# Tag Info

11

Regarding the question itself, I saw it yesterday, and I agree that it should not have been closed, so I have reopened it. In cases like these, a substantial edit can and will go a long way towards reopening. I would encourage everybody to do this as a first step towards getting the question reopened (or equally, preventing it from being closed!). This ...

11

I don't know from where you get the idea that there's nothing you can do. You can: Edit the question so it's in the best shape it can be. That includes grammar and formatting. Or, Leave a comment explaining why the question should be reopened (and that is what at least one user has done under that question). Or, Ask people in chat to consider reopening and/...

10

There is something here I find bothersome. I know that wading through and editing lower-quality questions can be frustrating and distracting, but I have seen an uptick in unprofessional comments on posts, not just the ones in the custom close reasons above. Yes, it may be in good fun and well-intentioned, or you feel the impulsive urge to yell at your ...

10

Questions on illicit drugs have been and are always difficult on this site, which is fine. I do not share Todd's opinion in points (1) and (2) of his answer, but he made his concerns perfectly clear, which I appreciate! I wasn't involved in closing the question but I'm among those who downvoted it. I do not intend to revoke it, neither do I think that ...

9

I voted to close that question for several reasons. Unfortunately, the menu of options for reason to close are limited so I went with the medical option. Here are my reasons for doing so. (1) The question is (broadly speaking) one concerning how to adulterate an illicit and very dangerous drug. There is a finite chance that a person wishing to experiment ...

8

Loong hit this earlier than me. status-by-design Sometimes when you put the computer to sleep, or are on mobile, or do whatever else so you pass the client based restriction of not being able to add the answer after the question was closed, you can still post your answer for as long as 4 hours after the question being closed, because the server still ...

7

Editing the question was the right route here. It did get put into the review queue, but the responses were mixed: Leave Closed Reopen Edit and Reopen Leave Closed Reopen Leave Closed I think that the "tie" of the votes went to it being closed. Rather than override the community's decision, I have given it an edit just now, which will bump it up ...

7

The question was closed with the "other" reason, and the following comment was left as a hint: Questions shall demonstrate at least a minimum understanding of the problem being solved. This is somewhat understandable, since there are some problems with the posing of the question, that would probably require digging deeper into basic chemistry, explaining ...

7

I have struggled with deciding to put more thought for public consumption, but since this is going to come up again, I don't want to brake my brain again and write some of my thoughts down. This is not at all intended to be complete or even conclusive, these are just my personal experiences from the last few weeks. I have noticed this trend some time ago ...

7

Actually, I can see why one might want to close a question that is based on a false premise. In the worst case scenario, you end up correcting misconception after misconception of OP, and digressing further and further from the crux of the original question. In the end, your answer becomes 90% about other stuff and only 10% of it answers the actual question. ...

6

Firstly: Not all of them have to be deleted. As far as possible we should aim to salvage questions. However, for those that are truly useless, I support the semi-radical approach: delete, after a thorough review, salvaging all information in the comments section, might include discussion in dedicated chat room As I mentioned in an earlier comment I'm ...

6

I have reviewed the question and agree that it shouldn't be closed. Actually I think your later edit made the question weaker, so I included parts of it again. It should be now in the reopen review queue, but if there are no other objections, I'd speed the process along. But let's give it the weekend.

6

I don't think there seems to be much disagreement in the situation where one question has answers and the other doesn't. The obvious choice is to close the unanswered as a duplicate of the answered. The only thing I would add is that if the questions are exactly the same, then I would merge the poorer question into the better question, since the answers don'...

6

Well, if you really want an answer... Closing as duplicate can be tricky, and perhaps this post is needed. I think that while closing we shouldn't care much which one is older. It's rather quality that should be taken into account. If there's a new question with good answer and old, unanswered that's particularly dupey, than closing the old one is a very ...

5

All are welcome to ask questions here. If the question isn't up to snuff, or the community closes it, that's that. Have you actually determined that the individual is in ninth grade? Why should that materially affect how the community perceives the quality of the post? And I'll remind you and others who feel the way you do that this is the Internet and any ...

