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Questions tagged [closing-questions]

For questions about the closing of questions: whether, when, why, and how questions should be closed.

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Can “Avengers: Endgame” be used to answer MCU TV questions?

After watching Season 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I came here wondering Where has Deke gone? found the question justifiably closed as unknowable then. But given the events of Avengers: Endgame, I ...
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Is the Primarily Opinion-Based close reason being overused?

Disclaimers This is a long post. You are forewarned. Everything in this post is only based on harry-potter. For the most part that is the only tag that I spend much time with, so I don't know if ...
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Does the size of the list of works matter? [duplicate]

The close reason for lists of work or recommendations reads as follows: Requests for lists of works or recommendations are off-topic as they do not fit our questions and answers format. Feel free ...
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Can my question be lifted out of hold status? Can you specifically tell me how to improve it, because I have edited it

I have a question about my Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange post: What's so special about Harry Potter?
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Please clarify my question on why the audience may have been laughing at a speaker

The question is Laughing at Dr Alexander Murry's presentation. I initially got an upvote, but this was followed by 1 downvote and 4 close votes for "Unclear what you're asking". I have edited between ...
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How precise do the close reasons have to be?

When voting to close a question there are five options you can choose from: The ones that interest me here are the third and fifth choices. While I don't think this is a pervasive issue, I have seen ...
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If a certain work is found to be off topic, are questions on Sci-Fi elements also off topic?

I would like for this question to be reopened: How does Snoopy stay balanced on top of his doghouse? Shouldn't he fall down? Although the meta seems to have concluded that Peanuts are off-topic (...
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What does closing a Question as a Duplicate actually do?

I know Duplication is a bit of a contentious topic so I've looked around before asking this, but I can't find an answer. If I've missed it I'd appreciate being pointed in the right direction. What ...
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Should we prefer questions with accepted answers when closing identification requests as duplicate?

A couple of days ago, a story ID request was closed as a duplicate of another one. Both have an answer which is correct, according to the querant. But I saw that the one that was closed as a ...
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Does the future works policy apply to this question?

The question Does this organization still exist? was closed, with a voter citing the future works policy. However, I fail to see how said policy applies. The question is not about a future work, it's ...
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Why are we still arguing over duplicates?

We have had a number of recent meta discussions about what should and should not be closed as a duplicate, most recently Handling questions that will be duplicates once answered. It seems that, ...
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Is there ever a reason to remove on topic content?

In recent discussions there has been an ongoing argument made against removing low-quality content that is otherwise on topic. Since the crux of most of the objections raised against any changes in ...
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Why can we not mark questions as duplicates when the original does not have an answer?

This question: Misanthropic boy given near-omnipotent powers by alien intelligence, proceeds to destroy humanity is a duplicate of this: Bullied boy given immense powers by an alien race who ...
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Why was this question about Obi-Wan closed?

This question has been subject to two rounds of close voting, and is currently closed. The first round was as “primarily opinion-based.” The second was as “unclear what you’re asking.” However, I ...
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Questions that become off-topic because of new policies

I have just come across a 6 year old question in the review queues. Back when this question was asked, it was a perfectly on-topic question, which has been reasonably highly up-voted and received 20,...
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Why is this question still open? [duplicate]

The question Can spaceships really explode in space? very clearly violates our policy on real-world scientific explanations. Why is it still open?
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What do we do with this question that doesn't have a current answer? [duplicate]

I was reviewing when this question came up for closing votation with 3 votes to close. After reading said questions and the comments I'm uncertain on how to vote and would like to ask clarification (I ...
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Can't close question as dupe. Just get error message

In what looks like another example of the same bug (Why can't I close this question as a dupe?) I don't seem to be able to close this question as a duplicate. Young adult novel involving Time-...
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Why was this question closed as duplicate?

Are human-looking Jedi/Sith like Palpatine and the Skywalkers the same (human) species as non-Force users? This question was recently marked as a duplicate. Two things bother me: This question has ...
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Why was this question about why 'Voldemort became more snakelike' closed as a duplicate?

Regarding this question: Why does Voldemort become more snakelike? The question links to the now marked duplicate here: How did Voldemort's face get disfigured? The question and the post marked ...
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Should questions like “Should I watch/read …” be closed as opinion based?

Sometimes people post questions asking what to read or watch. "Should I read this book?" "In which order should I watch this film series?" "Should I watch the old episodes in this TV series?" "Should ...
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Minor technical issues with off-topic close box

There are some minor technical issues with the off-topic close reasons, which should be trivial to fix. All links are HTTP instead of HTTPS. This includes the migration option to meta. The link to ...
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Why can't you change your reason to close after making a close vote?

I voted to close on this question, Back to the future, A couple of things im confued about. I made a mistake and voted as Not Clear What you are asking, when I wanted to vote as Too Broad, so I ...
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Why is this question put on hold?

Some people have put this question on hold; it has lost its momentum and now will not be a Hot Network Question. It has answers and is absolutely not too broad as there have not been very many ...
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Under what circumstances does “Community” vote to close as a duplicate?

