Questions tagged [close-reasons]

Please use this tag for questions about the close reasons themselves - e.g off topic, too broad, primarily opinion based, etc. If your question is about whether a question is on topic, please use [scope] instead.

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Improving "Other" Flag text for uniformity in close vote comments

For questions like this (not calling out, it's just recent and an apt example) . . How can I read faster? . . and comments like these . . I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because ...
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Should we add a stack-specific close reason for off topic "dear Abby" questions?

Dear Abby, I have a problem. I would like to flag or vote to close questions on IPS.se that are off topic because they ask for advice on what to do instead of how to do it. Unfortunately, there's no ...
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Can question #13889 be reopened?

How to politely tell a friend that I want to hang out with her, but not invite others? This question has been closed as unclear what you're asking. The reason seems rather weird to me, because OP ...
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Why was my question criticized and closed as off-topic while other questions asked in the same way are highly upvoted and not closed?

Edit 2 Now it's closed again for "unclear what you're asking". This is very strange five people who reopened thought it's clear enough and I received explicit mild compliments from some ...
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Can we use custom close reasons more often for "off-topic" questions?

If you've been around for a bit, you have probably noticed that we close a lot of questions! Sometimes the default close reasons are fine, but we've also developed a few guidelines that can feel ...
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Questionable custom close reason

One of my questions was just closed with a somewhat questionable custom close reason: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it sounds like you've spoken to him about it a few ...
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Alright folks... Once again, not liking the perspective of the OP is not a reason to close a question

Can I tell my girlfriend that I'm too lazy to meet up? This question was just closed for being "primarily opinion based." Admittedly it could use some fleshing out, some details would have been ...
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Was the question about learning to pick battles handled appropriately?

How do I learn to pick my battles a little better? Oh the sweet, terrible irony of having to argue about this one... This question, my question, was closed as being too broad. A few users seemed to ...
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Was the question about offensive language in poetry handled appropriately?

How do you deal with abusive, vulgar and violent language in poetry? This question drew a lot of fire, comments, arguments, and close votes, but I'm not sure that it should have been closed. The ...
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What can I do to reopen my question?

How to deter busybodies when polite deflections fail? was unilaterally closed as asserted here. After a substantial edit, I would like to ask the community to reopen my question. If the Question ...
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How can I clarify my question and thereby avoid accumulating close votes?

[Original request: If this question is clear enough now then please retract your close votes.] How to resolve my Indian aunt's inter-personal and inter-cultural conflict with her American daughter-in-...
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What close-reasons were applied to close this question, and why?

Note: this question was originally about why a question got closed, but it is also about what close reasons were applied and why. I have edited the title to make this explicit. So kindly do not remove ...
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"How to ... without being rude?" Should this kind of question get a custom close reason?

A big part of questions I've looked into since the site started was just a variation of "how to say/ask ... in a friendly way/without being rude". The answer can be broken down into "Simply do it, ...
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