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Add a option to migrate SO [duplicate]

I found a lot of question that belongs on SO, But i didn't found a option to migrate SO but CGCC Meta. I want a option to migrate SO.
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Closing as unclear to give way to another post?

This is closed as unclear by 5 users given no comment reason. In sandbox there's also no more discussion but IO format. The only possiblility I see is to give way another question. Either because hate ...
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Why hasn't this question been reopened yet?

I asked this question, and it was closed because I did not clarify what I meant by the word "randomly". Now I've clarified it but it is not reopened. What is wrong with it now?
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Questions that ask for artifacts or witnesses

(Sorry this is long. I tried to gather many examples, and honestly I would have liked to include more.) Background The code-challenge tag captures many different kinds of creative challenges that ...
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Should we close old KoTH challenges as off-topic?

Recently, a number of old king-of-the-hill challenges have popped up in the Close Votes review queue, with users voting to close them as off-topic as their deadline for submissions has passed. ...
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Can a question be closed for being too complex (but not necessarily hard)?

This question is sort of a follow-up to this other one I found, which I found quite useful but not fully elaborating on what I wanted to know. So, my question is this: I am working on a KoTH puzzle ...
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Challenge (Solve subset sum quickly if P = NP) incorrectly closed as duplicate [duplicate]

My challenge Solve Subset-Sum in polynomial time (...if P = NP) was closed as a duplicate of Golf the Subset-Sum Problem. But the restricted-complexity aspect of my challenge makes it very different. ...
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Kindly explain why it is not impossible to read the minds of users who voted to close a question citing "unclear what you're asking"

The users who voted to close this question Fastest algorithm to output array containing all integers in range excluding duplicate digits have left no clarification as to what is not clear to them at ...
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Voting to close question if it's unclear for some?

There are cases where a challenge asks for some specific inputs/outputs, for instance an array where each element is a tuple or something similar. This might be perfectly fine and clear in some ...
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How could I clarify my question?

I've met a quite interesting problem and I thought it would be a nice task also on the code golf. Unfortunately, it is currently being held as unclear. However, the problem is for me very simple and ...
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Should we start giving constructive criticism when questions are closed? [closed]

I have had several questions of mine closed, and I did learn my lesson when the question was closed. But, I feel like we could be more specific not about why the question was closed, but about what we ...
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How is my challenge unclear?

Last night, I asked a question here. It immediately received two downvotes and a close vote as unclear without explanation. I inquired as to the reason that it was unclear, both on the question ...
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Why is this question closed?

Write a java code to detect the JVM version was closed in error as part of the underhanded cleanup. It's obvious from the comment thread that it was never really an underhanded question, and that tag ...
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What should we do about posts that are copied from external sources?

A recent challenge has been posted on the main site. A user discovered that it was copied word-to-word from an external source, and that challenge has been closed as off-topic, with this reason: "...
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"put on hold as unclear what you're asking" is itself unclear

My question Ordered sequence of ascending integer combinations was put on hold despite receiving five good answers in the first 12 hours. It has also received a fair few upvotes, as have the answers. ...
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For cops and robbers, what if the cops' thread is closed / put on hold?

If someone posts a cops-and-robbers challenge and the cops' thread is closed / put on hold, for any reason (e.g: unclear what you're asking), what should happen to the robbers' thread? Should it be ...
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Can we vote to close challenges as impossible? [duplicate]

Related reasons but not the same, 2 This challenge is currently in the process of being closed as 'too-narrow', which in this context means "this challenge is too hard/has too many restrictions, and ...
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How could the default close reasons be improved?

One of the more popular suggestions from We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it? was to improve the wording of the close reasons or maybe change some of them altogether. We've ...
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Should we disallow non-observable requirements?

