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Why was my post deemed off-topic?

Hypernym for "to increase" and "to decrease" It is on topic, I'm guessing someone saw I was asking about a video game and instantly closed it. It's about English if you actually ...
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What Are The Implications of Closed Questions on Authors?

I am new to Stack Exchange and would like to know how greatly having one of your questions closed is detrimental and if such possible "offenses" end up penalizing your account in any way (especially ...
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What am I doing wrong?

Verb meaning "redeemed", but without implying a previous corruption Boring meta question: my question got put "on hold", but I don't see what's wrong with it. Thesaurus and Lexipedia don't ...
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Can we have a vote-to-reopen tag here on meta ELU?

We have a vote-to-close tag, but it would be nice to have a vote-to-reopen tag also, for those of us who believe our questions were wrongfully closed.
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My question was incorrectly marked as a duplicate. Can this be reviewed again?

I believe there is a clear difference between my question and the question marked as a duplicate. I have edited the post to emphasize how it is different, now I'm posting here to see if someone can ...
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How the [expletive deleted] is this question “primarily opinion based”?

The mind boggles. Meryl Streep is a ______? (as a big compliment) Primarily opinion based? Really? If you're having such a bad day that you feel compelled to close a significantly above-average ...
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What are the “rules” for deleting questions? And should “What does ‘TL;DR:’ mean?” be undeleted?

I stumbled (to my utter amazement) on a question which was linked to a comment posted on Meta, namely https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/10659/what-does-tldr-mean For those who do not have ...
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Why is the word for origin and destination off-topic?

The question: Word for an Origin and Destination without regard for route [closed] was closed as off-topic. I can't figure out why. I know an (unfortunate) edit to the question indicated naming of ...
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Show Me the Reference!

It's time for everyone's favorite game show, Show Me the Reference! The following seven questions were each placed on hold as general reference within the past week: Is it correct to use an ...
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Why do people think this question(Like Niobe, all tears) is proofreading?

This question(Is "Like Niobe, all tears" an apposition?) was put on hold as proofreading. Why do people think it is proofreading? The question is not about an English composition.
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What is unclear about this question asking about swearwords?

Is there any "swearword" in English not associated with excrements, the genitals, sexual activity or religion? This question seems perfectly clear to me. The user is asking for swearwords ...
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Is “none” singular or plural? - Is this truly a duplicate?

I have the same question as Is "none" singular or plural? How can I decide?, but it's closed as a duplicate to "None" as plural indefinite pronoun. The latter only concerns ...
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Please reopen What does “mode” mean in “modal verb”?

Why was https://english.stackexchange.com/q/186168/50720 closed as off-topic by members of the community? Maybe different members have a different view on this. My trouble is summarised by Professor ...
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No communication regarding wrongly-closed question?

I asked the question "What word for "tomorrow can I use that is not connected with the idea of the rising sun?". It collected a bit of controversy (which was not my intent) and the question was put on ...
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Please reopen “much of the same” vs “much the same”

I've since emended the question. https://english.stackexchange.com/q/185214/50720 @MattEllen: I had intended the topic sentence to be my question: 'What are the similarities and differences?' Sadly, ...
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Please undelete and reopen “Recover against” vs. “recover from”

I've since emended the question; 'commonly-available references' don't answer it. Why was it closed and deleted? This was closed and deleted by members of the community. Maybe different members have ...
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Why has a-word-to-describe-a-lot-of-people-who-lie-on-a-place been closed?

Why has Describing a group of people who lie down in a public place to send a political message been closed? I ask because the standard message written in the box is not sufficient to understand the ...
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This misnegation question should not have been closed

(EDIT: This question has now been reopened. Thank you all for your help.) This question asked about the following passage from a news report: Pentagon experts on Friday said it was impossible to ...
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Why was this question closed as “not clear what you're asking”?

I am a native speaker of English (not a pineapple), who classes himself as a "serious enthusiast" of the language. This site, as has been discussed elsewhere (most notably here), takes some getting ...
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Reopen request for “how to order food that is hot temperature but not hot amount-of-capsaicin”

How to order food that is hot (temperature) but not hot (amount of capsaicin)? The author has edited the question.
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Hasty flag decline and question close?

I haven't got a lot of time to argue for someone else's question but I really can't understand why a question that's gained almost 2000 views in a day and has a useful answer and an informative ...
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Why was this grammar question closed as general reference?

The question What does “would not have been possible had I remained” mean? was closed as general reference. It's a grammar question. Of course any grammar question can be looked up in a grammar ...
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Reopen request: “An interjection for expressing nostalgia”

I would like to request to reopen this question: An interjection/expression for expressing nostalgia It is not in the review list anymore. I also rephrased for re-consideration. There is an answer ...
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Why I lost my 'question'?

I have posted a question regarding cockney some while ago. As a learner, I always need the history of my posts, including the answers and responses so I can make sort of review about my progress. Now,...
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Why was my question on dog terminology closed?

