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Can we make "on hold" less terrible?

The "on hold" to "closed" process is a property of the Stack Exchange software. It's not something we can change on Worldbuilding. As far as I know, it's not even possible to change the labels on a ...
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Why is it allowed for users to down-vote a question that is already closed?

Question is still there, so it can be voted on. Downvotes and close votes are tangential to each other. Close votes are about "Should this question really be here? Is it answerable?" and votes are ...
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Why was CAgrippa's awesome FAQ-worthy religion question closed?

The question was closed -- by the community, not by moderation action -- as too broad ("if you can imagine a whole book being written to answer this..."). It did get an excellent and well-received ...
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Appeal to reopen a recently closed question

The linked question is currently on hold as "unclear what you are asking". Begging, bribing, etc. isn't going to make the question any more clear. (In fact, neither is posting on it on Meta.) ...
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Closed questions

No, comments should not be closed. This is because questions being closed is a temporary measure. If and when the question has had the problems with it fixed (if that is possible) then it can be ...
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What happened here and why is the question/some answers partly open?

According to the question timeline: The question was asked on Physics on 2015-05-24. On Physics, it was answered by Jimmy360, docscience, anna v, WhatRoughBeast, Loren Pechtel, Thorsten S., Cedric H.,...
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I was answering a question in "worldbuilding" when it was closed in my face. I would like to know who did this

Closing questions off topic questions is an integral part of the stack exchange format. If closing questions didn't prevent people from answering them then the act of closing questions would be ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

I just spent an hour writing an answer to a question only to discover that it is put on hold as primarily opnion-based. And this is by far not the first experience within a short time I am on this ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

Could do a wording change. Instead of "Vote to Close", "Closed", and even "On Hold", the wording could just be changed to "Paused". Everyone knows that a pause is temporary, and so seeing that your ...
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Why is this question about an underwater city off-topic?

It's off topic for a number of reasons but the main one is very simple: It isn't actually about world building. He's already built the city, he's asking a very simple math question with no actual ...
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How can we (systematically) improve too-broad questions?

One additional thing I have noticed is certain users tend to be less than cordial when commenting on closing questions. This is particularly irritating when we are talking about someone brand new to ...
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More information about closed questions for new people

Don't add more automatic messages - the existing ones are being ignored enough The problem is that the generic text in the boxes that are displayed on your question if it gets put "on hold" ...
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Why was my question closed as primarily opinion-based?

I think your question needs to be more explicit (especially in the title) that it's looking for the process of naming a location rather than looking for a name. "I have this city, what do I call it" -...
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Why was my question closed as primarily opinion-based?

I think I have a litmus test for what constitutes a "primarily opinion-based" question. Ask yourself: "What would a wrong answer to this question be?" For the process of a place name developing, ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

I don't have enough reputation there to use it myself, but Stack Overflow has a triage system and a help & improvement queue for posts that need a little extra help. Since that code is already ...
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How can we (systematically) improve too-broad questions?

After doing a limited investigation of the questions closed as too broad (thanks for the query, DaaaaWhoosh), I noticed a few trends: New users Author didn't contribute meaningfully to the discussion ...
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Why was CAgrippa's awesome FAQ-worthy religion question closed?

If you look at the question, you'll find: Then there are the sub-questions, such as: followed by a bullet list of questions, each of which could have been a question of its own. I think this is a ...
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How could "Would normal people accept a path of immortality given the following, specific restrictions?" be answered, given that it was on hold?

There is a grace period for answers that are in flight when a question is closed, because it's really discouraging and frustrating to spend an hour writing a good, solid answer to a question only to ...
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Why was my question closed? [Collected Answers]

Too broad -- too many questions Your question was put on hold because it asks too many questions, which makes it hard to answer with a concise and focused answer and makes it hard for the community ...
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Is there disagreement about reopening the tornadoes question?

Dronz, I consider that your edit was a good improvement. I took your edit because the title was straight to the point but I could have either rolled back to KeithS's edit or made my own. The ...
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Is there a way to bring attention to a question I asked?

Any edit or answer will show it as fresh again. This isn't like a common forum — posts are curated and older posts are still interesting. You don’t need “momentum” and “trendiness”. In a fitting ...
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Why is this question about an underwater city off-topic?

That question is not a math problem That question has several problems. First off, many people seem to have dismissed the question assuming it was 4th grade math problem. But carefully reading, it is ...
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How can this after-close answer exist?

I'm going to blatantly steal Monica Cellio's answer to the same question when it was asked on Mi Yodeya Meta in January 2015, because it puts it far better than I can: There is a grace period after ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

I see a couple of options where a frustrated user could be routed to something more constructive. I think it's ok to suggest other worldbuilding communities where the focus is about open discussion ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

I ran into this issue lately, in a question about what would Romans do with a steam engine. Posted a meta question, which got closed as duplicate. ;D Forget the Bronze Age, we're firmly in the ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

I still think the answer is to have all questions start out as "On Hold" until they're whitelisted as "ready for answers". New users wouldn't feel singled out then. I'd even be ok with a 1 hour hold ...
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Is there a way to bring attention to a question I asked?

Since your reputation is over 75, the right course of action is to set a bounty. With a bounty, you pay some amount of your rep (at least 50) to make your question both more visible and attractive. ...
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How can we (systematically) improve too-broad questions?

As a new user (long-time lurker, first time poster) I can speak to this, as my very first question was first posted in the wrong exchange (writers) and when redone here in worldbuilding was slapped ...
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How can this after-close answer exist?

I’ve seen this discussed on the site-wide meta. The poster can submit the answer late, and it is accepted. Normally the browser communicates with the server and learns that the question closed, and ...
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