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Questions tagged [close-reasons]

Questions about reasons for closing a specific question (use [specific-question] too), and the predefined reasons users are able to choose from when voting to close

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Why is the question about knowing which window manager too broad?

How to know the window manager a specific program uses? Why is this question too broad? I only ask one question at a time, which is specific and answerable. I think this kind of question is very good ...
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Closure of questions regarding pre-release/beta software

Five years ago, the issue was raised as to whether questions related to problems with beta software are on-topic. The gist of the logic for why they are not is in suggested wording for a custom close ...
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Why was this off-topic (resource recommendation) flag declined?

I flagged this question as off-topic, using the reason "Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they become outdated quickly and attract opinion-...
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Change the close question text

Would it be possible to get the text in yellow box on questions closed for requesting hardware and software recommendations to contain a link to those respective sites? Below is a recent example. ...
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Question in close queue is marked as duplicate, but the duplicate is terrible!

Recently I was looking through the close votes review queue when I came across this question, and it was flagged as a duplicate of this question. These two questions really are exact duplicates of ...
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What should happen to a question which the OP realised was not necessary?

I came across this question today, where the OP quickly realised their mistake and stated so in the comments, however they haven't deleted the question and no other action has been taken on it (...
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Why was my network synchronization question closed as offtopic?

I have a question about my Super User post: Real-Time Sync Utility My question got recently closed as off-topic. While my actual question (what I wanted to know) was on topic in the first place, I ...
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Quit bein' so blockin' [closed]

I think Stack Exchange is too strict on closing and deleting questions. Perfectly feasible questions are marked as low-quality, too broad, or "unclear what you're asking." Are we really going too far ...
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Does Super User have a “could not be reproduced” vote reason?

My primary hunting grounds Ask Ubuntu, Unix & Linux and Vi and Vim have a "could not reproduced" close reason (or something close enough). Does Super User have something similar? I know I can only ...
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Allow migration of suitable hardware questions to the Hardware Recommendations Stack site

There was a site proposed in Area 51 called Hardware Recommendations. It is now in public beta and I think it would be helpful to migrate and redirect users with hardware questions to this site ...
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Why isn't there a Close > Too specific option?

We have a Close > Too broad reason, but why not a Close > Too specific? Or as I learned researching this, a Too localized reason? It's quite often that I see users are asking why their specific ...
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Are questions on the form “will hardware component X work in my system?” really seeking “hardware shopping recommendations”?

I came across the question Will my PSU 450w be able to handle?, but I have seen this in many other cases as well. The basic form is that someone comes along, lists their system specs, and asks about ...
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Please don't vote to close Excel questions as off-topic

During routine review queue patrols, I noticed that several microsoft-excel questions were being voted to close as off-topic: https://superuser.com/review/close/335558 https://superuser.com/review/...
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Add a new off-topic close reason for questions asking for scripts

Recently, I've seen several questions in the close queue that simply ask for a script to be written to perform or automate a particular task. These questions are currently closed as too broad with ...
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Why was my 'statistics' based question closed?

One of my questions: How is UEFI pronounced? was closed because it apparently was primarily opinion based. Know that it had the potential to flagged as such, I specifically worded it to ask for 'most ...
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Why my question was closed?

I'm referring to this one. The reason was "Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on ...
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How to check what the close reason is?

Situation I just asked a question and someone voted to close it. Question How do I find out what the reason was? Research I saw somewhere (see screenshot in this question) that when voting to ...
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What's wrong with this question?

I received down-votes for this question: https://superuser.com/questions/753966/looking-for-a-forum-with-anonymity-support Now my understanding is that it is not a question which has readily ...
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Looking for a lighter editor, closed as not constructive, points on making it in scope?

I've found a closed question of particular interest to me. The reason was that it's "not constructive". What lightweight editor has autosave per keystroke, similar to intelliJ idea? Would love ...
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Is “noise or pointless” coming back?

I noticed that many questions closed as noise or pointless were later changed to not constructive; however, today I saw a question with this old status again: Is this intended, or is it a bug?
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Then why are we closing “is possible to uninstall an operating system?”?

I really hate that first close reason. It doesn't tell me anything and too much. Doesn't tell me what is wrong, nor it tells me exactly what is wrong. Can somebody explain to me what part of the help ...
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Help center doesn't explain that question about bugs in pre-release software are off-topic

I just used the "Questions about bugs in pre-release/beta software or prototype hardware are off-topic" close reason to vote to close a question. I was looking for somewhere in the Help Center where ...
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What happened to the “too old” message?

I just voted to close this two-year-old question because I believed that it was off-topic for Super User, and that it belonged on another site in the Stack Exchange network.  However, I was not given ...
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What makes a history-tagged question closed?

I love to read about computer history. There are many questions regarding history on SU and a history tag. Some of the questions are closed: https://superuser.com/questions/tagged/history?sort=votes&...
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Question is getting downvotes and a close request

https://superuser.com/questions/655201/how-to-mobilize-all-links-with-http-www-google-com-gwt-xu Why is that happening? And what can I do to it to ask it again in a more acceptable way?
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If a user didn't want to hear opinions, but the answers were primarily opinion-based, would the question be closed?