One of the more recent things to avoid that's coming up a lot is the use of non-observable requirements. The most common incarnations of this are things like "no hardcoding", "implement this algorithm"...
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Couldn't there be more specific close reasons? [duplicate]

Often, and I mean very often, I see questions closed or on hold for the reason of Unclear what you're asking Though the question is very clear and understandable, it was just voted unclear ...
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Is the new showcase a duplicate of the old one?

https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/q/100928/26997 is currently closed as a duplicate of Showcase of Languages, which is currently locked. The reasoning is that once the proposal here is applied to ...
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Proposal to lock the Language Showcase as historically significant

I recently revisited the following classic challenge: Showcase your language one vote at a time. The gist of the challenge is as follows: An answer is a set of program snippets, each with a unique ...
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"Too broad" close reason applied to "restricted source" puzzle

After posting a rather specific, narrow, restrictive, one-language (well... one group of languages: POSIX-ey shells) puzzle, thats been "closed as too broad", commentators then offered explanations ...
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Objective computational challenges without "code"

I recently posed a question about attempting to ruin Lepton's attempt to compress a JPEG. I've done other file-format-type questions before, to generate a WAV, defeat LZMA compression, etc, in part ...
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How do we close questions without an objective validity criterion?

Answering the election questionnaire got me thinking: in addition to having an objective winning criterion, all challenges also need an objective validity criterion — there's no point in comparing ...
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How Can I Make my Question Better?

I recently posted a question, and would like to know what is wrong about it, and how it could have been made better. This is not to get the question back, but rather so that I know what makes a good ...
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New close reason for outside programming challenges

Questions about off-site programming challenges, such as those featured on Project Euler, Hackerrank, etc., are off topic here. However, it's come to my attention recently that questions about such ...
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Can we have a different Put On Hold message?

put on hold as unclear what you're asking by Xxx, Yyy, Zzz 1 hour ago Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s ...
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Disallowing Explicit Exclusion of Languages

We've had discussion on a related topic before, where the general consensus is that challenges should be language-agnostic by default, but specific-language challenges were also acceptable within ...
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Why was my post put on hold?

Why was the shortest λ sort post put on hold? What is "unclear" about it? The only question raised (about church encodings) was promptly clarified in the post as soon as it was pointed.
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Adding a "Too Narrow" close option

For multiple recent questions, people have wanted to close a question because the question was too narrow - not enough variety of potential answers to make it interesting. Those questions were: Sign ...
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Close reason needs to be reworded

Read this meta post: Let's decide what kind of non-challenge questions we want once and for all Then read this close reason: Questions without an objective primary winning criterion are off-...
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Valid Reasons to Close Questions

Currently, we have the following official reasons to close a question: Duplicate Off topic due to: General Programming Question No objective winning criterion Belongs on another site Unclear what ...
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Add "Golf this code for me" to the list of close vote reasons [duplicate]

This question was closed as unclear: https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/q/40423/18487 The question has a well-defined input and output, and the question title made the goal clear: shorten it as ...
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Closing old question as duplicate of a new one

What is our policy regarding closing an old challenge as a duplicate of a new one? I know this happens on other sites (at least SO), if the newer question is generally better or usually if it gathers ...
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Should we reopen and then close with the right reason?

I just came across this question in the review queue. It was originally both too broad and lacking an objective primary winning criterion. It got closed with the latter reason, but then the owner ...
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Ability to Solve Own Challenge as a Requirement

Should the following be the sole reason to close a question? Should it be a supporting reason, or the reason that tips you over the edge if you were on the fence about closing a question? User ...
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Too trivial Close Vote

Can we get a "Too trivial" close vote for questions that would force very similar answers? For example this one: Ration your integers and feed the people After the edit the question allowed only for ...
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My question (calculate all the squares up to x using only addition and subtraction) has being closed as a duplicate

I'm quite new to Programming Puzzles & Code Golf, and my question Calculate all the squares up to x using only addition and subtraction has been closed as a duplicate, who say it's a duplicate of ...
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Challenge closed as duplicate that's clearly different

I posted Draw the Olympic Games logo, which is clearly a code-golf question requiring users to post a solution that outputs ascii-art. chubakueno posted Olympic Games Logo - Free Style Edition, which ...
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I can't understand why my quesiton was closed

I can't understand why my question was closed: Rotate An Integer Array with an O(n) algorithm It was previously put "on hold", then I edited my question to meet the requirements. But then it was ...
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Typo in 'off-topic' description

The description for an off-topic close vote / flag has a typo: The word "puzzle" should be plural. It should read: This question does not appear to be about programming puzzles or code golf within ...
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