This question of mine has been voted to be closed. The reason stated there is because some user thinks it's off topic. Is it really? In my opinion, it's not, but I maybe wrong.

What do you think?

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    $\begingroup$ There is a statistics stack exchange. Maybe that's more suitable? $\endgroup$ Aug 9, 2014 at 18:47
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    $\begingroup$ It is not clear what the people who voted to close believe "off topic" to mean. It is a clear question, definitely on a serious mathematical topic. $\endgroup$ Aug 9, 2014 at 18:53
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    $\begingroup$ The voter for "off topic" selected "no context" as the reason. I initially voted with this person (becoming the 2nd close vote), because I mis-read the question to be "how should I prove a), b), c)" (because that's the format a lot of users asking homework questions use.) Upon closer examination, I've retracted my vote. I suspect the original voter also misread the question. I wouldn't worry about it, if I were you--quite a few close-vote reviewers have voted to "leave open." $\endgroup$
    – apnorton
    Aug 9, 2014 at 18:58
  • $\begingroup$ Ok. Thanks everybody. ;) $\endgroup$ Aug 9, 2014 at 18:59
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    $\begingroup$ @Andre: I do think it's pretty likely that they believe it to mean that this looks like yet another "here's my exercise, do it for me" problem. And I agree that it does look like such a thing if you just give it a cursory look over. (I did vote to leave open as well) $\endgroup$
    – user14972
    Aug 9, 2014 at 19:01
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    $\begingroup$ @Hurkyl Well, I wouldn't know since I'm selfstudying. But wouldn't be strange I post a HW question in almost mid August? I don't know many(or any) universities with classes in August. $\endgroup$ Aug 9, 2014 at 19:03
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    $\begingroup$ @Hurkyl: Voting to close has become fashionable, so people do it early and often, without necessarily reading. $\endgroup$ Aug 9, 2014 at 19:06
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    $\begingroup$ @Anoldmaninthesea. This is a bit off-topic, but consider summer sessions, online schools with year-round schedule, the Antipodes... $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Aug 9, 2014 at 19:09
  • $\begingroup$ @900sit-upsaday hum... ok. $\endgroup$ Aug 9, 2014 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ As a tangential matter, the tag order-statistics seems out of place on this Question. Order statistics have to do with ranked/sorted observations, not with "order" of moments, etc. $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Aug 10, 2014 at 12:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Anoldmaninthesea. MSE has participants from different countries. In the Philippines, for example, practically all universities (for now) have a school year that starts in June and ends in March (with summer sessions from April to May). $\endgroup$
    – JRN
    Aug 11, 2014 at 0:55

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So, someone cast a close vote thinking the question lacked context. The voter was mistaken. The reviewers in the Close Review queue voted

Leave Open, Close, Leave Open, Leave Open

at which point the review completed: there were enough Leave Open votes for the question to be removed from the queue, and for the existing votes to start aging.

The second Close vote was retracted; the question is left with one vote that will age away.


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