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Questions tagged [close-reasons]

Regarding the predefined and custom close reasons shown to users in the "vote to close" interface. (Use [closed-questions] instead if asking about a question that has been closed.)

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Why there is only one option in Closing > Off-topic > Migration? [duplicate]

I want to close this question as belonging to another Stack Exchange site: But when I click on it, there is only one option to choose: Is this normal? There is no information stating that I can only ...
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How to make the question asking for books on academia/science not a shopping list?

Is there a (text)book on how academia works? I agree that it looks like a shopping request as its current form, but it is stemmed from the question "how to have a systematic understanding on how ...
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When the close reason is the answer

This question Can a non-committee-member ask questions while watching a friend's PhD defense? has been closed for depending on individual factors. While there is no question in my mind, and in ...
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Replace “undergraduate” with a more general out-of-scope close reason

Statistical background The following is extracted from the question close stats (10 k only). In the last three months: the undergraduate close reason¹ was used 18 times (that’s only about 3 % of ...
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Custom close reasons

Following on from this answer, I think a discussion of our custom close reasons would be helpful. We can currently only have 3 custom close reasons. If we want more we would have to ask/beg the SE ...
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Defining Shopping again

Recently, my question was closed for shopping. However, how shopping is described on meta does not seem to match my question. The meta question I link to outlines three possible characteristics of a ...
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Should we be more welcoming of “technical” questions?

Following up a recent meta post wondering about the direction this site is taking, I wanted to discuss the possibility of changing one of our current habit, which is to close "technical" questions as ...
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Should we revive the “canonical” question about authorship standards across fields and regions?

We have this tentative at a canonical answer to authorship standards: Compiling ethical standards for coauthorship across academic fields and regions But it's been inactive since 2014. There are ...
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Is it apropriate to use the reference-request tag to prevent discussion-like questions from being closed?

I noticed some users like to ask opinion-based or discussion-like "questions" and systematically use the reference-request tag to prevent them from being closed as such. I'm talking about cases ...
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Edited question, but reviewers refuse to reopen it. Why?

I posted the question and some members complained that is not understandable, one of the high reputation member edited question to fit the rules, he did a good job, but reviewers refuse to recognise ...
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Closure: How can a reader effectively discern changes in a newer edition of the same book?

In response to this comment which incorrectly describes my question, I have now changed https://academia.stackexchange.com/q/58976/13306 to clarify that I am asking in general, for books that are not ...
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Specific vs general question: where does the line go?

A recent question of mine was apparently put on-hold with the following motivation: "The answer to this question strongly depends on individual factors such as a certain person’s preferences, a ...
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Wording of close reason off-topic as “problems facing undergraduate students” seems not ideal

I realize that there is always an 'Other' option, allowing to specify why one believes a question should be closed. However, there is a reason why boilerplate suggestions are used - to streamline the ...
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Questions that call for answers based on opinion to some degree

I have see quite a few questions placed on hold because they call for answers based on opinions rather than facts. My question is: is this an appropriate standard for Academia.stackexchange? I ...
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How to suggest another StackExchange site during flag as “off-topic”?

Not all the SE sites are in the option when flagging a question as off topic. It would be nicer to suggest the exact SE site when flagging off-topic questions. Or am I missing something? Is such an ...
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Shopping questions revisited

This question arises from the discussion on OpenScience and Academia Q&A sites. In particular, looking at the possibility of migrating some questions from OpenScience to Academia, one could ask ...
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Reasons to close

I was trying to flag this question as off topic. Recall the Help Center says However, please do not ask questions about Undergraduate-specific issues that could not apply to graduate or ...
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Create a predefined closing reason for questions about the contents of an academic discipline?

Since I obtained closing priviledges and can thus use custom close reasons, I find myself typing the following sentence on a daily basis (and before, I flagged questions to which this would have ...
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Where is the line between “a question about doing research” and “a question about the content of research”?

My question (How can physicists help in theoretical biology, besides math and fresh perspectives?) is decided to be off topic because of this reason: However, please do not ask questions about: ...
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Should we create a “shopping question” closure tag?

Given that we get a lot of "shopping questions" that we have decided are off-topic, should we create a custom off-topic close reason along those lines? For instance, we could have a reason such as: ...
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The GRE Program discontinued the Computer Science Test

According to the ETS they have discontinued the computer science GRE test as of April 2013 https://www.ets.org/gre/subject/faq and there are some questions regarding the computer science GRE test and ...
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No closing reason for “nothing to do with academia”?

I wanted to vote to close Creating an central multi-purpose dictionary / database, but under "off-topic" I only find the following pre-canned motivations: cannot be generalized to apply to others in ...
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Are we missing a close reason along the lines of “there are no stupid questions … oh, I stand corrected, yes there are”?

About this question: https://academia.stackexchange.com/q/10959/96 Which asks: I'm hoping to enroll onto a PhD program. I've heard that twitter might help me find a PhD program. This question is ...