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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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What to do when a question with an open bounty is a duplicate?

Question Basic question about standard error in predictive model is clearly a duplicate of either How to compute prediction bands for non-linear regression? or Shape of confidence and prediction ...
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What to do if we see cross-posting

This question fitting a distribution to survival curve in R has been posted as an exact duplicate on Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/48137772/fitting-a-distribution-to-survival-...
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How do people find old posts to review, edit, or close them?

I've noticed that some people seem to find posts from years ago and moderate them, closing them as off-topic, duplicate or whatever. This seems valuable, since people can search the whole database of ...
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What's the point of putting unclear questions on hold?

I understand the need to make questions clear when asking them and agree telling the OP to make the question clearer, if it is not, is a good thing. But can't this be done without locking the ability ...
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Does it take too long for questions “on hold” to be re-opened and are enough questions re-opened?

I find it a bit puzzling, regarding site moderation, that questions are put on hold quickly (that's good) but in my experience it takes forever for them to be re-opened. In a recent example from this ...
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What to do if a question is both unclear and about software?

Recently, I've seen several questions marked as "unclear what you are asking" when the question is both confusing and about software. If we mark it "unclear what you're asking" then the OP may try to ...
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How can the same post be closed as 'opinion-based' and marked as community wiki? [duplicate]

I have to admit that I don't know much about the Community Wiki concept. I thought it would denote questions that were either particularly interesting, or which by their own nature would attract a lot ...
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When should programming questions be closed as off-topic, and when migrated to SO?

Questions can be closed as off topic because they are not about statistics or focus on programming. This is distinct from questions which are about programming and belong on StackOverflow. There is ...
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When dealing with old off-topic questions, should we close or lock them, and why?

Some topics that are now considered off-topic used to be tolerated in the early days of this site. Consequently, there exist old threads with lots of votes/views/answers that are off-topic under ...
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Should we close old, outdated and off-topic questions?

Please consider the following question: Good GUI for R suitable for a beginner wanting to learn programming in R?. I just voted to close it as off-topic. Besides being off-topic it is also outdated ...
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How can we discourage ganging up with downvotes?

It has been my experience on multiple answers and even on closure votes on questions that unreasonable downvoting occurs like a flock of geese landing on a pond, more of a follow-the-leader activity, ...
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Can moderators close questions without having the required number of votes?

I know that members with high reputations can get involve in moderator activities. For example, I have recently started to review and vote on posts that have been put into the review queue. I have ...
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Should new users be allowed to provide questions similar to others?

Recently on CrossValidated I have found that new members may not have studied all the rules prior to asking their first question. I find that moderators and other users will quickly vote to close ...
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My question about visualization got on hold

I think that one question I asked recently (Showing a correlation and its p-value as a color) got incorrectly in hold. The reason is because: This question appears to be off-topic because EITHER it ...
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Does unanimity of reasons to close matter?

When I look to the close review queue I sometimes find that other voters have given a different reason to close from the one I has eventually decided on. Sometimes though I was only 60:40 in favour of ...
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Question on plotting in Python closed very quickly

I have just noticed this question: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/243679/how-can-i-make-seaborn-plot-the-null-values The question have 9 views, and it is already voted to be closed by 5 ...
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Closed, later reopened, question on mgcv: how to review “niche” questions with substantial code content

The question R/mgcv: Why do te() and ti() tensor products produce different surfaces? has had a very interesting history. It was asked by a new user who may not be quite so aware of where we draw the (...
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An answer posted 30 seconds after the question was closed; how is it possible?

This question -- SVD for PCA: Why would one standardize the data matrix? -- was closed as a duplicate at 16:59:24 (nine minutes after having been posted). I can swear I saw it closed and without ...
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Question migrated from StackOverflow put on hold after 1 second with no comments?

As explained here, I asked a question on Stack Overflow. A user with high reputation suggested me to move the question to Cross-Validated, and since in meantime the question had received 3 votes to ...
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Issues with trigger happy moderation

EDIT: I have now taken a bit of time to update the question, giving more detail into the origin and structure of the data. I hope it's more clear now. It's important that the solution is generally ...
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Customize criteria for automatic population to review queue?

I think we could dramatically improve the review queue process if we could auto-populate the queue with questions that are suspect for more refined reasons than currently exist. In the same vein as to ...
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Suggestions on modeling or forecast techniques - too many possible solutions

Some questions, often from new users, pose a practical problem of modeling or forecasting a behaviour of some system and ask for suggestions for modeling or forecasting techniques. In some cases the ...
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Top $k$ List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately

This is intended to be a "humorous and friendly thread on how to ask a horrible question" (amoeba) which can help new users understand how to write good questions. We hope you will contribute one "...
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Are we closing questions too fast?

It seems to me that we have been closing more and more questions, and that we are moving them into the close votes review queue very quickly. This seems to have evolved naturally, but I wonder if we ...
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Show reason for closure when reviewing questions for reopening

It would be helpful if the reopen review queue always explained why the questions were initially closed. When reviewing close votes, the system shows the reasons other reviewers gave for closing the ...
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Two threads about “alternatives to p-values”

These two threads seem closely related: What are alternatives to p-values - an earlier thread, which originally was asked from quite a "software implementation in R" point of view, but received a ...
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Migrating programming questions to StackOverflow

Yesterday, I asked this question: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/199283/train-test-split-in-rs-caret-package which was promptly downvoted and closed due to being off topic. I understand ...
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Migration that went wrong

Recently we migrated question about repeating simulation function in R to SO. Initially I voted to migrate it to SO, however then it got quite nice answer by Xi'an that focused on its statistical ...
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Overzealous marking as duplicate

I think it is quite obvious (so long as you read it in its entirety) that this question has incorrectly been marked as duplicate. It is worth reading the comments too. EDIT: Just to be clear, my ...
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How about letting a between-domain question be shared in multiple sites?

A couple of days a go, I asked a question which was related to statistics, math, machine learning and computer science. First I posted it in here, then when I didn't get what I was looking for, I ...
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Should we consider grandfathering old R (and other programming-heavy) posts?

I have noticed quite a lot of too-old-to-migrate software-heavy questions (mostly R, but not entirely) coming through the close review queue. They are often clearly off-topic by current standards ...
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How is this question a dupe?

$\mathbb{E}[S_n]$, when $S_n$ takes $X_1+...+X_n$ or $Y_1+...+Y_n$? I don't think it is the same thing as: Why does $\mathbb{E}(\frac{X_1+...+X_n}{n})=\mathbb{E}(X)$? because the former involves ...
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Why was this question closed as unclear? Please vote to reopen it!

This question: Sum of Gaussian mixture and Gaussian scale mixture In its current form it is clear enough. The OP did not specify the word "independent", but it is quite clear that is intended. ...