files at once? was closed by 1 mod as a duplicate of Can I remove a RAR file's (known) password without recompressing the archive?. Why?

The OP stated they need to batch process and don't care if it gets recompressed, Can I remove a RAR file's (known) password without recompressing the archive? doesn't address.

The only comment from the mod who closed the question was:

"I need to batch process" so write a script. DavidPostill yesterday

which doesn't explain the closure as a duplicate, and "write a script" doesn't sound like a reason to close.

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    This question would have been closed regardless if the user who cast the vote was a moderator or not, since they also have a gold badge for the tag. Why are you writing this question making it unclear it was your question that was closed?
    – Ramhound
    Jan 17 at 1:52
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    You disputed the duplicate and said you wanted a batch process, ie a script or batch file.
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Jan 17 at 1:53
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    With your rep and time on the site you should be aware that superuser.com is not a free script/code writing service. If you tell us what you have tried so far (include the scripts/code you are already using) and where you are stuck then we can try to help with specific problems. You should also read How do I ask a good question?.
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Jan 17 at 1:54
  • @DavidPostill "Why are you writing this question making it unclear it was your question that was closed?" not making things personal. Jan 17 at 1:54
  • @DavidPostil so it has nothing to do with a dupe? Jan 17 at 1:55
  • Question is in the reopen queue., I don’t really consider it ready to be reopened, but you clearly feel it is. You still have shared what you have tried.
    – Ramhound
    Jan 17 at 1:58
  • I don’t know if I agree with the original close reason because the original poster clearly asked “I need to batch process.” when they clearly have been on this site long enough to know script closing request is very off-topic. Sorry, but if you are having problems with a script you wrote to do this, then this community can help. But writing a script out of thin air? Nope. Jan 18 at 19:20
  • @Giacomo1968 Batch processing doesn't imply scripting e.g. superuser.com/a/726429/116475. Jan 18 at 19:25
  • @FranckDernoncourt So are you asking for a software recommendation? That’s off topic as well. Jan 18 at 19:30
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    You question is off topic for a variety of different reasons depending on how it is interpreted. We are just wasting time discussing what the exact close message should be.
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Jan 19 at 12:55
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    @FranckDernoncourt In all honestly I would have closed your question as "Needs details or clarity". There is absolutely no information on what you have tried beyond basically appealing for people to do your work for you. It would be nice for you to demonstrate your own effort solving your problem for once. I even linked to two distinct questions that could be bashed together into a solution, or at least the beginnings of one. It would be good to see your attempt. Multiple people have said that you should show your work on this.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Jan 19 at 18:41
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    It may not be a hard "must have" requirement, but it is strongly encouraged by our help page How do I ask a good question? which says "Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to help yourself, it saves us from reiterating obvious answers, and above all, it helps you get a more specific and relevant answer!" Your questions are, by that point, often not "good" questions.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Jan 20 at 8:33
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    @FranckDernoncourt It is still closed because no one has voted to reopen it. It has been through the reopen queue and voted to be left closed and no community members believe you have made any effort to make it a worthwhile and useful question. None of the issues anyone has raised have been addressed by you so at this point it seems that the main person preventing it from being reopened is you.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Jan 20 at 9:53
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    By refusing to improve your question in any meaningful way and instead resorting to rule-lawyering you prove that this is less about the question itself, which you seemingly dont care about getting an answer to, and more about your right to ask zero effort questions in the first place. If you actually cared about the question you would actually engage with the community and help them to help you.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Jan 20 at 9:54
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    In complete honesty, I am curious enough that I could sit down and spend my own personal free time to work out the handful of lines that might be needed to vaguely achieve your goal, but what stops me is the fact that you see my time and effort as effectively worthless and somehow "beneath you", as evidenced by your personal lack of interest in showing us that this is something worth assisting with. You have already made up your mind that no one wants to help you and refuse to accept that getting help sometimes requires you to make the first step towards getting help.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Jan 20 at 10:10

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I'll summarize the close reasons I was told in the comment sections. Overall it seems everybody agrees it is not a duplicate.

Other mentioned close reasons:

  1. The question is a software request. (Because the question doesn't specify which software to use, but many questions on SU also ask to perform some action without specifying the software).
  2. The question is a script request. (The question can be answered without a script and many questions on SU can be answered with a script).
  3. The question doesn't show any research. (Showing research is not a requirement).

Here's an example of answer to the question showing that it's not a script request, assuming that both 7-Zip (gratis) and WinRAR are installed: Step 1: uncompress all RAR archives at once via 7-Zip, via right-click in explorer.exe -> 7-Zip->Extract to *\. Step 2: recompress each folder into their own RAR archive, via right-click in explorer.exe -> WinRAR -> checkbox "Put each file to separate archive".

  • “Here's an example of answer to the question showing that it's not a script request:” Endlessly pointing to past examples ignores your attitude and behavior right now. The question is closed, multiple others agree with the closure and since you have shown utterly no effort to address issues it will most likely stay closed. “The question doesn't show research.” And you are not showing any effort that is part of the “research” issue. Jan 21 at 2:30
  • @Giacomo1968 I am not showing any effort that is part of the “research” issue because it isn't required. Jan 21 at 2:34
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    The question you linked to has no concise answer and the question that spurred it was based on a “homework assignment” question that was closed and showed 100% no effort. I’m sorry, but there is something profoundly socially dysfunctional about your behavior here. Especially with 19,000+ rep. Who are you complaining to at this point? The moderator who closed your question? The community that is not re-opening the question? The people attempting to respond to this meta question? When anyone engages with any human being there is a goal in mind. (1/2) Jan 21 at 2:45
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    In the end you seem to have no goal in your interactions here and on the closed question. So as a fellow community member, all I can say is… Why should anyone respect your point of view and see it as something worth holding? Sorry again, but your behavior speaks for itself in all of this more than community guidelines being somehow being applied inconsistently. (2/2) Jan 21 at 2:47
  • @Giacomo1968 goal: understand the close reason(s) to avoid future closures. Jan 21 at 2:47
  • @FranckDernoncourt - If your takeaway from that meta question you linked to is that attempting to solve the problem yourself is not required and showing you attempted to solve the problem, then you have formed the same taken away as most people would.
    – Ramhound
    Jan 21 at 19:32

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