This question gots three close votes after some hours. The reason is

  • Off-topic because... This question does not appear to be about math within the scope defined in the help center.

But the the help center page states:

  • We welcome questions about: (...) Software that mathematicians use (except Mathematica,...)

The description of the 'maxima-software'-tag says

  • For questions concerning the open source computational software program Maxima.

The question is about handling intermediate results when using the CAS software Maxima. So I think a close vote is completely unjustifiable because of the given reason.

Am I right or do I miss something? If I am right how can I proceed? Should I write a comment of the post that requests that these downvotes should be revoked?

  • $\begingroup$ Downvotes can't be revoked until an edit is made to the post. You can write a comment asking people not to downvote, and referring them to this meta post. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Jan 11 at 19:28
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    $\begingroup$ Also, I think we distinguish between question about software, and questions about coding. The latter may well be considered off-topic. The distinction may not be easy to make. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Jan 11 at 19:30
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    $\begingroup$ I didn't participate in these sorts of downvotes or close votes, but I suspect there is a (justifiable) attitude that we aren't a replacement for the manual or tech support of any particular software or hardware product. I don't really know where that line between asking about a math problem and asking about a software problem should be, but I wouldn't count on those votes being reconsidered. $\endgroup$ – Matthew Daly Jan 11 at 21:04
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson Do we distinguish between question about software and questions about coding? I can't deduce this neither from the help page nor from the tag description. As far as I can see we invite users to post questions about Maxima and then close them without any understandable reason. How should this user know now why his question was closed? If we are not interested in some kind of question we shouldn't pretend that we are interested and waste the time of the posters. $\endgroup$ – miracle173 Jan 12 at 8:16
  • $\begingroup$ You can post to math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/28692/… to make a case for reopening the question. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Jan 12 at 14:19

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