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Thanks for pointing out the other questions. They've been closed accordingly. If you look at the other examples you linked to, you'll find that the most answers just consist of links to resources. This is a problem. We don't want to build up a list of links. We want actual answers here. But those link-only answers are of course just the symptom of the ...


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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 can tell them very explicitly how they can fix their question here (pointing at our site) as well as what is expected over there (hand wave), instead of just ...


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General outline / category list of things we could / should have: Shopping questions Localized troubleshooting questions (by contrast, canonical troubleshooting questions should not be closed) Questions about imminent future/speculative product releases that are not yet officially released (this does not include official public releases of beta or release ...


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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 is an appearance, especially to him, that personal animosity was behind this action. This was not personal, and I don't dislike Evan, as he suggested in his ...


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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 be trivially rewritten from "Give me a script to X" to "How can I do (automate) X", and answers can choose to write scripts if they wish to do so, or provide ...


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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 and hasn't garnered any attention yet, AND the older question it is being marked duplicate of is low quality to the point where its answers are not correct, then ...


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I like this, as I do feel the current single reason covers too many different cases. That being said, I think it might be worth grouping software and hardware together, as those are the two things I think of as "concrete" products. Furthermore, it's usually pretty easy to tell from the question which one we're dealing with (and thus, why the question was ...


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Such a site will never fit within the scope of Stack Exchange's style and mission. Shopping questions just don't fit well into the Q&A model, but they can fit in if they can be reworded into a question. Most of the proposed questions on that site would be fine on Super User if rephrased in the form of a problem/solution, e.g. "how do I do _________" ...


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Basically the community consensus is that software recommendation questions are off topic for superuser. You can ask them on Software recommendations, as long as you meet the quality criteria. There's another issue here - SE as a whole isn't really a replacement for good research - While you have a clearly articulated idea of what you think you need - the ...


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Generally, if your question attracts a lot of answers that are merely statements of opinions, then it might be the fault of the question, but it doesn't have to be. In the former case, the question should be closed, in the latter, the answers should be downvoted and/or deleted. In my opinion, both "Is FTP safe?" is very opinion-based. If FTP is safe can ...


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It doesn't seem to be on topic The question exists on SO, a site we have very little content overlap with. While you acknowledge its existence on SO, you don't explain why you're asking on SU. Which leads to… It is unclear what you want The SO question is from the POV of the web site owner. Yours doesn't seem to be, but you're still calling it "cross-post",...


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What does "mobilize" even mean? It is unclear what you're trying to achieve. Why post another question on Super User if the same thing was asked on Stack Overflow already? Your question shows no research effort.


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I like everything but the phrase 'too localized'. First, it's incorrect - 'too localized' doesn't mean what we thought it did, localization refers to adaptation for a specific locale. Second, there's a lot of ambiguity around the term. Flat out saying "Relevant only to the question author, at the time that they asked" is a much better way of putting it. ...


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Ironic that this post which is about inappropriately migrating questions from SO to SU, and was originally posted on meta-SO (and in my opinion belongs there), was itself inappropriately migrated from MSO to MSU. After all, it is obvious that the purpose of the post was to inform SO users of the policy on SU relating to off-topic questions. Migrating this ...


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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 this is the greatest idea. If someone asks a question that's clearly and explicitly off topic, its probably a clear sign that the question needs some adult ...


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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 following: Close > Off-topic because > Other > Comment: "I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the problem is no longer reproducible and the ...


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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 asked here. While I did argue against it, there is no roadmap for when ReactOS would be in a usable state unlike Windows 8.1. I'd say that the logic is still ...


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If the community sees fit to do so, we can create a custom close reason for questions about bugs for pre-release software. I don't personally think it makes sense to close all questions that are at all related to pre-release software, but I do think that questions specifically about bugs/errors/hardware incompatibilities with pre-release software don't do ...


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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 pronounce the four-letter word "UEFI". Anything else would be speculation, or personal taste, but in any case there does not appear to be any ground truth ...


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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 questions voted to close as off-topic for no obvious reason. For example: import-text-file-into-excel. And I believe this one was also voted to be closed as ...


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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-topic, but an even better option is fixing the post. In this case as @DavidPostill's edit demonstrates, that sentence wasn't even necessary and simply needed ...


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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 depending on the developer who wrote the program. You cannot just edit the program to change the behaviour of one window from a user perspective. As such you ...


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Relax, it's just one person casting their one vote.


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For that question, there is no way to re-edit it in a way that it isn't asking for a program with a certain feature. For a constructive question, you need to focus on what you need to do or what problem you are trying to fix. Not on what feature a program has. (Today it would be closed as "seeking product or tool recommendations") In that view, look at the ...


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Note: as of today (June 25th), the new close reasons are live. Moderators can edit the close reasons, although we will only do so with community input*. The current custom off-topic reasons are: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe ...


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From some of the examples linked to in the original post, and with some ideas from the Help Center article on on-topic questions, I tried to cover all the bullet points that Super User is not about. Note that some of the following reasons might overlap with migrating some questions, but my train of thought is that these reasons can be used for questions ...


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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 vote review queue and 3 users voted to leave it open. I've edited the question to remove the software request part, as it has a lot of upvotes and a good answer.


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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 first because the state of development of that technology is such that... bugs are very likely to occur there isn't likely to be a solution to them yet available ...


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This was too long to be a comment. The guidelines are the descriptions of the close reasons. Whatever the community closes basically constitutes the ground truth of what we deem on-topic and what not. These processes sometimes even change naturally, without us having to update the FAQ. We couldn't possibly give examples that cover all cases. The sole ...


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I don't see a problem with this post, so I've reopened it. It's specific enough, describes the problem in great detail, and also includes what you've already tried to solve it (and why that didn't work). (A comment like "This subject is well documented there is no 'best' method" isn't really helpful either. It should at least point to a solution or ...


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