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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?

I believe that it is OK as it stands so I have reopened it. I've had a chance to discuss this with the other moderators, and there are ongoing discussions about the level of research that we expect ...
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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?

I have edited the question to remove the sentence: For example, is there an application, a site or a Google tool to search things like *.stackexchange? Now it should be clearly about Google and not ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Suggestions off-topic?

Because the question is concentrating on the problem to be solved. That the only practical solution is a third-party solution is just an unfortunate side effect. If a native way is found (or added by ...
ale's user avatar
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Why we're not customer support for [your favorite company]

Why can't I ask customer service-related questions? Because we don't know the answer. Oh sure, there might be some intrepid soul who has sailed these waters before, and come out alive. They might ...
Rubén - Volunteer Moderator -'s user avatar
5 votes

Old notable question closed as "Off topic" in December 2017

It should not be re-opened as nowadays it's an off-topic question, actually it already has 2 delete votes. If it receive one more, it will be deleted. IMHO the best way to proceed is to post a ...
Rubén - Volunteer Moderator -'s user avatar
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What part of the question "Can I permanently hide the YouTube chat window?" needs details or clarity?

This is a great question that should not have been closed, in my opinion, especially not for lacking "clarity or details". The question is clear and detailed enough. Web Apps Stack Exchange ...
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Question closed for "needs details or clarity" but it's so simple I don't know what more detail to add

Your question seems very clear and understandable to me, as someone who also uses Google Photos. I also don’t understand why a moderator closed it for needing more details or clarity. I support your ...
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Question closed for "needs details or clarity" but it's so simple I don't know what more detail to add

I voted to reopen the question. The question is crystal-clear to me. Showing research is not a requirement. To address the comment that moderator Rubén left: Please show what you have tried. Rubén ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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What flag should be used for customer service questions?

Since you're still just flagging, and not actually voting to close, I suggest using the "blatantly off-topic" flag. Once you get the privilege to vote to close, you should use a custom reason.
ale's user avatar
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Question closed for "needs details or clarity" but it's so simple I don't know what more detail to add

Your question does not lack details or clarity. Therefore, it should not have been closed by the moderators for lacking details or clarity.
Flimm'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?

status-complete Reopened by BlindSpots. Thanks for being open to community feedback. I respectfully disagree with the moderator's answer. I'll address the core issues raised in their post: The ...
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Is my question aboug Google Launcher off-topic?

Yes, the referred question is off-topic on this site. While nowadays it's very common that popular "web applications" have a mobile app, this site's scope doesn't encompasses all the front-...
Rubén - Volunteer Moderator -'s user avatar
3 votes

Should questions which have a non-reproducible error be closed?

No, I don't think it's strictly necessary. Every once in a while we encounter something where the Asker simply misinterpreted something, there was a transient network error, or there was a bug that ...
ale's user avatar
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Late answers about Web Apps that no longer exist

Just to chime in, the only reason I posted the answer is b/c this is the stack overflow question I was served while spending the 10-20 minutes searching the internet to solve the active problem I had, ...
Seth Revelle'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?

A community manager stepped in to help clarify the policy: Does Web Apps Require Research? October 2023 seems likely to be when the policy will be decided.
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
3 votes

Should questions asking about the existence of a feature on a website that turns out not to exist be systemically closed or left open?

Asking about the existence of a feature on a website that turns out not to exist shouldn't be a reason to close the question. Rationale: The OP doesn't know ahead of time if the feature exists (since ...
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?

From what I understand, the moderator who closed and locked the question did so because they thought it did not meet research standards (moderators, please let me know if I’m mistaken). This is a ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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Do we need a close reason for questions asking about proprietary/non-public information or policies?

It turns out that there are, in fact, only 3 custom close reasons available. I'm going to propose this as a change. I will certainly entertain opposing viewpoints if it becomes problematic.
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Should questions which have a non-reproducible error be closed?

Maybe. If the environment, as described by OP, won't reproduce the result then such Qs should be closed. Usually OPs forget or don't know to mention relevant conditions so something critical is ...
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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?

Judge questions by the problem being posed instead of the presupposed answer I think the fundamental issue here is that the moderators seem to be judging questions by their presupposed answer(s) ...
galacticninja's user avatar
1 vote

Late answers about Web Apps that no longer exist

In line with the community's feedback, I did not post my comment. I really appreciate the responses. I continue to believe the answer in question may be useful as a comment on the original post I ...
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Overzealous app recommendation closing/deleting

I just edited the question to remove the emphasis on web app recommendations, then voted to undelete it. As of October 31, 2023, there have been almost six years since this question was posted and ...
Rubén - Volunteer Moderator -'s user avatar
1 vote

Should questions which have a non-reproducible error be closed?

Yes, questions about problems that can't be reproduced should be closed as it's very likely that it will not be helpful for anyone, specially considering that troubleshooting like questions are not a ...
Rubén - Volunteer Moderator -'s user avatar

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