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Interested in a question which is closed because of “no effort”. What to do?

Let me first state my general opinion (see also this discussion on meta): To keep the quality and attractiveness of math.SE at a reasonable level, I think it is important to counter questions probably ...
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How to repair the close-delete pipeline?

In a recent discussion the issue of scale of deletions was brought up. I remarked there that over the $12$-month period ending in February this year, $10$K users deleted $218$ questions altogether, ...
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What can be used for checking on posts you downvoted/closed?

I have seen discussions where some users explicitly mentioned that they tend to go back to questions and answers they downvoted (or voted to close) and if they were sufficiently improved, they retract ...
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Best way to “revive” a question (which does not abide by the Math.SE rules) [duplicate]

There exists a question which looks interesting to me, given that I scribbled some attempts to solve it and, in spite of the fact that it "seems" like an easy application of Rolle's theorem, couldn't ...
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My problem with the closing brigade

This question was put on hold 22 hours ago, less than an hour after it was asked; no explanation was given to the asker. More than 12 hours ago it was edited into a decently formatted question, and ...
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Closed question banner contains incorrect information about the reasons [duplicate]

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1034067/prove-language-is-not-regular-with-pumping-lemma?noredirect=1 was recently closed, and the banner says, inaccurately: put on hold as off-topic by ...
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Closed questions fully answered into the comments

I don't think it is appropriate to answer closed questions into the comments as it happens here. Can (or should) we do something with such things?
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Grace period when a question is closed

Didn't there use to be a grace period of 5 minutes after a question was closed where answers could still be submitted, but where one can't start writing an answer? If there wasn't (and I have just ...
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Closed questions being deleted and re-asked as new questions

This seems to be a phenomenon: Someone posts a question. Others ask them what they've tried / put the question on hold. The OP simply deletes the question, and re-asks it as a new question (and gets ...
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Notice: question on number of known digits of $\pi$ re-opened; now locked

This is just to say that I have invoked my moderator powers to re-open this post How many digits of $\pi$ are currently known? The reason: after clarification by the OP in the comments and after ...
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“Help me find a paper”-type questions

Recently, this question was closed as "not being about maths". I think that this closure is worthy of further discussion. Basically, I believe that finding papers (especially old ones, or ...
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Mark all locked questions as [​locked​] or [​closed​] in the title

Some discussions, such as the one on annoyingness-of-CAPTCHA, are being locked without this being indicated in the titles. Closed threads seem to acquire the word "[closed]" automatically or by ...
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Provide a way to search for a user's answers to closed questions

The only notification one gets that a question they've answered has met with others' dissatisfaction is when it has been deleted and their reputation is reduced. It would be nice if a user, who has ...
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Poor treatment of new users - especially those asking interesting questions

Have others noticed a tendency for new users of mathSE to be treated poorly by existing users? The worst cases remind of some low-brow college fraternity where new users are expected to show they have ...
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Reopening closed questions with good answers

I often come by questions that are closed because of lack of context, but that still have good answers. It can be questions that contain nothing more than What is this integral $\int \ldots dx$? ...
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Problems with homework questions

This is the first time I post a question here, but sometimes I do read posts here. My question is concerned (again) with homework questions. My objectives in this site has been always the followings: ...
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Unusual number of closures?

Every so often, I check under "tools". I usually see that a few questions have been closed in the last day or two. I just went and saw over 30 questions closed in the last 24 hours, way more than I ...
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Should questions closed as “unclear” be reopened if they have a reasonable answer that the OP claims “hits the spot”?

This is something that happens on occasion. Someone asks a question, but the question is somewhat vague. Someone with some experience in the field, or rather in answering questions in said field, ...
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Discussing the status of “Distance from $0$ to $1$ is equal to the distance from $1$ to $2$.”

I see two three four votes to re-open the question: I need mathematical proof that the distance from zero to 1 is the equal to the distance from 1 to 2. The question was closed as "not a real ...
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Should we close/lock old questions with many answers at some point?

From time to time you see someone posting yet another answer to very old questions which have many answers. It is almost always the case that the newly added answer is in fact a duplicate or 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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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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How to explain this string of downvotes?

This is the first time I met such phenomenon. At the same time two old questions Is there a $2 \times 2$ real matrix $A$ such that $A^2=-4I$? https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2429346/...
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Must still need some work for a question that is now closed.

I recently added a question to stack.exchange and it was quickly put 'on hold'(and for good reason, it needed work). After having several helpful comments and a lot of editing I had thought the issues ...
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What happened to my question on discrete valuation rings?

I asked a question whose title was Two discrete valuation rings one of which is contained in another(Two discrete valuation rings, one contained into another). It was closed, but I have no idea why it ...
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Bug: answer posted after closing the question.

The question https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/132072/does-doing-mathematics-make-you-more-intelligent was closed, but 13 minutes after closing there was an answer posted. I suppose this is a ...
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Wrongly closed question needs a better answer.

This question, more precisely this version, was closed on not-clear-what-you're-asking grounds. That's simply wrong; it's perfectly clear what he's asking. He "defines" two Hilbert spaces, $H_1=L^2$ ...
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Closing a question because it contains an error

I asked a short time ago whether there is a policy the following: If a question contains a mathematical error that could be pointed out in a posted answer, or is ill-formulated for reasons that could ...
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Reason of closing a question with good answers

Let us look at the question Evaluate $\int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{x^2\log^2{(\sin{x})}}{\sin^2x}dx$ I understand, that the formulation is rather short, but we have at least two precise, large answers. I ...
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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 ...