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Boilerplate close reasons are generic and comes in limited options. There's just no real way to depend on it being very meaningful. Hence the only way to really explain issues with a question in any detail is to leave a comment. As someone who frequently leaves comments on problematic questions, I know it can seem like a thankless, largely futile effort. ...


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I'm emphatically ambivalent. On the one hand, providing that link provides an incentive to the behavior we want to discourage. It rewards more poor questions and wastes our time. On the other hand, ... withholding the answer to a question because it is too basic is... perhaps the word I'm looking for is patronizing (the first word that came to mind was ...


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My suggested solution to situations like this is that people who want to close the question should have to come into the open and say why The close vote reason tells this. It may seem short and unspecific, but that's because these reasons come up again and again, it would be a waste of time for people to make the same comments to questions that fall under ...


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The close reason shown by the system is merely the close reason with the most votes. Also, if there's a match, for example 2 VTC for off-topic, 2 VTC for primarly opinion based and 1 VTC for too broad... you don't even know which one of the first two the system will show. So if the system shows that quesiton closed for "off-topic", it could be that only two ...


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A moderator has the capability of merging two questions, so what is normally done in this circumstance I believe is to first close the question as a dup and then flag the question and request a moderator perform a merger. I think I will take this as such a request. After looking them both over, I concurr that they are asking the same thing, and will perform ...


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