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Questions tagged [close-reasons]

For instructions and guidance on closing or migrating questions, and the reasons for those closures.

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Indication on why a question is closed should be more specific

I believe notices such as "closed as unclear what you're asking", "closed as off-topic", etc. on a closed/deleted/flagged question should be more specific. Closing questions with the one-line generic ...
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Why is this question “not” off-topic here?

I came across this question [edit - now deleted] and looking at the number of years and his reputation at MSE I feel that the questioner has quite a good experience of how MSE works. The moment I read ...
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Failed migration should result in a corresponding notice [duplicate]

I provided the fifth vote to close this question as off topic because it belongs on http://physics.stackexchange.com. From previous cases, I was expecting this to cause the question to be migrated to ...
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“Be nice” vs. summarily closing questions for being too naive or “frustrating”

I am puzzled by many questions being increasingly frequently closed as "off-topic", for reasons that are not immediately apparent. Below are a couple of random examples from the past day alone. ...
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Does the overall closing questions policy too procrastinating? [closed]

I find that when asking e.g. slightly cunning DEs, some corps will make those questions close quite quickly, but reopening those questions are often very difficult, influence greatly the image of MSE ...
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Feature request: close reason “unresponsiveness”.

The problem: Sometimes, an user begins acting adversarially and is unresponsive to improvement of their post. This is bad behaviour in general and part of the community feels urged to address it. We ...
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“This question may have an answer here:” banner for the Author

The duplicated question flag has been correctly raised for my question. There is a banner on my page asking for some action on my part. How do I respond? The banner offers me two inappropriate ...
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Questions should not be closed as “primarily opinion-based” if the OP lacks understanding to know that it's primarily opinion-based in the first place [closed]

My question was closed as "primarily opinion-based," but I don't believe it was justified. If the OP lacks minimal understanding to know that a question is opinion-based, the community shouldn't vote ...
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A better taxonomy of unacceptably bad questions.

I wouldn't be surprised if this has been extensively discussed in the past. I wonder if it would not be possible to correct and refine the taxonomy of questions which should be closed. The possible ...
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Is it okay to close a question due to bad/non-cooperative behaviour of OP?

Suppose, there is a question, which follows the guidelines for asking a question on this site. But, OP aren't being cooperative and nice in the comment section. Someone flags those comments, all the ...
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What context was this question missing?

Why does $n = \lceil 1/\sqrt{x-1}\rceil+1 $ imply that $\frac{1}{n^2} < x-1$? Since this clearly doesn't require any complex 'context', the only reason I can think of for it getting closed is ...
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How to ask a question to the topic? [duplicate]

Many of my questions are marked off topic. This was extremely hard question and supposed to be done without any graphic calculator. It was voted off topic. It appears to me if I can't move at least ...
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The overeager use of the “unclear what you're asking” close reason [closed]

To my mind, the only reasons to close questions at all are to: Express the official policy on what questions are acceptable, in other words, quality control. We don't want to accumulate lots of ...
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Questions that show no effort to find existing similar questions a.k.a. abstract duplicates

EDIT: After amWhy brought the term "abstract duplicates" to my attention in the comments below, I thought some tidying-up was in order. The original body of the question is mostly intact below; I have ...
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Are “How to solve in a few minutes” questions on-topic?

I have been noticing that user JayJuly has posted multiple questions of the form: I am looking for the fastest way to calculate ... given only a few minutes ... Such as Calculate $\int_0^1\ln{(\...
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Why this question was closed?

Why this was closed as "unclear what you're asking" ? The comments indicates that all but two person could perfectly understand the question, and two persons even found the question to be interesting....
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Why is it still “unclear what you're asking”

This question was put on hold five days ago: Is using the twin sieve to find all primes numbers better than the sieve of Eratosthenes? After that I edited the question and tried to resolve all ...
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A feature requested for the purpose of avoiding unintentional newbie-biting

It is not unusual that a newbie posts a question that is obviously about mathematics and it is closed with a notice that says closed as off-topic and then down below that: "This question is ...
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Should close votes be used to answer questions?

I have noticed a user (won't name names) that close voted questions with the custom reason "this question is completely trivial: answer". Should we write our answers in answers or in close votes? ...
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Closing Questions for Low Reputation Users

Today I found myself in a bit of a discussion (if I'm being honest, it seemed more like an argument) with a user who closed a question. I am reasonably new to contributing to the site, and the user ...
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Why use repressive actions instead of constructive?

I posted two questions yesterday that was closed/put on hold. The question If $p$ is a prime then $p^2+26$ is not a prime was marked as a duplicate of On the primality of integers of the form $p^2+k$,...
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Why can we vote to close as “primarily opinion based” on meta?

Aren't almost all questions on meta primarily opinion based?
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Is it off-topic to ask for advice on what courses/subject areas to study in preparation for PhD study in a certain area of mathematics?

The title pretty much explains the question but here it is Is it off-topic to ask for advice on what courses/subject areas to study in preparation for PhD study in a certain area of mathematics? ...
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What is unclear in 'what does the 1 mean?' [closed]

I do not understand why this was unilaterally closed as unclear. Some of the comments and the screenshot here are inaccurate. This was the original post that was closed, that you can see: differs ...
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Which flag should I use when somebody did not try anything and wants help?

