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I agree that they could be much clearer, potentially reducing the number of questions put on hold, and confusion for new (and even more experienced) users. As suggested in this Meta answer: Our site gets a lot of low quality or ostensibly off-topic questions. How can I fix this? If your site is having issues with its scope—whether it's from ...


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Steven already covered the reasons why your question was put on hold, which I agree with, so I'll just add to that a little background about how this site operates which might help to explain things further: Each Stack Exchange site has its own criteria and guidelines as to what the community considers to be on-topic and off-topic. Those criteria/topics ...


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The close reason given is because we don't do site reviews here. You can't come here and just ask "What is wrong with my site?" We have that policy because site reviews don't tend to be very useful to others in the future and we would get too many of them to answer. You are basically asking for a site review to figure out what could be the problem with ...


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From Meta: We give people a server side grace period to answer questions, even if the question gets closed. If the client side checks fail, for whatever reason, and someone does post an answer, we will accept it (for a while). and: If a question is closed while you're answering on the full version of the site, you will receive a notification that ...


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Because it is looking for a list of resources which is offtopic at this site. They attract spam and other low quality answers. This question is no different although you need to be a mod to see the deleted answers). But just because it is on hold doesn't mean it will be deleted. The answers are still accessible to everyone. Just no new answers can be added.


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Without getting into the specifics, it sounds like a permissions problem or an CSRF vulnerability. At one point in time or another, these have both been relatively common issues for a variety of content management systems - most site defacement is either spurious vandalism or (more likely) financially motivated. Hopefully that speaks to the generalities ...


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The question arguably has little to do with managing a site, or in this case assets related to one. While there are plenty of questions accepted regarding finding where to register a particular odd TLD and so on, those are actual practical matters directly related to running a site. This particular question is really just economics. [Because there's so ...


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Hopefully I can provide insight into why your questions were closed (and, in any case, meta is the best place to discuss - thank you for bringing this discussion to meta). Question #1 Will only generate discussion if the person answering unsure own answer. Your question stated "Why are they doing this[?]" which invites speculation. This wording is ...


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This was closed by one of the four moderators here. Moderators can close questions on their own. It wasn't closed because it can't be answered. It was closed as off-topic because it's a troubleshooting question specific to one website and is not likely to help any future visitors. You are more than welcome to edit this question to improve it. Changing ...


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This question is not a good fit for this website for several reasons. Being a duplicate was just one of them so I'll start there. Just looking for coding SEO factors is covered in that canonical question. If you don't want to know non-coding SEO factors just ignore them. There's no need to have a separate question just because one detail is different ...


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Before getting to your question, first let me state that moderating a site on Stack Exchange is a bit of a challenge since there's a higher level of standards placed on questions and answers so that the sites contain the best quality of information for others possible (we've all seen sites where the quality is not so great). That means we need to weigh each ...


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What is the best mediawiki hosting provider? (...) There seem to be a few providers who offer this, what have you had success with? The Pro Webmasters question guidelines state that you should "avoid asking subjective questions" and, on that basis, asking which MediaWiki hosting provider is the best is problematic. The secondary question is ...


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This type of question isn't a good fit for the Stack Exchange Q/A format - that doesn't mean that it's a bad question, it's just not a good fit for the "practical, answerable questions" requirement (because it will undoubtedly turn into a discussion with competing opinions). I'd recommend that you inquire in Programmers chat or StackOverflow chat (open-...


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The answer to the original question is "yes". However I expect you would like a list of them. Such a list would go out of date as free services tend to come and go, because people find it difficult making them pay. Even if you don't want a recommended site, then just listing it is an implicit recommendation. If a site was in the list and it didn't work, or ...


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I would close it with: Questions asking for recommended external websites, tools, resources, and software are off-topic as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam. Recommendations for software are permitted on Software Recommendations, but be sure to read their quality guidelines before posting there. Whether or not such a service actually ...


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Decisions on whether or something is duplicate is usually made mostly on the title of the question. If the question is really not duplicate, the best way to get it re-opened is to edit it and differentiate the title. You would also want to link to the duplicate and explain why the answers to it might not apply. Once a question is edited, it ...


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I suggest that we edit the help center to more closely match our off-topic close reason. I'm proposing that we change the recommendations section to: Recommendations for sites and resources — Questions that ask for recommendations of external websites, tools, resources, services, or software attract lots of self promotion and spam answers. In addition, ...


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Blankip, I agree with you. AFAICT, the moderators here have a very precise (but not well-explained) vision of what questions they want to see, and they are willing to expend a lot of effort keeping it that way. If you have a webmaster question outside of those parameters (and there are many), you should move to a different SE. In your particular case, ...


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Fact of the matter is that these services do exist and asking for software, services or resources is considered off-topic... no matter how little there may be and no matter how you look at it, it's still a recommendation. A user that creates any question 'free software/service` is certainly going to be aware that these services exist, as we can assume that ...


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No matter how perfect the help center text is or can be, it is rarely read by users and even less so before they ask a low quality question. So updating it, while being worthwhile and helpful, will not stop questions from being closed. I'd also like to point out this is normal. Every site in the Stack Exchange world experiences closed questions every day. ...


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The other question is certainly not a duplicate, so I have re-opened. I'm sure that a question about moving pages between domains has been asked here before. If so, hopefully it can be marked duplicate of something appropriate.


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Aarthi is correct. It was moved because StackOverflow is a better fit. The default comment left by the system describes this adequately which is why no other comment was left. We only leave comments when we feel it is necessary to clarify typically because of comments made in the question or experience with handling similar closures/migrations in the past.


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It looks like this was some confusion caused by a lack of seo on the question. I like your edits, and based on the meta response here, I'm comfortable reopening the question. Thank you for your patience!


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Thank you for bringing this inquiry to meta - I've reviewed your question and I believe that it was closed on the grounds that it does not meet the "practical, answerable" criteria from the FAQ: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site ...


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