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What should we do with the Air Force One question?

I believe the original question, that is, "Is there anything visible in the airplane's configuration that would indicate if this is arrival or departure?" is a completely legitimate question. The ...
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What should we do with the Air Force One question?

I want to remind everyone that we aren't actually required to be strict about the rules if, as a community, we don't want to be. There are many communities on SE that are very lax with the rules, ...
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Frequent questions following air incidents

I don't think we need a specific close reason simply because a question is asked in the context of an accident that made the news - Like Federico mentioned usually those can be edited to be more ...
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Why the down vote on my last 3 question?

You've been on StackExchange a long time now and have had a lot of feedback about your questions and answers on many SE sites, so you really should know by now why they're not very good questions. ...
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Should we close questions for not doing research?

Wow... Way to jump to conclusions. I did research. I just happened to not know the optimal search terms apparently. I found a list on Wikipedia, but it was not limited to single occupant flights, for ...
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Should we close questions for not doing research?

No, we shouldn't just immediately close them for the very simple reason that asking a question on SE is research. Just telling someone to Google or even linking to another site's information is far ...
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Opinion based? No, just quite difficult

I agree that asking for data would be an improvement and it's probably a good general way to improve 'fuzzy' questions and make them more focused and answerable. In this case, asking for data or ...
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Question closing is too arbitrary

I'm generally a little on the users-over-rules side, so it'll be hard for me to give an unbiased answer, but I'll present some research I did. Data collection I put together a Data Explorer query to ...
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What should we do about question that is readily answered on internet?

We should answer them: StackExchange is trying to be a better information source than other sites, we aren't trying to answer only questions that have never been asked before, and we're not trying to ...
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Frequent questions following air incidents

Often these questions will either be disguising a valid question which will help people understand the circumstances of the flight and others similar scenarios (kinda like the XY problem on SO) or be ...
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My question was closed and deleted because of its humoristic phrasing

The other comments explained correctly what the issues are: the question is opinion-based (everyone will be able to come up with a new ridicolous way to "use" it, the non-professional tone ...
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Should we have a dedicated close reason for events under investigation?

On these type of questions the correct close reason is not "off topic" but "calls for opinion." I don't see a specific need for a special close reason. People just need to select the right one.
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Should we have a dedicated close reason for events under investigation?

I don't see a problem here. Yes, we talk about accidents, but as mentioned in help, after an investigation is completed. Why? Because then it eliminates speculations. Unless one of the members of ...
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Question closing is too arbitrary

Notwithstanding ymb1 very well put response I just wanted to add that even though I personally do not know the answer to that question it just feels very broad. It does not specify what the actual ...
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Frequent questions following air incidents

Would it be reasonable to have a Wiki question with a title very similar to this meta question that contains a list of responses to the FAQ? Why don't planes have parachutes. Why isn't FDR/CVR data ...
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Is unnecessary context a valid reason to close a question

No, it's not a remotely valid reason to close the question. It's not even clear to me that there's anything wrong in the situation you describe but, if there is, it can be fixed by editing so there's ...
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Should we have a new reason for close votes which encompasses a case where the question is so sloppy that it obviously contradicts itself?

If you think the question contradicts itself, the closest reason for closing would seem to be "needs details or clarity."
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Why is this military related question considered to be off-topic?

In my opinion, as the question stands, it seems to ask about military aircraft losses sustained without enemy intervention, and an attempt to correlate whether they came from a carrier or not. ...
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Is unnecessary context a valid reason to close a question

Imagine this question: Although it has not been determined why Sullenberger was able to land the plane in the Hudson, the general assumption by the media is that it was because of his experience and ...
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Frequent questions following air incidents

Such a close reason might be a nice feature to have, but remember that many times the questions can be edited and made independent from the current events, see for example how this sequence of edits ...
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Why is resource location off-topic?

I agree that some can be useful questions but the majority tend to be one of: "What is the best....." - probably subjective, and not the good type of subjective. "Where can I find.......
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Are questions that are meaningless without site-external material not unclear?

My view is that this arises from the technological limitation that we cannot cache a video on Stack Exchange. The question, itself, is clear to me. If we allow a question to stand based on images ...
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Should hypothetical situations be addressed?

There's nothing wrong with hypothetical questions as such, e.g. "Will my piston engine keep running if I have total electrical failure?" is a hypothetical question but it's clear and has a definite, ...
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Does this site have a tendency to abuse the "unclear" close reason?

In my opinion, the problem arises when poorly written is taken synonymously with unclear what you're asking. New users may not be related to aviation and they might have a basic or very trivial ...
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Does this site have a tendency to abuse the "unclear" close reason?

The close reasons are in part a matter of opinion. While there may be a general consensus, not everyone is going always agree about whether a question is not clear. The point is that if enough people ...
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Should we have a new reason for close votes which is "There is an inaccurate statement or a false premise in the question"?

My current thinking is that on a site that is open to beginner-level questions, it is impractical to expect that some, even many, questions will not contain inaccurate statements or false premises. ...
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Is the "what if I run at full throttle all the time" question low quality?

Things that stand out as low quality, in my opinion Very short 1 sentence. Therefore the question lacks clarity, context and purpose. It is hastily written without much real thought. "Engine&...
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