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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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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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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Should we close old, outdated and off-topic questions?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 Besides being off-topic it is also outdated ...
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Should we close questions that can be easily answered by Wikipedia or Google?

Suppose, someone asks a question that can be answered very easily by using either a textbook or Wikipedia or Google etc. (See this question for an example). Should we close this type of question? My ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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A difficulty with self-study-like questions of the form “Is this correct?”

I've seen a spate of questions of a form more or less along the lines of "Is this working correct?" just lately. While this is good from the point of view that the poster is clearly making a proper ...
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Why was a question about predictive distribution closed?

The following question What is a predictive distribution? was closed for being duplicate to this one: Understanding Bayesian Predictive Distributions But the last question is specifically about ...
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What happens to reputation score if checked answer to on-hold question?

I recently answered a question on CV and the asker checked my answer. Subsequently, the question was put on hold as off-topic. I invested time and effort into answering this question, and I believe ...
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I think we need to talk about the SO/CV interface again

Two hours ago (ish), a new user posted this question on two-tailed F-values - how to do them in R. He (or she, but I'm going to say he) was told to take it to SO. So, he did what he can see to do -- ...
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Are questions on statistical language valid and do we need statistical-language tag?

I am referring here to recent question: versus (vs.): how to properly use this word in data analysis that asked about proper usage of "versus" word in describing relations between variables in data ...
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I attempted to make a FAQ-style question; does it make sense?

There have been several discussions on meta about how to organize frequently asked questions, and one idea is that one can simply write and answer such a question, creating a thread that can later be ...
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Inconsistency with closure and migration

There were two very similar posts on CV - this and the one it (almost) duplicates (at least, if you count the Q in comments, it's a duplicate). I marked the linked one as a duplicate and was in the ...
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For “obtaining specific datasets” questions, let's recommend OpenData.stackexchange.com

Many of the questions closed with the reason "obtaining specific datasets" would actually be good questions for Cross Validated's new little brother: http://OpenData.stackexchange.com When closing ...
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Did the interface change, did I lose a privilege, or is everything just slightly wonky?

I've just noticed that I no longer seem to have the ability to recommend some posts for closure (which I noticed because I wanted to do something with a link only post – I eventually took the ...
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Include 'asking for datasets' reason in the off-topic dialog

Since we have this rule very clear in our help center that questions asking for datasets are off-topic, could we include this reason in the off-topic dialog? The initial suggestion would be to ...
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Flagging as off topic [duplicate]

I saw a question (here) that was clearly off-topic and could be (and probably has been) answered on tex.stackexchange.com. However, when I tried to flag it, was given the option of saying it was ...
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Can we clarify the off-topic closing options?

Evidently, when we vote to close a question as off-topic and appropriate for Stack Overflow, the thread will not actually be migrated unless we select: ...
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Is this question too local?

A question was recently asked about statistical classes in the NYC area. I automatically thought that it should be closed as it was too localised - unsurprisingly the questioner disagrees ;) My ...
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When is it a good time to give up on a bad question?

I tried to ask a Question, about 6 days ago. Since I am new to the field, apparently my question apparently is too broad or vague. I have read a good guide, how to ask good questions, but sadly this ...
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A closed question on GIS is again closed and deleted here [closed]

Yesterday, I asked a question on GIS about visualization and needed some examples to understand a paragraph of a book better. People commented that it has nothing to do with GIS and you better ask it ...
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Recover a closed question?

I have asked to close a question, but now it cannot be found anymore. It is not even on the list of my questions. Is there a way to recover it? The link is: Generating likely populations given a ...
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Should the standards for closing questions be relaxed somewhat for old questions?

As I've started reviewing more this question keeps occurring to me. In my judgment there are three ordered categories of question quality: should definitely stay open, should definitely be closed, ...
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How does a question become unclosed?

My original question was closed due to 'possible duplicate'. This was by accident because the question I meant to ask was not the question that I asked. So, I edited my question by wording it better. ...
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Add career/hire prohibition to FAQ?

While I totally agree with chl's decision to close this question about where and how to hire statisticians, I noticed that this sort of career/personnel/hiring stuff isn't explicitly forbidden by the ...
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List of candidate questions to be closed [closed]

If you feel a question should be closed please provide the link to the question as an answer along with a brief rationale. Also ensure that you link to this meta thread as a comment on the main ...
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At what point do closed questions disappear from general view?

The question at https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/5523/ , for example, was quickly closed as "pure advertising," which it is. Nevertheless it still appears among the list of questions and ...
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Suggestion for question on: “VIF, Condition Index and eigen values”

The question on: VIF, Condition Index and eigen values has been closed as off-topic. I disagree with that decision. While I agree with some of the comments that the question can be improved the ...