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Should questions be closed just because the OP did not accept one of the answers?

Questions should only be closed if they do not meet meet the criteria of being clear, objective and on-topic, with perhaps the proviso that things like out-and-out typos, misunderstandings and issues ...
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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

I was one of the persons who voted to re-open the posting in question, so let me take a minute to explain my reasons. Basically, I disagree with the claim that the posting in question is "so opinion-...
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Magazine questions

I just have answered Magazine template? because is not a technical question, but it is clear and specific. He do not ask how to make a magazine. He asks if there's anything out there to not make it ...
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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

I voted to close as "opinion based" (and enough people did the same that it was closed). But since that vote was overturned and people voted to open it, I added an answer. The answer does of course ...
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Questions put on hold as opinion based

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, ...
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Are troubleshooting questions off-topic?

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 ...
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is closing this question as "off topic" a breach of site policy?

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, ...
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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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Should questions be to the point or provide context?

Should questions be to the point or provide context? I would say, both. I have struggled with this point now and in the past. It is an art (to me, at least) to provide enough background that ...
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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

I don't see that we are accepting opinion-based questions. You might be alerted because of the Is LaTeX used for novels? LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years Why is LaTeX so ...
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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?

If the answer didn't receive the attention it has, then perhaps it may have been different, but the post won't be deleted, as it doesn't fit the criteria laid out for deletion. Reference(s): Enable ...
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Reopen NSF Fastlane question

The question has now been successfully reopened.
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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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What is the meaning of the dots within the review queue drop-down?

A grey dot appears next to the review queue if there is something to review in that queue. This grey dot turns red if there is a sufficiently large number of reviews within that queue, denoting some ...
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Mark a "marked as a duplicate question" as not duplicate

Until you have the privilege to vote-to-close or reopen, you're left to your own devices to persuade the community. Here are some options (in order of preference): Post a comment in the thread in ...
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is closing this question as "off topic" a breach of site policy?

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 ...
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Bad link provided to a question already identified as a duplicate

Option 1 From the perspective of the community, the Stack Exchange system (or interface) allows for correcting this: Cast enough re-open votes to remove any closure statements from the post. Re-cast ...
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Question on hold to closed: exist a time?

https://tex.stackexchange.com/help/closed-questions explains the difference Questions are marked [on hold] for the first five days after closure to encourage edits and improvements to the question. ...
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Have we really started to want opinion-based questions?

»Why is LaTeX so complicated« could be answered on facts. The OP has asked a good question, he gave quite a few examples for his assumption (»LaTeX is complicated«). You could start an answer with a ...
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is closing this question as "off topic" a breach of site policy?

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 ...
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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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How often may a question be asked again?

The StackExchange model is that questions should be asked once (with duplicates closed as appropriate), but that answers can be added, edited or deleted over time. Thus for an older question where ...
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Does this question qualify as off-topic? Does it violate any rules at all?

For what its worth I think it's a reasonable question which may not have a completely reasonable answer, but several partial answers, from using classic fonts instead of unicode math fonts to get ...
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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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My question is a duplicate of a closed question without an answer. What now?

The network accommodates for this by providing the option to "Vote to Reopen" a question, even if it is merely to close it again for a different reason. So, here are a couple of suggestions: If you ...
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My question is a duplicate of a closed question without an answer. What now?

In a comment to the closed question, there's a link to this question: dictionary marks in biblatex. If that question is a candidate for a duplicate, that would solve the problem. If it doesn't give ...
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Someone wants to answer my question, please reopen it

The question has been reopened. Btw. there are many comments on the question, perhaps some are obsolete today and could be cleaned? If yes and if you would flag those you cannot remove yourself, we ...
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