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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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Are all symbolic logic questions on-topic?

I realise that Math SE $\neq$ Philosophy SE, but what questions of logic can be posed? Particularly, can any question of logic involving symbols be asked here? (This is what I mean by 'symbolic logic' ...
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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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Voting to close a question because one thinks it is extremely specialised

My question was recently voted to be closed. One member said it was because the question is extremely specialised. I don't think it is extremely specialised. It's a criterion of a prime being ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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Are these questions not about mathematics. If yes then is there any other site on SE network or outside SE where I can ask these type of question?

NOTE: Since my question is opened now so this meta question question doesn't make any sense. I am not changing most of the content of my question because it will invalidate the answer given. The ...
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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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Why is a question needing more details called “off-topic”?

When voting to close, under "off-topic" we have This question is missing context or other details: Please improve the question by providing additional context, which ideally includes your thoughts ...
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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 ...
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How to deal with just-google-it questions?

This post was reworked by me to more accurately convey my point. This may have rendered some comments obsolete. This question has a follow-up here. The problem There are quite a few questions wich ...
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Why the questions of which an answer has been accepted won't be close automatically?

In my opinion. If one accepted an answer, he or she would not expect more answers. Why not close this question automatically?
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Should questions asking to prove false claims be downvoted or closed?

There is this question where the poster asked for helping proving a claim that in general is not true. Many people gave counterexamples to the claim. The question received downvotes as well. Later ...
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Lack of context close as a sub-tree entry

So, I just hit 3k rep (yeah!) so I dived into the 50+ entries in the closed vote queue. Most of them fell under the "missing context" close vote, which requires going to a second button push to get ...
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What Do We Mean by “Context”? [duplicate]

It seems that we at M.SE have developed a rather large repertoire of definitions of the word "context". Looking at the questions in the close vote queue for "missing context", one will see many ...
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Should the change in pre-filled text for custom close reasons be reversed?

Recently, I proceeded to vote to close a question. Because the primary reason to cast this vote was that it contained multiple questions, I considered using the free-form reason. In doing so, I ...
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How to improve “Why's Applied Math 'more straightforward' than Pure Math?”

Please, how can I revise or improve my question? My request is here. Thank you all. I tried my best to avoid an "'opinion-based' question' by sticking to the advice underneath. But why was my ...
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Tons of induction proof questions in the review queue

I just went through the close vote queue and it seems someone just sent a whole bunch of questions of the form "Is the following proof of (very simple induction problem) correct"? to the queue. For ...
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Closing question as duplicate of another question that has been put on hold

I think this has already been discussed somewhere, but I can't find where. As an example, this question was closed as a duplicate of this question. But the duplicate question was already been put on ...
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Why isn't there any path from $A$ to $B$ when question $B$ is closed as a duplicate of question $A$?

Let $A,B$ two questions and suppose $B$ is a duplicate of $A$. Then (usually) $B$ is closed and a link to question $A$ appears in $B$. However, it may happens that $B$ already got a useful answer ...
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Moving question to Stack Overflow

I saw on MSE a question about an algorithm in C++ for listing combinations of objects. I unfortunately can't provide you the link because the question has been deleted by the user. Since it is ...
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'Bug' (?), feature request regarding closing reasons and announcement

As most of you probably know, the reason displayed when a question is closed is the one who got the majority of votes, when it is the case that one reason was picked more than all the others. In this ...
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Proof-verification and duplicates.

When someone posts a question, which asks for verification of their proof of something, the mathematical content of that question will often be a duplicate of another question. Now, in order to help ...
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Mischief in close voting?

I'm rather new at the site and think I make some progress now and then how to use and participate. Some of my contributions are real bad, I surely admit, as for example https://math.stackexchange.com/...
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Editing a question for reopen

My question here was closed for being too broad. As defined in the help center, this entails that there are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. ...
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Meta.meta: New close reason: “This is a duplicate on Meta.SE”

We don't have cross-site, close-as-duplicate capabilities. This makes sense, because Main sites shouldn't substantially overlap in scope (at least, not enough to warrant this extra feature). That ...
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Original post marked as duplicate

I was just asked to review a question that was posted in 2010, and that has now been closed as a duplicate of a more recent post (this was closed in favour of this). Is it normal and/or accepted for ...
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How can I change my question to be on topic?

I recently tried asking a soft question which was entitled "Which mathematical ideas most influenced the way you think?", which was closed. One the one hand, I really think this question is on topic, ...
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Closing as duplicate of MO question (redux)

Relevant old discussions: on MO on MSE It seems that closing as duplicate as the question has an answer on MO is not currently a valid close reason. Coming across ...
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Misused(?) closing votes.

I recently hit the 3k reputation bar and so got the privilege to vote to close questions. What strikes me is that most of the closing proposal are about questions of the form "[Some problem]. Please ...
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What's the exact process for dealing with off topic posts?

I asked a question on main about mathematical interestingness of statements with the intent of finding a heuristic or formal theory that attempts to define mathematical interestingness. I included one ...
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The Re-Opening Process

EDIT 3: Not to belabor this post, which is obviously inactive, but I have one more related point if anyone is interested: another question of mine was put on hold for being opinion-based, and I have ...
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If I vote to close a question because of no effort shown, is the OP given a reason before closing? Why not?

Sorry for the long title. I have noticed that whenever I have flagged a question because it was a duplicate, a comment appeared immediately informing everyone that the question was a probable ...
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Should there be a close reason for questions with detrimentally narrow scope (“too localised”)?

Background We used to have the close reason "too localised", whose text was: This question is unlikely to ever help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific ...
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Is it OK to automatically downvote homework questions that show no effort or etiquette?

I have seen a lot of very similar questions here, so I apologize if this is a duplicate. There is a related question at Closing questions that show no effort - official policy? I see this very often ...
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Help regarding closing reasons

I just review-closed this question as off-topic with sub-reason being "This question is not about mathematics, within the scope defined in the help center". Another possible sub-reason was that it ...