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Please add more off-topic close reasons

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 ...
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Questions which are bug reports, revisited

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 ...
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Is closing a question as off-topic for being answered in the comments a valid close reason on this site?

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 ...
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Is closing a question as off-topic for being answered in the comments a valid close reason on this site?

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....
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How to flag a question concerning a software bug

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 ...
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What is wrong with my question?

While the question was reasonably clear (at least clear enough to get an answer that was useful for you), there were two things that could have been better: A minimal example (MWE) was missing. This ...
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Reasons for closing questions: too little effort

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 ...
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Questions which are bug reports, revisited

In general, questions due to bugs should be treated no differently from any others. Thus provided the question is clear and reproducible it should be kept open, and (ideally) answered. For issues ...
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Why are the eminent contributors in such a hurry to close questions?

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 ...
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Reasons for closing questions: too little effort

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 ...
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Is closing a question as off-topic for being answered in the comments a valid close reason on this site?

The 'official' way is indeed to convert the comment into an answer, see How to end the "unanswered" status of really solved questions in the comments and Solved by comment -> how to flag. ...
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Reasons for closing questions: too little effort

I changed my mind, let them open! My useless war against just-do-it-for-me questions is over, since it causes more harm than good. From now on, I'll join David's philosophy: I'll ask for an MWE only ...
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Not all options listed in voting to close

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 ...
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What is wrong with my question?

I voted to close the question as "Opinion-based" because of What is the most effective way to achieve the same thing within a macro? Of course, I could just define \funcbig, \funcBig etc., ...
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Questions which are bug reports, revisited

Thanks for posting this - it goes a long way towards addressing the concerns I raised in chat. This site is entitled to whatever customs it deems necessary to keep up the quality of the content (or, ...
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What are the new displays associated with post notices?

This formed part of a bigger "post notice update" that was rolled out 3 weeks ago. The post notices now appear differently, depending on the viewer: Closed notice – Post owner: Closed ...
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Why isn't there the possibility of closing a question for being off-topic?

We had a discussion about close reasons here: Text for 'off-topic' closure. It seems that it wasn't completely discussed and finished. I activated an off-topic text, that was already prepared: This ...
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When are big-list questions not opinioned-based?

The [big-list] questions tend to be either showing equally-valid approaches with some critiera (e.g. the IDE one), or demos of (La)TeX concepts which have some 'artistic' element (e.g. Big list of ...
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When are big-list questions not opinioned-based?

Well already the title of your question was opinion based: You asked only about struggles in Word with the implicit assumption that LaTeX is "struggle free" and that you are looking for some ...
Ulrike Fischer's user avatar
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What is wrong with my question?

I voted for closing as “unclear”. You wrote I have a macro that typesets its arguments inside a set of parentheses \left(...\right). For simplicity, let's say it's \newcommand{\func}[1]{ \ensuremath{ ...
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Reasons for closing questions: too little effort

We always had just-do-it-for-me-questions and we will always have them. They are often answered and they will be answered in the future. After all, an answer does help the person who asked the ...
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Reasons for closing questions: too little effort

After a nice discussion with @marmot some time ago. After a long thought, my opinion is as follows: In a diplomatic and democratic way, I, for instance, decided to downvote and cast a vote to close ...
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Migration paths suggestions

In addition to the paths already mentioned, I would say: Code review, Emacs and Mathematics.
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