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Question closure

I asked a question about mathematics software here, and the question was closed as "this question is not about mathematics." But there are numerous questions on this site asking for ...
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Closure of a question about terminology

Yesterday I asked a question about terminology and to my surprise it was closed and downvoted. I would like to understand why. Here is my reasoning: Usually there are good reasons for the choices of ...
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Please help me to get some feedback on why my question is closed [duplicate]

Question: Cases when iteration preserves commutativity I don't necessarily object, but I cannot understand why it was downvoted and then closed. This question is really specific. I tried to provide ...
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What context is needed?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: How to prove that the surface of sphere is measure zero. I posted the question with context, but it is said that additional context is ...
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Question asked for how to carry out a computation and all the respondents tried to answer as "how to prove"

Hi I dont think this is a particularly high quality question: How to expand $\frac{x^n-1}{x-1}$? but the asker very clearly had trouble with how to perform a computation/carry out an algorithm/know ...
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How do we handle a chain of "duplicate" questions that are linked to a "missing context or other details" question?

The following chain questions are currently all closed: Proving that $\langle x, y \rangle$ is a not principal ideal of $\mathbb{Q}[x, y]$ Non-principal ideal in $K[x,y]$? The ideal $I= \langle x,y \...
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"Post Answer" option for those mid-way writing despite "Closed" post

When the post is closed, no longer answers are accepted as: the answer box gets removed. if you were writing something, the post answer option is no longer available. In the latter case, I am ...
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Should the following question be closed?

The top half of this posting is a response to the issue of whether this posting is itself a duplicate of a pre-existing MathSE Meta posting. The issue was raised whether this posting is a duplicate of ...
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How did this closed question gain a new answer?

I closed a question (“ Transposing matrices by multiplication ”) some hours ago as a dupe, but someone gave it a new answer two hours later. Looking at the revision history, the question had not been ...
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Close as duplicate when the "duplicate" appeared several years later [duplicate]

It does not make sense to me that you get your question closed when the duplicate causing it to be closed has appeared many years later. And the question being closed already has a satisfactory and ...
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Why can't I edit a new question in place of a duplicate?

I have $5$ or so duplicate/closed questions, which is hurting my "positive question record" statistic. So, I edited a useless duplicate question and asked a new question, which I was told &...
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Why was this question on planar graphs closed like this?

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4425339/must-all-graphs-fulfilling-euler-s-formula-be-planar I see no comments on it telling OP to improve something, nor do I see any issues with it except ...
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Are questions about (problems with) specific approaches duplicates?

Recently this question about a classic contest problem was closed as a duplicate of another about the same problem. The closed question asks about a specific approach to the problem, though, and how ...
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Statistics of fraction of questions closed per month (posted that month itself)

Is there any way I can access the data of what fraction of questions are being closed as dupes per month. So, for example, I want to compare how many Qs posted in January this year was closed that ...
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Why are questions closed?

I would like to know why questions can be closed in general; it just occurred to me that even if the question does not make sense to you, there is no reason to close it and prevent it from ever being ...
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When in doubt, don't ask [duplicate]

In the help about "on-topic" it reads: Understanding mathematical concepts and theorems. However, this question: Why is a curve that intersects itself not a manifold? was closed as "off-...
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Instead of closing questions first specify what needs to be improved

Final update: Apologies to mods, it was frustrating to always trying to help and not even get a hint of what is needed to fix the question, It has been emotionally draining to get any hints of what ...
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What to do if I like the question in a post but the post is presented in a bad quality. [duplicate]

I have been wondering about this question for the last week. It is really pointed out to everyone at all times that whenever you ask a question, you must include details, motivation, thoughts, or some ...
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Should I delete my questions?

I am not concerned about reputation. I would like to be a useful contributor, and gain knowledge from interacting with mathematicians. I have no formal training. I posted 2 questions, learned a lot, ...
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A question quickly closed and deleted

I've been trying to stay off meta recently, but I did want to talk about the following question: Why is this proof of the collatz conjecture wrong The question is now deleted, so here is a quote of ...
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Why is this question about functions off-topic

Why is the following question off-topic? Why is every continuous function on the reals determined by its value on rationals?
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My question was closed, but there was no explanation so I cannot improve it.

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Remove objects in GeoGebra and keep dependent object. I didn't know if asking about GeoGebra was okay here, so I first did a search to see ...
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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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Non-experts closing questions

I have recently noticed what, to me, is a pretty irking trend in the tag I contribute to most often (algebraic geometry). It seems to me that there is a contingent of 'serial closers' who insist on ...
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Why not allow closing of bountied question by normal users when they are in bounty stages?

