Question 83919 was put on-hold today with the reason

put on hold as off-topic by Daniel Lichtblau, bbgodfrey, Silvia, gpap, m_goldberg 2 hours ago

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason: •"This question cannot be answered without additional information. Questions on problems in code must describe the specific problem and include valid code to reproduce it. Any data used for programming examples should be embedded in the question or code to generate the (fake) data must be included." – Daniel Lichtblau, Silvia, gpap

In fact, I did not vote to close the question for that reason, and I would prefer that all the reasons given for closure be displayed. Doing so would be both more accurate and more informative.

In this case, I voted to close the question, because it largely duplicated a question asked by the OP several days earlier.

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    Apparently, in this new scheme, the displayed reason is chosen by majority vote. I understand that it can look cluttered if all the reasons chosen by all the voters are displayed; maybe an option to toggle the display of other reasons chosen? May 21, 2015 at 20:50
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    I was annoyed by this quite some times. I especially hate it when this happens on occasions when you vehemently disagree with the other close reasons and you end up bundled all together. May 21, 2015 at 22:09
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    Related on MSE: Distinguish close votes by reason. Note the vast amount of rep thrown at that question over its ~5 years of life. This has been around for a long time and caused a fair a mount of friction (e.g. Tsuyoshi Ito's answer), but so far it looks very unlikely that the SE team will implement this, unfortunately. May 22, 2015 at 13:35
  • @episanty Thanks for the very informative link. I now shall wait for my question to be closed, perhaps for five different reasons.
    – bbgodfrey
    May 22, 2015 at 14:23
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    Why? What I would like is for one question like this on every site with double-digit score. By all means keep this open - hopefully the SE UX team will eventually come up with something clever if everyone keeps asking for this. All I was saying is - be aware that this problem has a history and is unlikely to be solved soon. May 22, 2015 at 14:29

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Note that I was the final closer, but my name does not appear as signing off on the reason given. I, too, disagreed with the majority on the reason.

I strongly support any effort to get all reasons for closing on record. I think not doing so defrauds the whole community. I think everybody, but especially the OP, has the right to know all the reasons for which a question was closed.

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