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Should we be more welcoming of "technical" questions?

My feeling is No. There are a couple reasons I think this way: Academia is, in many ways, a site about the practice of academia, the process of being an academic, etc. rather than highly technical ...
Fomite's user avatar
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Closing questions that are not questions: what to pick?

Per site, we have limited freedom in what we can modify in the close dialog. Specifically, we can only modify the community-specific reasons, and we cannot add further options (see note below about ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Why is "Opinion-based" listed separately within the Close vote dialog, instead of under "A community-specific reason"?

The opinion-based closing reason is part of the network-wide closing reasons, and these cannot be customised at site level. That is, it’s a closing reason that can be found in any site of the network. ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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How to make the question asking for books on academia/science not a shopping list?

Perhaps we need to carve out an exception for books on the practice of academia, since that is (usually) an on-topic discussion here.
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Replace “undergraduate” with a more general out-of-scope close reason

As a wording for the new close reason, I propose: This question is not within the scope of this site as defined in the help center. Our scope particularly excludes the content of research, ...
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Why was this question closed as "unclear?"

As noted in the comments, people presumably used this close reason because they were unclear whether "arvix" was supposed to be arXiv or something else. Personally, I suspect they meant ...
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Question hammered closed by community

See Bryan's answer here. In short: the vote by community user indicates that OP agreed their question was a duplicate. You can see this by mousing over "community" in the question's timeline....
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Can we have a "show your work" close reason?

Summary The ease of research is easily underestimated and we can produce valuable answers to such questions. Therefore, we should not have a close reason or general policy to close such questions. ...
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New audience-specific texts for our custom close reasons

Strongly depends on individual factors Close reason: This text is shown when selecting a reason while flagging or voting to close: Strongly depends on individual factors The answer to this ...
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New audience-specific texts for our custom close reasons

Shopping question Close reason: This text is shown when selecting a reason while flagging or voting to close: Shopping question The answer to this question would be an individual university, ...
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I asked for a software solution, question was closed as "shopping" - legit?

(just writing an answer to get this off our backlog) Thanks for posting. Software recommendations are indeed on-topic, and the community has correctly voted to reopen.
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Would it make sense to be able to close for being "too trivial"?

If you mouseover the downvote button, the text reads: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful I would think about whether this description fits the trivial ...
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Would it make sense to be able to close for being "too trivial"?

Let me try to factorize this into two questions: Can we add a new pre-defined close reason? My understanding is that there are only 3 slots for pre-defined close reasons. These are already taken by: ...
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Should we be more welcoming of "technical" questions?

I have a concern about "procedural" issues, not about the idea you're proposing: By this point, some votes have accrued on this question. But they are not so useful for moderation purposes, since you ...
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Should we be more welcoming of "technical" questions?

In principle I agree with you, and I upvoted your proposal. In practice, I'm worried about how we could ensure uniformity of treatment between different disciplines, when people might not understand ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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When the close reason is the answer

Questions closed for this reason mainly come in two categories: The answer depends on a lot of individual factors. This is the typical “Decide my life for me” question. The answer depends completely ...
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New audience-specific texts for our custom close reasons

Not within the scope of this community Close reason: This text is shown when selecting a reason while flagging or voting to close: Not within the scope of this community This question is ...
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How to make the question asking for books on academia/science not a shopping list?

Asking for a textbook on how science works is too broad. There is lots that has been published on that subject, and it's not clear how to narrow down among them. Asking for a textbook on how ...
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Defining Shopping again

I agree that this question is not a shopping question as no reasonable person would choose conferences by that criterion and hence the close reason was badly chosen. Note that I consider it irrelevant ...
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Should these question closure instructions be included in this canonical question?

The instructions are stating what should be obvious: don't hammer a question for being asked-and-answered unless it has actually been asked and answered. It is understandably infuriating for the asker ...
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Replace “undergraduate” with a more general out-of-scope close reason

As I argued in the question What kind of undergraduate questions are not really generalizable to graduate education? (An "Academia varies more than you think" perspective), the boundary ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Can we have a "show your work" close reason?

Let me give a less "formal" answer than Wrzlprmft's one. In my experience, style guides are seldom complete, and are frequently of not-so-easy interpretation, especially for novices. I saw people ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Is this question about citations on-topic or off-topic?

I would consider it on-topic but in need of clarification. I definitely find it unclear the meaning of influenced how strongly by a certain academic author X? How do you evaluate the strength of ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Custom close reasons

Close Reason: This question appears to be off-topic because it seems to seek specific advice for a very specific situation, and it's likely that only someone with a good understanding of your ...
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Should we revive the "canonical" question about authorship standards across fields and regions?

My objection to that question (noted in the first comment) and all other similar ones still stands—these types of questions are terrible by design. Firstly, they are by definition out-of-date as soon ...
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