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Are we abusing "Request for learning materials" as a reason to close?

I don't see how any of your examples were requests for learning materials. Execute command on ranger selection has now been reopened. What is the difference between Docker, LXD, and LXC looks like ...
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Closing votes on a historic question about Plan 9

FWIW: I don't see the point in taking questions on historical design decisions as "opinion-based" either. As you say, there's usually a factual answer as to why the choice was made, even if it's ...
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Should we get rid of the "cross-posted" close reason?

To address your concerns individually: New users have no idea that cross-posting is discouraged. How could they? It's buried in the help pages and is very easy to miss even if the user in question ...
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Systematically closing Kali questions

No, I agree that one shouldn't have been closed. This is a surprising change since apt-get has been the standard for many years and even experienced users might have been blindsided by it. I had ...
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When a computing problem becomes moot what should you do about the question?

There's a specific close reason for this: Questions describing a problem that can't be reproduced and seemingly went away on its own (or went away when a typo was fixed) are off-topic as they are ...
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Flood of off-topic flags, is this the norm here?

First of all, congratulations and welcome to the janitorial staff! Now, finding things you don't agree with in the review queues is quite normal. That's why they're reviewed, after all. If you don't ...
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Learning the art of the close-vote review queue

While the following outline breaks down the various close types, the heart of the matter is really "is this question answerable (here)?". I found a relevant quote from jasonwryan (one of the first 20 ...
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Close questions as "Needs details or clarity"

Technically, yes, as comments are temporary and could be deleted. Ideally, a close reviewer could see that situation (not easy from the review queue!), and edit the clarifications into the question, ...
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Are we abusing "Request for learning materials" as a reason to close?

This can happen - I've had it happen to me on other SE site, even when the Q was clear that there was a request to have something explained, not a request for learning material. So it can probably ...
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Should we get rid of the "cross-posted" close reason?

U&L is the only site I know of where multi-posting¹ is one of the moderator-defined close reasons. However most other sites do close multi-posts. In the old days, we used the badly-fitting “too ...
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add a new close reason : homework?

I would think not. We don't want to discourage people from asking for help with their homework, per se. Users that are seeking help with their homework should be welcomed to the SE sites, rather we ...
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In what way my question is actually too broad

I was one of the close voters on your question. Let me respond to a few of the things you have said: I am asking how to debug that. The word debug does not appear in your question. In fact there ...
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Closing out questions

Questions are closed for different reasons, but it sounds like you're specifically asking about duplicate questions. There's no need for duplicate questions because old questions don't expire -- if ...
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Why was this "unclear what you're asking" flag declined?

When you raise an "Unclear what you're asking" flag, that will put the post into the Close Vote review queue. The flag will only be shown to moderators after a delay to give the community the chace to ...
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How should we word the off-topic reason for learning material?

In the end I went with Please note that requests for learning materials (tutorials, how-tos etc.) are off topic. The only exception is questions about where to find official documentation (e.g. ...
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add a new close reason : homework?

This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful (click again to undo) Lazy homework questions meet these criteria. So use the tool for which the text above is the tooltip:...
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How can I tell if my question has been reviewed and left closed?

The timeline of the question will include completed review events. You can visit the timeline by noting the question id and going to https://unix.stackexchange.com/posts/<id>/timeline. The id is ...
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What to do with answers to off-topic questions?

Nothing. Just vote to close the question as off topic. That said, I don't really see why that question is off topic. It basically boils down to: "Why does this *nix program behave in one way and ...
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Closing out questions

Are you referring to situations where at the time the question was asked the solution X was correct, but a year or several later, solution X is no longer correct, and solution Y is more appropriate? (...
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Are we abusing "Request for learning materials" as a reason to close?

I wouldn't characterise the use of this close reason, or any of the others in the Off-Topic menu, for that matter, as abuse. It strikes me as the result of two, sometimes potentially related, issues. ...
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Add askubuntu.com to Closing > Off-Topic > Migration

I will repeat the arguments Michael made in the duplicate, just to point out that nothing has changed in the intervening time. There have been a grand total of 10 questions migrated to AU in the past ...
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add a new close reason : homework?

I don't care if a question is homework or not. What I care is whether the question is good, well thought out, shows a decent amount of research and context and is generally answerable. I object to ...
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Is the "On hold" message sometimes wrong?

What Jasonwryan said. When more than one close reason has been chosen by the people who voted to close, the most popular one is shown. I'm not sure what happens if each voter chose a different one and ...
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Avoid being put [on-hold/close]: What are the required question elements in order to be evidently clear?

I guess the main issue is that it's hard to understand what your actual problem is. Are you asking how to fix your firefox issue? Are you asking for help in interpreting your memtest results? Both? ...
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How is this question unclear?

I voted to close as unclear for two primary reasons: first, despite repeatedly being asked to connect manually, which would have generated meaningful error messages at the appropriate points, you ...
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How is this question too broad?

I started the close process (though originally as "primarily opinion based", not "too broad") on that question because it popped up on the front page because someone posted a new answer. The version ...
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Add specific close reason and explicit point in the help pages for learning material requests

Why should we have a specific close reason for this? Ok, that's the suggestion on Meta Stack Exchange. But I disagree, because this is not a site-specific policy, it's a general thing everywhere on ...
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Which duplicate should be closed?

The general rules for closing as a duplicate is to use the question with the best answers as the target, and close the others. If we've done our job well, then the oldest question will have had good ...
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Trigger Happy Close Voting Revisited

I was one of the people that voted to close that Q and I stand by my vote to close, it was unclear, as I had selected. Closing a Q is not an absolute thing. I have 5 options when reviewing questions ...
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