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What Are The Implications of Closed Questions on Authors?

Your question was quite interesting! People liked it: it attracted 4 upvotes, along with a detailed, upvoted answer from a reputable user. You should definitely not feel any embarrassment or shame ...
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Question deleted with multiple up-voted answers, why?

Why the question was judged unsuitable for this site This question did not meet the criteria for single word requests, and the original poster never edited it or returned to it in the approximately ...
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I am worried about being off-topic

Like you, I stumbled on this site by accident. My own first interactions were less than felicitous: I was chastized (rightly, as I see it now) for a sloppy answer, and never officially "on-boarded". I ...
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I am worried about being off-topic

I'm a reader and a rare asker, not an answerer, so basically I'm one of those "eternal newbie" types. I feel the problem that you brought up is pertinent to any Stackexchange subforum, not this one ...
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("on hold" again) Why is this question closed, when the reason listed does not seem to be correct?

Too broad does not necessarily mean you, the OP, are asking for more than one answer. It is saying that there are too many possible solutions, the fact the OP accepted "atom", which had nothing ...
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Why is my alliteration question off topic and put on hold?

Common ground I originally commented this: You could ask on Writers, but I don't think you necessarily need to ask on StackExchange at all. This is covered by the general references on rhetorical ...
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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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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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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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Why is the culture here so broken?

I think it is important to note that the first review was three votes to leave the question open, so maybe the problem isn’t some pervasive broken culture but a different problem caused by “close” ...
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Why is the culture here so broken?

This question made me think about the ways in which English Language & Usage has changed since 2012, when I first visited it. Although the resulting commentary doesn't directly address the poster'...
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Why was this grammar question closed as general reference?

Yeah, someone should have simply answered the OP's question. It would most likely take only a minute or two. It would take less time to answer the question than to go around searching for an exact "...
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Why has a-word-to-describe-a-lot-of-people-who-lie-on-a-place been closed?

Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests. ...
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The "bare/bear with me" question: what should we do with it?

I asked a question about how to request a historical lock for old but seemingly popular questions that don't meet current site standards for preliminary research (or some other criterion) here: How ...
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Should the question about "I am [who/whom] G-d made me" be reopened?

The question "I am [who/whom] G-d made me" should be reopened. It's about "prescriptive" grammar, so the answer is not intuitively obvious. The example sentence combines two environments that are ...
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Do questions about emoticons belong on ELU?

There is precedent for questions about emoticons. Some of these questions have been well-received, others not so much. I don't think it's wise to have a blanket policy for all emoticon questions; ...
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Why do people think this question(Like Niobe, all tears) is proofreading?

The reason given in the closure message can be fairly arbitrary. It's the majority reason. That doesn't necessarily mean that three out of five voted for it, though. There could be 2+1+1 votes for ...
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Why was this question closed as "not clear what you're asking"?

First off, the “pairs of nouns” you present are not actually pairs of nouns: Type-1 Noun Type-2 Noun ------------ ----------------------- New Yorker lives in New York diabetic ...
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Should "Why can we use inadequate but not 'inspecific'?" be reopened?

You make a specific and adequate claim that the post is not a duplicate. I agree with your thought to edit the question. I would suggest that you refer to the alleged duplicate and the rule of thumb ...
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Do questions about emoticons belong on ELU?

In general, the mere fact that a question is about emoticons does not warrant closure. The way emoticons are used makes them part of our language. You can look at usage, track etymology, and assess ...
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Please reopen this question now that I've given the anti-whom camp a name

You have asked two questions. Question 1: For those who are in the "whom is almost never truly necessary" camp: when you hear or read something in an old-fashioned but strictly speaking correct way,...
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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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This misnegation question should not have been closed

I agree that this question is not general reference. I edited the question because I felt the user needed help understanding the sourcing information that was requested, and that this was generating ...
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What are the "rules" for deleting questions? And should “What does ‘TL;DR:’ mean?” be undeleted?

Duplicates are not bad. In fact, they're good: There’s often benefit to having multiple subtle variants of a question around, as people tend to ask and search using completely different words, and ...
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Why is my question locked?

When a question is "locked" it means that it cannot be unlocked by normal voting procedures and new answers cannot be posted. In this case, the community is also prevented from voting on the locked ...
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Can my question be re-opened now that it's edited?

TL;DR I doubt your question will be re-opened. The bottom-line reason is that the question is unlikely to occur to anyone else, and any answers won’t provide insight about English as a language. Let ...
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What are the "rules" for deleting questions? And should “What does ‘TL;DR:’ mean?” be undeleted?

I'm curious what the point of resurrecting the old question in order to immediately close it as a duplicate of the newer one. It seems to me that we now have a canonical answer to the TL;DR question, ...
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Why has a-word-to-describe-a-lot-of-people-who-lie-on-a-place been closed?

I think KitFox did a fine job of answering your direct question, so I won't bother with that bit. I think your question could be improved with a paragraph explaining the context of the photo. ...
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Why do people think this question(Like Niobe, all tears) is proofreading?

If an answer was given, and it doesn't say "We're closing this because of bullying" I'm likely to take it on face value and move on. I might even think those people might be jerks and they don't know ...
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Show Me the Reference!

The only one of these questions that I had anything to do with was Is it correct to use an apostrophe to indicate something that belongs to an object? I was very much in favor of keeping this question ...
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