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There should be a close-vote option labeled as: “there is no discernible research done before asking the question”

I have heard about cases where people have voted for the closing of a question based on different reasons than the one they clicked on when close-voting. The reason for this is because their reason ...
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Cross-posting on ELL: which to close first?

Recently, we have seen a spate of cross-posted questions on ELL and EL&U (such as this one on EL&U). I can understand the frustration of a new user looking for an immediate answer to their ...
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What is the best way of dealing with the questions that are too localised?

I understand that once upon a time, there existed on the menu of possible reasons for closing a question one that was labelled too localized. While the label may not have been perfect, it was ...
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How to change a closure from “proofreading” to “duplicate”?

Ed Chu's question Is “I was having a walk” correct? has been closed (with just one vote plus mod) for supposed "proofreading". I think the proofreading flag was inappropriate here, as the question is ...
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When you don't remember a “word”

What's that word? It's happened to everyone one of us, and it happens to each and every one of us more and more frequently as time passes by. What was that great word I read the other day? You ...
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Are menu titles off topic?

A recent question asking for a suitable "one-word menu title" has recently been closed ("off topic"). One of the reasons given in a comment is "...because each word request needs to be set in a ...
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About controversial questions

I'd like to propose a way to deal with controversial questions. Current state of events. Every once in a while a question pops up that by itself is flawed when set against site rules, but at the ...
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Why did this question get migrated?

The question What is the moment when all oscillators aligned to make a jump called? was migrated without my knowledge. It seems perfectly fine on this site. The consequence is that it got rejected ...
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Are questions asking for “part of speech” all on-topic?

Some questions on part of speech (POS) are interesting and useful to me. However, honestly I don't understand how the linked question What part of speech is the word “very” in this sentence? could ...
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Closed as dupe points to closed as too broad

Closed as dupe points to closed as too broad. How is that helpful to anyone? My knee-jerk reaction is to vote to reopen the more recent one. Any better ideas? Example: Not a jack of all trades! i ...
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Can moderators change a close reason from 'Please show your research…' to 'Duplicate of…'?

Last week, I asked this question: Can moderators redirect links from badly chosen duplicates to actual duplicates? The answer (from moderator MetaEd) was Moderators have the ability to edit the ...
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Can moderators redirect links from badly chosen duplicates to actual duplicates?

The question Subject-verb agreement when using singular they? recently popped up in the Reopen Votes queue because the poster returned and edited it in hopes of getting it reopened. It had been closed ...
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Potentially improved “proofreading” close reason (for the banner)

So, under this question making an appointment with a psychologist I would like to request an appointment with my psychologist and I was wondering if the following sentence is correct: ...
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Is it possible to write a more accurate Close message?

In a recent question closure, the reason box displayed was: Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a ...
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Inexplicable closing for proofreading

This is the question: Verb do + verb to be + ing form Definition of proofreading: "Proofreading questions are off-topic unless a specific source of concern in the text is clearly identified." The ...
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You gotta tell me, what's “balled” got to do with it?

One downvote... fine. Normal stuff. Two... again normal (for me it is). But three downvotes for this question? The balled (headed) eagle? Is it because of the title? That's the only fathomable ...
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Is this a valid close reason?

This question has been closed, but the reason for closure that had the most votes was: Other: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because ... 3 How is '...' a valid close reason? Why ...
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Close window oddity

A week or so ago we updated some links under Closing → Off-Topic. After that, I started noticing something odd under "off-topic because...": The close reasons change order. The number of ...
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Please consider reopening these 3 recently closed questions

What's not clear / POB about the first 2 of these recently closed questions? Q1 is clear enough and Q2 is objective enough (even without my edits) that the reasons for closure have been weakly applied ...
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What widely-accepted standards should be used to judge whether a single-word-request is too broad?

This question is an off-shoot of this Meta question focused on the deletion, and consequently on the closure, of a particular single-word-request question. Deleted Upvoted and Popular Question: Why? ...
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Let's update some links

Under Closing → Off-Topic, please update: http to https. meta.english to english.meta. for ELU. Meta ELU's looks okay.
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Reviewing Close Votes

I've been reviewing close votes that don't seem to fit any of the available categories for voting to close. The questions are reasonably good, there's enough background, they don't need to go to ELL (...
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Why are word choice questions considered appropriate for this site but sentence structure questions are not?

It seems to me that questions regarding word choice and sentence structure are both primarily opinion-based and generally do not have a single right or wrong answer. I'm curious as to why a question ...
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How to vote to “Leave Open” without going through every question on the Close queue

From time to time I find a post marked [Close] which I think is deserving of a longer life. It has been mentioned in the past that some people go directly to the Close queue and flip through all the ...
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Can this question be salvaged?

