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Questions being reported as duplicates despite the "duplicate" being a generalization to the other

I am a second year math student and a fairly new user of this page so there's still a lot of things I don't understand both in the site and about maths. This is why I tend to ask a lot of questions as ...
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Is this particular PSQ damaging?

(Before reading the below post, you may benefit from studying this: What is a "PSQ"?) We all know (or, at least 29 of us do) why PSQs are damaging to Mathematics Stack Exchange. This has ...
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Why should "trivial" questions not meet the guidelines?

Often among young students, or those new to the site in general, we all see questions that are seemingly too trivial to even be asked. Usually, and perhaps unsurprisingly, these types of questions get ...
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Why was my question closed as "unclear or needs details"

My original question What in the world is "unclear or needs details" about this question? I actually felt the question was a bit long and included some overkill. What needs to be improved ...
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Is there anything to improve in this post which is about ambiguity in question about field axioms?

Can you talk about (the rest of the) field axioms when the operations are not closed? Check out this deleted post if you want if you can: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4256287/generalising-...
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Criteria for closing questions as duplicates

I recently came across this question which was closed as being a duplicate. When I read the linked source question, it was not a literal or even particularly specifically close duplicate, but in all ...
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Reason for question closure is inconsistently reported

Apologies if this is a duplicate; my search keyword mojo wasn't able to find one. This question was closed, and the OP subsequently defaced it by deleting the body of the question. Since three answers ...
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Why my question was closed as "Not suitable for this site"

This question Is an ideal finitely generated if its radical is finitely generated? on commutative algebra was down-voted, "Removed from Network Questions" (not sure what it even means) and ...
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An old question resurfaces for closing

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 ...
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Should duplicate PSQs be closed as duplicates?

Usually once or twice a day in the close queue, I find a question that is a PSQ (Problem Statement Question) and also a duplicate. Sometimes another reviewer explicitly links to the dupe, other times ...
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Is there a convention for whether or not you should vote to close old questions?

This post from 2014 was closed today. I saw it in the 'close votes' queue, but skipped it because I don't know what the convention is (if any) for posts that are so old. If that post was posted ...
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Allow question to be closed for low effort

I do like helping people out on exercises but I see way too many questions with little to no effort in trying to solve. I think these people are just asking to get their assignments done. I don't ...
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Why was this question "returned" to another SE site?

This is a question about this post. The post was originally from the Mathematica SE site and was migrated to MSE (math SE) because the underlying question is one of mathematics rather than one of ...
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What is exactly "This question doesn’t meet a Mathematics Stack Exchange guideline."

I have seen many question that has been up-voted and answered very nicely but it has been voted to close 2 times with this reason: This question doesn’t meet a Mathematics Stack Exchange guideline. ...
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Why users are not saying at least some words about unacceptable (due to be silly) questions?

I have asked this question How combinatorics is related to the study of emergence in the complex systems theory? and now it is experiencing heaving closevoting. The question is not bad and I have ...
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What aspect of a question determines whether a soft question is a good fit for math.SE? [duplicate]

Note: This question is (in my opinion) not a duplicate of the question people have voted to close it for. I specifically cite that particular link, and am expressing confusion about how that answer in ...
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Should reference-request / book-recommendation questions have different standards than 'less-soft' questions?

I frequently see these questions in the close queue flagged as opinion-based. I have mixed feelings about such threads: overall, I think they can be useful if people explain their answers (several ...
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My question got closed though it was not completely identical. [closed]

I recently asked this question: "Find the number of ordered pairs of integers $(x,y)$ such that $x^2+y^2-xy=37$" on the Math SE. My question got closed as a duplicate of this question: "...
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Why is the number of required close votes constant?

How do high traffic questions survive without any system in place to prevent them from being closed too easily? It seems strange to me that the number of votes required to close a question is a ...
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Why has this question entered the Close Queue fifteen times?

I'm rather amused by the timeline of this question - /posts/477/timeline. I don't think the system would flag this post 15 times, so I guess it has been sent manually to the Close Queue $≥14$ times. ...
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How to choose the correct reason for closing a question

I recently made it to $3,000$ reputation and earned the "Cast close & reopen votes" privilege. I am a bit confused on how I would choose the correct reason when closing a question. As I am sure ...
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Addressing Community Specific Close Reasons (Again)

Currently, there are two radio buttons in the "Why should this question be closed?" dialog which are very similar, and which fail to clearly address a category of question which should be closed. The ...
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Is arithmetic mathematics and can we answer questions about it?

