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Why has this Animal Farm question been reopened?

Sorry about that. The question has now been re-closed. But since you asked why, here's the full sequence of events: Hamlet originally posted the question on the old Literature Stack Exchange, back ...
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Why was this Shrek question closed?

I can understand why the question may have been closed as POB in the first round. It wasn't a "great" question and did seem to invite specuation. However, that was fixable by a simple edit (which you ...
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May I ask a question about sex or explicit content in A Song of Ice and Fire books?

In regards to the question above, I don't think this should have been deleted. It's neither pornographic nor prurient and it's unlikely to lead to the posting of inappropriate content (although we may ...
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What to do when you know the answer to a question closed for needing more details

You've pretty much hit the nail on the head. Commenting that you think you know the answer is fine. Commenting with the answer is even better as you might get a response from OP to confirm it (in ...
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Why the inconsistencies with closed questions?

Speculative questions aren't necessarily off-topic: in-universe speculation and extrapolation is on-topic. It depends on how much speculation is required. Some speculative questions are off-topic ...
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What are the limits to changing my own unanswered questions?

If your question is unanswered and unvoted upon, there are (theoretically) no limits whatsoever to changing any aspect of that question including, but not limited to, the tags, the property, the ...
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Why were these questions about sexual assault in the Harry Potter franchise deleted?

I did raise a flag on the first question, because the question seemed really iffy (introducing a controversial topic with minimal effort on a vague premise of "someone said") and I thought a moderator ...
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How should I avoid overzealous editing of question in the future?

The only prevention advice I can give you is to read over your question before submitting, and make sure that both the title and body are: Asking the question you intended to ask Asking the same ...
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Why it's so hard to please the admins here on this site?

The question wasn't put on hold by any admins (they're called moderators on Stack Exchange) — it was voted so by regular users. How The Stack Exchange Theory of Moderation is that the users moderate....
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When are questions about characters in trailers Future Works?

This question was wrongly closed I almost closed it too. I literally clicked on the title expecting to need to close it, saw the answer and realised it wasn't future works. The question could have ...
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Should a moderator have reopened this question?

This question has come up in the review queue again and I have voted to leave closed. The "too broad" close reads as such (which was changed fairly recently IIRC). Please edit the question to ...
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Looking for feedback on a Looney Tunes episode identification question closed as off-topic

I was unaware that this had been closed and have voted to undelete it (and will vote to reopen it when that happens). Looney Tunes is on topic. I can't see that this is 'too broad'. You're asking us ...
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How do we resolve this supposed dupe situation?

It's a different question, which has a different answer, and it should be reopened (again). The original question is basically saying "Coulson was resurrected in MCU TV, why isn't he in the other MCU ...
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Who determines if a post should be re-opened?

Anyone who can vote to close can also vote to reopen. Voting to reopen works in more or less the same way as voting to close: five users with 3k+ reputation are enough to reopen any closed question, ...
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Why the inconsistencies with closed questions?

Because to err is human. There's no automated system to close off-topic questions, or even to bring them to the attention of those who can vote to close them. Moderation of questions - deciding which ...
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Help me understand why my Star Trek question is on hold as 'unclear'?

I don't think your question falls under the category of Unclear What You're Asking. I don't think I've ever seen an episode of Star Trek, but I was able to understand the question. In fact, both other ...
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Reopen request for the "Adventure book, possibly published around 25 years ago" question

In this case, I think it probably should be reopened, and I've voted accordingly. For my money, it meets the smell-test of being just about answerable, due to the presence of a few different tropes (...
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Why were these questions about sexual assault in the Harry Potter franchise deleted?

Echoing my comment on the original question, although notability isn't something we generally check for, I felt that the total absence of any good reason to think that such a thing had happened (and ...
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What is unclear about this question?

I didn't vote to close, but I think "unclear" is appropriate because the OP hasn't explained why he thinks there might be a connection. Since it's a misunderstanding on the OP's part and there isn't ...
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Audience-specific texts for custom close reasons: Scientific Solutions or Explanations

Brief description The name shown to flaggers/close-voters when seeking an option in the close menu: Real-world science question Usage guidance The description shown to flaggers/close-voters after ...
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Why was my question about the sentience of androids in "Alien" closed?

Why was it closed in the first place? In this instance, your question was originally closed as "needing details or clarity" because it was unclear what you were asking. People have been ...
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What part of the "Ruby Rhod appearing on the menu screen of The Fifth Element" question needs more focus?

In its original form this question was ghastly. It was poorly written and barely coherent. Several close votes occurred before I got a chance to edit it. Fifth element ps2 question In 3:00 Why the ...
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How does the site pick the reason for closure?

From main meta: the rule is as follows. If the last close vote was cast by a hammer (moderator, or gold tag badger closing as duplicate), their close reason is displayed. If one close reason ...
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Re-open "What episodes of Doctor Who should I watch first?"

How about closing it instead as a duplicate of Suggested order to watch entire Dr. Who?, which (although posted later) is more objectively worded and already has an excellent answer? This would leave ...
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When are questions about characters in trailers Future Works?

Case-by-Case Basis [Note: while AncientSwordRage has addressed the single question the, I am answering in the broader sense as I think was the OP's intent.] The problem with trailers is, like you said:...
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Duplicate of a closed question

I've reopened the closed older question and subsequently closed it as a duplicate of the newer one. The newer question and answer pair are better quality so it makes sense to have that as the ...
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Who determines if a post should be re-opened?

You! And the community. The fact is, you have more than 3K rep. It is in your power to reopen anything. Of course, our gods mods also can do it singlehandedly. But that doesn't matter :P
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Why the inconsistencies with closed questions?

Per my answer to another related question, speculative questions are fine if there's a reason to presume that there's enough canon information to make a reasoned speculation. If there's insufficient ...
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Why was this question about maester chains closed?

There are still people on this site who think that answers somehow magically make questions into duplicates, even though that totally misses the whole point of the Stack Exchange model. "We're not ...
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