Which flag should I use when somebody did not try anything and wants help? I tried the off-topic, not about what is in the help-center, but the flag was declined.
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What is an effective close-vote reason for wrong questions? [duplicate]

I just noticed a question that is obviously wrong here, and the OP doesn't seem to acknowledge it when somebody pointed out. (To clarify, the question was ok, but the OP seemed convinced that his ...
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Why is this question about the integral of the $\Gamma$ function “unclear?”

Here is the post: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1807791/what-is-the-most-practical-way-to-express-in-mathematical-notation-the-indefinit/1807814?noredirect=1#comment3696360_1807814 I tried ...
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Do we want a new custom meta-close reason “Is intended for the main site”?

One of the most common reasons to close a meta question is that it is just a misplaced post intended for the main site. Since this is an error mainly committed by new users, I think it could make ...
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Do you think this question deserves to be closed?

Today I've voted for closing this question for missing any context and for the OP has shown no effort. Another 4 users thought the same (I suppose) and voted accordingly. (Furthermore, one of them ...
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Do we need a separate close-reason for not showing your own effort? [duplicate]

One of the most prominent reasons why questions are closed is the fact that people are posting e.g. home work excercises without any additional info on where they are struck, and what they tried. So ...
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How was it concluded by five users that “This question is not about mathematics”?

On the exactness of the calculus formulas Can someone explain how it was concluded by five users that "This question is not about mathematics"?
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Is it important that a question is closed for the correct reasons?

I've recently gotten the privilege to close-vote and I'm uncertain about one aspect of it. It'll be easier if I describe it through an example: Say I'm reviewing close votes and I come across a ...
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Closure as duplicate navigating in a circle

I was reviewing the close votes today when I came across this question , for identification purpose, lets call this $\mathbf{A}$. Someone had given it a close vote, marking it a duplicate of this ...
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When does a question appear subjective and is likely to be closed?

I asked a question recently, and when I was done typing the title, I got a pop-up saying: The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed....
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Opposing `vote to close`

I see an almost duplicate here, but the emphasis seems to be on retracting. There is a vote to close option, but (in the interests of democracy ;)) is there an ...
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What to do about a question requesting interpretation for an ambiguous problem?

The question Clarification on the intended meaning of a probability problem looks like a fairly common probability question until you get to the question itself: Can the 'winning' number be reused ...
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Why this type of questions are voted to be closed?

I recently asked a question which is desiring a learning map for the self-study of a subject in mathematics. In my opinion, it is not really seeking personal advice but it was voted by the others to ...
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Is it against the rules to ask about a different proof for a proposition which has already been asked?

My question was marked as a duplicate by Did. I was trying to use a different proof involving continuity of measure and monotone convergence theorem for a question I asked before. I specified in the ...
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Why are actuarial science questions considered off topic?

I asked a question here which was about the percentile breakdown of global life expectancy. While this question does certainly pertain to topics not related to mathematics, it is very specifically ...
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Why is one's reason for voting to close being misrepresented? [duplicate]

I voted to close a question because it had been asked before, and I ticked the appropriate box for this. But then my name came up on a list of people who had voted to close the question because it was ...
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“Off-topic” close reason for when an the original poster genuinely has no idea where to start [duplicate]

I know the "off-topic" close reason tends to spark debate, but I had to speak up when I came across this question. I don't understand why this problem was marked as "off-topic," or why it was ...
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Why was my Question Offtopic?

I ask yesterday this Question and today it is marked as off-Topic. After that I read the help Center Guidelines, but I miss the point why my question is not in the scope. I hope someone can explain ...
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Clarification of what should be closed as a duplicate [duplicate]

Until today the word "duplicate" was clear to me, or so I thought, but I have just been confronted with the following situation: there is a question A from 2011 (with an accepted answer) and one other,...
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Intended use of “seeking personal advice” close reason

In case you missed it, there's a new close reason: Seeking personal advice. Questions about choosing a course, academic program, career path, etc. are off-topic. Such questions should be directed ...
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How many questions get closed, and how often are they edited or reopened?

How many questions on Mathematics SE got closed during the last 90 days? For what reasons? How many of the closed questions were edited or reopened?
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What if a question is both off-topic and unclear what you are asking?

I often see a question in the reopen queue that was closed as unclear what you are asking, but was also lacking context. If the OP edits the unclear what you are asking part, and it enters the ...
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Should there be a 'migrate to hsm' close reason? [duplicate]

We currently have a possibility to migrate to meta, physics.SE and stats.SE. Shouldn't there be a possibility too to migrate questions to History of Science and Mathematics? I think this is ...
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What should I read before reviewing close/open votes

I recently crossed the 3k threshold and now have access in the Review Queues to Close/Re-open Votes (I actually have the ability to cast such votes). My question is simply: what should I read before ...
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Nonsensical close options

I was trying to close this question as off-topic and I wrote a comment suggesting to post it on mathematica.stackexchange.com But I could not do it because only three options were available, and ...
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Reconsidering custom close reasons on Math.SE

In the discussion this meta thread it was discovered, that the current custom close reason missing context or other details is much less specific than the other close reasons. The answer to what is ...