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I think the solution (closure) may be attacking the wrong side of the problem. The problem isn't the question; it's the answers that need moderation. The Moderator originally 'protected' the question (before ultimately closing it), because the influx of answers were reportedly widely speculative; offering little more than opinion than anything authoritative....


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Implementation Questions This site is for design questions, not implementation questions. Things like the use of programs like photoshop or languages like CSS are off topic. This could probably do with a better title, but "how do I do this in CSS" and other code questions are pretty common, and we get the occasional Graphic Design question as well. ...


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Here's what happened with that question: Jan 15 - 4 answers (one of which came the closest to actually answering the question) Jan 16 - 8 new answers, then question is protected. Jan 17 - 2 new answers Jan 18 - 1 new answer Jan 19 - 0 new answers Jan 20 - Question closed Of these answers some have since been deleted. One such answer (the one that ...


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The first question is really just about how to handle form layouts when there are multiple fields with many unrelated to each other. It's badly worded and really should have been reworded, but people answering it clearly saw through the badly worded nature and saw there was a question that could be answered in there, which is what happened with the accepted ...


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UX Reviews Questions here are expected to be relevant for a variety of people in the same situation. Reviewing a site, flow or interface only helps one person at a specific time. Instead try to ask a focused question about a particular aspect of the design that solicits solutions, not opinions. Reviews aren't really "questions" anyway so there's a number ...


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Icon Requests and Suggestions I'm having trouble coming up with a good icon for feature X. Should I ask here for ideas? No. While the subject of icons is on topic, there's very little value in soliciting suggestions for a specific icon in a specific context. Instead, have a look a this question: How do you create or select an icon for a feature?


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Why does {application / product X} do this? Mostly, the answer to such questions is going to be: 'You'll have to ask the company / developer, they're the only ones who will know the answer". Questions need to be specific and practical problems that you need an answer to. Curiosity about development decisions, while interesting, aren't really suited to a Q&...


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IMO, this question is not asking just for an icon. There are multiple ways to possibly indicate to a user that the cable is different than others (reading the answers, we find suggestions of all kinds: icons, color, cable texture, cable stiffness, wording). Sure, some solutions might be icons. I believe there's a difference between asking how to ...


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If we by Shopping Request also include tools (as you have written in your question), I agree that today's close reason doesn't match and need to have a Shopping Request close reason. On SharePoint.SE we have a close reason for commercial third party tools, which isn't the same but in the same abstracted class. So definitely yes, a Shopping Request close ...


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This is an ongoing discussion and something that I hope will change in the near future. You're right that most questions in UX will inherently be subjective, and so many good questions will rely on subjective answers. They key for me is whether the reasoning behind the advice is shown vs. someone simply stating that X is better than Y. I would personally ...


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I think that this is a trait shared among most "Why is X as it is?" questions. People are curious creatures and love to reason and come up with theories. Proving the theories, well, that's hard work, we can leave it out. I think that this could have been a good question if the asker had said, "Does a washing machine with a bull eye have advantages over one ...


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The questions that remain open are ones that are both useful to other people (i.e. situations that could present themselves in future projects) and can be answered using expert UX knowledge and don't rely on explicit localised information from the one specific UI designer, as is the case for several of those questions. Your question about the iOS closing of ...


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Shopping Request Sorry, but questions requesting recommendations for books / software / apps / papers etc. would fall into the shopping request category and aren't really suitable to a Q&A website. The reason for this is that there is no one correct answer, and such recommended items would soon be updated and replaced with newer / better versions ...


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UX Profession Questions Questions here are expected to pertain to issues of user experience. Questions regarding the profession of User Experience including book recommendations, career advice, and the practice of project management are out of scope for this site. This could be a broadly defined category of questions that covers everything from UX book ...


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I thought that it should be migrated because it was focused purely on code. I have absolutely nothing against interview questions, as long as they're focused on UX. @DA01 we've already touched on this topic once here :). Nowhere except for the web and, to a limited extent, mobile world are UX folk expected to know code, and I don't see it as part of the UX ...


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Graphic Design Questions Should go to GraphicDesign.SE :)


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Example of X Questions asking for example of feature X, or example of design template Y isn't really on topic for UX.SE. Not that these questions is really off topic, but they are unanswerable. Examples tend to get outdated quickly and there are no "correct" answer to an example of question. Probably, these questions really are bad subjective questions. ...


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I think the best option (well, one option) would be for another option in the 'leave closed' button, to choose the actual close reason again rather than just pressing 'leave closed' and leaving it at that. This is beneficial in two ways; 1) It forces the reviewer to put a bit of thought into why they're leaving it closed. 2) It gives the reviewer an ...


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That's a good idea. However the page you've linked to (the Don't Ask page) is a network-wide one. All Stack Exchange sites have the same content on that page and it isn't editable to be custom for each site. What we do have flexibility over is the TOUR page that is displayed to new users. There are some Ask About / Don't Ask About sections in there. So, i'...


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/EDIT - Now that we'll be looking to move the better Icon Request questions over to Graphic Design instead of closing them off that opens up a close reason here. So perhaps this Shopping Request close reason could take its place? -- The trouble with setting this as a custom close reason is that it would have to replace one of the existing three reasons ...


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You're right, there is currently no generic 'off topic' flag to close reason. There is one available to use when you hit the 3000 reputation requirement for casting close votes though. The reasoning for the generic Off Topic reason not being available for flag choices is outlined by Shog9 (Stack Exchange Community Manager) on the main Stack Exchange Meta ...


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I have the gut feeling that at least half of Stack Exchange sites close shopping requests. As far as I know, none of them has it listed among the closing reasons. The questions are closed as "primarily opinion based", and I think the classification is reasonable - if several competing products have survived on a market, it is up to personal preference which ...


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There are two parts to this. Firstly - the purpose of the Duplicate Question option is so that there can be one, canonical reference for a particular, or highly related question. Not just for now (which is useful so the poster of the new question can immediately get their answer) but also for the future - so that visitors in 1 week, 1 month or 1 year can ...


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The difference between the washing machine question and the keyboard one is that the washing machine question is theoretically correctly answerable. For example it is conceivable that in history some machines had windows and others didn't and the ones that didn't had lower sales, so they eventually were phased out. Or that there is a legal requirement for ...


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I agree with you, Benny. For example, this question got a vote to close citing implementation. It is a question asking how to help users navigate a knowledge base that is organized by a taxonomy. Possible valid answers could include faceted-search patterns, miller columns, or some other approach. This is ux to me. The closest this question comes to the ...


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Since the other option hasn't been posted as an answer yet: We could ask to have our number of custom close reasons expanded and add: Sorry, but questions requesting recommendations for books / software / apps / papers etc. would fall into the shopping request category and aren't really suitable to a Q&A website. The reason for this is that there is ...


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I unmigrated it and reopened it to give it another shot, as I agree that it's unfortunate that it was closed. Let's try to help Tara to rewrite the question so it does meet our standards. If people want to close it again, go ahead and vote.


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