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Why are questions that involve langauge being shut down?

Your question is about language, not Interpersonal Skills. There are other sites on the network for questions about language, words, and what they mean. Those sites even take requests for specific ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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Should answers on closed questions be downvoted?

Bad questions usually fit into one of the following categories: Poorly constructed (not enough information to clarify what's being asked) Too broad Not on topic for IPS When anyone answers one of ...
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Knee jerk reaction to seeing a high rep user answering a low quality question

I was one of the users that upvotes @apaul's answer. And I did that after the question was put on hold. Why? Because the question could have been perfectly valid one. I voted to close as the first ...
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Have we decided to adopt 'requires professional help' as a new, custom close reason, and how should the close message be worded?

This answer follows guidance from Robert (that applied to a different category of close-worthy questions). I personally feel that style takes too long to get to the point of what's wrong with this ...
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Knee jerk reaction to seeing a high rep user answering a low quality question

I guess I'm the guilty party here, so I'll try to explain why I did what I did. I saw the question, read it and like most people downvoted pretty immediately. I saw it had close votes, but the ...
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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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Closed threads as too broad when they aren't

I'm sorry that you've had some of your questions closed. I know that it can be extremely frustrating, on the objective sites and here, on a site where you're sharing details about yourself, it can ...
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Knee jerk reaction to seeing a high rep user answering a low quality question

In general, we should always assume the best - at least initially. And especially on a 'subjective SE' site like IPS, we know some people will not manage to write their post in a way that "works" - a ...
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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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Why recommend editing a question if the editing is ignored afterwards?

but still gave a close vote without waiting out an edit. That's basically what close-votes are for. To put a question on-hold pending more clarification and improvements, to avoid you getting bad ...
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Can we re-open the question about stack exchange?

I find that question - and many "how do I ... on Stack Exchange?" questions - problematic for a few reasons... They feel like someone trying to do an end-run around having an actual meta discussion. ...
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What makes this question too broad?

"Being withdrawn" is very vague. Without a more specific problem statement, it would take a shelf of books to even begin to address the entire spectrum of problems your friend may be having. Stack ...
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Why do I get “on hold”?

"Asking "What should I do?" is off topic. - Questions should ask for help achieving a specific goal. Your question is asking for personal advice on "what to do" without defining a goal; this is too ...
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Should we have a greater latitude on duplicates?

I think the questions being considered duplicate should be done pragmatically, with the main criteria being: would answers to the original question answer this one as well? This is still a bit ...
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How can someone answer a question after it is put on hold?

If you look at this question on Meta.SE, you'll see that yes, it was because it was posted from mobile. When a question is closed (or put on hold), there's a client side thingamajiggy that disables ...
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Have we decided to adopt 'requires professional help' as a new, custom close reason, and how should the close message be worded?

If we're trying to base our close reason on the recommendation of Robert, let's look at his examples: If this is going to happen, it will take a bit of study for me to write it up. It's a delicate ...
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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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Why was my question closed?

Minus the commentary about foodstuffs, your situation appears to be: A girl gave me her number and I want to text her and ask her out. Congrats! Go for it! What do you need our help with? This is ...
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Should we delete answers to closed questions?

That depends. Are the answers useful? Is the question fixable? Is the close-worthiness borderline or blatant? I can't speak for others, but if I saw a question that seemed appropriate and invested ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Reason for question closure

Since I'm already at it in the comments, I left a comment that clearly states why I closed that question. The OP of that question has provided no data of what arguments they tried to use to convince ...
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Proposed solution to hit and run questions

Potential for misuse of the practice Once starting this practice, is there a potential for people to take it too far? For example: ThrowawayUser87 asks a long, convoluted, multi-question, "what ...
spiral succulent's user avatar
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Why was this question closed?/ To what extent are opinion-based questions acceptable?

Actually I've read several Q&A about that being opinion based is not always a problem in IPS.SE because sometiems its simply the core of interpersonal communication. Interpersonal SE definitely ...
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Have we decided to adopt 'requires professional help' as a new, custom close reason, and how should the close message be worded?

Yes, we need a custom close-reason to close questions that require professional help. I've done a quick investigation: On the 12th of October 2017, out of 107 questions that are currently closed/on-...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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Why was my etiquette question closed?

Why is the question closed as off-topic? It isn't that baffling if you consider the first revision of your question, which was basically asking for writing style guidelines on the header of your e-...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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What to do when a new version of a closed question indirectly invalidate existing answers?

The new version presents 4 more options to solve the problem and explains why they would work That does not sound as if you're making your question clearer. It sounds like you found four possible ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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To increase the number of reopened questions, add a On Hold tab

179 questions reopened by the community out of 1,063 is a 16.84% reopen rate. Conversely, looking at the rate of reopen events on non-deleted questions vs. total closed questions on StackOverflow ...
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Where do we draw the line between 'what to do' and 'how to do' questions?

About this specific question While the title seems fairly clear, the body of the post is less so. There's one phrase in particular that feels problematic to me. She's flying in later this week and ...
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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 ...
Catija's user avatar
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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'...
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