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When are big-list questions not opinioned-based?

The question Are there visual illustrations on the struggle of Word on formatting in comparing with LaTeX? is closed for being opinion-based. How is it be different to the rest of big-list questions? ...
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What is unclear about my question?

This question of mine was just closed as unclear. I haven't really received any feedback as to what people find unclear. One user said they didn't understand the question and suggested to rework the ...
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What is wrong with my question?

My question was closed because 'it needs more details or clarity'. However, nobody has queried any aspect of the question, and it has already received a useful answer. What am I supposed to clarify or ...
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Why was this question closed as needing details or clarity?

Package minted Error: Missing Pygments output is closed as "needs details or clarity", but I can't figure out why. To me the question perfectly clear: they post a minimal example of their ...
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Why isn't there the possibility of closing a question for being off-topic?

This question is probably a duplicate, but since I was unable to find one, here it goes. On any other Stack Exchange site that I use, if you click the Close link under a question and then you choose A ...
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Is closing a question as off-topic for being answered in the comments a valid close reason on this site?

Just looking for clarification of the off-topic close rules here. My question How to remove indentation from one section? was just closed as off-topic. The comments indicate that at least one person ...
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Off topic close reason no longer available

I noticed that a reason has been added in the Close Question dialog, in the category A community-specific reason: This reason is for non-reproducible or trivial questions, and it suggests to add an ...
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What are the new displays associated with post notices?

I noticed that the "[on hold]" reference has been deleted from questions that are closed as being unclear. Now only the word "[closed]" is written. Are there other types of options with the new names ...
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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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Why are the eminent contributors in such a hurry to close questions?

Here are two real facts that show that prominent contributors close questions without taking the time to read them carefully and verify that they are really a duplicate question. First issue: Look at ...
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Not all options listed in voting to close

I would like to understand why when the system asks me to close a question I have only three options and the other options are not visible. For example it is not viewable: the question is resolved in ...
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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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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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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! ...
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Closing as OT with custom reason: why not use the custom text in the close banner?

When voting to close a question as off topic, and entering a custom close reason, should not that text be used in the "closing banner" that is displayed in the post? Given that all close-voters use ...
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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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How to flag a question concerning a software bug

How should I flag questions that are about software bugs only and, therefore, off-topic here? I am a contributor to the JabRef reference manager and, thus, am following the JabRef tag on this site. ...
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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes

There is a similar popular question at MSE. The purpose of this thread is to help focus the attention of the community on posts that may require exceptional handling. This includes requests for ...
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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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When flagging for close: Adding a reason

Posts on StackExchange are closed for numerous reasons, and ticking of the right box for the exact reason might not always fit the question quite right, or the reason might sometimes be very vague. ...
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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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Off-topic closure: why so few specific reasons?

I just found this question through review -- a first post. The question is perfectly clear: the user has a problem and is asking for a solution. So it is not unclear what you're asking. I cannot say ...
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How to search for duplicates and handle them?

Finding duplicates for a question, if they exist, is not always easy. What techniques can I use to find question duplicates? How should duplicates be handled?
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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 ...
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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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is closing this question as "off topic" a breach of site policy?

Sveinung asks, in a comment on Align equations on equal (=) symbol, whether closing a question because it shows no no evidence of research effort is a valid reason. the question merely shows a ...
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Wrong close reason shown

The question https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/50373/what-dont-do-latex-text-composition shows that it is closed by me (and others) as “not constructive”. I did however vote to close it as a ...
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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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Does this question qualify as off-topic? Does it violate any rules at all?

A couple of days ago, the following question was put on hold as off-topic: How to get "XeLaTeX + unicode-math" output as close as possible to that of pdflatex? I asked this question over a ...
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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 '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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Questions put on hold as opinion based

I wanted to know where LaTeX is lacking with the idea that I could develop patches for it. I believe, it is not an opinion based question. Definitely, whatever developed, will have room for ...
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Questions closed as "unclear what you're asking"

I've seen quite a few questions proposed to be closed as "unclear what you're asking": https://tex.stackexchange.com/review/close/34255 https://tex.stackexchange.com/review/close/34260 https://tex....
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Question about "is it possible without using specific packages"

This question has been closed as a duplicate. The OP was asking "whether it is possible to do something without the use of specific packages" and the duplicate reference only have answer about loading ...
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Why is this question closed?

This question has more than 2k views in just over 15 months. I too am experiencing the File not Found message and this question describes my problem. I notice that the person who asked this question ...
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How to deal with a question that turned out to be an installation problem?

Yesterday I had a small discussion in the comments of https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/134974/18674. It turned out that the problem was caused by an old version of a package that had changed some of ...
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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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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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Off-topic closure: migration paths

In a related post I've asked (again) about custom 'off-topic' closure texts. As I note there, the second thing we need to address if closing as off-topic is a reasonable set of places on the ...
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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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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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What do I do if I have the exact same question as a question that is closed as 'too localized'?

I've been struggling with unnecessary blank pages at the beginning of appendices. There are a few answers that speak to my problem, none of which have worked. I was pleased to find another person ...
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Where usage meets TeX

We recently closed a maths usage question, Can I use both of setbuilder notations in one article?, which asked for whether it is acceptable to use two different comprehension notations in one article, ...
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Why are questions on package bugs/issues too localized?

On a couple of occasions I have come across unwanted or surprising behavior with some widely used LaTeX packages that I have posted questions about on TeX.sX. One was about biblatex (Entry options in ...
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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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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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Keeping a log of potentially duplicate, TL, NARQ, questions

We often comment on questions, asking the original poster to try and improve their question- the standard comments include: Can you provide a minimal working example? Can you show what you have tried ...
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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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Why is this Question considered off-topic?

This Question was mistakenly migrated to WordPress Answers and closed here. Questions in WPSE relating to WordPress.com-hosted blogs are clearly off-topic there, per FAQ. So the Question was closed ...
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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 ...