17 votes

Alright folks... Once again, not liking the perspective of the OP is not a reason to close a question

I hadn't set eyes on the question until I saw this meta post, so this is a new perspective. I see several issues with it. It's not clear. Perhaps it's just me, but I don't understand the question ...
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"How to ... without being rude?" Should this kind of question get a custom close reason?

"Just do it in a friendly way" isn't an answer if it doesn't explain how to do it and what "a friendly way" is. Questions like this are usually looking for phrasing suggestions, ways to approach the ...
11 votes

What can I do to reopen my question?

Well, let's see... You're describing a common scenario: someone is asking a question you don't want to answer. You've searched the 'Net and found a number of general-purpose responses to such ...
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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?

I've voted to reopen, but that is largely based upon your last edit. In the original format, your question seemed to be very restricted as to what types of answers would address your problem. ...
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8 votes

Alright folks... Once again, not liking the perspective of the OP is not a reason to close a question

Ex Software Recommendations pro-tem mod here - with experience on a site with an odd scope, I don't think these actions are wrong, especially as it was the community, rather than an individual. And......
7 votes

Should we add a stack-specific close reason for off topic "dear Abby" questions?

This is now live with the close reason as suggested (last box on the answer) Let's take some inspiration by the options users have posted before: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic ...
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7 votes

Questionable custom close reason

As one of those who originally voted to close it, I'm ready to receive a public beating, but please hear me out first. Flater wrote a comment, that covers it excellently and is worth being presevered ...
5 votes

Should we add a stack-specific close reason for off topic "dear Abby" questions?

I propose the following close reason: Questions seeking advice on what to do instead of how to do it are off-topic. It's just not what this Stack is about. Additionally, they're a bad fit for a ...
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5 votes

Can we use custom close reasons more often for "off-topic" questions?

Slightly reworded: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it appears to be asking “What should I do?”, which is currently not a good on-topic question for Interpersonal Skills. ...
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4 votes

What can I do to reopen my question?

All four of those example questions have different non-standard responses. Part of what makes the non-standard responses "clever" is how they relate to the inquiry itself. You use these ...
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4 votes

What close-reasons were applied to close this question, and why?

Update: The OP has listened to our queries and has re-worded as such, I think it's fit to reopen now. Good job! I voted to close this as off-topic when really I should have chosen 'unclear what you'...
3 votes

Can we use custom close reasons more often for "off-topic" questions?

I'd love seeing more people use custom close reason comments. And if you're going to use the same one a lot, the autoreviewcomments script is a great place to start! You can just add it to your ...
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3 votes

Alright folks... Once again, not liking the perspective of the OP is not a reason to close a question

There is no answer to that question. Depending on the person, the answer will be different. The OP has already said that his girlfriend was mad at him. So, the answer is, for that woman, it is not ...
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3 votes

Can question #13889 be reopened?

I agree with Tinkeringbell. The question is not clear at all. The variety of guesses about the OP's intentions in the myriad of deleted comments on the question and the answers that do the same show ...
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2 votes

Was the question about offensive language in poetry handled appropriately?

I saw a little of this and I think there was another angle which hasn't been discussed yet. The poster's issue was that he was shocked by a poetic description of a rape, and that such explicit kind ...
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2 votes

Questionable custom close reason

Yes it should be reopened. See this discussion on the broader topic. My comment on your question suggested that you might get a better answer on the Workplace, but wasn't meant to say it was off-...
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2 votes

Alright folks... Once again, not liking the perspective of the OP is not a reason to close a question

I feel like I should throw in my $0.02 since I answered the question.. After the post and initial comments, I interpreted the question as: Why would my girlfriend get upset after I told her I was ...
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1 vote

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

I was the one that made that comment, and I simply used the format given in the "other" reason, and there really isn't much to say on that question. "other" option gives us a nice format of "I am ...
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1 vote

Was the question about learning to pick battles handled appropriately?

TL/DR -- Question is appropriate, examples are worth the risk Some thoughts: First, I think apaul is on point with the notion that specific examples may distract. Here's another discussion of where ...
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1 vote

Was the question about offensive language in poetry handled appropriately?

An afterthought from my React vs Respond question: After a quick discussion with OldPadawan, I came to this conclusion. Perhaps the community was quick to react to the question, seeing the explicit ...
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1 vote

Was the question about offensive language in poetry handled appropriately?

Regarding the downvotes: Maybe. Maybe not. Here's why, in Jeff Atwood ♦'s words on ELU meta about a question containing the words "boobs" and "tits": Looks like some members of ...
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1 vote

How can I clarify my question and thereby avoid accumulating close votes?

I would suggest one more edit to the title, along the lines of How can my cousin restore harmony between his Indian mother and American mother-in-law? You're really asking for advice on your ...
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1 vote

What close-reasons were applied to close this question, and why?

It is now totally reworded, and I have voted to reopen. Close > Improve > Reopen is the right procedure. If we had not closed it earlier, we would have received poor answers. It would help no one, ...
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