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The reasons leading to the votes of moderators to close the question.

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Reference-requests, books and closure. Where lies the fine or not-so-fine line?

The site aims to keep high standards and attract experienced and knowledgeable practitioners of chemistry. The point is to share knowledge, not "doing someone else's work", but that is just ...
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Please help me understand why asking about an acid-base reaction was down-voted and closed

I am new to Chemistry on SE and was DV'd several times and closed for this question: What results from the neutralization copper citrate with Na2CO3 It seems on-topic, but I must be missing ...
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When should I vote to close?

Seeing this post closed it feels useful to review the motivation behind use of the close option. Yes, the OP considered a number of orthogonal options to rid said food of the offending substance, ...
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To what extent does blender speed dissolve table salt + cold tap water?

I have a question about my Chemistry Stack Exchange post: To what extent does blender speed dissolve table salt + cold tap water? Why does my question need "details or clarity"? Buck Thorn ...
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Why was this question closed as a homework-style question?

I asked this question: Is there a general name for a group connected to a N-atom? While it may not be the peak of my SE presence, I was surprised that it got closed as a homework. The question itself, ...
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What's wrong with my question?

Question: Calculate concentration of Benzalkonium chloride with dilution From my perspective: Is it related to chemistry? yes Is it a low effort post? no; clearly asked what I need and provided ...
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Why was my question so quickly closed as too broad? I really don't see how it is

Why would tellurium + sodium hydroxide have been a good gasoline additive (if it wasn't so smelly)? was quickly and unilaterally closed. I'd removed the second question but then there was an ...
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Is the issue with this question about the experimental procedure, or about what's being asked of the final state?

Is the problem with this question that it's not clear which experimental procedure I'm proposing, or that it's not clear what I'm asking about the final state of the water samples, or that I didn't ...
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Homework question closing note improvement

I think the closing note for closed homework questions should explicitly contain a short notice about not being limited to literal homework, perhaps mentioning other cases. Assuming the system allows ...
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Why was this question closed for insufficient details/clarity?

Why was the question How does ph depend upon temperature closed for lack of details/clarity? I had no problem understanding the original question, but it was poorly written, so it received downvotes. ...
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Norms for declaring a question off topic with an example

What are the norms for declaring a question to be "off-topic" when it appears to relate to one of the categories outlined for on-topic questions and does not fall into the category of questions that ...
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Fallacy in my argument, reason for getting question closed? How to improve my (another) question? Why did I get half the bounty amount?

I recently added an answer to Why is [Ni(en)3]2+ paramagnetic? Atomic number of Ni is 28, $\ce{Ni^{2+}}$ has configuration $\mathrm{[Ar]3d^8}$. It can not form lower spin octahedral complex due to ...
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Would a "common reference" close reason make sense? Why or why not?

This post is one follow up to the discussion Gaps to fill without HW close reason. It seemed appropriate to give it its own place to discuss this. It seems to me some questions (a lot of the ...
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Gaps to Fill Without a 'Homework' Close Reason -- Overview

I realize this 'homework' topic has been discussed before, tiringly so, but please Paddington with me. I'll try to attack it from a different angle. If you're not all caught up, check these previous ...
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No alternate SE sites show up as choices when flagging a Question to be "closed as off topic" [duplicate]

As the title states, I was flagging a wonderful question probing how to improve a risotto recipe (more arrowroot anyone?) and thought I'd take a step to assist the moderators by indicating which site ...
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How do multiple users close a question for a reason that doesn't seem to apply?

I posted a question asking "What is a rigorous definition of a 'strong Brønsted-Lowry base'?" (noting that the usual glossary definition of "strong base" was that it "dissociates completely", but that ...
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Close Votes Aren't Super Downvotes

Unfortunately, we've had a problem for quite a while now. It basically boils down to close voting questions with reasons that don't fit. Essentially, the Homework off-topic close reason, "unclear ...
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I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's based on false premise

According to the closed question statistics the most used custom close reason with 12 occurrences in the last 90 days was: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's based on false ...
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Why was this question closed as homework?

I refer to this question about error propagation in calibration curves. The reason for closure was not enough effort, but I disagree with this statement: the OP clearly explains his confusion and ...
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The reason "unclear" is unclear

Putting questions "on hold" or the closing of questions is a recurring phenomena seen on this the Chemistry StackExchange site. Most questions I have seen so far have been closed for good reasons, ...
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Do we need a close reason for stuff that's obviously less than prudent?

I thought of this while reading the following question: Can thermite be lit while mixed into butane? If not is there a flammable liquid that would work? Using a thermite flamethrower seems like a ...
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Let's talk about effort, shall we?

I think the recent experiment of suspending the homework close reason has already produced a very valuable result. However, I really feared that this will happen, and I hope I can steer our thinking ...
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Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

Statistics and conclusion below. We have been struggling for a long time with the homework close reason. There are shortcomings to all approaches we have tried so far to change it. I believe one of ...
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The Homework Close Reason: Another example of over-zealous closure, and a proposal to scale back its scope

Why was this question closed as homework? (10k+ rep needed to view; it was deleted by OP as of this writing.) (Question was undeleted and reopened; see Martin's answer) Original text: Please scroll ...
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Why is this question closed as homework? Do we need more options for closure?

This question on spectrometry, asked a few days ago, was closed as being a homework question. Determining Structure of molecule based on IR Spectra and HNMR data I will be the first to agree that it ...
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Why was the heroin question put on hold as being a personal medical question?

The question asks for how to destroy heroin. It doesn't ask for ways to nullify the effects after consumption, or even mentioned human (or any other) biological behavior in the slightest. I don't see ...
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A new policy of closure: November 2016

What's the current homework policy? The current HW policy is laid out in this post. In essence, only blatant homework copy-pastes should be closed. These often get closed unilaterally by moderators. ...
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Why is this homework question still closed?

The question What mass of water is present as a liquid when equilibrium is established? clearly is a homework question. The homework tag has been added to the question within two minutes after it was ...
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Is "Lack of Research" enough reason to close a question?

As everyone who's spent a couple of minutes moderating Chem.SE knows, the bread and butter of the close reasons is homework. I really want to stop this, for reasons discussed and agreed upon before. ...
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Let's decide on what we should close as homework

The homework close reason is a thing I click on often these days. Recently, we're close-voting questions as homework that are from a broad range of scope. Unlike what's being seen in that screenshot, ...
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What do significant figures think of significant figures?

We have a significant number of significant questions (see also significant figure 1) that are asked here solely because they're problems people face in chemistry classes. Examples are: Significant ...
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What should we do about homework problems?

I have no statistics available, but when you take a "tour" in homework tagged posts, the ones that are on hold, usually get closed; not due to moderation strictness, but mainly due to the asker's ...
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What should our custom off topic reasons look like?

Stolen from this meta.physics.SE thread by @ChrisWhite As per this blog post, the close system has been overhauled. Some of the changes are that: not a real question, not constructive, and too ...
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