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I cannot flag a problem as off-topic and belonging to CS.SE

I find relevant discussions here: Migration path from cstheory to CS.SE. Though, I still think that the frequency we need this function is not that low as stated in the answer. —————————————— ...
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What qualifies as a research level question in research-practise?

I am trying to understand what qualifies as a research level question in the domain of research-practice. My recent question was about the usefulness of a certain direction of investigation as opposed ...
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What to do with too localized questions?

There used to be a "too localized" close reason. What should we do with question which are really unlikely to be of use to any one except the OP? E.g. consider the following question: https://...
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Our custom closing reasons

We have to decide what should be our custom close reasons. We can have 3 custom close reasons. Each can be up to 400 characters. The default format of a close reason as follows: ...
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Please don't migrate bad questions to CS.Stack Exchange

I have a request. It would be nice if the moderators here would avoid migrating low-quality questions to CS.SE. I noticed recently a few low-quality questions that were migrated to the Computer ...
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on the specifics of closing/reopening questions

the FAQ says a question is closed after 5 close votes. however on my question it says only that kaveh closed it. was there 5 other close votes? are they not reported? I think I have seen on other ...
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Why the extreme strictness on topic closing?

I'm curious as to why the moderators on this site are so zealous about closing topics that they perceive as off-topic, "not real questions," etc. There are many questions, and I count one or two of ...
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About "Are there any known barriers to use some approach for solving P vs. NP?"

This is about the following question:
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The number of questions and closed questions

After reading a post by user Gopi in the chat room, I wrote a query on Data Explorer which lists the number of questions posted in each month and the number of closed questions among them (although it ...
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To migrate or not to migrate (just close)

Assume that we have a question that is off-topic on cstheory and is getting closed, and it is on-topic on some other SE site. We have two options, 1. we can migrate the question to the other site, ...
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About "If you could rename dynamic programming…"

This is about the following question: If you could rename dynamic programming... It seems to me that this is a bad subjective question since it doesn't satisfy any of the 6 items of the guideline ...
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Zombie question: stake through the heart or not ?

We have a number of questions that float up to the top of the queue every month or so. This is the latest one: Help needed on method to use for anomaly detection. But some are zombie questions (like ...
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Questions with score −4 are hard to close

I have seen several cases like the following: if a problematic question has score −3, it will eventually be closed, whereas if it reaches score −4, it is not closed. This happens because questions ...
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What should we write when closing a question for being too elementary/homework?

The comments and links to used when closing an elementary/homework question. I am making it CW, feel free to edit and/or add links to related discussions. Related discussions: The reason to close ...
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On topic or off topic: Do you use any article organizers?

Currently the question “Do you use any article organizers?” has three votes to close as off topic. However, in my opinion, this question can be interesting to people working on theoretical computer ...
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What does “closed as off topic” mean?

What does the following message mean? closed as off topic by [Someone], [Someone], [Someone], [Someone], [Someone] [Date] Questions on Theoretical Computer Science are expected to generally ...
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Another go at scope of desirable questions

There are active discussions around both meta and several TCS questions about what questions should be rejected. The two reasons most often stated are (afaik) too basic (aka too localized, whatever ...
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What does “before the question gets closed” mean?

I have seen more than a few people writing a comment which starts with “Before the question gets closed” when they can predict that the question will be closed. I cannot understand what it means ...
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Closing vs migrating a question (or what does migration mean?)

According to the FAQ of meta, users with 500 rep can “vote to close, reopen, or migrate any questions.” Since my rep is below 500, I do not know what exactly means by “migrate” a question. However, ...
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Close these questions? [closed]

update: since we now have moderators, should we close this thread, using separate threads for each discussion, or should we keep it, appropriately reworded ? Update II: This question is now closed, ...
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Using "flag as spam"

Right now very few members use the flagging feature. We can use "flag as spam" to clean up the front page. If a question is marked as spam by enough users it will get closed and will not appear on the ...