I just went through the latest 50 questions on the site. Of those 50 questions, 17 of them (34%) have been closed. Of those 17 questions, 10 or 11 clearly explain the reason the question was closed.
A majority of those reasons were copy-paste and did not give any suggestions for how to improve, de-localize, or otherwise broaden the use or appeal of the questions. Yes, many of them were "which job should I take?" which is pretty egregious, but a lot weren't (and many had comments questioning the reasoning behind the close votes).
Perhaps I'm also guilty of this, but don't we need to do a better job helping questions become viable rather than running around closing questions (especially those with multiple answers that seem to contradict the view of something being off-topic or too localized)?
Honestly, the thing is not too long and he has a genuine work-related problem. I don't get the down votes and close votes at all unless people are just too lazy to read. Lots of pepoel have bosses wh are trying to make sure they fail. There is nothing localized about this problem.
No reason for the close indicated in the comments. There is no reason that this shouldn't be able to be generalized/broadened, or otherwise made useful for the community.
4 answers with 27 up-votes to boot, and 9 upvotes on the question itself.
This question has a single comment that sort of describes why it may have been closed:
This sounds like a question of legality, which is not something we can answer on The Workplace.
– Paul Brown
Personally I think that while the question could use improvement, the question of, "Is there anything wrong with crediting someone for development of a product who wasn't directly involved in the technical aspects?" in itself is not too broad or otherwise too localized. And it certainly isn't a legal question (but rather one of assigning credit, which has wide application in the workplace).
Absolutely no indication of why this one was closed. It just has the generic off-topic closed label on it:
closed as off topic by jcmeloni, pdr, Jim G., Jeff O, gnat 19 hours ago
Questions on The Workplace - Stack Exchange are expected to relate to the workplace within the scope defined in the FAQ. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about closed questions here.
No reason on this one either. It has 14 upvotes, 6 answers with 88 upvotes, and was featured on the 'hot discussions' or whatever it is called across the whole SE network.
This was closed with 4/5 re-open votes. I issued the 5th and it has now been re-opened, but there was no reason for the close in the first place in the comments. At any rate, it had many comments, answers, and upvotes before the close as well.
Point is that while I'm all for closing down a lot of those "what job should I take?" questions, those that have promise (especially those that have several answers and upvotes) are being closed without reason a bit too regularly for my taste. If the active close-voters are being vigilant about marking things as off-topic, could we at least get some comments explaining why? Or even better, get edits and/or comments to try to shape a borderline question in to a good one?