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Why are questions off-topic if they invite answers which are not demonstrably correct, or are otherwise speculative?

My question was closed with the reason: This question may invite speculative answers, as the question is not fully defined. The validity of some answers may be based upon opinion. Good questions ...
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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

While it is somewhat out of form to edit a question with these kinds of notes, this is designed to clear up potential confusion. status-declined's tag wiki reads: Indicates that a request (usually ...
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Is the distinction too subtle between downvoting and voting to close?

Q1 (rhetorical). What distinguishes these three things? A downvote A vote to close A vote to remain closed I’m beginning to wonder if we really know, and am beginning to suspect that we ...
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Should we introduce a new off-topic close reason for math problems?

It looks like we've decided math problems are off-topic, though we've yet to put to words the explicit difference between a math problem and a math puzzle. Despite a lack of a clear dividing line, ...
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Please add a “multiple subjectively-correct answers” custom close reason

This close reason is now live. See: Why are questions off-topic if they invite answers which are not demonstrably correct, or are otherwise speculative? I'd like to propose a new site-specific close ...
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Close reason: No permanent value?

On of the "quality" discussion we tend to come against again and again seems to be related to a basic 'conflict' we have: SE is a site to create permanent value (normally in form of searchable Q&...
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Should we disable the “math problem” close reason?

I'm noticing building support for the idea of removing the "math problem" close reason. It's come up in discussion on meta, and has been brought up in chat a few times. I can definitely see where ...
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Rq custom close reason “literal description” for riddles

To borrow Emrakul's wording explaining a down vote: "it takes literal aspects of an object and describes them directly, and shows minimal effort to create a well-developed puzzle."
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New off-topic reason for puzzles where the source is not mentioned

The custom close reason proposed in the accepted answer is now live! From time to time, I see ♦ moderators closing questions like this one and this one, where the puzzle is clearly not created ...
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Are knowledge/trivia puzzles on-topic?

Are knowledge/trivia puzzles on-topic? I'm talking about puzzles that are solved basically by knowing or looking up facts. I'm not talking about puzzles where this is just one element, or where the ...
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Should we change or remove our existing off-topic close reason?

We have the ability as a community to add custom off-topic close reasons. We actually have one existing one, but it hasn't been used in ages (at least as far as I've seen). This is its wording: ...
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Description for “this looks like a puzzle you found elsewhere” assumes you can vote to re-open

I saw a question closed as this: "This looks like a puzzle you found elsewhere. For content you did not create yourself, proper attribution is required. If you have permission to repost this, ...
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How is this too broad?

I've posted a riddle which is the following : Father of us all? My post has been closed as too broad, which I don't understand why. There is one and only answer and the two attempts that have been ...