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Why was my question closed or down voted?

Help! My question was closed (or down voted). Why? And what can I do about it? Downvoted Duplicate Off topic What technology to take up next Recommend a software library, tool, book, research paper,...
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Are book recommendations on-topic?

We get a lot of book recommendation questions, so much so that it's hard to keep up with them. We've been closing them as off-topic, not a real question, and not constructive based on a few different ...
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Are requests for a specific reference material off-topic?

This was just closed and I don't understand why. It says off-topic, but it is specifically about programmers and not a poll nor does it meet any of the "do not ask about"s in the FAQ, in fact in the ...
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Too many answers is the sign of a bad question

You may have noticed a few whale questions—ones with a ton of answers—getting bumped to the front page and subsequently closed as "not constructive." This is part of a cleanup based on some new ...
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Why are “reference request” questions off topic?

My question was closed. Robert Harvey says: Questions asking for links to external resources are more or less off-topic throughout the Stack Exchange network. That's what search engines are for. "...
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What's up with all the book recommendation flags?

There have been a ton of book recommendation questions, some fairly old with helpful answers, flagged as not constructive today. According to the last discussion on this, most of these qualify as ...
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Why was my question closed

Recently, my question Looking for books on the C and POSIX standards was closed as "off topic". I don't really agree with that, and feel misunderstood. Reading the FAQ didn't make it clear either. ...
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Why did a question about programming books get closed on Programmers.SE?

So, today I wrote a question that follows the general pattern for book questions on Programmers (Is there a canonical book on [x]?) about a topic that's definitely related to programming (data ...
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I am finding that questions which are in context are being close due to “off-topic”

I'm becoming frustrated at questions being closed due to being "off-topic" where they are clearly on topic. Two recent questions have been closed Please recommend a patterns book for iOS development: ...
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Are literature requests inherently off-topic or not-constructive

I am referring to this question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/170059/good-literature-for-object-oriented-programming-in-c However, I have seen question like Is there a ...
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Resource questions - automatic close?

Book (or resource) on Java bytecode was recently asked. I voted to close immediately, without really reading (or understanding) much of of the question. Should questions that request resources get ...
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Adding the definition of a “shopping list/request” to the FAQ

I have noticed that we are getting a lot more questions being posted that are interesting, engaging but ultimately amount to a glorified "Shopping List". https://softwareengineering....