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'Executive summary' of the following answer: The key aim of reading questions is to help the asker Voting to close is thus (usually) something to do after comments or similar to improve questions have failed Rapid closing is ideally aimed at clear cases such as questioner agreeing, spam, massively off-topic, etc. Minimal working examples (MWEs) are a useful ...


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There are a few things to say here. First off, the StackExchange 'back end' works in the same way for all sites, which means that 'we' (TeX-SX) have to use the structures as decided on by the 'Powers'. Occasionally that means we have some oddities. That leads to the second point: 'off topic' is (currently) intended not only to cover questions which are out-...


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One I think uncontroversial close reason is for things which are typos or which cannot be reproduced: these are about TeX but are unlikely to help any future readers. Thus something like This question was caused by a problem that can no longer be reproduced or a simple typographical error. While similar questions may be on-topic here, this one was ...


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As mentioned in a comment, a high number of views does not in itself mean that the question is a good one for the site. For example, a 'provocative' title may attract a lot of hits while meaning that the question does not fit the Q&A format or indeed be really about TeX at all. Views of questions come primarily from people searching for text, probably in ...


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As we have seen from the comments, every detail leads to another full blown discussion and I am not the TeX-SX correspondant so I'll try to be a user again. Because there is user involvement that might lead to confrontation and since we are extremely avoiding it, I have to be very careful with the sentences I am using. Otherwise it starts to get dissected ...


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There is a difference between cosmetics that TeX should perform and cosmetics that purely rely on the typesetters choice. If the question is about how to turn on/off ligatures, implement auto kerning hyphenation, letterine, ornaments etc. or the specification is given and don't know how to realize in terms of TeX then it is obviously on-topic. But if it ...


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I think you have a point. Even though I find that specific question quite ridiculous, because whatever solution would just use the same idea as natbib, it's actually not a simple task and I don't think it'll get a reasonable answer, I voted for re-opening (and 2 other people have done so even before me). It is a question that suits the site, and it is ...


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The primary goal of all Stackexchange sites is to become repositories of reliable information on whatever topic they cover, in our case, TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt and their relations. To this end, questions whose answers can't be given definitively are not good questions as regards to the goals of the site, and are therefore closed. Now your question is by ...


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Very basic (La)TeX questions are a tricky area as at least to some extent many of them could be covered by the concept 'read a manual'. There should be a space for asking good basic questions, certainly when they are phrased such that the question is clear, self-contained and likely to help future user. More problematic are basic questions where that's not ...


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Let's review the complete original question to see of there's any reason to close it. Title: "Just reducing the f***ing huge space before the first line" This is obscene language. Sean later took the time to clean it. Question text: "Please help me to make the rest of my life better, found nothing here..." This is not a question. Code: was added without ...


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Troubleshooting questions are quite welcome but the issue has always been how to answer them. The usual pattern is that a series of comments, none of which can really be viewed as an answer, are posted and we end up with the user saying 'Ah this solves it'. However, normally this comment thread is tied to the issue for the questionner, and it's unlikely that ...


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One man's bug is another man's feature... I don't think whether the OP considers it to be a bug is that relevant. If the problem has been identified and fixed by the package author in an updated version of the package then we can consider treating the question by some special mechanism for "bug reports" otherwise it is best to assume that it's a permanent ...


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Flagging using the generic 'needs mod attention' function is fine (though we tend to be conservative about closing). Whilst we can add a limited number of custom close reasons for the site, the number of uses has never seem worth it: we don't have one big use of flagging.


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The feature you're requesting already exists. When closing as Off Topic, you can add a custom reason if you feel that the default ones are not appropriate. In this case a comment is automatically posted with the reason you wrote in that box. I don't remember at the moment if other close reasons generate auto-comments (in the case of choosing Off Topic). ...


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I consider these questions to have been properly closed as “Unclear”. Question #1: listing's lst@BeginWrite gobbles '->' and '=>' from input After a request for a minimal example, there has been no answer in more than a year. I'd consider this question as impossible to answer because it's unclear what the problem is: my answer was ...


