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Questions tagged [close-reasons]

This tag is for instructions and guidance on closing or migrating questions, and the reasons for those closures.

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The problem with insufficient context

The new (well, not that new now) Insufficient Context close reason has a problem. People see the name and think it is about the text surrounding the code. The text context for the code. But the ...
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Wouldn't it be better to edit this question instead of closing it?

This question: Frequency Queries hackerrank … got closed for this reason: Code not implemented or not working as intended … … as the author wrote: However, on hackerrank it says the wrong ...
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Need clarification on my close reason interpretation for a specific close reason

The question Does this method guarantee that cells in a CSV will be correctly partitioned? is a duplicate of this one (10k+ and mods only) which asks whether a singular function properly 'escapes' ...
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Clarification on close reason

This question was closed per the Authorship of code reason. However nothing in the question seems to suggest that it is not written by the OP. Were there maybe (now deleted) comments that made clear ...
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What more context can you provide about a one-liner macro?

The question about NOT macro: is this bad practice has been closed for not providing concrete context. But what else could OP have written to make it on-topic? OP also explained why he likes this ...
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Confusing phrasing of the “off-topic” close reason

Before asking my last question, I've double checked what counts as off-topic and on-topic in this SE. According to my findings: We require that the code be working correctly, to the best of the ...
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“unclear what you're asking” vs “Lacks concrete context”

Aren't these two close reasons too similar? Since the Lacks concrete context exists I cannot remember using the unclear what you're asking anymore. unclear what you're asking Please clarify your ...
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Wouldn't it be more useful to notify OPs automatically about close votes, instead of having (stock) comments all the time?

I frequently see users (most probably close voting, or flagging for closure) leaving stock(?) comments like1 Welcome to Code Review! I'm afraid this question does not match what this site is about. ...
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“Who Wrote This?” and What Do We Actually Consider Authorship?

As I was working through the Close Votes Review Queue, I came upon a question beginning like this: I just cloned (Github clone, not literal clone) someone's Tic-Tac-Toe game and I was originally ...
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Why don't we have a close reason like “off-topic because of asking to find a 3rd party resource” like SO has? Or at least a “Blatantly off-topic”?

I recently came over this question I am trying to implement duplicate file finder in visual C++. I followed this link Successful implementation of Duplicate Files Finder in C++ But it don't ...
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How should we revisit our standard close reasons?

We have some history, shown below, with our close reasons, there are some problems we have with them. And there has been a consensus to rework them for a while now. The latest I heard about this was ...
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Insecure links in custom close reasons should be HTTPS

In the comments on this meta answer, a person said: When I click on your link, Chrome says "Attackers might be trying to steal your information". The link in question was from this quote: ...
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Why was this question closed as off-topic after a bug was discovered by the answers?

TL;DR Please clarify: is a previously unknown bug a reason to close a question as off-topic? Yesterday I was interested to answer this question, where an already written answer pointed out the ...
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When is a question too broad?

I wish to bring this question before the Code Review site. In the past, we have had this question: What makes a question too broad for code review?, which asks how to use the "Too Broad" close vote ...
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Can we do away with “someone else's code” wording? [duplicate]

The other day we got the question Python - Print the average of a list which is a value in a dictionary [on hold]. When I came across this question it was being closed for a custom close reason, I can'...
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Please reconsider the rule: Pseudocode, hypothetical code, or stub code should be replaced by a concrete example?

Related: Why is hypothetical example code off-topic for Code Review? Is pseudo-code alright when asking about performance? The gray areas of Code Review: Hypothetical / Example code My concrete ...
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Rewriting specific parts of the code

This question got closed. Initial close comment: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's asking for a feature request, not for a Code Review. 3 counts on that and 2 for broken ...
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Is this question off-topic because of being a copy/paste of another homework assignment?

For this question: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/95474/circular-queue-program one of the answers noted that the code in the question appears to be copy/pasted from this homework ...
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Close Reason > Unclear What You're Asking

What does 'Unclear What You're Asking' define, and are we using it correctly? What makes a question unclear and close vote worthy?
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Why was the question too vague?

I'm reasonably new here but wondered why this question got put on hold? The OP asks for a review of the code he had provided as the answer to another post on this site. (He includes a link to the ...
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Closing a question because the posted code was produced quickly

I came across this question in my "close votes" review queue: Block_breaker clone in pygame with simple edge detection And noted that the close reason given was: Other: I'm voting to close this ...
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How should we revise the standard off-topic reasons, if we can have up to five?

Note: For chat-like discussions of this subject, let's use this Discuss Close Reasons chat room Code Review currently has three standard off-topic reasons: Questions containing broken code or asking ...
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Should the “broken code” close reason be reworded?

Here are our current close reasons: As @rolfl explains here, the gist of each of these three close reasons can be roughly summarized as the opposites of: your code works as intended it is ...
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Should we do away with “someone else's code” wording?

This has recently been brought up that we should improve this off-topic/close reason. While we can agree that this VTC reason is less than ideal (perhaps too broad, should be two separate reasons) ...
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Should there be evidence for a provided reason when a question is put on hold?