I read what I thought was an interesting question, which got what I thought was an answer-material comment. The question had one close vote, but seemed to be in a bit of a gray area. I edited the ...
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Proposal to fix the uselessness of the new off-topic close options

Bait-and-switch Close “Options” With the new close options recently implemented, when you click close on ELU, that takes you to a first-level menu of five different close options. From that first-...
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Basic questions are not so basic

It has come up in other threads that we have a lot of "basic" or "lowest common denominator" questions. However, a few myths about this need to be put to rest. First, we do have a general reference ...
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Amend the “proofreading” close reason

Does the community welcome a proposed change to this close reason which would broaden and clarify it, with the goal of making it more generally useful both to questioners and to people voting to close?...
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Has the insufficient research close reason been retired?

I don't mean to pick on any of our users or mods, but I must admit that I do not see the merit in answering this question when it showed zero evidence of research: Within or inside? (it has since been ...
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Reasons for dupe-close on question with the tag question-tag?

Can someone tell me why this question on question-tags was closed as a duplicate of this other one? As far as I can tell, the new question (though not particularly well-written by the standards of ...
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Duplicate Question Confusion [duplicate]

I recently posted this question and it received very good answers. One user suggested a dupe for this question, and I agree with the designation. However, I much prefer the answers on this question ...
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Are 'symbols' and their etymology/usage on-topic?

Recently, this question of mine was closed as off-topic: Where does the @ symbol come from? As far as I know (and some commenters have agreed) the use of symbols in English if on-topic. My argument ...
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Why was “Logical fallacy: X is bad, Y is worse, thus X is not bad” closed?

Logical fallacy: X is bad, Y is worse, thus X is not bad was closed because: This question does not appear to be about English language and usage within the scope defined in the help center. Yet, ...
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Does the “proofreading” close reason cover questions that do identify specific words or phrases?

I found some background questions about this, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus. What exactly are the "specific concerns" that are acceptable in the Proofreading closure? Phenry's ...
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Why is “Did noted 17th century poet Katherine Philips make a grammatical error?” on hold?

Why is Did noted 17th century poet Katherine Philips make a grammatical error? on hold? The question is clearly about the history of grammatical development in English, specifically about the ...
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What is “an exact duplicate of an existing question”?

Imagin you posted a question on ELU. Sometime later you go to your question hoping your problem will be solved, only to find a "duplicate" mark on it. Disappointed but encouraged by the prospect of ...
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Why would we possibly close this question and why is it in my review queue?

Today the question Word for a part of a wooden railroad track appeared in my close vote review queue. Since I am new to close votes that prompts some questions for me. Why on Earth would we close a ...
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I thought my question was a punctuation question

If I thought my question was a punctuation question (which would be on topic) and all the experts here thought it was a typography or style question (which is understandably off topic) how is it ...
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I think the 'idiolects' question isn't a duplicate

LucidityofPower posted Q1 (below) which was closed as a duplicate of Q2. Q1. Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate] Q2. “The thing is, is that…” Q2 is an ...
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when is “primarily opinion based” a valid answer, and not a reason to close?

Possible duplicate of What the "primarily opinion-based" close reason is for. I think there's a litmus test here that is misapplied. As an example, Capitalizing Stages of Diseases is ...
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How can users nominate old, popular questions for exemption from closure as being of 'historical value'?

What is the proper procedure for recommending that an old question be retained as being of historical (and continuing) interest despite its clearly not satisfying current site standards for research ...
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Reopening questions that are more than a year old

I just had a question come through in the "reopen vote" review queue which was posted sometime in June 2014. It was quite an interesting question but perhaps overlong and I felt that the length of ...
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Why was this question put on hold?

A question asking if all three words: "to", "too", and "two" could be used consecutively to form a single sentence, by @1Fish_2Fish_RedFish_BlueFish has been placed on hold after being rejected for ...
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Why was my question rejected on EL&U yet well-received on ELL?

The question Does "wage war" mean "declare war"? was rejected by users on EL&U while my second question, Can “wage war” be synonymous with “declare war”? has been well ...
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Why was there such a negative reaction to this question: “Word for a person from another race?”

Is there a word for "a person from another race"? This question has three down-votes and was closed because "Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic"...
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What is the difference between opinion and fact?

This is a usage question. Seriously. Folks use both words with great confidence, which leads me to believe they know what they're talking about. We are assured that on EL&U questions must not be ...
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Seeing the reason behind close votes

I wanted to review a first post, and noticed that there were already a few close votes on it. As I don't see anything outstanding that would warrant closing the question, but I don't do review that ...
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Is it really helpful to tell a user to look something up in a dictionary?

I have noticed in many comments to questions regarding single word usage in particular sentence or phrase that a user with high reputation will say something that ultimately boils down to "use a ...
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Site policies and operation

I have a few questions regarding this site's policies and operation: Is there an administration? Is there a contact for the administration? Is there any entity able to deal with conflicts or ...
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Why was my question on the etymology of 'but' closed?

One of the closers of my question 'as off-topic', commented: [Source:] I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because in the final analysis it's almost always a matter of opinion how and ...