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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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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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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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Questions about creationist terminology are unacceptable?

In this question about a creationist term for macroevolution, the introduction to this site for our new user was "I can't see why EL&U should become involved in helping creationists find more ...
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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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When a question is closed, tell them the procedure for reopening it

UPDATE: Version 2.1 of the trial is now live. The intention is for the last voter who closes a question to link to the trial in lieu of the link appearing in the notice of closure. Here's a template ...
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I am worried about being off-topic

Today is the second time I had an "English Language" question and visited this forum based on the result of a Google Internet search using a query such as: "proper use of the word _______" Both ...
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Do questions about emoticons belong on ELU?

A question was published recently in which the OP asked about the proper style for usage of emoji, which as it turned out I guess he meant emoticons since he was talking about using punctuation marks. ...
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Why are etymology questions that show research getting/staying closed?

I noticed that the community doesn't really agree with itself on the subject of what's on topic and off topic when it comes to the amount of research needed. I'm seeing this on questions that would ...
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How to deal with an erroneously answered question that has been closed with the faulty answer accepted?

I've just run into a problem involving a question with an accepted answer that is demonstrably (albeit circumstantially demonstrably) untrue: Who first said "We can predict everything, except 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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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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By “gosh”, the etymological hydra's immortal head unburied

Revisiting the "Request to reopen “Literal Meaning of 'Gosh'", I observe that a few minutes of dedicated research for that question ("Literal Meaning of 'Gosh'") antedated the earliest OED attestation ...
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Reopen request: What is the origin of “ex”?

Can you please reopen: What is the origin of "ex"? The reason for closing it was the following: "Please include the research you've done, or consider if your question suits our English ...
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Why is my alliteration question off topic and put on hold?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Is alliteration adjacent words and/or close together words starting with the same letter? If words between are permitted ...
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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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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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Why are these questions about percentages closed?

I came across two very similar questions that were closed as "not a real question": Another word for "fraction" that fits in conversation like "percent"? Term for measuring in ...
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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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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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Priority on Close-reason votes

I'd like to give my contribution to the effort of some users in order to solve the current situation on the English SE. I asked this same question to Waiwai933 in his "A look at question quality" as a ...
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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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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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Hell is hot, but is it funny?

On August 27 of last year, a poster on the main site asked "What does the idiom “funny as hell” mean?" Four days later, the question was closed for a familiar reason: Please include the research ...
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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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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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Why was “What does the word “most” mean?” put on hold?

This question was put on hold shortly after being asked. In the meantime, two established users provided comments that seem to contradict each other, and another answered. The question does not ...
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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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Close reconsideration - what constitutes “subjective and argumentative”?

My question What is the pronunciation of "Aussie"? has been closed as "not constructive": This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve ...
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This is a great question - why was it closed?

Here is my idea of a great question: "Key thob" and "key fob" It turns out whole bunch of people say "key thob" instad of "key fob" - enough for Google to automatically correct ...
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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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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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Difference between “locked” and “closed”

After reading the Winter Cleaning question, I took a look at some old questions to see what could potentially be closed/removed. I found this proofreading question, which, being a proof-reading ...
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“Masters degree” vs. “Master's degree” is not the same question as “Master's degrees” vs. “Masters' degrees”

I would like to request more reopen votes for the following question: Does a person have two “masters’ degrees” or two “master’s degrees”? As described clearly in the question post, it is not ...
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Please consider reopening my question

My question is closed as off-topic. First, my question is not so elementary. It is not about the usual use of past perfect as in When I came up with the idea of climbing all the statues taller ...
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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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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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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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Should the question about “I am [who/whom] G-d made me” be reopened?

This question ("I am [who/whom] G-d made me") was marked as a duplicate of these questions ("What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?", "When to use what or who"), but I don't think ...
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This isn't a duplicate

I asked a question recently about synonyms that appear to be antonyms, and whether there is a specific name for such word pairs. It was closed as a duplicate of a question asking why such words are ...
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“…the person or body who/which…” is not only a question about whether to refer to companies with “who” or “which”

"...the person or body who..." vs. "...the person or body which..." As far as I can see, this question does not ask only about whether to refer to companies with "who" or "which". ...
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The answer to this question is great! But the question is closed and a bit hard to find

"Put me in touch with whomever created it"? I think F.E.'s answer here is very good and complete--the best overview on the case of fused relative pronouns that I've seen on this site. But ...
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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 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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Should “Why can we use inadequate but not 'inspecific'?” be reopened?

I've been considering asking this question here on Meta-English Language & Usage for the past few days pursuant to help-center guidelines and after just having asked several users about it, have ...
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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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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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How to challenge a duplicate closing?

If a question is closed as duplicate, but other readers do not believe it to be so, what is the recommended course of action? Is it: Ask a question about that question on meta (like this)? Or, Flag ...
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Unlock “Why use singular they?” then reopen

You may be able to read the question I'm referring to here (if it's still deleted you'll need 10k rep). Sometime a while ago there was a question asked on ELL (here, but it's deleted now) and ...
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Why was my question about English pronunciation closed?

I wanted to know why the J in San Jacinto is pronounced differently than the J in San Jose, in English. It seems to be very comparable to the discussions on how to pronounce forte or baba ghanouj. ...