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Could mods please undelete and reopen all these questions that were automatically deleted due to incorrect mod closures ("Qs not showing research")?

Closed questions are automatically deleted in ~9 days if they have received no answers and have a score of 0 or less. There are a few more details about this deletion rule, but that's a good ...
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Why is this question on disabling the authorization needed to open Google Sheets Macros kept closed?

Since a CM recently stated that showing research is not required, I flagged the question How can I disable the authorization needed to open Google Sheets Macros? for reopening, but the flag was ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why is this question on importing one's papers to one's ResearchGate profile from Google Scholar or ORCID kept closed?

Since a CM recently stated that showing research is not required, I flagged the question How can I import my papers to my ResearchGate profile from Google Scholar or ORCID? for reopening, but the ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why do mods sometimes decide not to follow the community consensus when deciding to keep questions closed?

For example, in the following meta questions, the community consensus is to reopen the corresponding main site questions: In the meta question Why was my question on how to disable "small caps&...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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What information is missing to be able to answer this question asking how one can use a dark background theme for the cells for MS Excel 365 (online)?

I asked How can I use a dark background theme for the cells for Microsoft Excel 365 (online)?. The question was closed by a mod who commented: Please edit the question to include the information ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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In the context of webapps, how can one assess whether a question is a customer service-related question?

Reading Why we're not customer support for [your favorite company] left me wondering: In the context of webapps, how can one assess whether a question is deemed a customer service-related question?...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why is this question on searching for files with a specific extension and some file size range in Google kept closed?

Since a CM recently stated that showing research is not required, I flagged the question How can I search for files with a specific extension and some file size range in Google? for reopening, but the ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why is this question on how to view all the messages one posted in a Slack channel kept closed?

I don't understand why How can I view all the messages I posted in a Slack channel? is kept closed. I posted a meta question about it a few years ago, and the given reason, from my understanding, was ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why is this question on canceling an .ics import in Google Calendar kept closed?

Timelime: I asked Cancel .ics import in Google Calendar a few years ago. It was closed a few months ago (I believed due to lack of research). I flagged it for reopening a few days ago (since it was ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Who wants to join the "question reopen club"? [closed]

Unfortunately, there are very few active regular users with +3k rep, which is the minimum threshold for a regular user to cast reopen votes. As a result, questions are almost never reopened by the ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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According to the statistics, Facebook users have moved from desktop to mobile

To be crystal clear, this doesn't include new or changes to existing rules or workings. I'm sharing thoughts, providing guidance and making requests. By making a request, I mean that you can take the ...
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List of questions nominated for reopening because lack of research is not a reason to close a question

Following Cerbrus' suggestion, here is the list of questions that were closed for lack of research. We'd like to ask the mods to reopen these questions given that it was clarified that lack of ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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How shall we request the reopening of questions closed due to lack of research?

As mentioned by SpencerG on https://webapps.meta.stackexchange.com/a/5142/18147: including research in a question is not required for question asking on Web Apps. and: closed questions can be ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why did a moderator close this 12-year-old Google Search question yesterday as off-topic when it’s not a web app recommendation?

The question, “Is there a way to search in Google using regular expressions (regex)?”, was posted more than 12 years ago. This question has attracted ~149,000 views, received a positive score of 82, ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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Why was this question on searching for [Equation] in a Word 365 online document closed as troubleshooting?

The question How can I search for equations that are displayed as [Equation] instead of the actual equation in a document in Word 365 online? was closed as troubleshooting: I’m voting to close this ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why was our site's 13-year-old, very first question closed by a moderator 4 days ago as "needs details or clarity" without a clear explanation?

Web Applications Stack Exchange's very first question "How do I delete my Facebook account?" was posted more than 13 years ago: I don't trust Facebook's new privacy settings and have ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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Why is my PowerPoint question still closed even though I added more details?

My question "How can I disable "small caps" in my text in PowerPoint 365 on the web?" (archive.org snapshot) was closed by a mod as "needs details or clarity." In ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why are some discussions about question reopening hold in private chatrooms?

I've recently noticed that some discussions about question reopening hold in private chatrooms. Example 1: Reopen "What do the red dashed lines mean in Google Maps?": This question (...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Request to reopen my question on sorting YouTube videos alphabetically in a playlist

I wrote this question on web applications and it was closed because it has been considered a duplicate. Actually my question is not about sorting playlists, but sorting videos inside a playlist. Could ...
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Why was this question on setting up automatic alerts for new YouTube videos matching keywords closed by a moderator?

This question was closed by a moderator as "needs details or clarity." Can I setup automatic alerts for new YouTube videos that match keywords? I wonder if I can set up a notification for ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Reopen "What do the red dashed lines mean in Google Maps?"

The question What do the red dashed lines mean in Google Maps? was closed, but I don't see a reason why it should stay that way. While it may have been unclear in its first revision, I edited to make ...
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Why was my question on how to disable "small caps" in one's text in PowerPoint 365 closed as "esoteric" by a mod? [closed]

I see that my question https://webapps.stackexchange.com/q/171637/18147 (mirror 1, mirror 2, mirror 3) was closed as "esoteric" by a mod. I don't understand for 2 reasons: There is nothing ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Let's re-open this question, it is not a duplicate

Replace old Authenticator option in my Google account I added details to the question to make it clear why the "duplicate" that has been pointed at does not solve anything (and is actually ...
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Why was my question on listing all mails in Outlook closed by a moderator as "needs details or clarity"?

My question How can I see all mails in the Microsoft Outlook web interface (OWA)? (mirror) was closed by a moderator. I chatted with the moderator regarding the closure and I believe the moderator ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why was this question on "Where can I see all my comments on issues on GitHub?" closed by one moderator?

