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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 is the close-as-duplicate policy so aggressive, and should we change it?

Mooz wrote in a comment, If someone asked "Who was Palpatine's last apprentice?", and someone answers "It was Anakin Skywalker" and specifically mentions that "Anakin is Luke's father, by the way", ...
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Why is the close-as-duplicate policy so aggressive, and should we change it?

First, I want to address this issue. We're expecting users who ask a question parse out potentially unrelated questions and scroll through answers possibly consisting of mostly unrelated content ...
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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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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 is this question (71065) closed?

In its original form, the question was quite poorly written. It wasn't immediately clear what the questioner was asking, nor was it apparent what was being asked and it was rightly closed as being "...
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Questions about science fiction technologies that have real world origins

The idea that if a technology exists in the real world questions about it are automatically off-topic is just bizarre. As William Gibson has said, "The future is already here — it's just not very ...
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Inconsistency in Gorilla vs Shark closing?

The problem with Shark vs. Gorilla questions isn't that they ask to compare two different things. It's that there's no factual/rational basis to compare on, since there's no in-universe information to ...
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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 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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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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Have we changed the rules on children's cartoons?

No, they're still not on-topic. I flagged that question for migration to Movies and TV where it belongs.
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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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Harry Potter - abuse over celebrity question re-open

@Mooz - I'm thrilled to learn there is a canon answer to my question and, in light of that, I would love to see it be reopened. Thanks for heading up the charge. I am continually astonished when ...
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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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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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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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