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This tag is for instructions and guidance on closing or migrating questions, and the reasons for those closures.

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"off-topic" versus "insufficient research"

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Questions must demonstrate a reasonable amount of research & understanding of the problem being solved. Please edit to ...
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You closed my question as duplicate when it obviously isn't

Question in question: I downloaded a shell executable and man pages from a source I trust. Where should I put them? You closed it as duplicates of question which only mention where to put the ...
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How do we file complaints about a moderator closing people's posts when he doesn't know better?

How do we file the complaint? The post is Shouldn't iOS disallow apps to look at the clipboard? being closed by the moderator @nohillside Even if the question doesn't have any merit, I'd like to ...
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Why was this question closed?

This question was just closed as "off-topic." It seems to be on-topic to me, as it concerns only Apple hardware and whether the screen from one Mac might be useable on another model. I agree ...
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Shall I close or even delete question based on misunderstanding?

My very own, recently asked question (this one) is based on a misunderstanding / problems with memory. I am asking why my Mail app on my old iPad isn't receiving any messages? After reviewing my ...
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Do we close questions already answered on other sites? [duplicate]

If a question has already been asked on another site, and over there it already has a great answer, or a collection of answers, do we want to leave it open here? This specific question is the one ...
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Just got an "your question (from 7 years ago) is closed as duplicate of a question (17h ago)" - what is this policy?

Just for reference I'm talking about: Multiuser - can process of background user kept running? Don't judge - not my smartest one, but back then was the first time about fast user switching. I'm all ...
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Why was the "accepting user input" question received on the site while being off-topic?

Disclaimer: Don't flag broad, as it's all very interconnected and can be answered well in one post. One shouldn't repeat the whole story again and again. Also, I had exams so had avoided discussions ...
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Can we make this question stronger with facts and references?

One question had a couple close votes that I cleared. The comments are very good and the question is a bit soft in my eyes, but I think Bill is super smart and has a good core question. Why do so ...
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Many supposed questions are actually requests for debugging

Quite a number of questions posted require debugging of an individual situation. I don't think any of us volunteers are longing to be unpaid technical support, especially without the tools required to ...
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What exactly are "off-site resources" from the "off-topic" close reason?

The close reason off-topic states Questions asking to recommend or find a Mac, book, tool, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Ask Different as they tend to attract opinionated ...
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Does this post's status suffer from wrong close reason and is indicative of robo reviewing?

This site suffers from overzealous community reviewers and trigger happy close voters. This can be exemplified with one of my recent posts: Is there any objective data on Apple laptop hardware ...
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Discussion on recommendation / menu bar reverse engineering

I wanted to have a short discussion on one question that looks problematic in terms of scope: Modifying the Menu Bar If you look at the initial version, it had a generally problematic closing which ...
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Off Topic Questions - When is a question/problem within scope?

The post in question is "Is there a way to rename menu items in Firefox?" Generically speaking the OP is saying that "because a third party application has a particular bug/limitation, an Apple ...
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What exactly is a recommendation question on Ask Different?

Ask Different closes some questions as off topic and one broad category employed to keep the questions (and thus answers) highly focused on practical questions that have objectively verifiable ...
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Are questions about Apple history on-topic or not?

I posted this question on Ask Different a few days ago. In this short time, it became very popular and got over 25 upvotes. However, a moderator put it on hold for "being off-topic". I have the ...
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Explanatory text or policy for duplicates are clashing

Seeeing that the question Macbook air 2011-mid keyboard keys Q W E R T Y U I O working sporadically [duplicate] (2 years, 2 months ago [asked Dec 17 '15 at 14:36]) was marked as duplicate and ...
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Why is a specific, non-customer support question on hold as basic customer support?

I asked this question on Ask Different: I'm looking for one of these types of stylish MacBook keyboard skins [see image in original], but I don't want any of the keys marked. I just want blank keys,...
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Feedback to OP when flagging question

I flagged this question for closure because it's a comment and not a question. I also left a comment for the OP explaining why I flagged their question. I understand they can't see the flag but I'm ...
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Should I delete my question or keep it?

Not finding a solution, I posted this question but now see it is covered by this one with an answer. Should I just delete it, or is it better to close as a duplicate?
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Would you ask about 3rd-party iOS apps here?

If you had a question about a 3rd-party app for iOS, would you ask it here? Here are some examples of iOS apps: Momento Twitter for iOS Day One Journal
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Sales Figures are Off Topic?

Here's a question I asked: https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/232549/old-ipod-ipod-mini-sales-figures It was put On Hold, with this reason chosen: "Basic Customer Support or questions ...
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It's broken - then get it fixed!

