# Questions tagged [closed-questions]

For questions related to closed questions (and on-hold question) and also process of closing in general.

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### Has the switch to SE 2.0 increased the rate of low-level / inappropriate questions?

I would be curious to know whether, now that links to MO appear in the footer of every SE 2.0 site, and in the "hot questions" list of the Stack Exchange button, the rate of inappropriate questions ...

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### Should “The probability for a streak when tossing a coin” be reopened?

The question "The probability for a streak when tossing a coin" is on hold. [Edit: It has been reopened.] I disagree with closing the question and voted to reopen.
This problem may sound like it is ...

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### My question was closed on MO because it is not research level. Where should I ask instead?

If a question is closed (put on hold) on MathOverflow as off-topic for not being research level-question, but it is still a question about mathematics. What might be a suitable place for such question?...

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### Flagging old questions for closure

Someone has recently been flagging lots of very old questions for closure as "primarily opinion-based" or "off topic". In my opinion, there is no good reason to close very old questions, especially ...

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### Allow questions to be closed as duplicates of questions on math.stackexchange.com

We frequently have questions that are crossposted, e.g. https://mathoverflow.net/questions/137414/systems-of-parameters-for-algebra-a#question.
The only options for now are to close as off-topic, ...

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### Why can't we close questions that have a bounty?

I just cast the 5th vote to close the question
Was Cauchy so obstinate?, but the system said that it's impossible to close a question with an open bounty.
It seems to me that this question is ...

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### Should we reopen “The resolution of which conjecture/problem would-advance mathematics the most?”

The question is whether we should reopen it (link here).
My point of view is that we should because
a) It is asked by an intelligent and highly respected user.
b) It hasn't generated a single ...

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### Probability question migrated to stats.stackexchange

What has happened to the following question?: https://mathoverflow.net/posts/202242/revisions
Firstly, it looks like a reasonable question to me (although the notation could be improved). Why was it ...

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### Questions on Mathematical Writing

Where should I ask about how to approach Mathematical paper writing? For example, the question [How to write an abstract for a math paper? ] was put on hold? Which stack exchange site should I have ...

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### What to do with useful answers to questions closed as duplicates (or by some other reasons)?

Before the question Intuitive explanation of concentration of the measure for spheres has been marked as duplicate (correctly I believe), it has got an answer which might provide additional useful ...

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### Blocked migration to MathSE

The following MO question Why is $O(n;k)$ not connected, and has four connected components? (revisions/timeline)
had the following history
had a detailed answer
(a) has been closed as off-topic (by ...

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### Why was “Awfully sophisticated proof for simple facts” closed (two years ago)?

Most likely veterans became bored with Awfully sophisticated proof for simple facts but for newcomers it is such a delight!
My actual question is: what happens with closed questions? Do they become ...

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### Why this question is not welcomed but others are welcomed in MO?

May I wonder why this question is not welcomed:
accidental-unplanned-breakthroughs-in-mathematics
see the votes-down. And unfriendly responses.
but many others are even more broad or more opinion-...

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### Why was my question closed?

I had a question that was on hold with a -1 vote. The vote increased to 0, presumably due to my edit. However, I see that it has been closed. I'm unclear as to why. The question is here:
Torsion and ...

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### Why was my question closed while it looks like similar questions are still open?

Recently, my question regarding a good introductory book on mathematical risk theory was closed because it was deemed off-topic and not research-level mathematics.
However, I think that multiple ...

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### Reopening a question

Is it a good idea to reopen this question? I really can not get a complete answer from some comments on (the final version) of the question.

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### What I can do if my questions limit had been reached in MO from long time?

Really, I'm interested in posting new questions in MathOverflow such that I have some unanswered questions in S.E which I want to post them in MO, but my questions limit had been reached for some ...

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### Accepting an answer to a closed question

To my surprise I discovered that I can accept an answer to my question that has been closed.
I am not sure whether it is "good" or "bad", my question is whether it is an intended feature and if yes, ...

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### Should a closed question award “famous” badge?

I'm looking at this question, which got closed as a non-question, and yet did award its author in the "famous question" badge.
Technically it passes the 10k views, but I think this is either a plain ...

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### Restriction on editing closed questions

Guidelines to prove that $2^{\sqrt{2}}$ is a transcendental number? question bumped into https://mathoverflow.net/ after making an edit.
I am not sure if that adds anything to the question.
Should ...

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### close/reopen wars on Mathoverflow

Sometimes one sees a situation like with this question:
Cargo Cult Science in mathematics?
which goes on hold and back again a number of times.
Should there be a limit to the number of such rounds?
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### Close votes of different types

Sometimes when a question is closed, different people have a different reason for closing it. You can see this while voting: there is a count in the margin saying how many votes of a given type have ...