Questions tagged [closing-questions]

This tag is for general questions about questions that have been closed because they are off-topic or otherwise do not meet the criteria defined in the FAQ.

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How to ask a good [references] question?

It's very common for users to want to find references about a specific topic in machine learning, statistics, or probability. Often, these questions start from a place where the user doesn't know what ...
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Why does the “programming” closure message not mention Stack Overflow?

When we close questions that appear to be about programming, a message appears that links to Open Data or to a CV Meta post about software support. Not mentioning Stack Overflow seems like a gigantic ...
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Problem with moderators trying to keep my question closed

I respect the moderators in general but this time their behaviour is just super weird to me. Please read these 2 links nn.embedding similar general purpose for float values how nn.Embedding algorithm ...
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Why can some people close others answer

So , it has been quite some time i started using this platform , and I was just looking at few questions that showed " this question is not accepting any answers " which means it must have ...
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How do I know if I added enough detail to satisfy the "question needs details or clarity" after being closed?

I recently asked this question: Why is the two-sample test giving me inconsistent results? It was closed afterwards and a comment was left requesting more details. I updated the question, but I'm not ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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How to make the question about the relation between statistics and set theory clearer?

Question in question: Is there any relation between intersection in set theory and correlation in statistics? It is closed as lacking details or clarity. According to one mod, the question "might ...
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Should we replace the "data set request" with distinct "this is an off-topic software question" and "this is not about statistics" closure reasons?

This is a follow up to Should we retire the "data set request" closure reason? My interpretation of the votes and answers on that thread is that there is some support for retiring the "...
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Should we retire the "data set request" closure reason?

Our community has 3 custom closure options (self-study, either not stats or about software, data set requests), plus two immutable closure options (migration, other/leave a comment). Users with more ...
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Handling of cross-posted questions when flagged

I have been flagging questions that are cross-posted. Usually this leads to the question being closed; sometimes, my flag is marked helpful but no action is taken and the question is left open. Can ...
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Why is motivation important

Why should questions contain motivation and why does the absence of motivation make questions ambiguous? I wrote this question Probability Mass Function making the Truncated Normal Discrete and it was ...
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Are closed questions eventually deleted?

I asked a question about a derivation once, and someone supplied an answer to it. Soon after, the question was closed, however, but I was still discussing and referring to that person's answer there. ...
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Closing "software questions"

TL;DR: Recently, it seems to me like we have been a little trigger-happy about closing questions as "only about software/programming". I ask that we please ease off a bit. Our help page on ...
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Question closed, user asks it again

I made an interesting observation today. A user asked a question which was closed some time later, because the question needed more focus. As I scroll up, I see the same question being asked again ...
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Should we reduce the vote threshold for closing questions?

Currently, it takes 5 close votes from users with the vote-to-close privilege ($\ge3000$ reputation), or 1 vote from a moderator, to close a question. If the question is being closed as a duplicate ...
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I object to the closing of the following question

I see no other forum to raise this, so I'm raising it here. Question: Is there any consensus or literature on the proportion of font parameters within plots? I feel that this is a reasonable thing to ...
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Why was my flag declined while the question was closed for the flag reason?

I flagged this post as "needs details or clarity"; my flag was declined, while the question was closed as such. Am I missing something?
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Should we have a close reason like 'low value/level or trivial question'

It is nice that people can ask questions and get answers to whatever question they have. However, we tend to close and deleted questions when they are out of the bounds of the website (not interesting ...
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My question was closed, why? [closed]

I'd like to know why my question (Quadratic terms in glmer) was closed here. I think my question is not off-topic because it's about statistics and not about the programming itself. My question is ...
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Why was the question closed?

The post, General expression for $\hat \beta_1$ in multiple linear expression is asking for a closed form expression of part of the coefficient vector in a linear regression model. Nevertheless it has ...
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Quant.SE is no longer in Beta. Can we add it as a migration target?

Occasionally we get questions with no statistical content, such as Return on bonds and stocks So our choices are to either close as off-topic or migrate. But right now, only a mod could migrate ...
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Homework question put on hold for "demanding an answer" even though, I did show what my own thinking/approach to the problem was?

This post about a question that came up in a test was put on hold, presumably because I am "demanding an answer". But I'm not, I clearly explained what my thinking was and how it differed from the ...
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Community moderating vs systemic attacks

I see a lot of programming questions here. I remind people that programming questions are off-topic here, that they could be useful for Stack Overflow, and that the requirements are a minimal working ...
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Should we remove the "datasets" close reason from the list?

Our recent proposal for adding one more close reason was declined. The reason was that we could re-use the "datasets" reason Questions about obtaining specific datasets are off-topic on Cross ...
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Question titles cannot be similar to those of a closed question

I wish to ask a question with a similar (or identical) title to a question that is closed. But I'm not able to do this. It seems to me that this is a mistake. If the previous question is closed ...
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Is my closed question without merit?