We see many of these questions on Ask Different… iPhone 4s stuck on Control Center Essentially, the answer to a lot of them is just "take it to a shop & get it fixed." They're the equivalent of ...
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Are questions regarding topics whose legality is questionable allowed?

If you search jailbreak, you find 601 questions at time of writing related to jailbreaking one's device. The legality of this is debatable, but yet these questions are being answered. Should we close ...
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Is this question on topic?

I don't know if I should flag this question: Problems with downloading iTunes on Windows 7 I would close it as off topic because it is not related to Apple hardware or software. However iTunes is ...
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Why does the FAQ say "asking how/why Apple does <some thing XYZ>" is off-topic?

I just asked a question about "Why Apple doesn't support android gear watches?" and did a lot of research on how they could support them. Other similar questions have been closed (or edited or simply ...
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What happened to '…not about Apple hardware or software' as a Close reason?

Question pretty much says it all - I was sure there used to be a close reason of 'not about Apple hardware or software' Am I going completely barmy, or did it vanish in the recent rejig, same time as ...
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What to do with questions where repair/replacement is obviously the only answer?

Every once in a while I see a question along the lines of: My iPhone got run over by a train, then my friend threw the pieces in a thermite fire, and the ashes were accidentally encased in concrete ...
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Adding a close reason to explain why recommendations (hardware, book) are Off Topic

The community has been doing a good job closing opinion based questions, but I wanted to see if there was community support for adding a new close reason to make it very clear to the OP how to improve ...
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Accepted, but wrong answer - question marked as duplicate to the wrong answer

There is an question and an accepted answer. I do not want to dig into the technical details (meta is not the right place) - in short: It is possible to prove that the accepted answer is wrong. ...
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Are Apple iCloud / iWork beta web apps on topic for the main site?

Apple has 4 web apps in beta status when you log in at www.icloud.com: Photos Pages Numbers Keynote Since the FAQ and help section state that questions about Pre-release, non-publicly available beta ...
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Should I close a question if someone is asking for mailing them files?

We've had several questions where someone is asking for mailing and/or sharing of files. Here is the latest: https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/173516/how-can-i-extract-the-mail-and-messages-...
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Is there support to widen the pre-release prohibition?

This site has a longstanding policy to close pre-release software questions as off topic. Is there clear consensus to expand this to include: "pre-release software and hardware" "pre-release ...
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What should I use instead of NARQ?

Some questions just aren't questions, usually meant to be an answer on a question or similar, but there's no NARQ close reason any more. What should I vote to close such questions as? This is the ...
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Add "Not about Apple products" to close vote reasons

I've seen a default "Not about Apple products and not in scope of this site etc." as closing reason. It does not show up in my options, is it diamond mod only? Can this be added to the 3k rep closing ...
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What can be done to improve this question?

I've put a hold on this question: Does anyone know any good Diagnostic tools? It strikes me as something we want on the site, but as worded, it's far too vague to be searchable IMO. We don't have ...
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Do we need a generic off-topic close reason?

I don't have vote to close privileges here, but wanted to flag this question as off topic. Simply because it's not in the scope of this site, and just asking for an external website. However, the ...
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New Close Process - Too localised

Part of the new close process is to remove the Too Localized reason to close. The reasoning is given on meta stackexchange. The main reason is it is being misused on SO and a few other sites. The ...
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Should a question about parsing kext be closed as off topic?

We have a question that might help illustrate the line we draw on programming questions: https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/94308/symbol-present-in-mach-kernel-but-not-in-any-kpi It was ...
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Changes are coming to the close process. What custom reasons might help this site best?

I wanted to post a main announcement here: Closing changes: on hold, unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic reasons, bye-bye to Too Localized These changes are going to be a very nice benefit ...
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Requesting re-open votes for a question

I've asked a question on Apple.SE and it was closed. After I successfully argued here that the reason for closing was inadequate, the original closer and others agreed it should be re-opened. It was, ...
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Is there a way to rescind a close vote?

I voted to close this question earlier today because I didn't realize iOS 6 had been released. I have since realized that I'm an idiot and should check things before blithely voting to close a ...
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Requesting re-open votes for a question

I'm requesting that people vote to re-open this question: What programs have trouble with case-sensitive (HFSX) filesystems, and how to fix them? The reason for closing as given by the closer was: ...
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Refining policy on hardware recommendations

I understand why "let's go shopping" questions are unhelpful to the site and thus closed. But my understanding was that this policy does not make all hardware recommendations off-topic on Stack ...
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Should we allow recommendations of hardware or software?

So I just got a can of polite and friendly moderation whupass handed to me on this issue (not realising it was one), and think it may be something which we should change. I am new, and please don't ...
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