Questions tagged [closed-questions]

This tag is for general questions about questions that have been closed because they are off-topic or otherwise do not meet the criteria defined in the FAQ.

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How to quantitively and/or qualitatively say that a question is not related to this site?

For my last question Define a polynomial symbolically, then differentiate it to find its local maximum, I was told that asking for using TeX packages luacode or pythontex to make a complete ...
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Missed the time of the day, hour, minute on every profile?

I've noticed, and I hope that I'm not wrong, that every user profile is missing the time and the date when they last logged in TeX.SE. The question, although synthetic, refers to the opening or ...
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Should questions be closed just because the OP did not accept one of the answers?

There seems to be a systematic campaign of closing question just because the OP did not accept one of the answers Example 1: I’m voting to close this question because it seems that OP is not active ...
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Answering this 3-year-old closed question?

I recently found this question: Parts of my text disappears! I had the exact same problem in my document and also cannot upload a MWE. Nonetheless, a comment to this question contained 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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Someone wants to answer my question, please reopen it

I asked this question: Getting the error: "! Argument of \MT@res@a has an extra }." a while ago. Now someone has an answer, but the question is closed. They's just asked for help reopening ...
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My question is a duplicate of a closed question without an answer. What now?

I wanted to auto-flag my well-received question which is a duplicate of a closed question but, unfortunately, the closed question doesn't have an answer. How can I deal with this issue?
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What is the meaning of the dots within the review queue drop-down?

Why is the grey circle of the closing request in my account very frequent in REVIEW QUEUES compared to other items? Is there a specific reason or is it something random? EDIT by comments: First ...
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Why does my name appear in the list of duplicate voters when I didn't vote for that?

Today there had been a close voting for Latex users make more mistakes which finally lead to the question being closed as a duplicate. After a more careful re-examination of the close proposal, the ...
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Question on hold to closed: exist a time?

I wanted to know the following: since I had the opportunity to close, open, etc... questions I happened to see the words [on hold] and [closed] (for old answers). When does a question that is ...
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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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Reopen NSF Fastlane question

The following question was closed as off-topic. NSF fastlane removes hyperref links from PDFs when fontspec is used I really don't think this question should have been closed. We have other ...
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Bad link provided to a question already identified as a duplicate

Thanks to the responses from users in one of my recent meta question, I have discovered that having questions flagged as duplicates isn't always a bad thing. It's in fact a good way of adding new ...
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Can a post that was put on hold and looks to be closed be preserved for its historical, humorous or other merit, rather than disappear?

This question came to mind when looking at a recent post swirling hexagon now on hold. It seemed to me that this post, while likely to be closed and thereafter disappear, represents a precious ...
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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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How often may a question be asked again?

I think there must be some kind of consideration to new ways of solving old problems.
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Magazine questions

We seem to have a history of closing questions about magazine formatting or (effectively) not answering them: Typesetting magazine style articles Designing Magazines in LaTeX Latex template for an ...
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Why is this question about LaTeX posters being closed as a duplicate?

Comparison: umbcposter vs baposter vs tikzposter has been closed as a duplicate of How to create posters using LaTeX. I don't think the question is a duplicate. The answers in How to create posters ...
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Should questions be to the point or provide context?

In the past I asked questions on SE sites with as much brevity as I could. I did not want to distract readers from my actual question. But this often led to answers and comments along the lines of "...
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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

This question got reopened and I question its reopening: Why is LaTeX so complicated? I can't but see that the question is so opinion-based that it can't be answered objectively. This makes it "bad" ...
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Mark a "marked as a duplicate question" as not duplicate

There is a question that is marked as a duplicate and my opinion is that it is not. I would like to ask how can I point it out? Should I flag it for moderator's attention and say my opinion or should ...
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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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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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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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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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Reopen or Migrate LyX & MiKTeX installation question

This question was closed as "too localized": LyX & MiKTeX installation problems on Windows 7 The definition given for "too localized" begins with: "This question is unlikely to help any ...
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Reopening 'hand wave' question on main TeX.SX

I've been looking for a "hand wave" symbol to use in a handout, and I came across this question on the main TeX.SX site. Currently, the question has been closed as a duplicate of How to look up a ...
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How do I improve a question that's been put on hold?

My question has been put on hold as unclear: How do I generate page numbers when using the html2latex library? Since I can't edit or comment on it, how do I help clarify the question?
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Is "mathtools.sty not found" too localized?

I found this question through google: mathtools.sty not found in kile and the answer in it solved my similar problem. The question is closed as too localized. I believe that the question is not too ...
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Text for 'off-topic' closure

Currently, closing as off-topic adds a notice reading This question does not appear to be about TeX, LaTeX or related typesetting systems, within the scope defined in the help center. below the ...
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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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Reopen more detailed question

The question [1] Latex or PdfLatex to generate DVI has been closed as a duplicate of [2] Which graphics formats can be included in documents processed by latex or pdflatex? [1] includes more low-...
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Remove closed question

I want to delete my closed question because it was kept too general (maybe I better ask several questions to achieve explicit answers). In order to clean up, it would make sense in my eyes to remove ...
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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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Modifying "Possible duplicate:" links

In this question I found out that there's a better duplicate than the one mentioned in "Possible duplicate:" automatically added text. I decided to edit the question and add the other link. Now I'm ...
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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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Should it be possible to address question closure votees

In this question, barbara said the following thing in her comment: (i addressed you with the comment since yours was the only one present, and only one "target" is recognized.) As far as I ...
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Reason for closure of a question

I am wondering what was the reason to close my question Underfull \hbox and Underfull \vbox as being too localized. The question asks what for ways to fix the warning "Underfull \hbox and Underfull \...
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Deleting questions marked as 'too localized' or 'not a real question'

There have been a few questions flagged recently for deletion (for example pgfplots: I do not know the key '/tikz/nodes near coords' error, https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/44051/cross-...
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Should we answer really bad questions?

From time to time we get questions that are really not appropriate for our format, which often ask for a specific layout. Recent example: How to get this format in latex? Here it is entirely unclear ...
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Closing questions as duplicates when the duplicate's accepted answer isn't ideal

The following question: Using quotation marks was just closed as a duplicate of this question: Automatically convert quotations in the form of "abc" to become ``abc" But the ...
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Can I set closed questions to be ignored?

I can define tags for questions I don't want to see. But if a question has been closed, there's no tag for this, only a "[closed]" at the end of the question. So I see the question like all other ...
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A comparative typesetting question

bellochio asked a question that perplexed a few here, namely Why does MS Word's algorithm for vertical positioning of super- and subscripts not conform to TeX's ?. The question was closed for ...
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Re-open question with non-TeX-solution to non-TeX-problem?

[Joseph Wright recommended asking this question here.] This question has been closed as off-topic because the underlying problem has been determined to be on Adobe Reader's side. Now I've tried a fix ...
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