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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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