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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Why is this question about math notation closed as off topic?

Can anyone explain to me, why my question got closed as off topic ? I was asking about how to pronounce this symbol, as I find it hard to Google for a "symbol"
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Why not keep this kind of question open?

The question of mine was here. I know question without answers isn't prefereable. But this type of questions still relevant. The strange thing is we can find a final answer to question (as I said, ...
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Request to reopen "what-is-bigger-a-squillion-or-a-kadgillion"

Question: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/51175/what-is-bigger-a-squillion-or-a-kadgillion While this seems like (and may very well have been meant as) a silly nonsense question, there ...
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Good answers to closed questions

This question was closed today because it was a duplicate of this question. Today's question, however, had a really good answer — by one Jon Purdy — which I believe actually adds to the answers given ...
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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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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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Why is this question off-topic?

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/60880/why-dont-english-speakers-give-the-name-jesus-to-their-children was closed as off-topic. However, the FAQ clearly states that word-choice questions ...
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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. ...
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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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My question was closed

I wonder why my post was closed. My question was: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/57172/a-few-possible-answers-in-the-test
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Why was my question closed as 'too localized'?

My question Is 'colorblind' the best word for people with color perception deficiencies? was closed as being too localized. I've gone through the faq and I can't find any reference to asking ...
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Why exactly was this question closed?

The question is Is it right to say "Is John lie?" The question is perfectly clear and has a perfectly clear answer. I don't see any specific section of the FAQ that would indicate that the ...
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Why was this question closed?

The question in question: What is a less offensive synonym for "hypocrite"? It was closed as "not constructive." (it also got downvoted). Why? There's a fairly similar question that not ...
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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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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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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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Can I have all my closed questions deleted?

I don't like having them there taunting me. I find them to be useless if they are closed. Is there a way to delete the questions I've asked that were closed?
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See close votes on my own question

Are users supposed to be able to see how many "close" votes their own question has? I know you have to have a certain amount of rep to close a question in general, but on Stack Overflow's meta, I can ...

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