Why is my question still on hold after a day? I made it more specific.

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    When I reviewed it, I felt it was a duplicate of the question I linked in my comment. So I voted to leave closed.
    – muru
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 2:04
  • It is closed as "unclear what you are asking" but it appears clear perhaps with revisions OP made . It may be a duplicate as Muru points out but in the mean time VTR now and then we can VTC as duplicate later? Could a mod step in and change the close reason? Commented Dec 25, 2017 at 17:47

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