In reference to this question: Polite alternative to the term "bitch" when referring to a female dog I'm curious to know why it was closed. The question boils down to "What is a polite term ...
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Why was this question closed?

"Introduce person to object" or "introduce object to person"? I'd like to know what may have been considered off topic. The question is about the "usage", so I believe it's right ...
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Why was this question about word choice closed and sent to Writers?

As per the FAQ here, questions about word choice are clearly on-topic. However, this word choice question was closed and sent to writers, where these questions are very clearly off-topic. It's ...
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Pique, peek, and peak vs. per se, persay, and per say

Compare the question "What does persay mean?" with "Is it peek, peak, or pique?". Both of them are about common errors and while the former is not as well-formulated as the latter, it has nevertheless ...
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Reopen request: “Sounds which seem to express a particular quality whatever words they appear”

This is a request to reopen the question, "Sounds which seem to express a particular quality whatever words they appear" I believe that it is a perfectly legitimate question and not a not real one, as ...
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Redundant duplicates obviated by general references

The question, What's a word for “to eliminate the need for”?, has been voted as a duplicate of Is there a word that means “make someone (or something) redundant”? which is itself closed as a general ...
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How to improve the pseudo-anglicism question

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/96510/resources-to-determine-pseudo-anglicisms was closed by a diamond moderator as "Not Constructive", without any comments given. As far as I can tell, I ...
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Question closed by community, since edited. Flag for moderator attention?

I've had a question closed by the community, i.e. five 3K users, not a diamond mod, and I've tried improving it. What should I do now? Wait? Flag for moderator attention? Cast a re-open vote? Discuss ...
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How often are questions re-opened?

In several of the discussions about closed questions, and also in the blog, there's claims that questions can get re-opened. It certainly doesn’t mean “You are an illiterate cretin. Go away” — ...
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Closed question that had 7 upvotes

Here. Really, this is descending into madness. ELU has 10, 50, perhaps 100 times the question closure rate of other SEs. You can tell this isn't because of unusually bad questions, because with the ...
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“Do lunch” vs. “have lunch”: question closure

I realise there's a lot of this lately, and I'm about to add to it, but here goes: Difference between "I am doing lunch" and "I am having lunch" A perfectly valid question. The ...
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Not a real question? Really?

Is corrosion an onomatopoeia? was closed as "Not a real question". I'm just flabbergasted. It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly ...
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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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Reopening request for the question 'usage-differences-between-than-vs-to-vs-over'?

I have asked a question usage-differences-between-than-vs-to-vs-over in ELU. How ever the question appears to be duplicate of another. Hence it was closed with out any notice. After closure I noticed ...
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Reopen request: Isn't “dummy” in “HTML Parser for Dummies” considered offensive?

This is a request to reopen the question, "Isn't “dummy” in “HTML Parser for Dummies” considered offensive?" I believe that it is a perfectly legitimate question and not general reference. (I've also ...
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Reopen closed question: 'Is “Why Steven Sinofsky is out at Microsoft” correct?'

I think that this is a perfectly good question and have no idea why it has been closed. The only person to have provided a reason for his/her close-vote as a comment is Fumble. He too has stated that ...
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Why would this question be considered an *exact* duplicate?

I just had this question closed as an exact duplicate of this other question, even though mine is about whether to follow the spelling conventions of a speaker when quoting him, and the other is about ...
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Reopen 'Origin of the phrase “Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane”?'

This is a request to reopen the question 'Origin of the phrase "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane"?'. There were at least 4 reopen votes previously which appear to have expired (?). This appears to ...
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Why was this question about discussion of grammar and programming closed?

Is there a forum or discussion group to discuss programmatically editing English grammar and spelling in texts? This is a perfectly good question that can be very specifically answered. It asks about ...
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Why was this closed as not a real question?

"Sorting on" vs. "Sorting by" I'm stumped. What did I miss here?
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Should up/down voting be disabled on closed questions?

Not to be confused with How do votes work on closed questions? This isn't a question of what the current rules are, but rather a request to consider if it should be this way. Admittedly, I thought of ...
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Why was the amber/yellow lights question closed as general reference?

My question Amber or yellow lights was closed as general reference. I do not understand why: what general reference? The one reference that was cited in a comment is the Wikipedia article about the ...
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Why are there so many meta questions about how so many main questions are being downvoted or closed?

Why are there so many meta questions about a supposed recent uptick in downvoting, closing, and/or bad questions themselves? Also, why are these questions so presumptuous, assuming that there are ...
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Why is the question closed?

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/78213/which-one-is-grammatically-correct https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/78214/which-one-is-grammatically-correct I worked hard trying to come ...
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Please migrate my (closed) question to Writers.SE

My question, Word (or shorter phrase for) "evaluate the relationship between"?, was closed as "off topic" for this site. I think that it is a good question — it has five upvotes and ...
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Why are some questions closed as duplicates and others merged?

This question, Difference between "fluid" and "liquid", was closed as an exact duplicate. This one, "In time" or "On time"?, was merged. Why is this? Both ...