Searching maple, matlab, or mathematica closed:yes I can see several questions that were closed because this question does not appear to be about math within the scope defined in the help center. however in the help center it clearly says that MathematicsSE welcomes questions about software that mathematicians use. I can understand that in the case of Mathematica, there is already a SE site devoted to it but with respect to the other software, my impression is that there is a strong bias against questions on mathematical software. Besides the voting system, is there a way to appeal against closed questions?

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    $\begingroup$ Of the first 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 closed Matlab questions I searched, each was about syntax, not about math. $\endgroup$
    – user61527
    Jan 5, 2014 at 19:22
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    $\begingroup$ There are different questions about mathematical software. On one hand, mathematical questions related to mathematical software are OK; on the other hand, this is not a support forum for math software (in particular, question about syntax etc are, IMO, offtopic). And you're right, that's not at all clear from the site help! $\endgroup$
    – Grigory M
    Jan 5, 2014 at 19:45
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    $\begingroup$ Related: Do we actually "welcome questions about: • Software that mathematicians use"? $\endgroup$
    – Grigory M
    Jan 5, 2014 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ General requests for reopening a Question closed by voting can be added to this Meta post's Answers. Note that some thought (by more than one person) has ordinarily gone into closing a Question, and there is already a mechanism to auto-review closed Questions that were edited after closing. So use this mechanism judiciously. $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Jan 6, 2014 at 0:15
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    $\begingroup$ As an aside: Mathematica is specifically off topic since there is an SE site dedicated to it. $\endgroup$ Jan 6, 2014 at 9:21
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    $\begingroup$ Just my personal opinion, but I would not automatically move any Mathematica question over to Mathematica.SE. It really depends on what is being asked. The vast, vast majority of questions that include Mathematica commands are of course seeking help regarding programming, but it isn't a certainty. One counterexample includes the situation where someone is trying to reconcile a calculation done by hand versus in Mathematica--they may get more effective help in Math.SE, depending on the nature of the question. $\endgroup$
    – heropup
    Jan 9, 2014 at 6:43


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