5

The help page you linked seems to offer a clear explanation of what you could have done. Left a comment, explaining the merits of the question. You tried to answer the question, but you didn't really argue that it should be reopened. Edited the question to make these merits clearer. Doing this automatically puts it in the reopen queue. Flag the question ...

5

My brief personal opinion is that questions like this are always going to be somewhat opinion-based as every person's learning curve is different. The books that are universally decent are already listed in Resources for learning Chemistry, or can be found on Amazon or an equivalent online book store offering ratings and reviews. It's the same as to ask ...

5

A meta-analysis: M-philosophy vs O-philosophy I think we are stuck because there are two schools of thought. The M-philosophy is that StackExchange Chemistry is a repository of questions that stand alone; the OP happened to ask the question, but their story is not part of the question, making the question universal. The O-philosophy is that the core of the ...

4

At the time of writing, the question had 17 up-votes, 1 down-vote, no answers. The proposal is accepted. I have further edited and reopened the linked post and additionally placed a bounty on it. I hope this is a further motivation to extend the resources post.

4

I sometimes agree with the false premise close reason. I believe I may have used it myself previously, too. When discussing this, I would like to point out that two types of false premises exist: false premises that have been popularised, that form part of a conspiracy theory, that were once considered the state of science or that are otherwise widespread; ...

4

I would agree -- part of the process of learning, is acquiring the skill to ask questions well. Just because someone asks a question with faulty premises doesn't mean they aren't looking for truth. A capable and informed person can see through the error, correct it first, and show the asker what they're actually looking for. A clear distinction between ...

4

The question is still unclear. Use the > character in Markdown to show that the first sentence/paragraph is taken from an exam/HW/somewhere, since you're quoting it and providing the answer. The question you ask in the next sentence (what form and temperature of $\ce{CO2}$ is best to crack with or without zirconium dioxide) is not the same as the ...

4

You are actually already quoting the relevant section from the help pages: [If] your question has many valid answers (but no way to determine which - if any - are correct), then it probably needs to be more focused to be successful in our format. Aside from the fact that the question is not really about teaching, it leaves also too much room for ...

4

Why was my question closed? Probably because you have three questions in one, although in your question they are related and I don't really consider that a problem, thus I would be open to reopening in this case. No reason was giving for closing the question Technically, the close reason is already provided to you (it's the large box above your question). ...

3

The idea of closing questions as duplicates exists to prevent fragmentation of answers, i.e. if two questions are functionally the same (but e.g. sufficiently different in wording that they do not show up when searching for the other) we/Stack Exchange want(s) to collect the answers in one place so that they may be directly compared. In an ideal world, a ...

3

Part 1: Close vote screen Original: No effort displayed This question does not demonstrate any engagement with the underlying concepts or an attempt at understanding them. Possible alternative: Insufficient effort evident This question as written suggests no meaningful effort was made to find a solution to the problem or to understand underlying concepts. ...

3

I think we as a community should not stand in the way of a good question. If that means being a bit lax about chameleon questions, then so be it. I still would prefer that the existing questions are improved in the sense they were originally meant, but I can understand that that is not always possible. The only requirement I would strictly enforce is that ...

3

In a way I am of a different opinion than orthocresol, I agree with the closure; here's my take. Even after reading the question again and again, then reading all the answers, and reading the question again, I still cannot really figure out what you actually want to know; something I already pointed out in a comment. To me the question boils down to: why ...

3

I read the question few more times and I still think it should kept closed: it is still unclear to me what OP is asking. I don't quite understand how @Martin inferred that the question is about pure chemical substances consisting of just a single element. The phrase "all periodic table element molecules" can be interpreted differently which makes the ...

3

While I cannot speak to the reasons chosen by those who closed the question initially, I can address why I voted against reopening it a few minutes ago: the question is too broad as written and requests an answer in the form of a list (both are frowned upon here). There is a hint of a homework-like quality to it - I actually put your question in the non-...

Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible