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Why was my Groucho Marx question closed?

Why was https://english.stackexchange.com/q/516777/334589 closed? I would've accepted this comment if posted as answer. The usual Groucho Marx quote is "I don’t want to belong to any club that ...
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Please reopen the question about the meaning of 'wong'

I think the following question recently posted by a new user should be reopened: Why is "wong" a bad word? The meaning the OP is looking for is not present in any available online ...
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Please vote on this proposal to ban from question titles certain words whose posts we usually end up closing and deleting

In reaction to high failure rates of questions with titles containing the word "problem", the Stack Overflow community long ago forbade these. You couldn't ask a new question with the word "problem" ...
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Close reason. Unclear

My meta-question is about this question Please pardon me for any mistake and kindly correct me. I believe Unclear is synonymous with Vague. I do not understand how is my question vague. Am I not ...
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How to improve “How did 'despite' semantically shift to signify 'without being affected by something'?”?

I'm uncertain why it was voted to close after my edits. How can I clarify or improve How did 'despite' semantically shift to signify 'without being affected by something'??
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What can be done to bring up site quality?

We are now at the point that most questions on ELU get closed. Our 90-day closure rate (10k only) is sitting at around two in every three. Some days it’s worse than that, some days it’s better, but in ...
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I didn't know the yellow ax question had been locked. Did you?

Which word begins with "y" and looks like an axe in this picture? Apparently, the question no longer deserves to be open and was locked on January 9, 2018. Is this a surprise for anyone? ...
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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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Advanced users of English should be more welcome here

I have been speaking English as a first language for 23 years, I use a dictionary to expand my vocabulary every week, I read a lot, every day, and I actively criticize grammar when I hear it. Because ...
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Can we reopen this question please? [Now re-CLOSED]

Edit note 2: The patient and long-suffering OP has now re-asked aspects of this question in three separate posts. So, there's now probably no harm in leaving this one closed. This useful question on ...
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Can “More formal word for know-it-all” be reopened?

More formal word for "know-it-all" was closed as duplicate of Know-it-alls--a synonym, which is duplicate of Is there word for this, other than know-it-all?, which is duplicate of One word ...
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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 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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How does the current version of the “cyan” pronunciation question not show research?

How is "cyan" pronounced and where is the stress? Note that the question covers both the pronunciation of the vowel and the position of the stress. I edited this post to quote dictionaries, ...
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Notes to Reviewers [Trial, version 2.1]

English Language & Usage (ELU) is a community for etymologists, linguists, and English enthusiasts. As a Stack Exchange community, ELU shares Stack Exchange's goal to build libraries of high-...
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When a question is interesting but too 'loose', is it better to edit it even if you need to guess, or to vote to close it?

Consider the following question on the main site representative of the questions of interest here: Is the verb "cast" in acting, metalworking and programming the same verb? In essence, I ...
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Notes to Reviewers [Trial Version 2. Deprecated] [duplicate]

Please see version 2.1 of this trial. On Stack Exchange, closing a question and putting it on hold is an invitation to improve the question. When you do, your question is automatically queued for ...
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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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Shall we make a list of Low-Quality-Questions regularly on Meta?

As Mari-Lou A pinpointed in Extraordinary spike in low-quality questions by 1 rep users, we have been swamped with Low-Quality-questions (LQQs) recently and it has been overwhelmingly difficult to ...
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Discussion on reopening a specific question: “Do tenses in a time clause never back-shift in reported speech?”

The question Do tenses in a time clause never back-shift in reported speech? (which I'll call The Backshift Question or TBQ for convenience) has an answer that could be considered canonical for back-...
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Should this question closed as “not constructive” be re-opened?

Why are “put” and “but” different in their pronunciation? [closed] I was editing my answer to a very similar question here: Why there is difference in pronunciation of words PUT and CUT? In fact, I ...
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Can a question ask for an objective explanation of a subjective topic?

"When can a celebrity be referred to by their surname only?" has been placed on hold for being primarily opinion-based and thus attracting opinion-based answers rather than facts, references, or ...
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Why is my question about the stress of “uroboros” a duplicate of the one about the stress of “stigmata”?

Sorry to make a post about "why my question was closed," but I'm having a hard time understanding it. The question about "uroboros" asks about two things: descriptive information about the history ...
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Are questions about the use of italics in English off-topic?

Recently, this question was put on hold: Why is "their" italicized? I'm wondering, why it is considered out of scope? If it's considered to be too close to "analysis of literature," that ...
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Closure of question that cited Etymonline, OED, & a logic textbook?

Why was this closed, in view of claims to 'please include the research you've done...'? As stated in my OP, I consulted Etymonline, OED, and a logic textbook. Update on 2015 May 6: I thank the five ...
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Is it a bad thing to have your question marked as a duplicate?

This morning I had my question closed and, upon browsing through the answers to the proposed duplicate, I did find half of an answer to my question. This leads me to wonder about some things: Is it ...
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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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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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Why has this post been put 'on hold'?

My question Why is 'weird' given a sexual connotation nowadays?, has been put on hold as 'off topic', for the reason that 'it is not about the English language'. Since it queries the current ...
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Is reopening of one's own closed question a misuse of moderator privileges?

Two hours after a recent question was closed by five users (four high-rep), the OP (also a moderator) voted to reopen his own question, which is, of course, an instantaneous and binding vote. This ...
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Moderators' policy on bullying

I would like to know the moderators' policy on bullying. It seems easy to bully a user. For it takes only 5 users who have sufficient reps to close a question.
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Mechanics of Closing a Question [duplicate]

I'm curious how (not why) this question was closed. I see it is closed as a duplicate by one person, FumbleFingers. I'm only familiar with closes being done by voting to close (with a required vote ...
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Why do some people have negative opinions against questions on Shakespeare's works?

Here are some questions I asked on Shakespeare's Hamlet. As you can see, they received some negative comments, downvotes, and close votes. I wonder why. Do they dislike Shakepeare's works? It's okay ...
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An English language learner better not ask in this site? [duplicate]

An English language learner better not ask in this site? I asked this question and it had been closed as off-topic(it was reopened). Some members seem to have an opinion that a learner better not ask ...
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How do you handle a poster who consistently asks the same type of off-topic question?

I know this is likely a duplicate of How should we handle users who generate consistently low-quality and off-topic questions? But, that seems like a discussion of a more egregious offender than the ...
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Bad questions can lead to good answers

Many people at ELU seem to view the relationship between seekers and givers of knowledge as being essentially transactional in nature: the job of the questioner is to state his or her question simply ...
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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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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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Should this question (which has been asked and answered elsewhere) be closed?

The EL&U question "Asking questions" has been asked and answered on ELL. It is very basic, so I don't think it belongs here, but it is not general reference. Should we close it? If so, what is ...
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Data-driven approach to closure policy

I quite admired the very data-oriented answer to a recent meta question in the ongoing closure war, and now I feel encouraged to ask a data-directed meta question. Is the probability of a question ...
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How long should a questionable question remain open?

A question asked one hour ago was recently closed, and my answer to it was deleted. Let's assume for the sake of argument that the question was truly inferior as it was asked, and my answer was ...