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

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Reasons for closing - room for improvement?

Should there be a "contest question" reason for closing - I've just looked at an excellent question, which is part of a contest. It doesn't deserve to be closed on merit, and I can't in conscience ...
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migrated question incorrectly labeled as closed as off topic

I voted to migrate this question to physics.SE, as three others had done before me. I expected that it would be migrated once a fifth vote was cast, but when I checked on it I was suprised that it ...
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Should there be a “No longer relevant” closing reason?

Is it possible to add a closing reason which is along the vein of "No longer relevant"? Such reason would be very useful for big-lists (which are not frowned upon here) when they become too big (i.e. ...
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How are the reasons for closing determined?

If five users with at least 3k reputation vote to close a question, it gets closed with the closing reason chosen by the majority appearing as the official closing reason. There are five possible ...
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Should the reason individual voters gave for closing a question be displayed?

I recently voted to close this question and was surprised to see my name listed as one of the voters who had given the reason, "Not a real question." (Now I realise, of course, that all the categories ...
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This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network

When trying to close a question, occasionally the reason for closure is that the question belongs on another site on the SE network. However, the closing reason "This question belongs on another site ...
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Why is this question off-topic?

I noticed that this problem was marked "off-topic". I've looked at many other questions about being "off-topic" but haven't gotten a satisfactory answer from any of them, which is why I chose to ask ...
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Why is this clear question get flagged as unclear?

When this question: Olympiad problem generalization was first posted, it was immediately met with a number of close vote (or at least that's what I heard). Then a heated discussion ensue about whether ...
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Should “missing context” be under “off topic?”

Has anyone else has wondered why the "missing context" close reason is labeled under "off topic?" After all, here's the description for "off topic" close reasons in general: Off topic: This ...
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How to Adapt or Emend : Specific Advice/Tips to Streamline Studying Math

What can be edited to reopen and refine Specific Advice/Tips to Streamline Studying Math ? There are $4$ upvotes on the question and $7$ upvotes on my answer (as of Dec 23 2013). In the spirit of ...
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Changing reason for close votes

I accidentally retracted my close vote on this question. How can I (have this) reset? Also, I think there should be a grace period (say 5 minutes, like with comment editing) for that, since the error ...
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Why do obvious duplicate questions on MSE get upvoted, answered, and their answers upvoted?

The title is the question: why do obvious duplicate questions on MSE get upvoted, answered, and their answers upvoted? And what can be done to prevent this? Here is an example: https://math....
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Guideline for using “lack of context” and “homework” close reasons

Since a few days, we have the new predefined close reason about "lack of context". It would seem to me, that, even if a question superficially looks like homework, this is the appropriate close ...
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On closing questions as duplicates of “multi-questions”

Call a "multi-question" a question where a user asks two or more questions which are independent of one another, in the sense that they can be answered without reference to one another. For example, ...
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Is it possible to change a question's reason for closure?

This question about $\gcd(a+b, a^2+b^2)$ picked up several closure votes in an early state where it was somewhat unclear about what it was asking (though it obviously wasn't too hard to puzzle out). ...
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How to approach an unanswerable question?

In this question the user asks an interesting and natural question: "A computer has produced this list of numbers. I want to know how it does this." Unfortunately, this question cannot be answered ...
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Refine “lack of context”

I think that math students, math teachers, and mathematicians should be expected to show some effort toward solving a problem before posting it here. It's less clear to me that this should be expected ...
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Multiple closure reasons

When someone votes to close a question, and I agree that it should be closed, but for a different reason, and the question ultimately is closed, the box displayed suggests that I agreed it should be ...
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Increased frequency of close votes. Why vote to close this one?

Is it just my perception or is there a greatly increased frequency of votes to close as "off topic" for perfectly valid questions? As an example, why in the world would you vote to close... Space of ...
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The “off-topic” close reason about homework questions

EDIT: There is now a new standard close reason that doesn't mention homework. (No TL;DR, please just read the question.) Background The new close reasons contain a designated option for homework ...
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Closing questions as “too localized”

It's probably worth starting a few meta threads to discuss and debate policy for closing questions, even though this is -- as MO experience suggests -- likely to evolve over time. Note that typically ...
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Closing questions that show no effort - official policy?

I can't figure out what I think about this. Again (https://math.stackexchange.com/revisions/351591/1) someone just copied and pasted a question without showing any work at all. There is nothing about ...
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Additional close reason

In this thread: Two announcements: new "FAQ" and new "closure rules" we had strong agreement for an additional reason in the "close" dialog box. Please add this reason to the ...
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Closing Old Questions when Resolved by OP

I've been skimming through some unanswered questions, and have come across some where the OP has left a comment saying "I figured it out--never mind," and no answers have been posted. On questions ...
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Can't vote to migrate from meta

Another one to pile on the heap: The new closing system seems to have some inadvertent effects on meta, like a strange typo, and the loss of the option to vote to migrate to main: Moreover, as I ...
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What is the definition of duplicate question?