I proposed a possible duplicate for this question and it received four close votes (including mine) with the fifth vote attributed to the Community user. Under what circumstances does the Community ...
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Why is the question about Slytherin speaking Parseltongue closed?

This question, How does Salazar Slytherin speak Parseltongue? [duplicate]. In the comments Valorum, who closed the question, states: So, Valorum states that no one predates Salazar Slytherin, but: ...
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Why does the community continue re-opening this particular question?

Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise? I am quoting my argument here: @Valorum You aren't getting my point. It's the standards I am talking about. Star Trek ...
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In what way is this question unclear?

This question, posted in its entirety below, was recently posted. It rapidly attracted close votes and is currently on hold. While I can see that it's arguably downvote-worthy (do your own damn ...
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Why is this question not closed?

This question "What does Sidious mean?" Should it not fall under this, Primarily opinion-based: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to some ...
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Should I vote to close based on my opinion or community consensus?

A question has recently been asked about 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' which has attracted a number of close votes (as off-topic). Rand al'Thor points out that the current consensus on Lemony ...
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Why doesn't this question show up in the review queue for Close Votes?

The following question has, as I'm writing this, 1 close vote against it.‡ How do the pirate tests in Uncharted 4 get reset? There is a discussion about it in the comments and I disagree with ...
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Why was this “general reference” question kept closed?

This question Where did Doc Brown get plutonium from? Was originally closed as "General Reference", presumably because the answer was largely covered in the same scene in the film. Since "general ...
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Should posts that have more than one question be closed as “Too Broad” or “Unclear”?

As a rule posts should only contain one question. When we see a post that asks more than one question we ask the OP to rewrite the question to edit the the post to only have one question. If the post ...
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How to deal with a Post which has two questions in it and one of which may be a duplicate?

The questions are following: How is The Wall bypassed? How did Gared (Night's Watch man) get back from behind The Wall? The first question is more general in nature while the second question was ...
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Best handling for “dupe groups” within [story-identification] questions?

After having joined the site and been visiting regularly for a while, I have discovered many, many cases of duplicate questions (i.e. questions having the same answer, per apparent consensus ...
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Re-open “What episodes of Doctor Who should I watch first?”

What episodes of Doctor Who should I watch first? is closed as primarily opinion-based But I think that's a mistake: the suggested-order is well established here and I can't see anything else ...
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What constitutes the same answer for story-identification questions?

If two story-identification questions both have the same answer, and that answer has been confirmed (on each question) by the querent in the form of acceptance or a confirmatory comment, one of the ...
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Can we get a more specific definition of what this site considers “too broad”?

Currently, the close reason (which is standard for all SE sites) has a description of: There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add ...
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Should we add an off-topic close reason for “future works”?

Current status: we do not have consensus to pursue this under the present system (which only allows custom off-topic close reasons). We may re-visit this if the system is changed to allow a custom ...
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My question was closed and I don't understand why

My question was marked as a duplicate but the question that's been linked is asking something different so I don't understand why https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/127049/any-direct-...
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Do we have room for a custom close reason for future works?

We have had a long-standing policy that questions asking about material from unproduced future works should be closed until such time as they are answerable. The meta consensus was that we should ...
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Why was the “two Hulk films” question closed?

Please help me understand why this question was closed: Why were there two Hulk origin films within five years of each other? I cannot work it out from the brief close reason: "This question ...
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What's our position on questions of the form “Are there any plans for a new series of X?”?

Today I came across two old questions (both by the same user and posted on the same day, oddly enough) which are very similar in form but have been treated very differently: https://scifi....
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Are release date questions still off-topic?

I was reviewing this question and it seems to me that this meta question should apply, and that the question would be off-topic as too localized. However, when trying to flag it as such, I found that ...
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Can I close this question?

Seems to me that this question is asking for a list: Which of Dumbledore's abilities make him the greatest wizard of the age? Can this be closed?
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Why was this question (about Star Trek starfield movements being literal or not) closed?

Why was this question closed as off-topic? Are those stars moving past the window when the ship is at warp? Seems to me it's as relevant as any scale question, and is answerable, etc.
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Should this question still be closed as off topic?

The question: Why was Firefly cancelled? I've been here a while, and I can't for the life of me see why this would be considered off-topic by modern (2015) standards. It was closed in 2012.
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Are we allowed to change our custom “off topic” VTC options?

According to this meta question, when the VTC options were being overhauled, we were asked to choose a maximum of three customized reasons for off topic VTCs. The options we have now are: Seeking ...
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Question put on hold as opinion based; how can I change it?

@Daft and @Richard have marked my post, What were James Dashner's motivations for killing off this character?, as off-topic, as it is more based on opinion than fact. Is there any way I can ...
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Is question 39423 (origin of “reaping” souls) on-topic?

I just got a vote to close as off-topic on this question with the following comment: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not about a fantasy or sci-fi character or plot ...