As per the moderator my question isn't appropriate: Variance formula amplify outlier instead ignoring it! I am learning stats and I tried many resources over internet and books but I could not get ...
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Can we fix up the "Should we trust statistics?" question

I was just writing up an answer to this question when it was decided that it should be closed. I understand why it is closed; the title alone makes it seem both a bit inflammatory and opinion based, ...
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Extract software-specific default close reason

Almost four years ago there was a discussion on Meta that lead to formulating the "not about statistics" default close reason description as following: This question appears to be off-topic because ...
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Why do we close programming questions instead of migrating them to SO?

I have the (possibility wrong) impression that most programming questions are closed with the motivation "this is not about stats, but about programming, or etc.", rather than being migrated to SO. ...
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Do we have an authoritative answer on why validation accuracy can oscillate or even increase, when validation loss keeps increasing?

I know that accuracy is an improper scoring rule, thus it shouldn't be used to choose among classifiers. In particular, it should not be used to choose the best hyperparameters for a NN. However, ...
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Do you flag absolute nonsense questions?

Here: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/381309/cobbler-needed-right-now Is a "question" from a bot or a troll. Do we ever bypass "vote to close" and use the flag function if a Q is complete ...
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What to do with a question which is a duplicate of a question on Math SE

This question What is a distribution over functions? is a duplicate of https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2297424/extending-a-distribution-over-samples-to-a-distribution-over-functions but I ...
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Improve closure-to-migrate voting

We often get questions that focus on how to do something using R (or Python, rarely SAS, MS Excel or others), with little to no statistical content. Such questions are off-topic and should be closed. ...
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What should we do with HW questions where the person says "I have no idea how to start"?

Our guidelines for homework question say to use the self-study tag and tell what you've tried. But what about when a person says, "I have no idea where to start?" Should such questions be closed? ...
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What to do with a question which asks about R packages and how to fit RBF networks

This question How to fit a RBF network in R? asks an off-topic question (which R package to use to fit RBF networks) and a question which, while on-topic, is very likely a duplicate. Should I close ...
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Should we have a canonical question about coincidences?

Right now, this question is marked for closing as a duplicate of this one. Yet the titles and subjects are totally different at first glance - and someone searching for something similar will have ...
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Is there a generic question to which we can redirect questions of the type "why does my neural network not generalize well?"

Thanks to Sycorax, we have an excellent question which can be used to close as duplicate (most of) those questions about neural networks which can't overfit the training set: What should I do when my ...
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When closing old unanswered but upvoted questions, consider downvoting down to zero (right?)

Some of us are actively scavenging old questions and voting to close some of them as off-topic or unclear. This is great. If such a question has zero score, then it will be automatically deleted ...
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Is this question in the reopen queue and if not, why not?

This question was edited while being on hold by me. This should have pushed it to the reopen queue. However, this does not seem to be the case: A reopen review task does not appear in its timeline – ...
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Why is "kjetil b halvorsen" bumping up old and closed questions?

Our active statistican kjetil b halvorsen is consistently modifying old questions by adding/removing tags. This closed question is an example. The bumped questions ...
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Issue with locked question

This locked question "exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar ...
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"Help I have some data and need to analyse it what do I dooo?"

I have been on this stackexchange long enough now to see there is quite a lot of questions along the lines of: Help, I'm a data science intern/amateur statistician and I've been given a load of ...
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Favorite "data analysis" cartoon question should be closed

This question What is your favorite "data analysis" cartoon? Should really be closed, as it's sending a negative signal about what is allowed on the site, per the comment: According to ...
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Why are some questions locked by the Community user?

This is in a way a followup on We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?. As a response to that, I am trying to downvote/close some old post we probably ...
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How often do you "skip" on closing a question and why do you do so?

When deciding whether to close a question, one option is to skip - which is like abstaining. How often do you do this? Why do you do so? And, as another question, what happens when people skip?
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When we vote to close a question as "unclear" should we state why in a comment?

Some questions are completely unclear and it's fairly obvious that they need to be closed. But I've seen some votes to close as unclear that could really use an explanation - and sometimes the person ...
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Dealing with "do my professional work for me" questions?

There has been some discussion on CV Meta of how to deal with homework questions and also job-related questions. Either can be unreasonable in certain cases, but the latter really annoy me, since they ...
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Which close option to choose for this question

I believe this question should be closed: Test accuracy much higher than training accuracy It's impossible to answer it without looking at the code, so the only reasonable suggestion I can give to ...
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Is this an opinion question?

This question is put on hold as opinion based. The tldr version of the question is "Why are some people saying Frequentist statistics is no good?". I have partial sympathy with putting it on hold. ...
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On the "too broad" reason for closing

Regarding "too broad". I think there are two sorts of ways a question could be too broad. One is the sort of question that amounts to summarizing an entire course or text book: "Please tell me all ...
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