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Examples of inappropriately closed questions

This is a follow up to BartMan's question, which is now locked. We shouldn't be dismissive of the over-moderation concerns of potential new users. You asked for 10 examples of inappropriately closed ...
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This question will get auto deleted - is it a winning choice?

My belief is that if a question is really too broad, too bad, too much opinionable. The fact will prove it in a very short time. The following question however had already got many interesting ...
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How should questions not written in English be handled?

I just saw a question asked in what appears to me to be Italian. I can't answer it without running it through a translation program. How should a question like this be handled? Should it be closed? ...
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Can questions be improved by asking for the historical record?

I am a member of History SE whose "day job" has suddenly forced me to look hard at programming. I have had (approved) edits on questions like this and this. The gist of these questions were "Why is ...
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Are now all questions about teaching programming to be considered off topic?

I noticed that this question, "Teaching kids to program - how to teach syntax?" was closed a few days ago on the the grounds: "Questions seeking career or education advice are off topic on Programmers"...
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How many questions do we get from users recently blocked at SO, how many of these are closed / deleted?

Recent efforts in SO close vote queue make me think that quite a lot of users started hitting the question ban there. There is long known "tradition" of attempts to circumvent such bans by posting at ...
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On the troubles of naming and terminology

Difficulty with naming has a bit of a history with programming. There are two hard problems in computer science: caching, naming, and off by one errors. It has been repeatedly revisited on meta ...
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How to re-word or 'fix' my question so it can be answered

My question here: Strategies to troubleshoot an error that only happens on a specific device was closed due to being too broad. I don't quite understand why it's too broad, but that's fine, if it's a ...
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If I was a homework cheater, [duplicate]

...if I was a homework cheater, I would applaud an approach like that... I'm for deletion if not improved in a reasonable timeframe. But minutes after closure is, I think, too speedy. I tend to ...
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Should there be a time limit before someone can vote to close?

I'm looking at this question. And not five minutes after it was posted there's an "I'm voting to close" Comment. Should we allow questions a grace period because what someone might see as irrelevant ...
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I got banned from Programmer but for a mistake

I had just 100 of reputation and I gave 50 points for a bounty. I din't know I could experience a ban because of that. Now I read the following message if I try to post a question. "Sorry, we are no ...
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Question closed, how to fix it?

Following specification vs. following language standards The way I see it, this question follows The Six Subjective Question Guidelines: It inspires answers that explain "why". Options are given, so ...
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I have a tiny problem

I have a huge tiny problem! The problem is that I cannot post a question on this site which does not automatically get put on hold! My problem began when I tried to ask which tool I should use to ...
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Why do certification questions keep getting closed?

Whenever I look at certification questions on the front page or in tags, they seem to be closed. Why is this?
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What is this site's definitions of development methodologies?

I have a question that was put on hold a little while ago. Not the end of the world, it was a question about agile development and that's not strictly a programmer topic. But when I looked at the on ...
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How could this question be worded to avoid being stamped on?

I asked a question last night which I believe was worthwhile and could have received some interesting responses, but sadly it was swiftly stamped on by the community. I'm doing my best to figure out ...
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Is there any recourse for a user who is being harassed by another user?

If I feel like a certain user is harassing me, editing my answers, downvoting my answers, closing my questions, making offensive and condescending comments, or anything like that; what can I do? I ...
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Was this question closed for the right reason?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/223192/will-i-get-acceptable-performance-for-learning-c-python-if-i-use-a-vm-as-my-lear I've always considered "opinion-based" questions as ...
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Can you please review the modifications for this question?

I modified the original Building a distributed system on Amazon Web Services after the comments mentioned about Why do interview questions make poor Programmers.SE questions? The question now is more ...
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Why is this terminology question considered as “opinion based”?

I recently asked What is the name of the functional argument in fold which is now marked off-topic because it might be opinion based. I do not understand what makes this opinion based. This question ...
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How to improve the document / refactoring question

Question in review: Is it Typical for Large Software Companies to Not Document or Refactor Code? Thunderforge asked in chat I recently had my question put on hold and I'd like to know how I can ...
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Is quality of a question determined solely by the question itself or the content it generates?

This question is prompted by some of the discussion in How can we avoid turning off potential participants who see the wall of Closed questions? Specifically, what MichaelT wrote to JensG and the ...
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How can we avoid turning off potential participants who see the wall of Closed questions?

The home page of P.SE is often littered with inappropriate questions that have been appropriately closed. This is an important part of any .SE site. However, it can be intimidating or off-putting for ...
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Are career questions OK if both the question and answers contain generally applicable information? [duplicate]

I asked a question about joining a startup as a grad, specifically about the scenario where there wouldn't be any more senior programmers working above the grads: https://softwareengineering....
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My question was closed as a duplicate of a vaguely related question without good answers

Best practices for sharing tiny snippets of code across projects was closed 6 months after being posted. It was marked as a duplicate to How to promote code reuse and documentation? I'm a heavy user ...
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Closing a two year old question as a duplicate of a one year old question?

