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Was this question closed because it was about realism/verisimiltude?

This question is what we call a real-world research question. This is mentioned in our on-topic help article: Generic real-world topics Questions about a general real-world topic such as ...
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Why is "How much is a Gold Piece really worth?" closed?

Of course it should be re-opened. “This question cannot be answered as expected” is a good answer. The particular rendition of that sort of answer here isn’t just a good answer, but a great one. And ...
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Is this question about the preservation of books on topic?

On Topic I'd like to open with an oft useful distinction. A question being askable on another stack or useful to other fields is irrelevant to its topicality here. Our criterion is fairly simple (some ...
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Why is asking how to roleplay a slave close-worthy?

The question lacks cultural context The question provides no setting information that would enable answers to address the question directly. There is nothing in the question that explains, for ...
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Post-mortem for a question relating to female players and role-playing games. Why and what now?

I'm going to echo your run-down of the possible reasons for it being put on hold, based on the current revision and not earlier ones: Too broad: check It's too broad in two ways: the target group is ...
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If a question is marked as a duplicate or is closed, should I delete it?

Nope, leave it in place. Someone could search with phrasing more similar to what you used than the original. See : SE Meta: If your question is closed as a duplicate, should you delete it? SE Meta: ...
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Question closure: Why does a round last 6 seconds?

“Primarily opinion-based” is the wrong close reason, but the question should still be closed, in my opinion. Designer-intent questions have been ruled off-topic here, and that’s inevitably what this ...
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Difference between 'On-Hold' and 'Closed'?

When we close a question, it becomes "On hold" for 5 days, then becomes "Closed" thereafter. They're functionally the same thing (closed) except for two differences: When a question is On Hold, an ...
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How do I have this taken off hold?

I'm one of the people that voted to close your question. @GreySage's comment on your question pretty much nails it, but I will elaborate. Honestly, I think your question is awfully close to being off-...
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Don't tear down this wall [question]!

Questions asking about a general real-world topic such as history, geography or economics might more likely belong on another Stack Exchange site (e.g. History) than here. A good rule of thumb is to ...
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Most Overpowered Cohort question closure

It should be closed. I initially voted to close this question, but then I retracted that vote and answered it based on the precise wording of the question at the time, with a fairly tongue-in-cheek ...
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Question flagged as too broad, but I got an answer I liked... what now?

You can just leave it as-is. If you have more specific questions to ask, you can follow those up via posting new questions. I don't want to delete since I like that answer and would like to let ...
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Are requests for specific users' house rules on- or off-topic?

The question is off-topic because it's a very bad fit for the Stack Exchange's resources (crowds of experts) and mechanics (voting-based evaluation and sorting). The Stack Exchange is founded on the ...
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An otherwise-valid question was closed because it was posted by a suspended user; is there any reason I can't repost a similar question?

Go ahead! But please make sure not to just cut-and-paste, and that you do have this problem yourself (so that you are able to meaningfully answer any comments to clarify the question). Ask your own ...
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What to do if seeking the answer to an existing question that's been closed because the system wasn't specified?

Re-ask the question with the appropriate system tag (The following is a summary of what, as far as I can tell, should be done under the current policies and is neither my endorsement nor lack of ...
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Reopen canonical "What is advantage?" question

We do not need trivial rules definitions littering this site. We might as well have "What is Armor Class," "What is a longsword," "What is a Dexterity saving throw," "What is an orc," etc. We are not ...
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My question was incorrectly put on-hold for "being about video games"

Thank you for taking this to Meta: comments on the question itself were clearly not a productive channel for improving your post. I need to clear up one misconception above: you say that a member of ...
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Closing a question based on the Moderators' belief about what the answer will be

Issues with the linked question: As I see it, the problem with the linked question is that it's not clear what would make a good or bad answer to the question, nor what would make one answer better ...
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What to do with a good answer to a duplicate question after the closure?

Optino #3, migrating, is totally possible and the most sensible option in this case. Mods have access to the merge tool, which—well, let me just paste the usage guidance beside its button: ...
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Why was this recalculating CR question closed as too broad?

One of the patterns that I've noticed showing up persistently at RPG.se is what I'll call, for lack of a better term, Low Quality Question Fatigue. The LQQF pattern is visible as the appearance of ...
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Should this question be reopened (when we don't know if it's OP's actual question)?

Leave it closed until the OP comes back I've thought about this from a lot of potential stack-philosophy angles, but I keep coming back to what I think is a very compelling practical reason not to ...
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If a question is marked as a duplicate or is closed, should I delete it?

No You should not delete questions closed as a duplicate. Those serve as signposts to the primary question and can help those thinking of the question in a different way discover it. You could ...
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Closing a question based on the Moderators' belief about what the answer will be

The points everyone else has made are good, but I'll add one more: Experts closing questions because they are familiar with what the answer would be and/or what it would involve to make an excellent ...
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Is this question about throwing hammers off-topic as a "campaign research" question?

I'll just reiterate/rephrase what I already said in the comments below the question. As written, the question does indeed ask about "historical precedence". However, I don't think that's ...
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Don't tear down this wall [question]!

I think it is on-topic... I tried searching questions that ask similar things but we do not have a tag for it and it turned out to be ineffective (I tried this search but it's really weak -could ...
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How to Improve/Fix This Question About Modelling Reciprocal Economies?

It’s currently long enough to dissuade reopen voters from re-reading a niche question written about foreign (non-RPG domain) technical concepts. It’s also written at a much higher grade level than ...
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Is this question about a chaotic evil character in a heroic party too opinion-based, or is it experience-based?

It is too broad. From What types of questions should I avoid asking?: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish ...
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Should this question about player race selection be open or closed?

Leave it closed until the querent's goals are clearer. The question has been closed at least twice for being unclear. The question has undergone some minor edits but the fundamental confusion is still ...
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My question was incorrectly put on-hold for "being about video games"

Your question was put on hold for other reasons, as KRyan explained in a comment on your question (bolded). Immediately afterwards, he goes on to explain the real reason why it's remaining closed: ...
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Compound vs. Simple Questions

If you want to ask Can a warlock with strength 0 use fell flight to fly underwater? ask that It's not necessary to make a question easier to answer by pointing out all of a question's disparate parts ...
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