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The proposed standard requires five people to verify that the standard techniques all fail or, at least, are difficult to apply. That's a fairly large fraction of the amount of work needed for those five people to answer the question itself. The burden is on the asker to demonstrate that the question is suitable and, really, it doesn't matter if they do ...


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Thank you for this helpful post! I agree it shouldn't be closed as a duplicate of the reference question if the techniques in the reference question aren't sufficient to answer the question. However, I have a slightly different perspective about what lesson to learn from this example. I do consider asymptotic analysis of an algorithm to be on-topic, if ...


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NO We close questions because they cannot or should not be answered: Duplicate: we don't want to answer the question because it's already been asked and answers before. Off-topic: we don't want to answer because the question is outside our area of expertise, so answers cannot be trusted. Unclear: we can't answer because the it isn't clear what the question ...


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How about this for a template? Welcome to [cs.se]! Unfortunately, your question is not a good fit for the Stack Exchange format. We prefer questions that have objectively correct answers that will be useful both to the asker and others who have the same question in the future. What is or is not a suitable topic for study, projects or research is very much a ...


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I think posting the trivial answer is the trivial solution. That is, if (and only if) the question is somewhat SE-good; the usual guidelines apply. If not, close as NARQ. We have always made a point of being open to all levels. We should not double back now, only because the volume and thus the number of "easy" questions increases.


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We could use a “programming question” close reason, for those students who think that any homework from a CS course is computer science, including programming assignments. (This only explains some of our programming questions; the really bad ones are often from askers who have been blocked on Stack Overflow due to low-quality contributions.) Here is the ...


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Tl;dr: I stand by my comment there: the question is a problem dump. We have long since been distinguishing between "asks a comprehensible question but didn't include own effort" (--> comment, downvote) and "copy-paste of exercise problem, no own question" (--> close as unclear). While it can be argued that this one falls in the border area (we get a hint on ...


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(This issue has also been reported on the main meta.) The off-topic list is different depending on whether you have more or less than 500 reputation, which is the threshold between flagging and closing. The list contains: Reasons defined by site moderators. We have two: one that notes specifically “Questions about software development or programming tools ...


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Any "this is homework" close reason must include something along the lines of "shows no work." "Unclear what you are asking" is fine, but in that case it should have an alternative of "Unable to find out where OP's problem lies" (or something such; I'm no native speaker).


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There should be a closing reason we can use if somebody has cross-posted a question on three or four different stackexchange sites. I assume we still want to discourage this behavior.


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Oh dear. The first rule of rudeness is: don't engage. Flag and move on. (The second rule of rudeness is “Jump to rule 1”.) “Asker is rude to people trying to help him” is not an appropriate close reason. The free-form close reasons under “off-topic” are not a place to write random comments — there's the comment facility for that. The free-form close ...


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Duplicates are probably only supposed to be maintained for SE-good questions. I just closed A for the same reasons as B, which is a reasonable way to handle such cases.


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I think that posting a comment with a link to the relevant Wikipedia article and requesting the user edit the question if there is a more specific issue is fair and reasonable. Failure to ask a more specific question, one way or the other, could then be reasonable grounds for closing and deleting the question as "overly broad" or "it's hard to tell what is ...


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The answer on Stackoverflow is very concrete. I think our site should provide a more abstract/general treatment. Linking back and forth is a good idea in any case.


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I suggest an additional closing reason for problem dumps with no effort shown and no further information/context ("solve my homework for me", with no effort shown, except that this isn't homework-specific). Candidate wording: When you ask a question here, we'd like to see that you have put in some effort towards solving your question yourself. If standard ...


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I think the replacements proposed in the question for "not constructive" and "not real" are a good move. Although the possible motivations for these closure reasons are stated relatively clearly, I think splitting them into more explicit, individual categories will help the questioners focus their editing more effectively. I also think that it might help ...


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I am not for or against. But I want to state a point: I think we should keep in mind that we can refer people to go read the textbook and understand it and solve their problem in place of asking on CS.SE if we push the idea of closing because there is a general reference. For a reference question to really work when closing a question it should be really ...


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Yes, it is normal. And no, it's not so much to "help them get enough close votes" - it's to make sure that any problems with questions in the early beta period get discussed. Remember, when this site exits private beta, the questions that have been asked, and the discussions here on Meta are what set the tone and define the scope for new users entering the ...


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The close reason “not a real question” was too broad and unclear. Bringing it back would solve nothing. It isn't any less confusing than applying the current “unclear” to problem statements that are clearly presented but where we don't understand what kind of answers are expected. The guidance about “unclear” does explain that case (“add additional details ...


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Apparently, nowadays, the target selection box in the migration dialog only shows the first 10 search hits in alphabetical order. All meta sites contain the word “meta”, so if you just type meta then you basically get the first 10 meta sites in alphabetical order. Variations are possible on the site name, such as adding “Stack Exchange”, or typing the URL. ...


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As a rule, we don't get questions that ask for shopping recommendations here. We get literature recommendation questions sometimes. That's different. “Shopping question” to mean questions whose answers are likely to involve pre-existing things (a piece of computer hardware, a software package, a book, etc.) is an unfortunate piece Stack Exchange slang. It ...


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We all agree that questions about homework problems are fine, as per our policy. We have been quite rigorous about closing questions that are problem dumps -- homework, self-learning or whatever. The usual process is: Comments of the form "What have you tried? Where did you get stuck?" Some close votes, mostly "unclear". Sealing the close with e.g. the ...


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I voted to close the question earlier, and I think that is what should be done. Since the question is basically already answered in the question you link, the OP should definitely clarify what exactly is confusing to him: it perhaps doesn't help the OP in any way if someone just repeats the definition, if you will. I'm not saying that this is what you did (I ...


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Similar questions on different sites Different communities will often offer different perspectives on the same topic. This is why there is no feature to close a question as a duplicate of a question on another site. Add comments to link the questions to each other if you think that the answers on one site would be interesting to visitors from the other ...


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List questions are a problem for the platform because ranking answers does not make a lot of sense. We have not definitely decided yet how to treat them (see here and here) -- different sites have different policies -- but the tendency seems to be that we don't want them (maybe because they don't know how to deal with them). Therefore, I think you should ...


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I agree with @Patrick87. Stackoverflow scares the heck out of me regarding close and down voted questions. There is no time to correct yourself there, you get immediate down voted, and few secs late your question is closed and felt into oblivion. I would not feel like contributing to such a community. Having the user being ask to edit and giving him some ...


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Duplicate closure only works within one site. This is by design: similar questions in different communities are likely to receive different answers. For more information, see What to do with cross-site duplicates? on the main meta. We request that people not to ask the same question on multiple sites. In this case, the normal protocol on most sites is to ...


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I am still not convinced about the question after edit being proper. When I cast vote it looked like problem dump and dupe. Only after comments it become obvious that OP had some unvocalized problem in mind. After edit I have left a comment with proposal to state parts that that differ this from duplicate, but without further response. Now I see it is not ...


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I disagree with this proposal on the grounds that a new close reason seems unnecessary. Perhaps this isn't a very creative answer, since it's calling for what amounts to the status quo, but hear me out. First, despite our homework policy (which, granted, may not be visible or intuitive enough for new members), questions which appear to be homework questions ...


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It is normal for the Stack Exchange team to intervene when they feel that the community is behaving in a way that is detrimental to its survival. Their actions can be reverted by the community, preferably after discussion (the kind that is happening here — prompted by the closures, as it happens). Speaking of these two closures in particular, Shog9's answer ...


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