Does anyone else find it more than a little irritating, when one spends 10 minutes or more, typing an answer, only to discover it has been closed or put on hold, during that time?

The 'closer' gets to chip in their opinion, then closes it (or holds it) without giving a damn what others may be writing; or the time spent in doing so. Moreover, in holding the question, more information is frequently requested. In such cases, such additional information may not be relevant or required, by my answer; yet I will have to return to re-write everything I have just written, or save it as a word file, for later posting, if I bother - which, I probably will not.

Were these questions left open for at least some time - more than the 15 minutes as was just the case - I may be less inclined to complain. However, I have absolutely no idea what purpose is served, by holding a question. I can see further data has been requested, and I am more than capable of discerning, for myself, whether I am of the same opinion. If I am not, I see no reason why I should be encumbered by the requirements of another, which I may believe to be petty or unnecessary.

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    Questions are closed for many reasons - see meta questions passim. When voting to close, it is not possible to see if someone else is in the process of answering. Nobody is trying to block answers, just remove bad questions. – Chenmunka Oct 28 '15 at 13:46
  • I was not, for one second, of the opinion that anyone was trying to block answers; the thought would never have occurred to me. This is not a political debate. I merely believe that some latitude should be given, so that people who have taken the time to respond - who by definition must feel the question has some merit - be given some chance to do so. Is there any detriment to the site, in questions being allowed to stand, for 24 hours? Currently, I'm moved to wait at least that long, since a prompt response risks being a waste of time. It has happened three times, today. – Anthony Kellett Oct 28 '15 at 14:02
  • Three times must be something of a record. Now I better understand your irritation. Be aware that questions are closed in less than a minute on some sites with a large number of active users. I can't see the placing of a minimum open time being accepted but the place to suggest it is meta.stackexchange.com rather than here. – Chenmunka Oct 28 '15 at 14:11
  • One tip which I recommend, is post something, a draft, anything, and then delete your answer. A warning: users with high rep can see your "deleted" post. You can then undelete your answer when you have finished typing in your answer. I've done this a few times when I think the question risks being closed, and I simply don't have the time to read up on anything. – Mari-Lou A Oct 28 '15 at 14:38
  • There is a grace period for allowing answers to be posted a little after a question has closed. – Mitch Oct 29 '15 at 13:29

The 'closer' gets to chip in their opinion, then closes it (or holds it) without giving a damn what others may be writing...

Your anger might be misplaced a bit here. As @Chenmunka stated, the person or persons closing the question don't know that you're in the process of answering the question. There's no way to tell. it's not personal; it's not intentional.

I have absolutely no idea what purpose is served, by holding a question.

You can read the close reason; that's one. There are several more. Before you read into someone's motives and actions, read the help section on why questions get closed.

Closing questions takes either 5 users or a moderator (or a combination.) The moderator knows (as do regular users) which questions should be closed, and it's their job to close them (unless they wait for the community to do so. Personally, I think that leaves a lot of bad questions open, but that's me.)

The 'closer' gets to chip in their opinion...

It is considered prudent for a moderator to explain why they're closing a question. They don't get points for it, and they are not thanked by anyone for it. In fact, it annoys people and gets meta questions complaining about it.

Just so you know, it's happened to me a number of times, and it is annoying. I may have not known it was a duplicate. I may not have wanted to see it as off-topic because I was interested in it. But really, it's usually an appropriate closure, and it's not malicious.

Is there any detriment to the site, in questions being allowed to stand, for 24 hours?

Believe it or not, yes, there is. The detriment is that it will be viewed as an acceptable question by a number of new users (which can be considerable on a busy site), who will then go on to post their own bad, close-worthy questions, which will get closed, which will result in more ill-feelings. It just doesn't end until the community defines its goals and values, then moderates the site accordingly.

  • I was irritated; anger is far too strong. I don't know why you assume I believe there is "intent" or malice, on behalf of moderators. Claiming a lack of consideration (for others, who may have spent half an hour researching), if anything, implies almost the opposite. However, since they are acting in a widely acceptable fashion - according to the rules - it appears they are blameless; and the procedure is at fault. The other responses - detailing ways of circumventing the issue - are testament to this fact. If it were not an issue, why are such remedies devised? – Anthony Kellett Oct 29 '15 at 16:15
  • I based "anger" on "more than a little irritated" followed by swearing. Sorry if it's a misreading. As to the rest, it doesn't make much sense to me, but that's ok. – anongoodnurse Oct 29 '15 at 18:19
  • Swearing?? Do you mean my use of "damn"? If so, I hope you never encounter me, when I am angry – Anthony Kellett Oct 30 '15 at 18:42

I've been in this situation myself, and once or twice I've kept open the browser window with my answer that I can't post, then posted approximately the same question myself in another window (modified as appropriate to prevent it too from being closed).

Then I've cut & pasted my own answer to my own question. There's nothing in either the site guidelines or "established practice" to stop you doing this, and if the answer genuinely shows how the question can be On Topic, you might well gain extra Brownie points from upvotes to both.

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