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It seems to me that the practice may have outstripped the previous consensus. I understand that (as the original meta question posited) a question that is a bug report should be closed. Truly that is not because it is "too localized" but because it is not really a question: "I've found this bug" is a statement, not a question. The question "Why am I seeing ...


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Questions that work well on the StackExchange sites are ones for which a resolution is well-defined. If this is not the case - when the question is too broad (leading to no specific, concrete answer) or when a question solicits subjective commentary (quite often although not exclusive to questions tagged best-practices) - the risk of being closed as "too ...


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If you can manage to demonstrate the problem you’re struggling with within 20 or 30 lines of a fully compilable Minimal Working Example, your question most likely won’t be closed as too localized. What makes questions too localized is not including a full document or including several problems in one question (this might trigger other closing reasons as ...


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Quoting from Joel Spolsky's answer: Why is there a green Honda Civic parked out in front of my house? This is too localized because: Who cares? Is it even still there? Go check. What are the chances that this question could ever be answered in a way that would benefit anyone else? Now is it there? In order not to be ...


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It is highly unlikely that this question will be deleted, based on the automated deletion criteria set for older posts. The question was closed as "too localized" since it mostly deals with an installation issue, many of which either fall out of the scope of TeX - LaTeX, or is so specific (localized) that it does not really benefit other members of the ...


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Just to stir up the soup. I agree with Alan Munn on this issue but with a slightly different motivation. I'm actually quite bothered by the word swiftly. I don't mind if the question stays open or closed, either way the issue is not resolved so no need to insist on practice because next year it would really be an ancient issue but as you can see it's ...


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The reason such question are often closed it that bugs which will be fixed soon make the question "too localiced in time" because soon they issue will be gone and there is no suitable answer beyond "update the package". Note that our "no bug questions" policy is (or should be) IMHO mostly about questions which directly cover a bug, like "why do I get this ...


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One of the advantages of the Stackexchange model is that there are ways to discuss and in fact reverse most decisions made by the community. It seems to me that if a case can be made on an individual question that it should be reopened, the threshold for reopening is not so high that it's very difficult to do. And we have the meta site for exactly this sort ...


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Already you had good answers here. I don't know if this material is already covered. Just for record and helpful to other newbies. My POV is based on: How not to ask question or atleast first solve by ourself approach. Assuming we are NOT Working on a TeX related project at the last minute. Nevertheless don't stop posting any wierd TeX/LaTeX question with ...


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The closing reasons were redefined a little while ago: one of the big changes was removal of 'too localized' (TL). This created a lot of discussion, but the network staff ('Powers') are sticking to it. The logic is something like this: TL was far from the most common close reason, and was used for issues well beyond what it was originally intended for, which ...


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Ironically, having just read through the answers and left a couple of comments, I headed over the main site and found Error message with hobby package which is essentially a bug report on the hobby package (which I maintain) and which has already been fixed. I would argue against closing this one because: The questioner doesn't know that it's a bug. ...


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Removing content is something we've in general been very cautious about. In general, it's been used only for things which are either completely unreadable or which are identical duplicates (for example where a question is posted to StackOverflow and TeX-SX, and the SO one gets migrated to us). The comments here are split, so I suggest that we only delete ...


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I would like to make a case for deleting questions a little more liberally than we currently do. I’m pretty sure it was flags by me that initially triggered this question, when I didn’t have the 10k privilege of voting to delete yet. Most, if not all of my flags back then were approved by a diamond mod and the questions deleted. Since I reached 10k in ...


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I think this is related to personal preferences. A community driven site typically reaches an equilibrium in determination of how to cast votes. On this site I have seen (and been a part of) closing questions which where bug-related. In this regard see the discussion in: Questions which are bug reports. This, as you suggest, might have been inadvertently ...


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Unless something is offensive or an exact duplicate (or I wrote it) I would never vote for deletion. Taking a random example the list in another answer Which IDE/Editor and "compiler" do you use for TeX/LaTeX? - How do macros work? The question is badly structured (mainly because it is lots of questions) and it got closed as NARQ (that already ...


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There are some questions closed as "too localized" that should be deleted: This doesn't work, Something \emph{is wrong with the font or \mu makes all text after it in italics where it's obvious that the errors are a missing closing brace or proper confinement of a math symbol. Conversely there are some "too localized" questions that might help somebody ...


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I also like Joseph's idea, seems completely logical to me. Nevertheless, I would also like to point out that since "this is the better part of the Internet" we shouldn't sell ourselves like we don't answer questions that require too much effort (too much expected of an answer), even though we all know that nothing bothers more than the "do this for me" ...


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Although i agree with upholding the site quality, I disagree with deleting any question as Tex.SX knowledge and experience should reach any dummy guys like me. Today most of people are lazy googlers including myself even though we know the website we try to google and go. But I am not lazy to post a good/well framed question at TeX.SX as i wish to be ...


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