11 votes
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Change the close question text

I would support this but we need to be somewhat clear about why and when we want to push people to those sites. I actually prefer this to adding those sites to our list of migration targets because we ...
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Closure of questions regarding pre-release/beta software

I'll post an answer because there is too much to cover in comments. Interpersonal Let me start with the interpersonal issues, since the bulk of the questions were authored by Evan Carroll and there ...
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9 votes
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Add a new off-topic close reason for questions asking for scripts

I'm not sure we should be closing these questions outright, much less have a specific close reason for them. At the end of the day, people are unhappy about how they are phrased. These questions can ...
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9 votes
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Question in close queue is marked as duplicate, but the duplicate is terrible!

As comments have noted, the criteria I would use when judging which of two otherwise duplicate questions to be marked duplicate is based on quality, not time. If one of the questions is very recent ...
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7 votes
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Closure of questions regarding pre-release/beta software

Well, ReactOS is perpetually in alpha and has been as long as I can remember it. Darned thing is brokenish, and a good many of these are bugs that should be reported to ReactOS developers rather than ...
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7 votes
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Does Super User have a "could not be reproduced" vote reason?

Does Super User have something similar to "could not reproduced"? Super User does not have that specific close reason as you have noticed. If you have 3000+ rep You can Vote to Close then do the ...
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7 votes
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Allow migration of suitable hardware questions to the Hardware Recommendations Stack site

Public beta's too early for migration anyway, and considering the two recommendations sites are unique in their scope and previous experience as a moderator on software recommendations I'm not sure ...
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6 votes

Is it time to update this close reason?

I would like to keep the majority of the current reason in there but just add a disclaimer about the Software Recommendations site to add a caveat that I've seen David Postill use: Questions seeking ...
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6 votes
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Why was my 'statistics' based question closed?

Who defined what is "most common"? For that you'd have to run surveys with a representative sample of people in a representative sample of countries and then ask them how they would ...
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6 votes
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Please don't vote to close Excel questions as off-topic

I know what you're referring to, but the questions you chose aren't the best examples. These had other issues. However, I've run into questions like you describe; what look like perfectly good Excel ...
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Why was this off-topic (resource recommendation) flag declined?

Your flag was correct. However... The only part of the question that makes it off-topic is the sentence: Is there any software that can make it work? You can (and should) flag questions that are off-...
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Why is the question about knowing which window manager too broad?

It is not something that you, as a user, can do anything about, nor should you need to care. There are too many window frameworks with too many styles that all can look very different or very similar ...
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Closure of questions regarding pre-release/beta software

One of the main goals of SU is to be a compendium, an encyclopedia, of questions and answers. Some questions should be put elsewhere because of the state of the technology they are about. This is ...
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Why was this off-topic (resource recommendation) flag declined?

What am I not understanding about off-topicness on SU? Your understanding is correct, and I would probably have accepted that flag. However, in this case, your flag put the question in the close ...
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4 votes

Question in close queue is marked as duplicate, but the duplicate is terrible!

I answered this here: Should we post a duplicate when no answer given. Saying that different phrasings of questions can reach different listeners -- ESPECIALLY for questions that have remained open ...
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Should a question be closed if the asker mentions they might end up using other software?

Intended non-use of software may have an impact on question applicability The help centre notes: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. A ...
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Why is this whatsapp question off-topic?

Whatsapp is, broadly speaking, a web service. Whether a web service has a particular feature natively and independent from your client is off topic on Super User per What topics can I ask about here? ...
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3 votes

Wording a question about protocols for converting authentication without it being " product, service, or learning material recommendations"

Various mods consider a protocol a "product or service". Summary You haven't asked the question you should have asked, and the question you did ask is off topic and not answerable even if it ...
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This question was closed on both hardware sites?

Well - I might have closed for different reasons (too localised sounds awesome but we don't have it anymore, and to some extent its missed, and I might consider it opinion based). I guess the core ...
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Should a question be closed if the asker mentions they might end up using other software?

It can't be right, can it? I did what I always do when a user appears to have solved their question and submits a comment to indicate that fact. That was the sole reason for my close vote. Also, a ...
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What close reason to use for "Unable to Reproduce"?

There are a couple of options depending on the nature of the 'resolution' You can enter a custom reason when voting to close Voting → Other (add a comment explaining what is wrong) Which gives ...
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Are questions on the form "will hardware component X work in my system?" really seeking "hardware shopping recommendations"?

Hardware shopping questions are discouraged for multiple reasons: they seek subjective recommendations they become outdated fast they are only useful to one person at the time of asking With a given ...
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Why was this off-topic (resource recommendation) flag declined?

I started to comment on Twisty Impersonator's good answer and it got too long, so I'll supplement that with another answer. Posters often don't know what solutions are available. Their question will ...
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What should happen to a question which the OP realised was not necessary?

There's no such thing as a stupid question. As long as it's topical, and answerable, an answer should be provided. Also, if it turns out that it was an X-Y problem, but the original question and the ...
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Why was my network synchronization question closed as offtopic?

Throughout the question, you provide examples of programs you've tried and some specific concerns you have about your situation. That's great! Unfortunately, recommendations for off-site resources (...
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2 votes
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Is it possible that some questions can be considered suitable only AFTER posting?

I'll focus just on this aspect of the question: But community here will not wait for hypothetical case that the app developer finds the question... Shouldn't such a question simply remain open, ...
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Is it possible that some questions can be considered suitable only AFTER posting?

I don't really agree that it is opinion based, but because there are a lot of technical reasons why you are seeing what you are seeing it is one that is difficult to answer with any real authority. It ...
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2 votes
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Question about hardware is closed as off topic

Its rather broad, since there's no specific thing that determines the size of a core based on its design, and may vary according to role and generation. While one might potentially disagree with the ...
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Should we have programming added to no-no's in the Tour?

Maybe we could direct some posters to SO in the Tour? Some programming questions are on topic, typically scripting languages like cmd, bash, vba and powershell, which does muddy the waters a bit. Here ...
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Why isn't there a Close > Too specific option?

The problem with the question you cited isn't that the question is too specific. The OP just tries to install a driver on a not-supported OS version, so there is no proper solution, unless the company ...

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