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Question does not relate to the Mathematica® software Description: The question either does not concern the technical computing software Mathematica by Wolfram Research, or does so in a way that cannot be effectively addressed by the Mathematica user community (e.g. licensing issues). For example: the question exclusively concerns concepts from a ...


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Simple mistake One common use of "Too Localized" is for questions arising from a simple syntax error, for example using the wrong type of bracket, failing to capitalize a built-in function, or omitting the space between symbols being multiplied. Description: This question arises due to a simple mistake such as a trivial syntax error, incorrect ...


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Very often the answer is obvious but good luck finding list[[##]]& @@ {1,2,5} or Table[With[{i = i}, .... I keep that list of bookmarks as well. This list is slightly subjective because the piece of code is what I think characterizes the answer or the problem best. In case of answers it does not need to be the best answer but probably the most ...


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Here is my idea for a sub-category that I hope will help to suppress Tom-Sawyer-ism. This question is more suited for a professional consultant. The justification for this sub-category is given in Can we do something to suppress Tom Sawyers?


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As noted by Oleksandr above the off-topic label is is catch-all for any of the site-defined close reasons or Other if used. Please reference: Closing changes: on hold, unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic reasons, bye-bye to Too Localized Oleksandr also notes that the chosen close reason includes easily found in the documentation which is a rather ...


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I accept yobbs' invitation to enter to this discussion. I only use my infamous closing reason for what I consider to be truly egregious code dumps (and because I'm a grumpy old man). What qualifies as egregious? Basically, when the question exhibits all or most of the following problems: Code shows no attempt to isolate the problem. OP doesn't give any ...


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From time-to-time we get questions because there is nothing wrong with the code posted. Even though the real problem in such cases may be that there are free variables in the code which have not been cleared, I think such questions should still be closed. The problem posed in this question can not be reproduced.


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This question is not self-contained Description: This question cannot be answered without knowledge of additional external sources. All essential information necessary to answer a question should be embedded to make it permanently useful for future visitors. Especially any sensibly representable data used for programming examples should be put ...


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Sometimes the answer is built-in, it must have been asked/answered before. But good luck with finding the answer "Transpose" among many answers that use it. 'There is a function exactly for that' I keep that list in my browser bookmarks but I decided to move it here: list-manipulation MapThread NestList SortBy Table NOT For (a) (b) Tally Transpose ...


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Question is too basic Description: The answer to this question either is sufficiently addressed in the documentation, or can reasonably be considered common knowledge. For example: questions about the meaning of sigils such as /@, _, @@@, /., etc. the OP is asking how to do something that can be accomplished through a single call to a well-known core ...


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We (community moderators) can change the custom close reasons but I believe we are limited by the software to a total of three reasons, therefore to enact what you propose would require eliminating one of the existing and commonly used reasons. Any proposed change would need to clearly specify exactly how the other close reasons would be adapted to make ...


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Duplicate here has two possible meanings: identical question has been asked, different question, but identical cause or resolution There are plenty examples of the first, and these questions are usually closed as duplicates, and deleted, or merged, if there are worthy answers. The second case is more interesting as they are different questions, but ...


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Aim for the answer. There is no point in looking for a question duplicate as opposed to looking for an answer that fits and was posted before. If I don't know if it exists or I don't remember keywords that would help me to locate it do e.g.: is:a [list-manipulation] [filtering] +keywords specific to the most obvious answer to that question Assuming the ...


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Slightly subjectively: Surely some of us value marking duplicates more than others do. Otoh I'd be surprised to see that someone, who understood that such mark is not an equivalent to "use-a-search-engine!!!" comment, would end up directly against that model. The duplicate header states "This question already has an answer here:" and this is how I approach ...


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Since there are now 11 votes in favor and none against, I take it that this approach is going to be reasonably well received. So, I will begin working through the unanswered list when I have some time, and I would be grateful if others will try to do the same. Note: I don't know what up/down votes on this answer would be intended to express, so please leave ...


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Ok, I will post here old topics I've faced that I didn't know what to do with. EDIT: Or rather, I'm tempted to close them as too localized, simple mistake (in understanding functions/math) but I feel that I'm not familiar enough with the topic to do so. Some of those topic are probably outside of scope of points made in the question. Feel free to edit ...


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Thanks for all your input. The moderators have compiled this into the following three cases (we were only allowed three). This question arises due to a simple mistake such as a trivial syntax error, incorrect capitalization, spelling mistake, or other typographical error and is unlikely to help any future visitors, or else it is easily found in the ...


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Requires extensive discussion Description: The question does not seek a concrete answer, but rather is an attempt to start a discussion. Although difficult to accommodate in the question-and-answer format, discussion is welcomed both in the chat and in other Mathematica communities, to which we direct you instead. For example: questions asking about ...


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No answer can be given for this question Description: The question is clearly and correctly stated, but for theoretical or strong practical reasons, it is known to be unanswerable. For example: the question asks for something mathematically impossible, e.g. to find the inverse of a singular matrix it is desired to perform an impractically large ...


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Although I agree that Mathematica.SE has far too many unanswered questions, and that many of them should be closed, I am concerned that too many were proposed for closure today, leading to 20 - 25 questions in the close queue many times during the day. With so many questions to be considered, otherwise diligent reviewers may be tempted to give only a ...


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I voted to leave the question open for the same reasons the OP gives, but I didn't have strong feelings about whether it should be reopened. Like @Kuba, if someone indicates they have a new answer to contribute, I am more inclined to reopen a question, assuming the quality of the question is not really bad. What should happen, I suppose, is that some kind ...


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It's worth pointing out, that questions stay in the unanswered category, even if there are answers, as long as none of the answers is upvoted or accepted. Therefore we should consider giving answers of unanswered questions an upvote, as long as they answer the question sufficiently, even if we don't consider them helpful personally. Some of the unanswered ...


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