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How could this question be improved?

"Missing context" is a bit of a catch-all term, but basically it's a request for you to motivate the question (why do you want to solve this? Why is it interesting for you, and for people who might ...
postmortes's user avatar
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How can I announce a result I think is new and groundbreaking without being off-topic?

You simply don't. The scope of this site is not to announce new results. It's also not a good idea to do it here, it will be buried under a deluge of homework questions. Write it up and submit it to ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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What should I do if I think I have an answer to an on-hold question?

You ask: What should I do when I think that I understand and/or have an answer to an on-hold or closed - and, more specifically, "unclear" - question? You should help to make the question more ...
quid's user avatar
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On the irrelevancy of putting good questions on hold and later closing them

You posted Sum of digits, sequence (no theory). You were told, "Please improve the question by providing additional context, which ideally includes your thoughts on the problem and any attempts you ...
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Re-asking another user's on-hold question

Were I in your shoes, I would just post the question again. I often find myself stumbling upon interesting questions which were asked very poorly, so I would appreciate people rewriting them. People ...
William Grannis's user avatar
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What is unclear in my question?

Here is the entire body of your Question: I saw this question for example, but I don't understand the proof there. Can you please explain how to do that? I tried to prove it and I have some thoughts, ...
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Do questions have to be "good questions" to not be put on-hold/closed?

I believe that this issue of what and what's not on-topic, or what counts as a question deserving closure has cropped up too many times in MSE. Is it the standing policy of this community to allow ...
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Real life problem gets banished

When a user does not know how to ask a question in mathematical symbols, I generally prefer that they get help in person. For a student, this would be a tutor, perhaps paid. In business, this would ...
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I am a new user and I don't exactly understand your rules. Can someone tell me why this is off-topic?

I voted to close that question because, as Jonas indicated in his comment, I felt that the question lacked context. More generally, I think that any question that appears to be just a statement of a ...
Mark McClure's user avatar
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Robotic comments.

Yes, these are real people (in the sense that the accounts belong to at least one person).
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Do questions have to be "good questions" to not be put on-hold/closed?

Is it the standing policy of this community to allow a question only if they meet every single one of these requirements? Questions should strive to meet the guidelines laid out in the thread you ...
quid's user avatar
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Do questions have to be "good questions" to not be put on-hold/closed?

This will be a short answer, since I generally agree with what quid and TheSimpliFire have already said, but I want to note several things before moving on to why I wrote a new answer. This is a long ...
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My question was put on hold, need feedback.

While I cannot speak for those that voted to close the question, my view is that it is a Problem Statement Question (PSQ) and that it lacks sufficient context. The issue is not that it appears to be ...
Xander Henderson's user avatar
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Can closed and on-hold questions still be commented on after being put on hold?

Yes, it is possible to comment on "on hold" questions. It is good practice to guide users towards improving their questions. It is not good practice to answer "on hold" question in comments, ...
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How can I submit the question that's on hold for review again?

This happens automatically, but only for the first edit. Namely, if the question was edited and the reviewers felt that it should be left closed then even after future edits it won't get sent ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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Re-asking another user's on-hold question

The page on editing in the Help Center suggests that generally you just edit the question, so long as you are not changing the meaning of the question. From that linked page: ... this site is ...
Mike Pierce's user avatar
3 votes
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Editing another users 'unclear what you are asking' question

Sometimes it is simply the case that you see something the close voters didn't, and were able to understand the OP's meaning more easily. For example, clarity problems can often arise from language ...
Alexander Gruber's user avatar
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On Hold/Closed for broad or unclear, Then edited, then...

Note that the first edit after being closed puts the question into the reopen queue while subsequent edits will not, so you should try to make your first edit count! If your question has lacked ...
BCLC's user avatar
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On the irrelevancy of putting good questions on hold and later closing them

Have you considered reading why your questions were closed? Here's a snippet at the "closed as off-topic" explanations that has appeared below Sum of digits, sequence (no theory). Of particular ...
Simply Beautiful Art's user avatar

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