The question Where can I see all my comments on issues on GitHub? was closed by one moderator. The reason given is: This question doesn't meet the current quality standards. Rubén - People First♦ Apr ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why are questions being closed seemingly because they don't show research, even though it hasn't been decided yet if showing research is a requirement

I see a fair amount of questions being closed seemingly because they don't show any research. Examples: Populate a Google slide automatically via Google spreadsheet How can I export a single event as ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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When do moderators plan to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE?

On Why do the moderators refuse to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE?, I was told by a moderator to be patient. However I have already ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Should questions asking about the existence of an undocumented feature on a website be systemically closed or left open?

One moderator closed How can I upload a file to a specific folder when adding files to an existing archive in the Wayback Machine via the web interface? with the reason: If the feature is not ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Is “needs details or clarity” connected to the help center article on questions that are automatically blocked for not meeting quality standards?

Recently, dozens (!) of old questions have been unilaterally closed in Web Apps SE as “needs details or clarity”, or closed as duplicates of questions also closed as “needs details or clarity”. (Some ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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Is showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE? [duplicate]

I wonder the following: Is showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE? Requirement means that if the OP doesn't show research, then the question must be closed. Note: I ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why did I receive a 30-day suspension because of a few questions closed by a new policy ("show research") introduced after the questions were posted? [closed]

On March 10, 2023, I received a 30-day suspension due to, according to one moderator, low-quality questions. I am puzzled because: I had only 2 questions over the 30 days prior to the suspension, as ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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What shall I add in this question on Slack to have it reopened?

The question How can I view the channels that I have been added to recently on Slack? was closed because it doesn't show research. It is now deleted due to Roomba. What should I say in the question to ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why I closed Multi-message anti-SPAM filter in Gmail as duplicate

Few moments ago I closed Multi-message anti-SPAM filter in Gmail as duplicate of How to stop SPAM in my GMail account? While nobody have commented about this as I might not able to reply later I will ...
Rubén - Volunteer Moderator -'s user avatar
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Do the moderators plan to close most questions on this site?

A mod has decided that showing research in a question is now a requirement. The requirement is retroactive. However most questions on this site do not show research. Do the moderators plan to close ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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What part of the question "Can I permanently hide the YouTube chat window?" needs details or clarity?

I noticed this question from November 2018: Can I permanently hide the YouTube chat window? which received a lot of positive feedback (+31 votes, 52k views), was unilaterally closed by a moderator on ...
galacticninja's user avatar
2 votes
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Request to reopen my Facebook question that I believe was wrongly marked as duplicate of a question closed as "needs details or clarity"

In November 2011, I asked "How do I let my Facebook friends view my Timeline posts without letting them comment on the posts?" I made sure to make my question clear, straightforward, and on-...
galacticninja's user avatar
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Can I work out my question to reopen it?

The close reason given to my just closed question is... let's say not quite entirely correct. Wikipedia mobile app is an open source. Someone with enough knowledge (I don't have it!) could ...
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Please, reopen my question or give me a good reason on why it was closed

Can someone tell me who marked my question as off-topic, closed it and why? I just want to say that the closure given reason is a complete misunderstanding. I am asking about a out-of-the-box feature ...
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How are we supposed to show one's research when posting a question?

A mod has decided, against the community, that showing research in a question is now a requirement. How are we supposed to show one's research when posting a question? Example: How can I view the ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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What part of the question "How do I schedule a comment on Reddit?" needs details or clarity?

This Sept. 2022 question was closed unilaterally by a mod on 2023-01-26 as “needs details or clarity”: How do I schedule a comment on Reddit? — no comments were left to explain what details or clarity ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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Can someone help me to make my question more focused?

My question has been closed because it is considered not focused. I'd like to know if, for old Gmail accounts, there could be the possibility of name conflicts and I provide some sources and factual ...
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Why was the question “How can I download the form field data for several forms at once in Adobe Sign?” closed by 1 mod as “details or clarity”?

1 mod closed the question How can I download the form field data for several forms at once in Adobe Sign? as "details or clarity". No comments were left. What's unclear or which detail ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why was the question “Show email next to name in Gmail?” closed by 1 mod as “details or clarity”?

1 mod closed Show email next to name in Gmail? as "details or clarity". The only comment left by the mod is: Please show what you tried and add a brief description of your search efforts ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why was the question "How can I prevent Outlook from automatically placing some emails in the junk folder?" closed as "details or clarity"?

1 mod closed How can I prevent the Microsoft Outlook web interface from automatically placing some emails in the junk folder? as "details or clarity". No comments were left. What's unclear ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Is social media engagement really opinion-based?

I’ve asked a question about whether social media engagement is increasing and it has been closed as opinion-based. I can’t understand what is opinion-based about this question. Can somebody explain it ...
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Is showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE? [closed]

I am confused about whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE. Requirement means that if the OP doesn't show research, then the question must be closed. One of my ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Must the OP specify whether they are using the web version of the product of interest in their question?

I read on https://webapps.meta.stackexchange.com/a/4789/18147: By the other hand in the case of Slack, as it happens with a lot of "software as a service", it has multiple apps for ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why was this question asking how to view all the messages one posted in a Slack channel closed by 1 mod?

The question How can I view all the messages I posted in a Slack channel? was closed. It was posted over two years and a half ago, attracted 12,000 views, 24 upvotes and not a single downvote. Why ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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What can I do if my questions are getting closed by 1 mod as "needs details or clarity" but no comments are given as to what is unclear?

I have used this website for years and this is the first time I have this issue: One moderator is either closing or downvoting my most recent questions. The reason given for the closings is "...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why was this question on searching for a string across an entire overleaf project closed?

The question: I have a project in Overleaf containing several latex files. How can I search for a string across all files of a project in Overleaf? was closed by 1 mod. The comment left by the mod ...
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