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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why was my post closed as "opinion-based"?

What if your view of writing for "performance and portability" doesn't match the goal? What if you're writing scripts to be understood by next summer's intern? Scripts whose runtime is so ...
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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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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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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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Should we close questions because they only MIGHT be caused by MS Windows?

The rule of thumb is: if in doubt, skip. So if you are not sure it is off topic, just skip it. That's absolutely fine. Only vote to close if you are sure that the question is off topic. If you are not ...
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In what way my question is actually too broad

There is no specific question in your question. It might be interpreted as "How do I fix my problem" type of question, for which it is too broad as Stephen Rauch explained. I think I voted "unclear ...
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Should we advertise when vote close as non reproductible when it's only a typo

There are two main purposes for Stack Exchange sites: help someone solve a specific problem (or more generally, answer a specific question); help others with similar problems. The second is captured ...
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Flagging questions that are "Very Low Quality"?

Off-Topic allows you to craft your own reason. That allows you to accomplish three things: provide specific feedback to the asker about why their question is being closed where one of the canned ...
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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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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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Are problems that turn out to be caused by hardware off topic?

The important point here is that the problem was specific to your hardware. It is, therefore, unlikely to help a broad audience. In any case, yes, hardware issues are off topic here. If the solution ...
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Is historic reasoning by really opinion based?

Unless we diligently remove all answers which are effectively non-authoritative opinion, such posts will devolve into people guessing. Take the first example - the netstat question. OP has clarified ...
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Is historic reasoning by really opinion based?

My own feeling on the matter is that historic decision logic was, at the time, a matter of opinion of authors and software venders. It may have been based on the opinion of the author at the time. ...
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460439 put on hold and then closed without explanation?

Your question was closed as unclear. Looking at it, probably a more valid reason to close this is simply that it's off-topic on this website. I had to look up MSI not knowing if it was MSI (Microsoft ...
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Should answers be closed because they are wrong?

Answers can't be closed, that's a state that only applies to questions, but I assume you mean deleted. If the answer misunderstood the question and isn't addressing what the question is asking, it ...
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Add one additional reason for closing or reword the "opinion based" reason

There's a few thing s to unpick here. I think that a "workload specific" reason for closing would be wrong. There's no good reason why we should close workload specific questions in general....
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In what way my question is actually too broad

Adding to what Stephen Rauch and jasonwryan already said, “Too broad” is the close reason we use when we mean, “There are so many things that could possibly have happened, it’s infeasible to debug ...
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Are problems that turn out to be caused by hardware off topic?

Flakey or defective hardware is clearly not relevant to the site, which is about the Unix-related group of operating systems. Unfortunately problem hardware is a fact of life, and granted hardware ...
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