I'm talking about my question: How far should one go to protect his PC? Closed as primarily opinion-based. But I never wanted to hear opinions, I wanted facts, like "Is FTP safe?", And the fact is "...
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Belongs on another SE site [duplicate]

When you click close, off-topic, belongs on another SE site, there are a few common options. I believe iPhone/iOS (thinkdifferent.stackexchange.com) should be on the list. Ideally, one should be ...
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Should we have closing guidelines with examples?

It would be useful to have some examples of questions that should and shouldn't be closed for specific reasons, with detailed explainations why. It could reduce the number of invalid flags and make ...
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Should we split up the off-topic “shopping” closing reason?

One of our current off-topic reasons reads like this: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, ...
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Including a reference to the proposed “Software Recommendations” site

There is a plethora of questions here (in meta) that involve what to do about questions involving "Software recommendations". None of them seem to mention the proposal for the Software Recommendations ...
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Off topic close reasons – do we need specific points for Stack Overflow or Web Apps?

It's been a couple of days since we're using the new off-topic close reasons, including: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend ...
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Should questions related to problems with beta software/prototype hardware be closed?

I saw that Windows 8.1 Preview No sound on Macbook Pro Retina was closed since it's Preview/Beta code and the issue may very well be fixed by MS or the PC manufacturer in the months to come before ...
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Can we add a little more to the close option Off-Topic --> Recommendation?

I created a meta post that shows how to ask questions that may involve recommendations. I think that it would be good to add this to the closing option of Off-Topic --> recommendations. This is the ...
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Dealing with “Request for Work” type questions

First off, this is what our main closure and off topic dialogs look like at present: SO seems to be tackling "Request for Work" type questions head on as per https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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Why can't I see why I got a close vote?

On my latest question, I got a close vote: All I know is that I got a close vote, not why. I'd like to edit my question to prevent from getting more votes, is there a way to tell why I got it?
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Should clicking the “Close” button in a review audit, where closing the question is not appropriate, cause an *immediate* failure of the audit?

I just encountered a review audit (i.e, an "attention test") question in the close votes review queue for the first time. That is, it was a question that did not deserve any close votes that had been ...
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What should be featured in our list of off-topic close reasons?

Many people seem to think that question closure means that the question has come the end of its lifecycle here, while it's clearly not so. As part of making things more clear to the folks asking why ...
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SSD recommendation closed as off topic, but subject is on topic, what edits can re-open it?

I was looking for backup/archival solutions and wondered about the possibility of using (one or more) SSDs. Before asking, I searched for duplicates and I found: Would an SSD be a good option as a ...
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Why is Deltek off topic?

https://superuser.com/questions/580843/is-there-any-way-for-an-individual-to-learn-deltek-vision?noredirect=1#comment710957_580843 Why was this question considered off-topic? According to the FAQ: ...
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Asking same question from another stackexchange site [duplicate]

Why shouldn't we ask one question which has been already asked on Askubuntu and doesn't have answer, on Superuser? I can't find any reason on FAQ. Any help would be appreciated
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I think my question have been wrongly closed

I don't understand the argument on why the mod closed my question: AMD Radeon HD 7000 cards that do not use more than the total bandwidth of PCI-E 2.0 Small geographic area? I think my question could ...
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I'd like to know why my question was closed

I posted a question detailing my problems with Windows 8's File History. I use it for backups and I have a couple of things I'd like it to do, but it fell short. With certain specific needs in mind, I ...
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Why was question about the space required for installing Raspbian closed as off-topic?

Question: How much space does Raspbian use? Why was this closed? The Raspberry Pi is a real computer and couldn't find the information elsewhere? If this actually should be closed, is there any ...
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Why was my question on Itanium closed?

I asked a question about Why Intel dropped the Itanium and it was well received (IMO), but was closed as "Not Constructive". Is there any reason why it would be closed?
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Why are open-ended questions closed so fast?

Why are "open-ended" question closed so fast when whether a question is open-ended or not is actually subjective? Someone can always come with a rock-solid collection of facts that will make his ...
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Why is my question considered to be “off topic”?

I asked this question: Automatically reclaim my IRC nickname (without underscores) globally? Without any comments it was "closed as off topic". I don't understand why. The box informing me about the ...
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Why is question 480733 off topic?

https://superuser.com/questions/480733/communication-software-wanted-email-sms-im-phone-calls Would you please explain, why this question is off topic? I think I am a power user making high ...
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Why was 451805 closed?

Why was this question: https://superuser.com/q/451805/101850 closed? I don’t see anthing offtopic with it. It’s about computer software.
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Are “X vs Y” product comparison questions not constructive?

The comparison of two distinct products with similar purposes, as in this question, seems to be the sort of question that solicits opinion and therefore not constructive. However, these questions are ...
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Listed close reason is wrong in /tools?

Not really sure what is going here, but here is a picture: The stated reason at the bottom is that it is too localized, but the only close vote is for off topic. What is going on?