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As the meta posts linked by Jeff suggest, there's a window after the question has been closed where an answer that was already being composed can be submitted. 10 minutes isn't particularly egregious, I have seen 30 minutes, and a quick look at Data SE shows much greater gaps (apologies for the crappy SQL, I haven't touched SQL in ages): 177 minutes 157 ...


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Both these questions are to some extent “shopping questions”. Even though you're not buying anything for money, you're asking us which item you should pick. This kind of question often degenerates into “what's your favorite …”. https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/56101/unity-problems-searching-for-a-good-wm is a clear case: you're asking us to tell you ...


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There have been some changes to the close process. It's explained in this blog post and this post on the main meta site. And specifically, the "on hold" state is discussed at Every "close" has its thorn: replace "close" with "on hold" for the first five days. Basically, on-hold is a temporary state for closed questions, meant ...


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Nope, you've done everything you need to do already. Please don't edit the title to add "solved" or anything like that, that's not how this site works. Questions are never "closed" to further answers. You never know when a new, useful answer could be posted. Your ticking (accepting) of one of the answers is enough to mark the question as answered, nothing ...


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Closed questions are still accessible to anyone. You can use a couple search filters to find your own closed questions: user:50490 (or user:me) will show only your posts closed:yes will show only closed questions If you've edited an old question and think it should be reopened, vote to reopen it and it will show up in a review queue so other users can ...


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Ideally, closure (apart from duplicates) should be a temporary state. A question should either be open or deleted. If a question is closed, it means that we aren't confident that we can provide quality answers, so we shouldn't expose those answers to the world. And a question that has no answers and no means to add one is not useful either. So if a question ...


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I can’t answer for the users who voted to close that question; however I think at least part of the problem comes from the way you’ve framed the question, which doesn’t quite match what you’re saying here. A question about “how to maintain a package with separate patches?” would be fine from my point of view; while it wouldn’t necessarily receive an ...


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It's not that your questions are poor in the absolute sense. They just don't fit the specific mission of this Q&A site. Both of those questions have closed-message notices referring you to the site faq, which really should cover what you're asking here. Read that section and this one. If it's still not clear, feel free to follow up here or in chat. If ...


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This has been previously asked. The reason is the same as why editing is still allowed; a question in a closed state is not dead. That fate is covered by deletion. A closed question usually stays closed, and may eventually be deleted. However, it may also be reopened. For example, this can happen if the question is edited to become a viable question, or if ...


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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 we end up with 5 separate reasons, but in all other cases, there will be at least one reason with more votes and that's the one which will be shown.


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Yes, it is a privilege, called flagging, granted in this site at 15 rep. You flag a post as a duplicate if you feel it has been already answered. Flag posts Privilege type: Moderation privilege Awarded at: 15 reputation What is flagging? Flagging is a way of bringing inappropriate content to the attention of the community. The currently ...


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After looking at that question, it would seem that the reason it received so many downvotes is that it was originally very unclear – and the question was closed for that reason. After it was closed, the OP edited the question so that it’s much clearer and more specific. They then self-answered their question, which is usually fine but in this case, the ...


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The only reason why this specific edit is undesirable is because how the system works. The edit itself isn't undesirable. Stack Exchange sites want to be a FAQ, and FAQ's don't include anything but the question and the answer. Instead of trying to get people not to improve posts removing irrelevant words that makes questions harder to find, instead change ...


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In general, edited closed questions get put into the review queue and active high-rep users are encouraged to look at them and consider voting to reopen. In this case, I've reopened it based on the edit.


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The post was migrated initially, and migrated posts are always locked by Community to prevent the two copies from diverging. However, the asker is question-banned on SO, so the migration was immediately rejected, and the close reason reverted to off-topic, so Community unlocked the post again. The only odd part is why it took three hours to unlock; normally ...


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If a question is closed and you don't think it's worth reopening, then it's usually not worth editing. Ideally, all closed questions should be either reopened or deleted. One thing that is worth editing about closed questions is their tags. Questions that were missing important tags may have failed to reach the subject experts who would have been able to ...


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That's a feature. In general, there is little point in editing a closed post unless you want to improve it for reopening. If you don't want it to enter the reopen queue, don't edit it. That said, I too am guilty of doing this. It seems that you too are one of those pedantic people who can't stand seeing mistakes in a text without fixing them. I share your ...


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Generally it's best to flag questions for the mods in this case if you notice they aren't being routed properly, or are stalled out, such is the case with this one. You can also alert other users of the site in the chatroom to enlist their assistance if you're unsure what to do. As to this particular question, I've merged the comments into the question, so ...


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It's an old question, by a user who hasn't visited the site in two years. Its original version was hard to understand, it was closed and then edited to a different question, and it has a single answer which doesn't answer either the original or the edited version. The asker didn't seem to know what they wanted, so it's doubtful what answer would have helped ...


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Your question is on-topic here, and this is the most appropriate site for it. The problem with it is that there isn't enough information to answer. Most distributions' packages are not meant for unprivileged installation. Why do you want to use a distribution package rather than compile the upstream source, if you aren't going to do a system-wide ...


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The reason I VTC'd is because there is no one way. There's no accepted way. There's not even (IMHO) any universal good way... there's just things that are trade offs. There's not even an accepted way of dealing with OS level packages (see the old flame wars between dpkg/apt and rpm/yum... let alone the old SysV way of pkg files, and let's not forget AIX ...


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First rule of making great questions is to ask yourself... What am I trying to say? and what is my reader going to understand from that? Ok, you have problems with your screenshots... but what else? have you hardware issues? software issues? which methods have you already tried? is there some error when you take a screenshot? some output? have you tried to ...


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Not sure what the right thing to do is since the SO version is too old to migrate and can't be deleted with an accepted answer. I just reopened our version so you can post the answer (and edit it out of the question), and I guess we'll have both around, which is unfortunate for the people who find the SO version


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If both questions do have useful answers, flag one and a mod can merge them.


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The original has been closed and does not appear to have actual answers. nothing would be merged.


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