Questions tagged [close-reasons]

This tag is for instructions and guidance on closing or migrating questions, and the reasons for those closures.

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Reviewers; what do you eat for breakfast?

Ahem, this is going to be a rough one, so it's gonna be a long one too ala Pascal's famous quote. First, some context; we have How to deal with robo-reviewers? Should we have a Grace period to avoid ...
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New close reasons: selecting predefined 'off-topic' options

We will soon see the arrival of the new close reasons (a change being implemented across the StackExchange network). This will raise a few question: here I want to focus specifically the 'off-topic' ...
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Off-topic closure: predefined reasons

The new approach to closing questions means that things are changing in the way we handle 'off-topic' questions. I've already asked about the generic text and for some predefined off-topic close ...
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New close reasons: use of new 'unclear what you're asking' reason

We will soon see the arrival of the new close reasons (a change being implemented across the StackExchange network). This will raise a few question: here I want to focus specifically the 'unclear what ...
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Speaking of LaTeX editors

Currently there are 505 questions tagged lyx, 184 tagged emacs, 92 tagged texniccenter, 89 tagged vim, 47 tagged texstudio, 54 tagged winedt. Producing La/TeX from the command line is theoretically ...
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Close voting is not a sport

We strive to be a friendly and rational community here, but the question below Reducing the huge space before the first line of the KOMA letter class was just closed as "Too broad". This is a ...
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About “trivial” questions

I have a question regarding "trivial" questions which sometimes appear on this site. By "trivial", I mean they don't require more insight than to "look in the manual". These usually aren't good ...
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How to ask a specific question without in the risk of “too localized”?

One may met problems in document writing, some of them are specific that rarely to met by others. So questions asked for seeking resolutions for these problems are often marked "too localized". But if ...
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How to avoid closing a question that gets more than 5k views!

This question here has been asked on May 27th, 2013 and closed the same day for the reason »This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; ...« Today we have to realise that this question ...
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Please add more off-topic close reasons

Recently I have started using Stack Overflow and one thing I noticed is that their close dialog is much more feature rich than ours. Let's see a picture of their "off-topic" reasons. Wow! This ...
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Why are 'mistaken' questions marked off-topic?

Fairly often I see questions which are in fact about Tex & friends but are closed & marked off-topic. One reason I see listed in the comments is: This question is off-topic because it ...
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Why can't we migrate off-topic questions to other StackExchange sites?

This comment by Henri Menke has reminded me a question I wanted to ask. Every now and then, a good question appears, but which is not concerning LaTeX and friends. We can only close it as off-topic ...
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Same disease, different symptoms

We often have the case where two questions are asked by users facing completely different phenomenon, but where if you have the right understanding, you can see that the same thing is going on in each ...
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Reasons for closing questions: too little effort

This is, in a certain way, a reiteration of Henri Menke's question/request "Please add more off-topic close reasons". At the moment of writing this, this question has one highly voted answer, which ...
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Migration paths suggestions

Users with "close" priviledge can mark off-topic questions to be migrated to thie Meta.TeX.SX site. I suggest to add two more migration options: StackOverflow - for questions about MathJaX ...
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Questions which are bug reports, revisited

Some time ago, I asked how we should handle bug reports: Questions which are bug reports. The top answer at the time split questions into two Those which are asked where is seems clear that the ...
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Incorrect tag used to zap a question by the golden badge hammer

I found this strange thing which is IMHO a bug: The problem is that egreg zapped the question using his golden xetex badge. However, the question isn't tagged xetex, it had the tag but lost it ...
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Why are “typography” and “best-practices” possible tags but are not mentioned in the list of “What topics can I ask about here”?

The question came up, when this post How should I typeset the physical dimensions of quantities? got closed for being off-topic. We discussed it in chat, and it seem to be a bit tricky. That's why I ...
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Are troubleshooting questions off-topic?

Some days ago, I asked in Troubleshooting for biber for guidelines what to do/check if biber does not produce any output. The occasion to ask this question was of course that I had such a situation ...
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Do we need a new closing reason for “do it for me” questions?

Some of the questions on this site ask community to code a picture they find over the net. Some of these questions do not have any minimum working example appended. Why do not we have a close reason ...