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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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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 ...
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Meta.Meta: Option to migrate questions to meta.stackoverflow.com?

Like the close as off-topic -> migrate to meta site option on math.SE, we need a migrate to meta.stackoverflow.com for some of the questions posted on meta.math. I would expect this would be needed on ...
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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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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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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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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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Use of “too localized” as reason for closure, perhaps too “subjective and argumentative”?

With respect to the stated reason for closure, I'd like to get some clarification as to what, precisely, "too localized" encompasses (at least a definition, or explanation, that is more specific and ...
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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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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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Add an explicit 'needs to show some work' option to the closing form.

I think it would be preferable to have an explicit 'needs to show some work' option to the closing form. On the current form, the choice is usually 'off-topic because...', but that really doesn't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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Can the standard list of reasons for closing a question be extended?

A recent question was put on hold for closure because "... As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking". Since the question was obviously clear enough, the OP, or other ...
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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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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 should we handle cross-site duplicates?

There are some questions which are answered quite well by a nearly-identical question on another site (say, computer science's stack exchange, or math overflow). Should those questions get answers ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 ...