Yesterday, I answered this question (later deleted, see below for the text) and was a little surprised when the question was closed. A user in the comments stated, "This is not mathematics. It is ...
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Can we please stop voting to close a question just because the question is short?

I have seen many times that somebody voted to close short questions (and probably downvoted the questions as well), even though the OP made clear that there had been good attempts. This thread is the ...
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New changes to close reasons

Not long ago, we had to adapt to the circumstances at hand regarding the changes to how close reasons were displayed. You can read more about this here. We now have other changes. A good place to ...
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Are questions about ideas in preprints off-topic?

Another note: (Since the first one wasn’t heeded...) OK, so the question was closed again. My appeal below was to both sides of the issue, so even though five people sought fit to do otherwise, ...
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New recommended close reason for questions that are "missing context"

Recently, the software has been changed regarding how the closing reasons are displayed for people. If you don't have close-vote privileges or you are not OP, this is how it is displayed: For ...
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What should be acceptable as "context"?

As we all know, questions lacking context are strongly discouraged on this site. This includes mainly "homework questions" that look a bit like: Prove that $\lim_{x\to0}x^2=0$ using $\epsilon$-$\...
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Lack of Context: Notation Question

A question I recently answered asked if there was notation for how to write something. It also gave context as to where it came from, but it was closed nonetheless for lack of context, which is ...
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Robotic comments. [duplicate]

Many times I have seen a question put on hold where the stated reason has no relation to the question. It looks like a formula statement. "" put on hold as off-topic by StubbornAtom, Leucippus, ...
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No longer accepting questions? Then back and forth?

Upon some amount of time I've been allowed to ask a question again after being barred from asking. Upon asking a question I have received no negative reviews. But yet I have been barred again. May I ...
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What happens if you flag a question with bounty?

Suppose someone post a problem statement question so no attempts on the problem and it also happens that no one flag the question neither so it won't be on hold nor closed and somebody else (could be ...
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Kafkaesque question closure(s)

This question seems about to be closed (4 votes currently), because it is (supposedly) "not about math as defined in the help center." Can anyone explain this to me (if there is an explanation)? I ...
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Why is the question too broad?

Here's a recent question closed for being too broad. It seems a little personal-advice-y, but too broad? It seems like a reasonably straightforward book request. Is it because the question contains 4 ...
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Why there are still so many opinion based questions? Should they be closed?

One of the reasons that we delete questions at math.stackexchange is because the answer is primarily opinion based. However, my observation is that there are still many such questions; they are not ...
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Are "soft questions" "opinion based"? How about vice versa?

There is a tag called "soft questions", which is described as follows: For questions whose answers can't be objectively evaluated as correct or incorrect, but which are still relevant to ...
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Close reason: "lack of research effort"

The custom off topic close reason is very rarely applied for the reason that the words actually say and is basically used as a catch-all close reason, even when something like "unclear what you're ...
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Closing a question for being too basic

I think that it would be a good idea to add another reason for closing a question, namely that the question is too basic, in the sense that the answer can easily be found through an Internet search ...
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Was this question a “problem statement question”?

I think that people here is sometimes too keen on closing question deeming them “problem statement questions”. Here's today example: indications equation $a^x=x+2$ Check the original question, which ...
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What happens if I change my mind on a vote to close/reopen?

In reviewing questions in regard to closure or reopening, I voted to reopen a question (which had been closed for reasons other than duplication), because it seemed a reasonable question. Later, I ...
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Do we need an additional close reason for posts that turned out not to add value?

As many of you are aware, there are people active on Maths.SE that close and delete posts. The CRUDE chat is probably the best known concentration point of them. As part of the activities, also old(...
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I voted mistakenly to close as duplicate. When I realised my mistake, my comment explaining why was deleted.

I refer to this question: Comparing logarithms with different bases. Over-hastily, I flagged it as a possible duplicate of How to compare logarithms $\log_4 5$ and $\log_5 6$?. I also thought it was ...
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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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"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

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 ...
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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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