Questions tagged [close-reasons]
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Correct action for questions in legal grey area
There was a good point being made in this thread. The OP was trying to virtualize MacOS, which isn't legal following its terms of service. What is the correct action for this question? I voted to ...
Improving question closed banners for most users - short wording needed for site specific reasons
So, not very long ago a change was made to the format of the banner that appears at the top of closed questions. It no longer shows who closed the post (I disapprove of this change, but this post here ...
Inconsistent date in close description
I am talking about this question: Software Updater is saying "You stopped the check for updates". What should I do? The question was asked 11 months ago and the question was closed 12 ...
Should Elementary OS be added to the flag text "This is not about an official Ubuntu flavor."?
To make it more clear, here's the flag page/fly-out thing: (Pardon the coloration, as I use a dark theme for the site.) In the very top-most option, it has links to Unix & Linux, Super User, etc. ...
installing software leads to "unmet dependencies" so question is closed...why?
I'd like some elaboration as to why this question on unmet dependencies was closed. It's not an obscure package, although it's also not in the default repos. Broadly, just asking how to install, and, ...
Can we do away with, "We don't support EOL distributions" when it is tangential and completely and utterly unrelated to the question?
How can I push to Launchpad if port 22 is blocked?? Asked a question about using git, and pushing to Launchpad. I was asked my distribution, I responded "19.10", and asked why that mattered. ...
Close reason are using HTTP instead of HTTPS
In the "community-specific reason" close reasons, all links to an SE site or article are using HTTP instead of HTTPs. This applies to all the close reason that include links in them: Not about ...
Mention official Ubuntu flavors in the off-topic close reason
Currently, one of the off-topic close reason's text is the following: This is not about Ubuntu. Questions about other Linux distributions can be asked on Unix & Linux, those about Windows on ...
How to deal with late answers for no longer supported releases in the review queue?
Example: Very late answer to a question regarding 18.10 Yes, it isn't really an answer, but I wished to know, how it is generally regulated? Whatever the quality of the answer is.
Why is "posted on multiple sites" as a closing reason absent on Ask Ubuntu?
Sometimes I come across questions that are on-topic but cross-posted on multiple sites. According to Meta Stack Exchange, cross-posting is highly discouraged. Unix and Linux has a closing option for ...
Should we reopen a post closed as off-topic after the version release?
I have a question regarding a question which was closed as off-topic in February 2018, because it revolved around a development version of Ubuntu (18.04). Ubuntu 18.04 has been released since, and ...
Mixed apostrophes in “unclear what you’re asking” description
I stumbled across the following sentence in the description of “unclear what you’re asking” close reason: As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. The first it's as ...
Flagging as off topic describes Super User as being about Windows
When flagging a question as off-topic: not about Ubuntu (through this path: should be closed ..., off-topic because ...), the following text is displayed as an option (emphasis added) This is not ...
Reviewers strange behavior
This question got closed because it was judged as a question about a bug in GIMP. The question was about a 4.8 MB .jpg file that rendered correctly in GIMP, but not when it was uploaded to the author'...
Questions about wireless that lack information are not necessarily duplicates
Recently I have noticed that a number of questions about wireless problems that lack the hardware information necessary to answer them are being closed as duplicates of this question: My wireless/WiFi ...
Please don't close questions that are for "developers"
I see questions on Ask Ubuntu set to on-hold or being closed because they involved bugs and are meant for "developers". Stated in the description for askubuntu.com Ask Ubuntu is a question and ...
Close voters: we have a Reason for that (EoL posts are not necessarily duplicates)
Recently, I've seen almost every question where the OP is having a problem caused by using an EoL version of Ubuntu being closed as a duplicate of this: How to install software or upgrade from an ...
"Can I run Ubuntu on my hardware?" questions: a discussion
Ask Ubuntu receives large numbers of questions like this example posted today asking "I have this [specific device], can I install Ubuntu on it?" These questions tend to attract low quality answers (...
About "not constructive" questions
What are some “must have” Ubuntu programs? As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but ...
What happened to "blatantly off-topic"?
If I remember correctly there was a "blatantly off-topic" option in Flagging > Closing > Off-topic (while flagging a question). But while closing this question What does it mean physical realty of ...
Abandoned close reason instead of no-repro?
Recently, I've noticed a lot of old abandoned questions (for example, this one with two CVs) being closed as no-repro. This seems rather unusual, given the fact that the primary issue is that these ...
The wording of OT/bug in the Close Votes Review queue seems ambiguius
The close reason states Bug reports and problems specific to development version of Ubuntu should be reported on Launchpad so that developers can see, track and fix these issues. related: Let'...
Do we actually close no-repro bugs reported on meta as no-repro?
Recently, this question was closed as being status-norepro. However, this closure seems odd to me. Of the 20 questions tagged accordingly, there is only one that was actually closed, which is the one ...
When do we say a problem can't be reproduced?
Today I saw a question, noticed it was a problem that I and other people have been having in Ubuntu for years, and wrote an answer. I also checked on my machine that the answer was correct. I would ...
Question about Katoolin is being close voted as off-topic because it's "not about Ubuntu"
This question Updated Ubuntu 16.04, now I'm running Kali? is not about Kali Linux, it's about a problem that occurred because of installing software in Ubuntu using Katoolin. I discovered what ...
