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Closing because question "abandoned"?

tl;dr no, we shouldn't be closing well-written, on-topic questions. The longer answer: Judge each question on its own merits. If it's on-topic, and has enough detail to get good answers, then it ...
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When to close for product recommendations

Questions on the site should be of the form How do I solve this problem? with sufficient detail about the problem of course. Then the answer is how to solve that problem, be it Do this ...
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Closure: 'Except pitcher filters, are there portable water filters without electricity that filter chemicals, metals, and pathogens?'

I'm not the person that closed your questions, but: This is a site for do-it-yourself Home Improvement. You asked for a portable water filter, not something that you would install as a permanent ...
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Closing because question "abandoned"?

We already have close reasons for those cases. Abandonment doesn't matter if the question is answerable That is, if there's enough there for answers to be meaningful, then that's it. Here's an ...
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"Closed" vs "On hold"

An "on hold" question is one that has been closed for less than five days; a "closed" question is one that has been closed for five days or more. The title of the question changes, ...
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What happened to the "not about home improvement" close option?

Are you talking about the "Blatantly off-topic" reason? That is shown to people without the close vote privilege who are flagging to close a question. An example from Engineering SE where I don't ...
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Why close a question just because the same exact question has been asked and answered before?

Counterpoint: what good does it do to have the exact same question on two different pages, with answers scattered between the two? If you new information to provide that's not covered by the existing ...
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Closing because question "abandoned"?

In general, closing abandoned unclear questions without any good answer is often appropriate. In fact, it can sometimes be the only appropriate thing to do with them, if they cannot be answered or ...
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Closing because question "abandoned"?

I'm the guilty party, and I've had my hand well and truly slapped. I agree 100% with manassehkatz (on multiple counts...) about them being annoying, especially on posts that are 2+ years old by ...
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Duplicate questions getting re-answered

Partial answer, from my own experience ... Is it too difficult to find the duplicate(s)? Yes. SE's question/answer search feature feels extremely primitive and it's difficult to find similar related ...
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Reason for dupe closing seems invalid

I am not sure how you can ask a question about a specific set of circumstances without specific products being suggested as an answer. From your question: And I am looking for products in the USA ...
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Closing because question "abandoned"?

I don't know if it is the case with these particular questions, but I am constantly annoyed by the "Community bump". It has gotten to the point that when I scroll through the list of ...
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Closing old answered questions as off-topic?

Sometimes the scope of a stack might change a bit, causing older questions to become off topic. Closing them prevents folks from asking similar (off topic) questions, and using the old question as ...
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When to close for product recommendations

My personal dividing line is if the question invites products as a potential answer, making users unfamiliar with the site likely to be accidentally labeled as a spammer. The site feels more inviting ...
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Off-Topic, belongs on another site -- Why is Meta the only option?

Simplest reason? Migration is often a poor choice. On SO we can directly migrate to Super User and Server Fault, but we also have OT closures for them as well, and those are preferred. Why? Because we ...
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