I saw this question in the close vote queue. I agree it's seems very vague and hard to answer, but apparently the users who know more about statistics disagree since the person who commented on the question seems to understand it, and there's a very complete looking answer, so I went to hit "Keep Open".

But then I noticed the question is from 2016. Why is it resurfacing now, and why close a 4 year old question that already has a (unaccepted) answer? Is it site policy to close abandoned questions if they don't have an accepted answer? If so, why is there not simply an "abandoned" close-vote reason? I mean, what would you do with an abandoned question which is well-written and can't be justified as closable on the usual grounds of lacking context, being off-topic, etc?

  • $\begingroup$ See math.meta.stackexchange.com/q/32773/471884 and math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19377/… $\endgroup$
    – TheSimpliFire Mod
    Dec 6, 2020 at 13:18
  • $\begingroup$ @TheSimpliFire Okay, so it wasn't closed for being abandoned, it was just closed for the actual reason selected by the close votes? $\endgroup$
    – Jack M
    Dec 6, 2020 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ I suspect the original poster could give an interesting account of what motivated the Question, and the importance of that might not have been obvious to them at the time. $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Dec 6, 2020 at 18:31
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    $\begingroup$ Currently there is a single vote to close on that question and it is mine. Questions at an advanced level also need to add some context and details. The site is not only designed for experts to answer, but also for those who are non-experts but have some desire to learn. Such questions often don't give any incentives to learn anything. $\endgroup$
    – Paramanand Singh Mod
    Dec 7, 2020 at 2:18
  • $\begingroup$ @ParamanandSingh That's funny. I could have sword the other day it had at least 4 close votes. In fact I think I remember seeing it closed. Was it re-opened? $\endgroup$
    – Jack M
    Dec 7, 2020 at 11:05
  • $\begingroup$ Yes it was reopened! You can see timeline $\endgroup$
    – Paramanand Singh Mod
    Dec 7, 2020 at 11:09
  • $\begingroup$ But I won't engage in some sort of close reopen cycle. $\endgroup$
    – Paramanand Singh Mod
    Dec 7, 2020 at 11:10
  • $\begingroup$ @ParamanandSingh I must not have enough rep to see the timeline. $\endgroup$
    – Jack M
    Dec 7, 2020 at 11:13
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know if viewing timeline is a privilege. Your rep does not seem low either. Please click on the clock icon (below voting buttons) on any post to see timeline. $\endgroup$
    – Paramanand Singh Mod
    Dec 7, 2020 at 12:08


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