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I came across this question today, and it has apparently been closed for being off-topic. Could someone explain why this is? I could totally have asked such a question, and would never have forseen it being off-topic for Mathematics Stack Exchange.

Thanks in advance for any clarification.

PS: I searched the tag-list a relevant one, but couldn't find anything in the vein of "general guidelines" or something, so I ended up using the "reference-request" one instead, and my post will probably end up being off-topic...if this isn't irony...:D

EDIT: okay, thanks to the commenters. I had seen the pages linked in the Closed box, but I was looking for something specific regarding the post that would have explained the "off-topic" label, which I still find a little disconcerting. I won't repost this on meta. Thanks again for the input.

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    $\begingroup$ The Closed box in that question contains an extended list of detailed reasons why the question was closed. So even before reposting this question on meta, you should ponder those reasons. $\endgroup$ – Lee Mosher Mar 11 at 20:32
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    $\begingroup$ Just as @LeeMosher mentioned, at the time the close reason was selected by users, it detailed: "Please provide additional context, which ideally explains why the question is relevant to you and our community. Some forms of context include: background and motivation, relevant definitions, source, possible strategies, your current progress, why the question is interesting or important, etc." If the question had included any such background or motivation, relevant definitions, a source of the question, strategies for tackling it, or the asker's progress in solving it, it would be fine. $\endgroup$ – amWhy Mar 11 at 21:12
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    $\begingroup$ To be clear, "off topic" is not referring to the mathematical content of the question: the mathematical topic of matrices, characteristic polynomials, etc., is a perfectly fine topic for math.stackexchange. What makes the question off-topic are the issues listed regarding missing context in that question. $\endgroup$ – Lee Mosher Mar 11 at 21:54

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