It is easy to say about code that it is written by someone else. It is fine if it is based on concrete facts by providing a link to that code of which they think that it is written by someone else. It ...
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What to do with bitter disappointment?

put on hold as off-topic by 200_success♦ 15 mins ago This question appears to be off-topic for this site. While what’s on- and off-topic is not always intuitive, you can learn more about it by ...
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Close reasons and migrations (and stats?)

One of the close reasons that exists is: Questions containing broken code or asking for advice about code not yet written are off-topic, as the code is not ready for review. Such questions may be ...
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What exactly does it mean for code to be “Working Code”?

Why is it that Code Review's definition of "working code" is so misaligned with so many people's expectations? @rolfl Well, we've had a lot of discussion about broken code on meta, but we don't seem ...
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Rewording close reason “Explanation of code”

Inspired by this question: Custom Close Reason Post-Mortem. Can we alter Questions must involve real code that you own or maintain. Questions seeking an explanation of someone else's code are off-...
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Custom Close Reason Post-Mortem

Why does this Python maze-solver NOT get stuck? [closed] This question was closed using the custom close reason. The comment posted with the custom close reason was: This question appears to be ...
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Is this close reason right?

Linked list vs array performance for RemoveAt() function [closed] This question was closed with a custom close reason. The comment left for the custom close reason was: This question appears to ...
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Does a good posted answer make the question on topic regardless of content?

There exists a relatively well defined set of rules in the Help Center that help guide us to deciding what sorts of questions are on-topic and should remain open versus what sorts of questions are off-...
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Do we need to update the link in the “own or maintain” close reason?

This is the close reason I'm talking about: Currently, the "you own or maintain" link points to this meta question, but we've recently made a slight modification to the policy, per this meta question:...
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Is a bad approach for a problem a good reason to close a question?

Related meta question, regarding the inverse of this question: Is solely suggesting another solution a bad answer? See Accelerate OpenGL 2D on Python3 and Finding Primes in Java. These questions ...
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Questions about code translation

Translate C++ code to Haskell This question was put on hold and then deleted by the user. And for this specific question, I think that is fine. It was off-topic as it didn't include the translated ...
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What to do if the asker's code contains bugs?

Based on this question: WPF Calculator Code The question's code... works, according to the author. However, I quickly spotted multiple bugs. I know that Code Review is not there for fixing bugs. A ...
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Should this question be left open?

When I posted the question "Mobile touch menu" I was counting on someone else's report that they'd tested it and found it working on iPhone. But then after konijn's comment I asked that it be ...
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Should we close this one-liner ternary as “unclear what you're asking”?

This question looks like OP is worried about DRY and perhaps readability of a one-liner ternary. I have a bias against one-liners and other narrowed-down questions, but there's a consensus about them ...
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Are code-only questions off-topic? [duplicate]

I was browsing through the beginner tag and saw this question. It looks functional and is certainly review-able, but OP posted absolutely nothing besides the code. No hint about what it does, or what ...
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Are SSCCEs off-topic?

I was recently reviewing a question, which (if I had paid better attention to the question from the beginning, I may have noticed before answering) had a SSCCE as its primary code example. At first ...
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Revising list of closure reasons

Following up on a past discussions, I'd like to tweak our list of off-topic close reasons. We may have up to three canned reasons. Currently, they are: Questions asking for code to be written ...
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Migrating to Software Engineering - v2

Inspired by this off-topic question as an example, this is a follow-up question to this answer. If it's true that that we won't (can but won't) ask for another close reason, should we modify this ...
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Could incomplete or not-quite-working code be suitable for review?

I've noticed that sometimes I end up reviewing code despite the question's violation of our policy that it must contain working code. I bring this issue up because it is related to Changing wording ...
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Changing wording of the code-to-be-written and working-code off-topic reasons

Current wording: Questions asking for code to be written to solve a specific problem are off-topic here as there is no code to review. However, some of these questions actually have some code in ...
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Should this question be rolled back and closed because it didn't show code?

The question. The reason: we have had discussions before about not editing in code because of licensing, and that adding any code must be done by the OP and not someone else, same with reviewing ...
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Should we have a “Too long” close reason?

Several questions (including some of mine) have lots of code. Some of those have ridiculous amount of code and should probably be broken into two, three, sometimes even four questions. When it's a ...
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Is asking for correctness check on-topic or not?

As per this and this question on meta, asking about correctness is on-topic yet this question was closed. The comment given was: This question appears to be off-topic because it is about reviewing ...
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Can a “Not your code” default off-topic option be added to the close dialog?

A number of questions have come up recently where the code is not the asker's own code, prompting a 'close' response. It would be convenient if there was an 'off-topic' close option that included: ...
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Should this question be closed for “not asking for good code”?

Telling the user the number of days it's been since January 1st So far, this question has: 4 total close votes 3 have decided to Close (from the queue) 3 have decided to Leave Open (from the ...
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Is it fair to close a question with a bounty attached to it

This question does not have working code but has a bounty attached, and only needs minor polishing to make the code work. Should the question be closed or not? The author has been informed since a ...