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Why is "posted on multiple sites" as a closing reason absent on Ask Ubuntu?

Each site can have 4 custom close reasons, as Thomas explained, and on Unix & Linux, we have added a reason for cross posting. So the strange thing isn't that AU doesn't have the reason, but that ...
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When do we say a problem can't be reproduced?

I think it's somewhat subjective... but I would like to share my perspective for discussion, even though I am pretty new to the site. Along with some other folks, I do some cleanup, meaning I spend ...
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"Can I run Ubuntu on my hardware?" questions: a discussion

IMO these should be closed for multiple reasons: consumer hardware changes too quickly and has too many minor variations for the answers to have any lasting value. Same problem with shopping ...
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Errors while upgrading from a EOL release -- should the question be closed?

People trying to scramble onto a supported release should be given all the help we can muster. We shouldn't be closing them (as OT-EOL) The parenthesis there is just to indicate that they could still ...
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ROS is not an OS but a framework, please reopen my question

I edited the ros tag to make it easier to understand, and I edited these other framework tags: tinyos, katoolin and zend. I will try to implement any requests for improvements in framework tags, ...
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Why is "posted on multiple sites" as a closing reason absent on Ask Ubuntu?

We can only have 4 custom close reasons, and to my knowledge, crossposting doesn't come up enough to make it worthy of a close reason for itself.
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When do we say a problem can't be reproduced?

I think if you just changed the title of the question to "Why does launching an application via gksu not work?" or similar and then keep the body as an example would make the question immediately more ...
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Collective "On Topic-ity"

Some examples would be useful, but I must say I don't really share your concern on this. I don't see many off-topic questions answered here. At the same time, I do see quite some questions marked off-...
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Only close if there is a good reason. Don't just close bad questions - that's what downvoting is for

No, that kind of questions shall be shot on sight. It's a homework programming question. Homework questions are ok (at least IMO) when: They're explained well enough. That's the bare minimum for ...
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Close voters: we have a Reason for that (EoL posts are not necessarily duplicates)

Unless I am missing an essential part I have to disagree with @Zanna in this special case. The "original" question is not only about upgrading but also about problems to install software within the ...
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Should we reopen a post closed as off-topic after the version release?

IMHO such questions can be reopened if they are about something that is reproducible in the released version. I voted to reopen the question you linked to. The fact that you got upvotes for your ...
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How to deal with late answers for no longer supported releases in the review queue?

Do nothing. As long as it seems like a suitable answer we leave it alone. This said, if the post is spammy, not related, or similar then we address it. Otherwise, we leave the questions be - no ...
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Can we do away with, "We don't support EOL distributions" when it is tangential and completely and utterly unrelated to the question?

It does occasionally matter though... Even if it doesn't in this case. The people initially involved in the question might not know or appreciate the finer details of what's going on. Networking ...
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Should Elementary OS be added to the flag text "This is not about an official Ubuntu flavor."?

status-declined We have a very limited amount of space for statements in close reasons - if we could fit other OSes there we probably would but we are out of space in that reason's length to do that ...
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Let's refine and clarify our off-topic close reasons

Yes! I think this is a great idea. Way too many perfectly valid questions are being closed by trigger happy reviewers simply because the OP happens to be using an older or newer version than we'd like....
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Add Elementary OS Stack Exchange to the off topic banner

Note: This answer now also exists as separate feature request here on meta.askubuntu.com. Further updates and discussion should take place over there. If you like this answer, please make sure you ...
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We should be able to vote to change the close reason

Until/unless this feature request is ever implemented, these are the current options in situations like this. Comment on the question, warning people in your comment This alerts others to the ...
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Please don't close questions that are for "developers"

You're misinterpreting the Help Center information. Firstly, 18.04 is offtopic as it is in development and not yet 'stable'. That's the first and foremost issue with the question you've linked. We ...
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Close reason are using HTTP instead of HTTPS

Invoking the great powers of JNat, this issue has been resolved smoothly. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
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8 votes

Improving question closed banners for most users - short wording needed for site specific reasons

UPDATE: I've updated the close blurbs for 1 and 4 below to match the text I've proposed. I haven't updated 2 because there was some ongoing discussion about site scope that seems to need to wrap up ...
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Collective "On Topic-ity"

Nope, I don't think it's as simple as that. We have a community of people here who help Ubuntu users do stuff. Often that's highlighted as a "how do I do X" but occasionally that screws down into a ...
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Question about Katoolin is being close voted as off-topic because it's "not about Ubuntu"

The question about Katoolin has not been closed, and now it shows that there aren't any close votes. I think the root of the problem is that new users who want ask a question about using Kali Linux ...
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Please don't close questions that are for "developers"

I think you have misinterpreted the Help Center advice. Questions about developing software for Ubuntu are on-topic. That's what it means by "Ubuntu developers". Questions asking developers to fix ...
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Creating a good question: Feedback along with Close votes?

The reasons for close voting gives you at least some information on why. I can understand you'd like to have more information, however: Reviewing is quite a burden to the site. We already have a ...
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5 votes

Add ubuntu forums link to opinion close reason?

Directing users to the Ubuntu forums to solicit opinions sounds logical to me. It then makes the scopes of Ask Ubuntu, Ubuntu forums and the Ubuntu subreddit very clear: Ask Ubuntu for clear-cut ...
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Should we really divert all software recommendations?

Short answer: As long the question is not asking for "the best", I would say it is on topic here. OP just asks for "a" translator of a certain type for Ubuntu, which is a question ...
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Lots of "unclear what you're asking" close votes

The criteria to close posts have one common goal: improve findability of good posts / answers and prevent useless weight on the site. In some cases, you are pretty sure a post will become useless ...
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Should we allow questions that are about releases which are considered End of Life?

Simply yes. We should allow the question. The answer might well be that the solution is too hard for the average user (recompile python 3 then...) or not possible, and that answer may well help other ...
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Why was this question closed?

There can be a example of what was the case with Windows 8 or 8.1 and that would also likely occur with Windows 10. A question on something that's not out yet is just asking for speculation. So make ...
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Do we actually close no-repro bugs reported on meta as no-repro?

Firstly, separate the closure from the tag. They aren't the same thing, they didn't happen at the same time. Again, tagging something as status-norepro does not close it. The closure came from other ...
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