Sometimes it happens that the answer to a question is contained in the answer to a different question. Should the former question be closed as a duplicate? Here's an example, (read the comments). I'...
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Given new closing nomenclature, how do I close a contest problem?

What should I use to request that a problem be closed as it has been posed by Brilliant? In the past, I tended to use "not constructive / too localized". Currently, none of "duplicate, off-topic, ...
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Where can I find the rules about closing a question?

I have been looking at the Closed sign several time recently. Once I posed a firstly erroneous, later edited, but in any case relatively vague question, that I believe was close probably for being ...
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Why My question was closed, [Reopened] [RECLOSED again]?

In my question I ask for practical tips for the mathematical research practice, if not personal,I look for some articles/websites/books/guides/faq related, or if was already asked on Math.SE, the link ...
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Abuse of closing reasons?

I have a problem with some closing reasons, for example https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/385156/what-is-the-probability-that-both-the-fuses-are-defective is right now about to be closed as "...
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Voting to close as duplicate without taking the time to check if they are

This question has 4 votes to close as being an exact duplicate of this one. Within an hour of the question being asked, someone voted to close it as an exact duplicate AND Davide Giraudo pointed out, ...
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Why was this question closed? Is it unpopular, or am I missing something?

This is the question I am referring to: https://math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9293/proposal-dont-show-posters-name-until-upvote-downvote I suspect that this question was closed because it ...
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Adding a special close reason for exam questions

Over on this meta question, anorton wrote I propose a policy that if someone reports that a question is part of a take-home test, we have a 4 step process: We close the question as soon as ...
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Is it possible a question actually “too localized” in MSE?

According to the "close" box, "too localized" means: This question is unlikely to ever help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an ...
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Question that is no longer duplicate (by deletion of “original”)

I was a little suprised to see a Question of mine about a MathJax error showing up in Related Links (for another meta.Math.SE question), because as I remembered it, it had been closed as duplicate. ...
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Why was the soft question on the beauty of mathematics closed?

Why was the following question closed: What was the first bit of mathematics that made you realize that math is beautiful? (For children's book) I ask because I cannot find any discussion about ...
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closing sloppy questions for being sloppy.

I wonder what the community thinks of adding the option to close a question when the person who posted it did a really sloppy job. With more and more students using math.SE I believe we see an ...
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Closed as not a real question clarification

This question is the first that I've seen that has been closed as not a real question when the post contains just maths and no words. Should this type of post fall under this type of closure? In ...
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Why was this question closed? (policy for reference requests)

As per the text of the re-open thread, it wouldn't fit to add this to that queue. However, I am curious to understand why this question was closed: Algebra and Geometry book. I have no vested ...
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Generalization case vs Particular case

Could the - generalization of a problem - post be a good enough reason in order to vote for closing a question? I agree that in some cases is proving to be useful and the effort is significantly ...
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Is there a better place for a proof-asking question concerning floating-point?

My question has just been closed and I can live with it. However, I must ask where it would be better placed. It concerns floating point arithmetic, just as many other questions here. It mentions Java,...
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On duplicates and linking to the original question

One of the purposes of Stackexchange is to create a sort of library of questions, which is easily searchable. Surely this means that when a question is closed as an exact duplicate a link should be ...
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Closing a question because its solution is subpart of another question

So, I've noticed a couple questions in the last few hours that have a few votes for close because they are "exact duplicates", but in reality, they are not exactly the same. I know my opinion on ...
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When to Cast a Close Vote

I'm having trouble expressing myself clearly about this issue, so please ask me to elaborate (or perhaps someone has better words than I). This question about how to effectively teach mathematics to ...
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mysterious closing of a question

This question was "closed as too localized by cardinal, Benjamin Lim, The Chaz, did, Zev Chonoles" on May 8th. A statement below it said: "This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it ...
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General reference : not constructive or what?

I flagged this question since it could be answered by a simple Googling and especially from the Wikipedia article posted in a comment. This is what I discussed here and got no attention. It can be ...
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why don't we have a “general-reference” close reason?

I realized some SE sites like English Language and Usage have a close reason called "general reference". Why don't we have such a reason to close questions while it's obviously not the same as not ...
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“…its answers may be merged with another identical question. ”

When a question is closed, because it's an exact duplicate, it says: closed as exact duplicate by Chuck Norris 8 hours ago. This question covers exactly the same ground as earlier questions on ...
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Why was the Hamlet question reopened?

After the Why was the Hamlet question closed? reinvoked the interest of some users, the question was reopened. I would like to open this to discussion, since I think that we should have let the ...
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Why was this question closed?

I am talking about this one. Maybe I am being stupid, but I don't see anything wrong with it. Could those who closed it please explain what I am missing? Or was it just a case of people not having ...