ROS is not an OS but a framework, please reopen my question
ROS on BeagleBone Black? just got closed for being off topic with this message: This is not about Ubuntu. Questions about other Linux distributions can be asked on Unix & Linux, those about ...
Creating a good question: Feedback along with Close votes?
I find on Ask Ubuntu that I answer questions better than I ask them. No big issue, it is something that I am working on. So when I create a question I put a lot of thought into it, witness this Q&...
Add ubuntu forums link to opinion close reason?
I was on this question and was discussing closing the question as opinion based with @ipselute and the idea came up that it would me a good idea to send this question to Ubuntu forums where it could ...
Collective "On Topic-ity"
It seems that recently on AskUbuntu, questions have been slipping through the Close-Wall (The wall that keeps a question from being seen by more than a few people). Until now this wall had redirected ...
Only close if there is a good reason. Don't just close bad questions - that's what downvoting is for
https://askubuntu.com/questions/749670/open-file-edit-and-close-with-python/749676#749676 is being closed. Sure, it's a really, really bad question. Sure, he's not researched it. But it's not off ...
Is it useful to close ancient questions as too broad? [duplicate]
In review I came upon several ancient questions (several years old) that were flagged as "too broad" - am I right in thinking this is just a waste of time/reviews and hence skipping them? for ...
Modify close reason banner and create an "Off-Topic Compass" site on Meta?
I have answered Add Elementary OS Stack Exchange to the off topic banner with a proposal which got a positive feedback, so I'm now writing it as separate feature request here: Make a more flexible and ...
Add Elementary OS Stack Exchange to the off topic banner
This banner: could now include the Elementary OS site.
We should be able to vote to change the close reason
I have seen many times when a question for instance is closed as off-topic, though in fact it should be closed as unclear, and is not off-topic though some may think so, but the change reason stays ...
How is it decided which close reason is to be given?
I have recently been VTCing questions and noticing that even though I may VTC a question as off-topic, because there are a larger amount of people VTCing it for another reason, the other reason is ...
Should we really divert all software recommendations? [duplicate]
In the review queue I just stumbled upon a question about a translator app for Ubuntu , which is on the way to be closed as "off topic". Is closing and pointing to https://softwarerecs.stackexchange....
Errors while upgrading from a EOL release -- should the question be closed?
I started to see in the "Close Votes" review queue a bunch of questions like this: Broken packages prevent 13.10 > 14.04 upgrade (...) Now, this particular question has not been touched for months, ...
Why was this question closed?
I came upon this question (If Windows 10 "upgrade" affects GRUB2 and screws up my dual boot with Ubuntu will I have to completely wipe my computer and start from scratch?) from Google and I ...
The "seemingly went away on its own" close reason is being abused. Again
When should this be used? When a problem goes away and nobody knows enough about why that an answer would likely help anybody else, voting to close as off-topic with the "a problem that can't be ...
Proposal to edit the Close-Reason "Not about Ubuntu" to also include questions about other *mobile* OS
The reason why I am proposing this is that I saw this question which is about an android app that the user falsely expected to find in the Ubuntu-touch repository. My reaction would have been to ...
The close reason "Off topic" -> "Bug reports..." is still confusing
There is one single point in the review UI that does not fail to irritate me when I see it. It's about how to understand the close reason Off topic->Bug reports. I know that it has been discussed ...
Should voting to close a correctly closed question for the right reason really be considered failure?
I encountered this review audit. To test me, the review item told me the question had received close votes as primarily opinion-based. This was obviously wrong, which I recognized quickly, but I saw a ...
Let's refine and clarify our off-topic close reasons
Recently I have noticed, both as a user and a moderator, a good number of questions either being closed as end-of-life or as a development release when they probably don’t need to be. Just a few ...
Lots of "unclear what you're asking" close votes
A lot of the close votes are "unclear what you're asking". Just a refresher, here's an explanation of what this option means and tells the asker: Please clarify your specific problem or add ...
Why might "In what cases is vi the only option" be primarily opinion-based?
The Help Center explains the "primarily opinion-based" close reason like this: primarily opinion-based - discussions focused on diverse opinions are great, but they just don't fit our format well. ...
questions strangely voted as "too broad"
All those questions were in my CV queue as "too broad" - which they are not in my opinion (most of them should be closed, I know, but not as too broad). So it looks like there is someone who ...
"Bug reports and problems with the development version of Ubuntu should be reported on Launchpad"
Bug reports and problems with the development version of Ubuntu should be reported on Launchpad so that developers can see, track and fix these issues. My first reading of this text is that it ...
Why don't we allow shopping recommendations?
I don't mean to be controversial here. But out of real interest: I notice that a question like What is the best notebook to run Ubuntu? attracts quite a lot of upvotes. That does make sense: before ...
Please Remove "Bug Report" Close
According to Ability to close a question as a bug report, its speculated that closing as a bug better serves the community's users. I'm finding the exact opposite in practice. That is, the bug ...
Why close an answered question?
I have noticed occasionally when on this and other sites that questions are closed, even when they have been answered. An example of this is here - here is the closed explanation: closed as off-...