This concise summary serves, under the form of a step-by-step guide, as a technical reference to current moderators (not only the diamonds, but also those who are voluntarily taking part of ensuring high quality among Super User), as well as people flagging and editing (even suggesting edits).
When is a question acceptable on our community?
While closing ...
Yes, these should be closed as primarily opinion based, because they're subjective and there's no real problem to be solved.
A couple of reasons:
It's easy enough to take a look at what both tools offer online and compare them yourself, with regards to whatever criteria may be more important to you (which could be anything). Answers would simply be a list ...
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 ...
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 ...
Can I edit other questions because of this?
First things first:
Can I add more points to the question? So the duplicity can be reduced and all the readers can answer a single question perfectly.
If you're talking about the duplicates: Please don't do that, unless you also change all the answers (cough please don't do that either cough). If your question ...
Most questions that ask "why" a manufacturer did or did not do something are unlikely to be answered with a clear, definitive questions and foster discussions. The answer with +14 votes was exemplary, but I assume that the closing of the question was on principle. (Good question too!)
General outline / category list of things we could / should have:
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 ...
I'll post an answer because there is too much to cover in comments.
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 ...
I think the issue hinges on the FAQ and also Tom's statement that
It's a practical, answerable question based on actual problems he faces:
He doesn't understand why it stopped at 8.
Where the FAQ states:
What kind of questions should I not
You should only ask practical,
answerable questions based on actual
problems that you ...
That question was closed by the community by various users. No moderator involvement has been performed on it yet.
As it stands right now, I see 3 people have already voted to re-open that question, so you are not alone in your evaluation of that question.
I would be on the side of the fence where the people want to see this question re-opened. I think ...
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 ...
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 ...
The "Off Topic" and "Too Localized" close reasons fit shopping questions already. I think those cover the shopping questions just fine and the FAQ explains in more detail.
And like Ivo mentioned, just flag them. With the new moderator additions to Super User, flags are dealt with even quicker than before.
As stated in the SU faq:
Super User is for computer enthusiasts
and power users. If you have a
question about …
and it is not about …
-electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except
insofar as they interface with your
The question ...
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 _________" ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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",...
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 ...
I think "off-topic" wasn't the right reason for closing it. But in essence, your question just can't be answered in its current form. Let me explain why I think so.
Why the question doesn't make sense
I was buying a game and the Paypal page opened inside Steam browser. I fear they could sniff password. Is there any proof that they don't?
That's not ...
In general, question regarding software recommendation are very often considered off-topic.
If you want to know more about this ongoing issue, I would advise you to look into the numerous questions we already have discussing that topic. Such as:
Why was my software-rec question closed?
How literally does SU take "not about a shopping or buying ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Are questions related to specific natural languages too localized?
No. As long as you're trying to solve an actual problem and the question you ask might be helpful for others in the future, it is never too localized.
If we were to close questions as too localized just because they are very narrow, we would probably have to close all of the low-view "...