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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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What the “primarily opinion-based” close reason is for

(tl;dr version: "Primarily opinion-based" is designed to stop "What's the best X?"-type questions. It's not supposed to be used on every single question that involves opinions.) Until last year, one ...
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General Reference = general clairvoyance?

This question asked what you call those words that sound like the sound they make. It was closed as general reference. Really!? How the hell is the guy supposed to look up the answer when he doesn't ...
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What the “proofreading” close reason is for

This question highlighted a humorously incorrect use of Elizabethan-era English in a television commercial and asked how it was incorrect. In the original version of the question (since edited), the ...
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Proposal: Add a “too basic”/“uninteresting” off-topic option

Also see: Proposal: Require a whitelisted URL to close as General Reference It is clear that many close-voters use the "commonly available references" option as a catchall for questions that they ...
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Waning gap of acceptable questions

After a couple days of break I revisited EL&U to find about a third of questions on the main page marked [closed]. It appears anything that can be looked up in more or less obscure source (NOT ...
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Is the EL&U community overzealous about closing/down-voting questions?

I'm fairly new to the stackexchange network, but I participate quite a bit on stackoverflow. I've used a few others (like this one) for one or two questions. And I have to say, EL&U feels ...
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New close reason: include the research

After reviewing several Meta posts and related commentary, the moderator team has replaced one of the custom close reasons on the site. The General Reference close reason has been replaced by: ...
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Proposal for narrowing the scope of the “reference” close vote

I strongly disagree that "questions that can be answered using commonly available references" should be considered "off-topic" at all, but I can at least understand why someone would want to close ...
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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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Is this the type of single-word request question we should be closing?

I understand that the site is now discouraging single-word requests, but I'm not clear if this is a sweeping guideline (as in, all of them should be closed) or something to be considered on a case-by-...
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Why were my questions on English meaning, usage and grammar closed and deleted?

I'd like to understand why my questions on English phrases, expressions, words usage, meaning, grammar and/or definitions were closed. What are out of this english.stackexchange.com board in them? ...
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Reword General Reference to include research / ELL

This is a spin-off suggestion from Add a 'too basic' close reason. I put forth that we already do have a 'too basic' reason, General Reference, but the wording should be improved. Here is what I ...
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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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What exactly are the “specific concerns” that are acceptable in the Proofreading closure?

I have read What the "proofreading" close reason is for. But, I'm still not 100% clear what we mean by "specific concerns." Are we saying that the following would be acceptable: Is this ...
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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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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 the meaning of song lyrics off topic

The Following question was closed as off topic: What's the difference between “get up” and “stand up”? [closed] I'm translating Bob Marley's song "Get up, stand up" and, consulting my dictonary, ...
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Should we ignore the General Reference close reason?

(Major rewrite since the ELL proposal has been reopened) I propose we start allowing questions we previously deemed General Reference, since they’ve nowhere else to go. We can migrate them if ELL ...
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Nobody cares how YOU pronounce it

I'll come right out and admit it: I'm a pretty self-absorbed person, and I sometimes have a hard time remembering that not everything is always about me. To this day I believe deep in the core of my ...
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what values drive our policy towards question closure?

In recent discussions on this site about question closures, I took away a few values which would appear to motivate some of the pronouncements: The point of answering a question is to satisfy the OP'...
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Close Reason Comments

We've been seeing a lot of comments lately that are somewhat along the lines of Off-topic. Voting to close. or This is too localized. [remainder of comment...] Essentially, these comments are ...
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Proposal: Require a whitelisted URL to close as General Reference

Also see: Proposal: Add a “too basic”/“uninteresting” off-topic option It is clear that many close-voters use the "commonly available references" option as a catchall for questions that they just don'...
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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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About Reference Questions

It seems that we must once again clarify what questions should and should not be closed with the close reason: Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A ...
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Hold-Reason Suggestion: “More Research Desired” (MRD)

I was reading some posts on improving question quality and narrowing the definition of the General Reference when I had an idea. What does ELU Meta think about putting a question on hold when "more ...
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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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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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Use of EL&U as a lazy programmers resource [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Python a snake or a programming language? If the latter, why is it choking my dog? I've seen several Questions lately typified by this one, which quite shamelessly solicits ...
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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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Should questions about pronunciation of a word be closed as “general reference”?

I don't think they should be closed, but considering that it could be enough to look the pronunciation reported in a dictionary, should questions about pronunciation be closed using the "general ...
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Who is voting to close all these questions?

I just went though the closure review queue, consisting of a couple dozen questions with close votes. At least 75 percent of these questions were not even remotely closeable according to the ...
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What about a “it’s just a typo” off-topic close option?

On StackOverflow proper, one of the possibilities offered for an off-topic close reason is that it’s a simple typographical error. Although the no-repro part doesn’t apply to ELU, we do have quite a ...
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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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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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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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Close questions that morph radically through editing?

Here is one example (maybe not the best) of a question that morphed, through editing, from one question to another, as people tried to answer it. That does not help SE or its users, as it discourages ...
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Why is question 146045 opinion-based?

Could somebody please explain to me how is Between '(s)he' & 'he/she' -- which is recommended/ preferable? opinion-based. The question explicitly contains Are both "(s)he" and "...
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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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Off topic? Future tense versus Future perfect

The Question Future tense and future perfect tense [closed] was marked as off-topic. Admittedly, no sufficient followup for clarification was presented, but I wanted to ask (or at least find an ...
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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 (...