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Why does the Community user mark questions as duplicates?

When a "duplicate" close vote or flag is cast, a box appears above the question visible to the question's owner. It prompts the author to either edit the question to clarify its non-...
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We have bad question closing habits

Closing questions is easy, reopening them is not.... Once a question is closed, it's often doomed to stay closed. Strongly agree. And this presents an additional approach for those of us who curate/...
12 votes

Dealing with low-quality questions that end up on Hot Network Questions

My position—and I'm adamant about this—is that useful, high-quality answers should never be deleted even if the question is closed. The question got to the point where a truly great answer was posted ...
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This question was closed-as-dup but the accepted answer is out-of-date

If the new question showed a decent research effort, there would be no reason to close it as a duplicate. For example I need an answer for a recent Firefox version (I have Firefox 42). I saw this ...
12 votes

Why are mod-close rates so much higher for Super User than for other similar SE sites?

While pretty, statistics tend to hide disparities and assume "all things are equal." One guess would be that other sites (such as those that are Linux based) have a certain kind of user that ...
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We have bad question closing habits

Many Stack Exchange websites including SU are plagued with ill-informed close-votes. I believe one solution to mitigate this problem is having a “Vote not to close” option to counter the “Vote to ...
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Why does the community have such vague rules that any administrator can adjust almost any question to fit them?

Android tablets fall under the "not about... electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones" clause in our help center. The operating system is essentially locked down and ...
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Question about Microsoft Outlook behaviour closed on assumption that I should contact Microsoft

Based on what's been presented, I agree with you, and you've taken the right approach by escalating to Meta. There's nothing in the rules that I can see that says that issues that can only be resolved ...
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Why is this simple, straightforward question on a standard Windows feature closed as "Needs details"?

The reason given in the comments for closing was that the OP didn't list any files in the directory, which I maintain was not necessary information for answering the question. Without examples of ...
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Why was this question closed as "Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations"?

Because it was. You're asking for a list, which generally doesn't fit into the Q&A format, of products not supported by that product. An alternate close reason might be that its too broad
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Why was this question closed as "Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations"?

I don't spend a lot of time here on a regular basis, so I'm mostly happy to defer to the elected moderator team. I thought about this question for a minute, though, and decided to add a concurrence on ...
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Why has this question on BlueJeans people account inference been placed on-hold as off-topic as "not about computer hardware or software"?

"There's no actual problem to be solved" -> Does a question have to be about a problem? I don't see it specified on superuser.com/help/on-topic. Many questions posted on this website aren't about ...
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Closure of question and rude approach

Addressing your 'bulk rename' question Your question here on SU Meta has two distinct parts, so I'll give you my take one by one. My question here has been closed. Rename files 000…001…002… to 001…...
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Question about computer software with 37 up-votes closed after six years?

Did a quick review of the question. Seems I closed an earlier version of it, but seems fine. I did have to prune a lot of the older answers, which weren't all that good.
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The process of closing a question is arguably rather hostile. Can we please find a better way?

tldr: That's how the site works, there's multiple mechanisms in place. We need to balance between quality control and "user friendlyness". However there is essentially a need to close things that are ...
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Downvoting a Closed Thread?

Why is it that a closed thread can continue to be downvoted even if it's legitimate, just needing tweaking by the question asker? I’m not 100 sure of the official reason, but you can also up-vote a ...
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Why questions like "Developer laptop SSD and HDD setup" are closed?

Let's go through the original question, one bit at a time: Lenovo Thinkpad W520 - Add 128GB or 256GB Vertex 4 It's nice that he was specific enough to list his exact hardware, but it seems that we ...
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We have bad question closing habits

Wikipedia has a AfD section that is used to decide whether to delete an article, it is functionally similar to close votes here. However, they have: AfD is not a Vote, reasons to Keep and Delete must ...
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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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Why was “How do you configure a Windows machine for a Linux user?” closed as too broad?

This is a question of being too broad in the sense of what defines getting the most of the system, as well as how many apps and tweaks are necessary to say that the experiences between the operating ...
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6 votes
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Reevaluate closure of question 515115 (meaning of cylinder light on computer) – not a typical "guessing game" question

Indeed, another Meta post from a different moderator suggests that certain types of identification questions, such as those involving connectors, should not be closed. Said moderator wrote a ...
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Closure - How can I find reputable manufacturers that sell (online) Windows laptops with Chinese keyboards, in Canada?

Your question would be on-topic if the only question you had was "Can I install the Chinese language pack on a laptop bought in Canada?" It's the hardware/shopping recommendation part that sank it ...
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Closure of question and rude approach

Part of your question asks the following within the first two sentences: My question here has been closed. Rename files 000…001…002… to 001…002…003 as too broad. It is extremely clear what I am ...
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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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Why was this Nushell question closed?

From the comments, @DavidPostill reopened the question. The reason given for it being "unclear" was that there was no information on where the "record" referenced in the question ...
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How is this question off topic?

What topics can I ask about here? Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about … computer hardware, computer software, or personal and home computer ...
5 votes

Why is a question on Inkjet refill Off Topic for Superuser?

Inkjet cartridges are on topic, and how to refill them as well. What your question ended up being was too broad and should have been closed as such. In a lot of cases how you you refill it, it ...
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Why was that question was declared off-topic?

Without the YouTube video your question is unclear. But does EME makes a requrierment to ᴡatch concerned protected videos this way What is "this way"? Linking "this way" to a YouTube video is, ...
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Why has this question on BlueJeans people account inference been placed on-hold as off-topic as "not about computer hardware or software"?

Unclear what you're asking might be a better close reason I suppose Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’...
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Anyway to contact moderator? I believe they closed my thread because of misunderstanding

In my post I clearly stated I have Windows 10 ISO. Why do they refer my thread to one that is looking for Windows ISO? I already have it. You mention the fact you have a Windows 10 ISO but it's to ...
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