44 votes

Nobody cares how YOU pronounce it

This will be a much better site if we all spend a bit more time looking for ways to save questions, and a bit less time looking for reasons to kill them. THIS. Exactly this. (I don't actually have ...
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Why was there such a negative reaction to this question: "Word for a person from another race?"

Well, if you're missing something, I'm missing it too. I have no idea what the close-voters were thinking, but in any case, it's reopened now. (Hint for the future: there really isn't much you can ...
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13 votes

Nobody cares how YOU pronounce it

Teacher: "Billy, how do you pronounce f-u-g-u-e?" Billy: "Foo-gway." Teacher: "No, I'm sorry, that's wrong. The dictionary says that it is pronounced 'fyoog'." Billy: "You asked how I pronounce it."...
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13 votes
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Is it really helpful to tell a user to look something up in a dictionary?

No Stack Exchange site is a tutorial service. No Stack Exchange site is a research service. No Stack Exchange site is a substitute for looking in a standard reference work. I propose that any question ...
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11 votes
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Seeing the reason behind close votes

Clicking the "Close" link does not commit you to casting a close vote. Once you click the link, a dialog will appear showing a list of close reasons. If others have cast close votes already, a ...
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11 votes
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Single-word-request rule clarification needed

I agree with Andrew Leach's comment that closure as opinion-based is a bit odd, given that to some degree all SWRs are seeking an opinion on what might be the right word to use. However, I'm guessing ...
10 votes

Close reason. Unclear

The question is unclear because you have done some research and come up with an answer, and have not advanced any cogent reason why what you found is unacceptable. Thus you have answered your own ...
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10 votes
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Why can edits to a closed question be rejected as "should have been written as a comment or an answer"?

A one line, low effort question should not be reopened. Even if the author was still engaged with the site, they shouldn't be rewarded for the extensive rewrite needed to salvage it unless they did ...
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9 votes

Reword General Reference to include research / ELL

I support Lynn's argument and suggestion. I believe it's up to the asker to demonstrate that a question is not answerable by General Reference, and research is the way to do that. A question is only ...
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9 votes

How to vote to "Leave Open" without going through every question on the Close queue

Actually, the most effective way I have found to keep a question open is to leave a comment explaining why it be kept open. Clicking "leave open" is a fairly weak tool. At most, enough "leave open" ...
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9 votes

Are we no longer allowed to recommend migration to ELL in closing?

To be migrated, a question must be: The question must have been originally posted on our site. It cannot have already been migrated to our site. If it was already migrated hither, then we cannot ...
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8 votes

Nobody cares how YOU pronounce it

[I]t seems that upon reading "How do you...", several of our high-rep users leaped to the conclusion that the OP wanted to know how they, as individuals, would pronounce "deque"... This is the ...
8 votes
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Why was the buffalo question closed as a duplicate?

The question has been re-opened by a moderator (who wasn't me, but I can explain what happened). Four of the close votes were for the duplicate; one was requesting the research made and presumably ...
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8 votes
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Are 'symbols' and their etymology/usage on-topic?

The help center welcomes expert-level questions about English spelling and punctuation, and about the history of English words.¹ The list of welcome topics is illustrative, not definitive. Expert-...
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8 votes

There should be a close-vote option labeled as: "there is no discernible research done before asking the question"

Now, this is only scratching the surface, but there is an option I think should be added to the list: "there is no discernible research done before asking the question". It doesn't need to be written ...
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8 votes

My questions are wrongly closed and I am not allowed to ask questions, even before my questions were answered

Your questions have not been “wrongfully closed”. Please read: Our site tour. Our Help Center's guidance on why some questions are closed. Our Help Center's guidance on how to ask questions here. Our ...
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7 votes

Proposal: Require a whitelisted URL to close as General Reference

Worst idea ever. If we give them the link, we are completely defeating the whole point, we are just doing what they want and training them to be gimme-the-codez beggars. This has been raised many ...
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7 votes

Proposal: Add a "too basic"/"uninteresting" off-topic option

Perhaps what we need is an insufficient research close reason. We can and should downvote for a lack of evidence of research, but there's no legitimate close reason for that. Maybe there should be? @...
7 votes

Potentially improved "proofreading" close reason (for the banner)

I fully support a change. The key point is that this site wants questions about an underlying principle of grammar or usage. Many people who have had questions closed complain that they have ...
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7 votes
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Why did this question get migrated?

Here are the important parts of the timeline: You asked the question on Signal Processing. You got an answer there. You left the following comment on said answer: [...] If you think there is no ...
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7 votes

What is wrong with a discussion of opinion?

Using 'opinion-based' as a term of condemnation on this site (as on other Stack Exchange sites) was originally intended to rule out the questions like: What is the cutest word for . . . ? What is ...
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6 votes

Why was there such a negative reaction to this question: "Word for a person from another race?"

I can tell you what I was thinking when I voted to close it, and my thinking is neatly encapsulated in Mari-Lou's comment below her own answer: "the OP didn't specify". As the question stands, it is ...
6 votes

What is the difference between opinion and fact?

From the following snippets of your question: We are assured that on EL&U questions must not be posted whose answers can only be opinion-based; it came to me as a shock today when someone with ...
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6 votes

Is it really helpful to tell a user to look something up in a dictionary?

Don't regard "Did you look that up in a dictionary?" as a rude question. Take it at face value. It's a hint, a prompt. Either the O.P. used a dictionary first, or not. If not, a dictionary ...
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6 votes

Why is "Did noted 17th century poet Katherine Philips make a grammatical error?" on hold?

Since I provided the original close reason I'll gladly elaborate. Criticism, discussion, and analysis of English literature is off-topic per help center. This includes poetry, so the analysis of it ...
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6 votes

Does the "proofreading" close reason cover questions that do identify specific words or phrases?

There is only a limited amount of space, character-count, whatever, allowed in the custom close reasons, so they tend to be either terse or densely-packed like the current General Reference reason. A ...
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6 votes

How to vote to "Leave Open" without going through every question on the Close queue

One way to keep a question open is to edit it in order to render the close reasons invalid. Note that you may need to do quite a bit of work. If it's not a duplicate, say why the nominated question ...
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6 votes

Reviewing Close Votes

Help center explains: Closing is a democratic voting process where the community identifies questions that duplicate existing content, are unreasonable to answer in their current state, or do not ...
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6 votes

Please consider reopening these 3 recently closed questions

It sounds like you're not arguing that these questions should be reopened because they're quality questions, but rather because they can't be properly pigeonholed into any of the proper close-vote ...
6 votes

Why was this question about a single word's pronunciation ("whinge") closed as off-topic?

The What topics can I ask about here? help center page implies, but does not outright state, that simple & basic questions that can be easily answered by looking them up are off topic: If your ...
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