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

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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 ...
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Meta.Meta: Please add new close reason: Noise or Pointless

Like meta.stackoverflow.com, I think we need a "Noise or Pointless" close reason on meta.math. (Note: I am talking about the meta site, not the parent).
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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“…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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...