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What should happen to closed questions?

What is this community’s take on deleting closed questions? What are the criteria for deletion? In the past few days, I have voted on deleting some of the closed questions that seemed to have ...
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Is “What background do I need to do research in specific field X?” on-topic at Academia.SE?

I recently posted this question, which was closed as off-topic for being too specific to my situation. I admit I'm a little bit confused, since it didn't seem particularly more situation-specific than ...
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On-topic-ness of questions on legal issues related to academia?

We seem to have a very inconsistent policy with respect to questions on legal issues related to academia. I am not referring to questions asking for legal advice for a particular situation (these ...
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Please help edit this question so it can be reopened

This question is about getting educational disability accommodations in the UK. Come on, people. This is an area Academia SE needs to get stronger in. We have pretty good coverage about Section 504 ...
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Editing “weak” questions that are closed for being off-topic without resolving the reason for the closure

Should questions that are closed for being off-topic be edited for formatting, grammar, retagging, or other issues that don't resolve the reason the question was closed? Is this a valid reason for ...
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Should seemingly hard-to-answer questions be downvoted (and closed)?

I have posted a couple of questions on this website. Based on this small dataset, there seem to be a trend that hard-to-answer questions get downvoted, and even closed for some random reason (too ...
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Why was this question closed for “shopping?”

I am still unsure why this question: List of 2013 US National Merit Scholars was closed. Here's the close reason used. "Shopping" questions, which seek recommendations or lists of individual ...
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How far should we go when editing somebody else’s question to prevent closure?

This is a follow-up to Should we reject an edit that fundamentally changes an off topic question on translating books?, where Buffy remarked: Let me note that there have been other questions here ...
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Why was “Physics research journal for undergraduates” not closed?

A few days ago, this question was asked. While the author is somewhat unclear about what he is actually looking for, he is certainly looking for an individual journal or a list of journals as an ...
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Why was this question about the definition of a curriculum closed?

A user recently posted this question about the definition of "curriculum." The user was curious why the question was closed, and I'm posting this question to hopefully provide answers.
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Closure while writing an answer – can it be delayed?

I have fairly frequently been in the situation of being in the middle of providing an answer to a question when it is closed, leaving me no option but to discard my contribution or hope that the ...
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Preserving 'original intent' in closed questions?

In this community, there is often a sense that authorial intent is important, and that editors should strive to change an author's words as little as possible. I strongly agree with this sense, but ...