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When giving a reason to close a question, does "due to a simple mistake" only apply to *Mathematica* issues?

Sometimes when a question is asked there is a "simple mistake" in the subject matter rather than with Mathematica. Does voting to close "due to a simple mistake" apply only to ...
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Why is this question not welcome?

The following question was recently closed: Turn off keyboard shortcut The specific reason for closing is not accurate and I assume reflects the lack of options. But what then was the reason for ...
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Question closed due to similar questions in the past but the existing answers do not solve my question (the toy model)

Given square matrices A and B, how to solve T obeys Transpose[T]. A . T = B? I don't know who closed my question disregarding my comments multiple times in the bottom citing this How to solve for $\...
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To discuss and potentially explicitly prohibit ChatGPT and other AI answers

Context: Informal ban already effective Meta Stackoverflow and Meta Stackexchange has already been discussing a (temporary?) ban of answers crafted with ChatGPT (SO 421831, SE 384396). Answers ...
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What is the purpose/intention/goal for closing a question

I imagine that this has been asked already but searching here on meta and on google I could not find the deep reasons to why someone votes to close a question. The stack exchange information on vote ...
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Is it acceptable to post code in unreadable form? (i.e Notebook boxes not Raw Input Form)

The offence There seem to be a significant amount of new people posting code that looks like this a = (E^(-2 Abs[\[Gamma] - z Cos[\[Theta]]]^2) \!\( \*UnderoverscriptBox[\(\[Sum]\), \(j = 0\), \(m\)]\(...
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Why was this question about continued fraction expansion of a rational function closed as off-topic?

I mean the question Continued fraction expansion of a rational function asked more than two years ago and closed about three months ago as off-topic. Why is it off-topic? Presently I actually need ...
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Should duplicates be closed any more?

Nearly every day, I see a question I suspect of being a duplicate. Sometimes I find a dupe, sometimes not. Common problems are so familiar to many of us that we know whether a given question has ...
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Finding duplicates

People often ask me*, "Kuba how come you can so quickly find duplicates? It appears tough in this syntax rich environment." If a question feels like a duplicate or a one that is already answered, it ...
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Add a "no-effort" category for off-topic

I know there has been a lot of discussion about categories for closing questions due to being off-topic. Many question, like this recent one should certainly be closed, because it's simply people ...
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How can the CrossValidated Stack Exchange site be added to the re-direct listing? [duplicate]

For this recent question (https://mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/129539/goodness-of-fit-for-two-histograms) it seems that CrossValidated would be a much more appropriate site than the ...
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Granular off-topic close reasons V2.0 - we need "too localized"

Is it possible to modify closing reasons menu? If so I would love to see a small addition, maybe others have other wishes too. So, the last Granular off-topic close reasons lead to creating This ...
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"Unclear" questions with accepted answers

I found this question on the main site: Map points on a square onto a Torus and there are probably more like it. The question was closed for being unclear, however it has an upvoted answer which was ...
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"Mathematica can't solve this" as a reason for closing a question

What should we do with questions which essentially boil down to one of the following: Mathematica can't Solve/Reduce/Integrate some expression Mathematica returns my input expression unevaluated ...
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12% unanswered: proposal for a possible [partial] solution

We still have trouble with unanswered questions, as has been discussed previously. At the moment, the total is 3257 unanswered out of 27476 total questions, or nearly 12%. Regardless of what we do, ...
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Wouldn't it be nice if 'duplicate' didn't falsely claim 'duplicate'? [closed]

re: How may I avoid ParametricPlot3D clipping? "This question already has an answer here" True, and useful. "marked as duplicate by Mr.Wizard♦ 4 hours ago" It is not a duplicate. "This question ...
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What's behind false question characterisations such as this one?

Questions: How may I eliminate a gap appearing in a surface drawn with ParametricPlot3D? How may I avoid ParametricPlot3D clipping? Both have been characterised as off-topic on the grounds of ...
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Granular off-topic close reasons

There have been some recent changes to the closing process for questions and will be rolled out to our site some time over the next week. While the linked post has lot of details about what exactly ...
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Should we close as duplicate when the new question is more concise and general?

This question has been prompted by the suggestion that this question is a dupe of this one. Substantively it is, but the solutions posted as answers are non-overlapping. Also in the first question, ...
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