I just noticed that Is there a measure of code rot?, which was created in February 2011 was closed two weeks ago as a duplicate of How can I quantify the amount of technical debt that exists in a ...
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How to notify a moderator that an off-topic question was edited?

Is there as way to notify a moderator after you edit an off-topic question to make it on-topic? I edited this question's title to make it on-topic, but I'm not sure if I need to do something more for ...
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Is how to setup a dev environment using a specific tool, out of scope?

My question https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/208143/using-notepad-for-php-coding got closed as being off-topic. Note that I'm not trying to ask for any tool recommendations or ...
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Question put on hold because asking for tool recommendation

A question I asked yesterday was put on hold because I asked if a library or framework exists that can solve my problem. Here is the question: Looking to create a custom, graphical editor for a data ...
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Why 'What was your most difficult bug hunt' is an edge question?

I learned a lot reading 'What was your most difficult bug hunt' I'm sure it will help me and others (who I plan to narrate some of the stories to) will benefit too. can we please re open it and keep ...
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Are questions about source control off topic?

Why is this question considered off topic? I choose to be fair and show all reasons why I dislike the current options - would've it been ontopic if I simply lied and only told I was dissatisfied with ...
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Curious why “Is writing software easier than reading [it]…” was closed

I was just getting my daily dose of programmers SE and noticed another closed "not constructive" question: Is writing software easier than reading and understanding it from scratch? I've read through ...
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How can I improve this question and get answers I want?

Can someone tell me what's wrong with this question? How can I improve it? I'm in the field of EEE but I'm not specializing in software engineering. Yesterday, i had an impromptu idea to develop ...
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How to make “What to expect” question constructive?

This question was closed along with downvotes: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/199257/what-level-of-queries-should-i-expect-from-an-interviewer-regarding-my-official It ...
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help me understand why this question was closed as off-topic? [closed]

is this javascript property defaulting pattern a code smell? is the question at, um, question. I'm not upset or offended by the closure; no ego involved here, and I got the feedback I needed before ...
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Why was the question on benchmarking apps for concurrent key value stores closed?

I liked this question, asking how to make a benchmarking app or give information on already usable code to test map implementations. Sure it needed a code reference but why close it?
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Are there “ex post facto” closes?

Can questions be closed for a reason that is valid TODAY but did not exist at the time the question was asked? Here is an example. Why close a 2 year old question? Questions are now "routinely" ...
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Should this question be open or closed?

Should How should I behave as a developer in a project that's headed for failure? be open or closed? On the one hand, project failure is more common in software development than most ...
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Multiple indirection in closed duplicates and transitivity of duplicates

I find it hilarious that this question was closed as a duplicate of a question which is in turn a duplicate of a question closed as off-topic! I realize questions may be closed at any time, not only ...
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Can anyone tell me why this question was closed?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/196777/documentation-examples-etc-of-implementing-googles-website-translator The one comment I got was a link that was so generic, it might as ...
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What criterion of NARQ does this question meet?

So I would like to jump in the programmers.SE community, but for the life of me I can't actually figure out the community standards. I had this question closed: What languages do Node.js developers ...
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Why close a 2 year old question?

Okay, I'm very confused now. A question of mine from 2 years ago with multiple upvoted answers and upvoted to ten was just closed as not constructive. I'm assuming that someone stumbled across it and ...
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What does it take for a question to be a duplicate?

I just learned that this question is a duplicate of some other question (the link to which is supplied now in the first question). Reading through both questions I cannot see how one could defer the ...
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Please reopen “Does open sourcing your work help you?” [closed]

Does open sourcing your work help you? was originally worded in a polling, discussion-inducing way ("Have you ever", "work of yours", "Is it a world of selfishness"), but is not fundamentally a ...
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The stock hardware question is a good one

What is the difference between a stock-hardware and a micro-coded machine in "A Critique of Common Lisp"? started out ranty, and people got carried away in the comments, but the underlying ...
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Why was my question on integrated systems closed, and what can I do to get it re-opened?

I asked a legitimate, specific, relevant, answerable question here: Do integrated systems increase development time and cause inflexibility? It was closed as "not constructive". In the "hot ...
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Why is this question closed (_and_ locked)?

"Comments are a code smell" From the FAQ, I would expect it to fall under the "good" topic of Software Engineering, and from Good Subjective, Bad Subjective, it seems to meet almost all the ...
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I've made a question asking why OTServ - a huge MMORPG open-source community - has a problem with item cloning. Why it was closed?

Earlier I've posted this question (link) on Programmers Stack. Why was it closed and what can I do for it to be reopenned? Note: I've already made some edits taking in account the argumentation ...
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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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Something very strange going on in a closed question

Can someone have a look at this question? Some newbie who apparently doesn't understand the idea of abstraction came along and asked a question that, admittedly, is a bit ranty. Several people, ...