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The notorious dupehammer gives superpowers to learned members of the community, but here are the rules: You can instantly close as a duplicate any question that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for. You can instantly reopen any question closed as a duplicate that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for. You ...


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I don't think this can be answered in all generality. If the purpose of the question is more like "how can I program this effect myself", I doubt it would be considered a duplicate of a question "what package do I have to use". But in this specific case, The effect which was asked about is tricky to achieve because it requires patching into and ...


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First of all, understand that having duplicates on a site is not a bad thing. They provide multiple landing points for visitors seeking a very similar solution. That's correct: Different questions leading to the same solution. Perhaps someone is asking for the sum 12+15 while someone else is interested in finding the product 3×9. The example may seem ...


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Sometimes questions are closed right away, which is unfortunate. SE policy states that closing isn't closing right away, but putting the question on hold, i.e. pressing the pause button. If an active question is closed, i think a comment is left in 90 percent of cases. Often the cause is off-topic. Typos, missing braces are also considered off topic, ...


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I agree with your interpretation that a question about a problem resulting from a typo or failure to load a necessary package is fair game for closure, although "solved in comments" isn't very informative. It's easy enough to point out the nature of the problem/solution in a closing comment. If the answer is found among the answers to another ...


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I heartily agree that close voters should give reasons, preferably in a comment so that the questioner is engaged in the process and not just informed of the result. Unfortunately, however, this behaviour a product of the reviewing system which allows users to click through close votes without ever interacting meaningfully with the question at all. And we ...


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While I probably wouldn't initiate a vote-to-close on these myself, if I met them in the review queue, I would cast a vote. All of them are extremly unlikely to have any positive contribution to anyone now: the OPs are left and very unlikely interested anyways after such a long time, and in all honesty, I can't imagine someone else getting help from the ...


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Close as off-topic (with the motivation "the problem is due to an outdated package or distribution) is the current policy, mostly for lack of better reasons. On the other hand, the net is full of outdated examples and templates (even in the LaTeX related Wikibooks pages); it would be impossible for us to cope with all of them, maintaining information ...


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I don't think that the question needs to be closed as off-topic. It doesn't show any research effort and it doesn't provide a MWE, which makes it "question with no research effort". Such would deserve dozen downvotes on another sites and eventually get deleted. Here, we keep them at 0 or -1. From the question it is clear that the issue is in the alignment. ...


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Closing as "solved in comments" is the worst thing to do to a question. If the question does not have enough votes, the closure might make it eligible to be roombad (https://tex.stackexchange.com/help/roomba) and all the knowledge will be lost. Further users with the same problem won't be able to benifit from it. "Solved in comments" ...


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One possible custom reason could be Not generally applicable which is close to the old 'Too localized' reason we used to use. Many of the questions that closed after a comment trail or are 'do it for me' are probably only of real use to the person asking the question, but not more widely. That's for example the case if the question comes down to a typo/...


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Well, as you know very well, the second comment is non-TeX.SX practice and probably a user of other networks which somehow they define this weird thing called research and all users should be expert of it which often boils down to saying did you google it? in a fancy and pompous way. So This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a matter ...


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The network model is that closing has a higher barrier than reopening: it takes more votes to close a question than it does to reopen one, and any edits to a closed question put it in the reopen review queue. As such, the entire network model is to favour closure of unclear/possible duplicate questions. The idea there is that clarification will lead to ...


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It's possibly true that do-it-for-me questions have wider applicability, but they would only be found by chance. It is unlikely that people will find posts in any meaningful way when you have a title like "How do I draw this picture?" or similar. So with the site geared towards a community of knowledge, it's often that these questions are closed. ...


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The reasons you note that is absent in the choices for voting to close a question as off-topic stems from the original close-voter using the "Other (add a comment explaining what is wrong)" choice and writing an appropriate comment. You'll note that there is no mention within the closure notification added to a question other than it's off-topic. Consider ...


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