Recently there have been a lot of questions which are bountied but PSQ (Problem Statement Question). Here is one, another one although now closed, not a bounty not but once was and many more which one ...
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Full solution in comments after question was closed.

Recently, there has been some users who post a significant amount of things in the comments to questions of low-quality questions. To me what they put in the comments is really a full solution of the ...
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"Applications of intuitionistic logic" [duplicate]

This my question was closed today, and I don't understand why. Can anybody explain to me what was wrong with this question and why it was closed?
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Must low-quality questions be updated with edits instead of comments?

My question specifically concerns this question, which was closed as "Not suitable for this site." I suspect that what made this question unsuitable is that there was no context or work ...
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Can I improve this question?

This question of mine was closed as I need to "provide additional context". I'm struggling to think of what context exactly I could add - there is no external motivation of the question ...
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Should I delete my answer to a downvoted and closed question?

I've recently answered two questions (here and here) that were subsequently closed and downvoted to -5 (one for being opinion-based and the other for not meeting the MSE guidelines). Though the ...
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Recover closed question on math.stackexchange?

Is there a way to recover a question (talking about Veblen ordinal hierarchies and tetration) on math.stackexchange that has been closed time ago? Need to archive its contents on my webpage and I ...
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Closing of a question about an unexpected behavior of a math software

Compare these two questions. Question 4011197 4009941 title Why is there a difference between MATLAB and manual calculation for eigenvectors Linear Programming in R using lpSolve dismisses ...
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One of the best questions (in my opinion) that I have asked has been deleted

Recently, folks have downvoted, closed, and now deleted a question which I feel is a great question. I suspect that either I will get a fantastic answer here why this is really a terrible question (in ...
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People behavior in math.stackexchange [duplicate]

I was struggling with a math problem and just went to send it to math.stackexchange in order to check my answer. but I see tsunami of condescension and arrogance. some people targeting the question ...
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Why was my duplicate and deleted post reopened and undeleted?

My question was correctly closed as a duplicate of this one. I deleted the question after it was closed, but 7 hours after (13 minutes ago at the time of writing), the post was reopened and undeleted ...
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Unsure over why Question was closed

I had a recent question closed (link below) and the reason given was that it lacked detail... Not exactly sure how anyone can read this as lacking detail? Applications of Vector Spaces that are not ...
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Should I 'recuse' myself on reopen votes for questions I voted to close?

If a question that I voted to close comes around in the Reopen queue, is there a community standard for voting on it? Most of the time if the question is fatally flawed (lower-quality duplicate, clear ...
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The "Private feedback for you" message.

Some of my questions have been closed. A box appears with the title "Closed". In it the message "Private feedback for you" appears. In my email box no message from Stack Overflow ...
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Closing question when asking an advice

So, recently I asked on the main Mathematics site about interesting subjects for my thesis. And it was closed as opinion-based. Btw this is my question: My question Then, I tried to looking for ...
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Why was specific mathSE posting closed?

I am referring to this posting: Prove that square of all primes greater than 3 can be shown in the form of 12k+1 and similar 2 question. The subsequent explanation was that the question was not "...
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I want to view recently closed (not so recently asked) questions of mine

Five months ago I asked Conjecture: Any odd integer $k>1$ has a partition $m+n,\,m,n>0,$ such that $m^2+n$ > is a prime. and a few days ago it was closed, which I noticed only because there ...
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How can I fix my question? [duplicate]

Question in consideration: Mathematics as several Type-0 Grammars I've asked the question above because I've been trying to understand the way mathematicians do mathematics from a formalist ...
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"Improve this question" button on deleted posts goes to a page which says "This post is deleted and cannot be edited."

I went into my "recently deleted answers" tab and found this question (which is now deleted, so you cannot see it if you have <10k rep) which I answered. I can't normally see deleted ...
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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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Same question format, but one question gets a good response, while the other gets closed. Why is that happening?

I'm speaking with reference to this question. When I read through the question, it immediately struck me as a low-effort question. It did not include an attempt to solve the problem. Nevertheless, it ...
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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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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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What does "ask a new one" mean?

In this question it it written that: This question already has answers here: Sets. Classes. …? (4 answers) Your post has been associated with a similar question. If this question doesn’t ...
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Did I make a mistake in my edit? (specific question)

I recently posted this question. It was closed shortly after posting for being opinion based. I tried to edit the question to make it clear exactly what I was asking, and the question was downvoted ...
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Question that is clearly not a duplicate linked to my question, marking it as duplicate. [duplicate]

I asked a question yesterday: Coupon collector's problem: mean and variance in number of coupons to be collected to complete a set This asks for the mean and variance of the coupon collector's ...
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